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Entertainment Tips of the Week 7-25-11

By Jean Strauber, Entertainment Editor

THEATRE FOR YOU – “SEASCAPE”

Theatre West

Theatre West

 

At Theatre West, Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize winning comedy “SEASCAPE” will open on September 9, 2011. Albee is best know for his serious dramas like “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” but he won the second of his three Pulitzer prizes for this comic fantasy in 1975. The story of Charlie and Nancy can strike a chord with baby boomers and retired couples everywhere.

They are an aging couple who are approaching retirement age. The differences between them are becoming more and more apparent. Nancy wants to travel from beach to beach in an active retirement. But, Charlie would just like to sit there and do nothing. What they haven’t realized is that they’re being observed by another couple, Leslie and Sarah, who are lizard people. They have evolved to the point where they can emerge from water and walk and talk and express themselves quite articulately.

They are making a decision as to whether to come on land and remain there in the next step in evolution. What will they do? The “SEASCAPE” cast includes Paul Gunning, Arden Teresa Lewis, Alan Schack and Kristin Wiegand.

Charlie Mount, the founder and producing director of Chestnuts, a wing of Theatre West dedicated to the revival of great plays, directs. “SEASCAPE” will run from September 9 to October 16 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at2 pm.Theatre West is located at3333 Cahuenga Blvd., Westin Los Angeles CA 90068. FREE parking in a lot across the street. For tickets call (323) 851-7977 or go online to www.theatrewest.org.

SUSAN ANTON JOINS HAIRSPRAY

Ford Amphitheatre Los Angeles

Ford Amphitheatre Los Angeles

TV Star Susan Anton will join the original Tony-winning HAIRSPRAY stars Harvey Fierstein and Marissa Jaret Winokur along with other cast members Corbin Bleu, Drew Carey, Diana DeGarmo, Mo Gaffney, Nick Jonas (of Jonas Brothers fame), Darlene Love, Tara Macri and John Stamos at the Hollywood Bowl during the weekend of August 5, 6, and 7th.

Directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell along with Musical Director Lon Hoyt, Bowl goers will be able to enjoy a concert version of this Tony award winning musical. Come and enjoy this doo-wop story of big dreams, big voices and, of course, big hair! Performance times are Friday and Saturday at 8:30 p.m. and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Single tickets are available in person at the Hollywood Bowl Box Office or by calling (323) 850- 2000.

DANCE AT THE FORD

On Saturday morning, August 6 at10:00 a.m. Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage choir will be bringing African- American Roots Music to the Ford. The audience will be invited to sing along to the spirituals, work songs, and field shouts as the music will bring you back to a time when the roots of American popular music were just being sown.

The Cultural Heritage choir is dedicated to maintaining the centuries old tradition of African-American children’s music that is rooted in the traditions of the Deep South, yet is connected to West African and Caribbean origins. The Cultural Heritage choir has been performing together since 1992, perfecting their dynamic rhythms, lush vocals and a performance style that is poignant and uplifting.

Tillery and the choir have designed the entertainment for children ages 4 to 10. Parents and grandparents are invited to participate in the hour-long performance taking place in the Ford’s shaded outdoor amphitheatre. Try to arrive early to take part in activities on Edison Plaza that include everything from hands-on fossil exploration to family dance jams to craft-making and more that will be provided by Kidspace Children’s Museum.

Admission: Children FREE and Adults only $5. Parking is $1 per vehicle. To reserve or purchase tickets call the Ford Box Office at (323) 461-3673 or visit www.FordTheatres. org. Coming to the Ford on August 13 will be folk dance from Mexico by Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet; August 20 Street Beat’s urban dance and percussion fashioned from household items and August 27, Zydeco music from Louisiana by Lisa Haley & the Zydekats. The Ford Theatre is located at2300 Cahuenga Blvd. East, just across the 101 Freeway from the Hollywood Bowl.

TEEN DRAMA WORKSHOP

Nordhoff Hall at California State University at Northridge has been a scene of hectic activity this summer. The classrooms and hallways are filled with 90 teenagers who are taking part in CSUN’s acclaimed Teenage Drama Workshop. The youngsters have been singing, dancing, hammering, sawing and have a great time in learning how to prepare two musicals for performance. “THE MUSIC MAN” directed by Ray Saar, and Disney’s “JUNGLE BOOK” will be running in parallel schedules from July 22 to August 5.

The TADW will conclude with two performances of the 10- MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL, a showcase of the youngsters writing and directing. For more information, please visit http:blogs.csun.edu/ news/2011/07/tadw-54/

“SYLVIA” EXTENDED

I am please to share with you that “SYLVIA,” which is being performed at the Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica, has been extended through September 18th. Tanna Frederick is outstanding as the bouncy, frisky poodle mix adopted by Greg, who found her on a walk in the park. Kate, his wife, comes to feel that she is losing Greg to his adoring new best friend who just loves to be petted, scratched and talked to. Stephen Howard plays Greg, Cathy Arden portrays his wife, and Tom Ayers plays three other characters.

Written by A.R.Gurney (“Love Letters”), this 1995 comedy about empty nesters has been playing to a sold-out house. The Edgemar Center is located at2437 Main Street in Santa Monica. Parking is available in an on-site structure and metered parking is available inLot11, located across the street.

Performance Times Thursday through Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 5 pm. Admission $34.99. A limited number of seats at each performance will be available at $25. Use promo code “SYLVIA.” For tickets call (310) 392-7327 or go online to edgemearcenter. org.  

Jean Strauber

Entertainment Writer

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