2015/2016 Season!


Main Stage

Bad Jews
By Joshua Harmon
October 1 – November 1

After their grandfather’s funeral, three cousins wage a vicious and hilarious battle over a spiritually charged  heirloom.  “There’s nothing like a death in the family to bring out the worst in people. This unhappy truth is displayed with delectably savage humor in Bad Jews, a zesty comedy by Joshua Harmon… (that is) the best comedy of the season.”  New York Times

a radioactive brew of neuroses and glee for audiences of all stripes. – Hollywood Reporter

The Heir Apparent
By Jean François Regnard, adapted by David Ives
November 12 – December 13
Produced in association with Theatre TCU

Eraste and his wily valet employ intrigues, deceits, and disguises to part a cranky uncle from his money, get the girl, and to achieve the hilariously happy ending any classic comedy deserves. A witty and antic adaptation that blends modern elements with the 17th century original.

boisterous, bawdy and endlessly funny – New York Times

Sexy Laundry
By Michele Riml
December 31 – January 31
Produced in association with WaterTower Theatre

Michele Riml’s romantic comedy comes to Stage West after being a huge hit at WaterTower.  Henry and Alice, married for 25-years, are trying to find a way to spice up their dormant marriage with a weekend in a swanky hotel room and the help of a good book… (not the Bible).

Bob Hess and Wendy Welch are awkward, hilarious, and genuine as Henry and Alice.  –TheaterJones

The Nether
By Jennifer Haley
March 10 – April 10

In the not-too-distant future, a detective investigates a virtual reality site where taboo acts of secret desires are blurring moral boundaries. She finds herself in a battle of wills with a charismatic suspect and wrestles with the question, is there a crime if bodies are virtual and blood is just bits of computer code?
Includes adult subject matter.

a haunting and highly original modern fairy-tale that combines creepy enchantment with a whiff of sulphur.  – The Telegraph

Wait Until Dark
By Frederick Knott 
A new adaptation by Jeffrey Hatcher
May 26 – June 26

This classic thriller pits a lone blind woman against a group of ruthless criminals. They’re hell-bent on retrieving a doll (filled with diamonds) which she accidentally has in her apartment. But they’re up against surprisingly resourceful opponent, one who knows that the only way to win is to play by her own rules.

a terrific premise, an enthralling lead character, and a whopper of a climax. – CurtainUp Los Angeles

By Robert O’Hara
August 11 – September 11

Robert O’Hara’s wildly imaginative, incendiary satire is a kaleidoscope of sketches that portray growing up gay and African-American. With variety-show vivacity, outrageous humor, and real heart and soul, it tests how we talk about human desire and racial stereotypes at home, in church, and on the corner. Recommended for 17+

Smart, searing, and sensationally funny.  – New York Times


Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol
By Tom Mula
November 27 – December 20

A new take on the Dickens classic. Jacob Marley’s spirit is given one chance to escape his eternal chains – by redeeming Scrooge. So begins a journey of laughter and terror, redemption and renewal, during which Scrooge’s heart is indeed opened, but not before Marley – in this irreverent, funny, and moving story – discovers his own.

Nothing less than an anthem to human nature, to imagination, and to the wonder of a compelling story.  – The Chicago Tribune

Buyer & Cellar
By Jonathan Tolins
March 17- April 10

A struggling actor in L.A. takes a job working in a megastar’s Malibu basement (which is fitted out as an old-time shopping street). When the Lady herself comes down to play, it feels like real bonding in the basement, but will their relationship ever make it upstairs? An outrageous comedy about the price of fame, the cost of things, and the oddest of odd jobs.

Hilarious! Beyond brilliant. This show will go down like butta!   – Entertainment Weekly

An Iliad
By Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare
Based on Homers The Iliad, translated by Robert Fagles
August 25 – September 18

The Trojan War and the modern world collide in this captivating theatrical experience. A lone storyteller – possibly Homer, possibly one of the many bards who followed in his footsteps - relates the tale he is fated to tell throughout history. “An Iliad is pure theatre, shocking, glorious, primal and deeply satisfying.”  Time Out New York

Explosive, altogether breathtaking… Brilliantly meshes past and present calamity with touches of the most caustic dark humor suddenly shifting into unimaginable pathos. – The Chicago Sun-Times

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Sunday, August 16, 2015