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New & January-February 2015
By Jon Magaril

The Whipping Man (now through January 25) This Off-Broadway hit offers a unique take on the long, painful, hopeful journey towards freedom in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War as a Jewish plantation owner's son and his family's former slaves prepare for Passover. South Coast Rep 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa 92626 (714) 708-5555
Jack Lemmon Returns (January 7 through February 1) Chris Lemmon's follow-up to his first solo show A Twist of Lemmon is an immensely personal story about his Academy Award-winning father, their enduring relationship, and the crazy world in which they lived. The Eli & Edythe Broad Stage 1310 11th St. Santa Monica 90401 ( 310) 434.3200
The Book Of Oded: Chapter 2 (January 8 through February 15) No matter who we are, or where we come from, we all deserve a Chapter 2. In this solo performance, Oded Yosef Kassirer journeys from the deserts of Israel and the Israeli military to the tree-lined suburbs of Los Angeles and, along the way, deals with coming out, his family and friends, his inner demons, and finding love in the most unlikely of places. Working Stage Theatre, 1516 N. Gardner Street, Los Angeles (323) 375-1284
Blonde Poison (January 8 through January 26) This new play starring Salome Jens asks the question: What would you do in a horrifyingly difficult situation? As Stella Goldschlag prepares for a journalist's visit, she examines her past. To save the lives of her parents and herself during the Holocaust, she'd helped the Gestapo catch her fellow Jews but the Gestapo double-crossed her and executed her parents. After the war, Stella was sentenced by a war crimes court to ten years in a labor camp. Theatre 40 in the Reuben Cordova Theatre, 241 S. Moreno Dr., Beverly Hills (310) 364-0535
The Queen of Colors (January 9 through 18) France and Germany's Compagnie Les Voisins uses ingenious puppetry to weave a whimsical story, recommended for ages 4-7, about unleashing creativity and choosing not to color within the lines. The Lovelace Studio Theater at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts 9390 N Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills (310) 246-3800
Billy Elliott The Musical (January 16 through February 8) The Tony Award winning musical set against the background of the 1984 miners' strike in northern England, this is the inspirational story of a young boy's struggle against the odds to make his dream come true. Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd, La Mirada (562) 944-9801
Anna Christie (January 17 through March 8) Kevin McKidd ("Grey's Anatomy" and Trainspotting), Jeff and Zoe Perry star in Eugene O'Neill's 1922 Pulitzer Prize winning exploration of family conflict and the harsh reality of women's lives in the early part of the twentieth century.?The Odyssey Theatre 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West Los Angeles, 90025 (310) 477-2055
Romeo & Juliet (January 20 through February 7) Can true love save civilization or is all mankind damned for eternity? Contemporary form and Elizabethan text merge in this production set in a world gone mad with a visually rich design that will immerse the audience in an environmental experience that apparently no Romeo & Juliet has yet attempted…the end of days. Riverside Studios, 3352 N. San Fernando Rd, Atwater Village (800) 838-3006
Reborning (January 21 through March 15) In this darkly funny and insightful psychological thriller, a young artist who crafts custom made dolls begins to suspect that a demanding client may be the mother who abandoned her at birth. As she tries to unravel the mystery, she discovers the path to her own "reborning." The Fountain Theatre?5060 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles 90029?(323) 663-1525
Early Shaker Spirituals: A Record Album Interpretation (January 21 through February 1) The newest Wooster Group work, starring Cynthia Hedstrom, Elizabeth LeCompte, Frances McDormand, and Suzzy Roche, gives a live rendering of the 1976 LP of Shaker hymns, marches, anthems, and testimony recorded by Sister R. Mildred Barker and the sisters of the Shaker community in Sabbathday Lake, Maine. REDCAT 631 West 2nd St. Los Angeles 90012 213-237-2800
The Missing Pages of Lewis Carroll (January 22 through March 1) Upon Lewis Carroll's death, it was discovered that several pages of his otherwise immaculate journal had been torn out. After more than a century of swirling rumors, this play takes us down the rabbit hole to explore these missing pages and what might have occurred between the legendary storyteller and the young girl who inspired one of the most famous stories ever written. The Main Stage at Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 North Mentor Avenue, Pasadena (626) 683-6883
Chavez Ravine (January 27 through March 1) Energized with new material and music from the Rodarte Brothers, this revisited and reimagined Culture Clash piece continues to examine the constantly changing landscape of urban Los Angeles ,and in particular, the potential transformation of a small, tightly knit neighborhood into what was initially to be a low-income housing project but instead became Dodger Stadium. Center Theatre Group at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 West Washington Boulevard, Culver City (213) 972.7376
A Carlin Home Companion (January 28 through March 1) Kelly Carlin, the only child of iconoclastic comedian George Carlin, deftly weaves her warmly honest family stories on what it was like to be swept up by his career and life along with classic video footage of both her father's career and family memorabilia. Falcon Theatre, 4252 Riverside Dr., Burbank 91505(818) 955-8101
Sons of the Prophet (January 31 to March 15) Stephen Karam's Off-Broadway hit and Pulitzer Prize finalist is a refreshingly honest and humorous take on how we cope with the various kinds of wounds that won't heal. The Blank Theatre Company at the Second Stage Theatre, 6500 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood (323) 661-9827
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