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The 6th Act Presents A World Premiere Comedy THE $5 SHAKESPEARE COMPANY Photo The 6th Act Presents A World Premiere Comedy THE $5 SHAKESPEARE COMPANY
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2020

THE 6th ACT presents a world premiere comedy, a heartfelt love letter to all things 99-seat theatre, THE $5 SHAKESPEARE COMPANY, written by Matthew Leavitt (The Boomerang Effect) and directed by Joel Zwick (a?oeMy Big Fat Greek Wedding,a?? Serrano The Musical). THE $5 SHAKESPEARE COMPANY will open on Friday, February 7 at 8pm and run through Sunday, March 8, 2020 at Theatre 68, 5112 Lankershim Blvd. in Hollywood.  

BWW Review: THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER at Lonny Chapman Theatre Photo BWW Review: THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER at Lonny Chapman Theatre
by Cary Ginell - Dec 31, 2019

A riotous script and a veteran cast who know their way around comedy highlight a bravura production of 'The Man Who Came To Dinner,' Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman's classic 1939 play about a sidelined theater critic, forced to be wheelchair bound in a house in small town Ohio. Jim Beaver, Barry Pearl, and Kay Cole starr in this outrageously funny revival.

BWW Interview: Actor/ Playwright Doug Haverty Tells Us About His Goals as New Artisti Photo BWW Interview: Actor/ Playwright Doug Haverty Tells Us About His Goals as New Artistic Director of Group Rep
by Don Grigware - Dec 27, 2019

Actor/playwright Doug Haverty will become Group Rep's new artistic director in January 2020. In our conversation he tells our readers in great detail about the upcoming season and talks in depth about his vision for the theater. How long have you been a member of Group Rep? DH: I started in 1983, so 36 years.

Photo Flash: A TWISTED CHRISTMAS CAROL Opens Upstairs at the Group Rep in the Lonny C Photo Photo Flash: A TWISTED CHRISTMAS CAROL Opens Upstairs at the Group Rep in the Lonny Chapman Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2019

The Group Rep's world premiere production of A Twisted Christmas Carol, written by Phil Olson, directed by Doug Engalla, produced by Alyson York, a Texas style spoof of Charles Dickens' “A Christmas Carol,” played to a sold out crowd at opening night. The play runs December 15, 2019 through January 12, 2020, Upstairs at the Lonny Chapman Theatre in North Hollywood, California.

BWW Interview: Doug Engalla Talks About A TWISTED CHRISTMAS CAROL Photo BWW Interview: Doug Engalla Talks About A TWISTED CHRISTMAS CAROL
by Don Grigware - Dec 13, 2019

A Twisted Christmas Carol marks Doug Engalla's eighth production as Director at The Group Rep. Doug has worked with Phil Olson since 1997 on a number of productions, including five World Premieres in the Don't Hug Me series (most recently, as director of Don't Hug Me, We're Family in 2018), as well as the 2016 World Premiere of A Nice Family Christmas (featuring Tony Award-nominated actor, Marcia Rodd) at The Group Rep. A Twisted Christmas Carol is Doug's sixth World Premiere as Director with Phil Olson. Doug's cast of Phil Olson's A Nice Family Gathering - also in 2016 at The Group Rep - earned a Best Ensemble, Small Theatre nomination from the NAACP Theatre Awards. Doug's previous directing project at the Group Rep was for Neil Simon's Rumors in 2018. He is preparing to open A Twisted Christmas Carol this Sunday December 15. You have such a great rapp

Photo Flash: First Look at THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER at the Lonny Chapman Theatre Photo Photo Flash: First Look at THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER at the Lonny Chapman Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2019

The Group Rep presents Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman's beloved farce THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER, directed by Bruce Kimmel, produced by Doug Haverty. The comedy classic takes place a few weeks before Christmas in small town USA, after a famously outlandish NYC radio personality is invited to dine at the house of the well-to-do local factory owner. But this sharp-tongued celebrity slips on a patch of ice outside the front door and injures his hip. Confined to the house for a month, he drives his hosts mad by insulting them, monopolizing their world, wreaking havoc with romantic antics and receiving a constant stream of bizarre guests, including performers, scientists, penguins and even paroled convicts. As Christmas Day approaches mayhem ensues and fate delivers a comeuppance. 

THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER Comes To Group Rep This Week Photo THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER Comes To Group Rep This Week
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2019

The Group Rep presents Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman's beloved farce THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER, directed by Bruce Kimmel, produced by Doug Haverty. The comedy classic takes place a few weeks before Christmas in small town USA, after a famouslya??outlandish NYC radio personality is invited to dine at the house of the well-to-do local factory owner. Buta??this sharp-tongued celebrity slips on a patch of ice outside the front door and injures his hip. Confineda??to the house for a month, he drives his hosts mad by insulting them,a??monopolizing their world, wreaking havoc with romantic antics anda??receiving a constant stream ofa??bizarre guests, including performers,a??scientists, penguins and even paroled convicts.a??As Christmas Day approachesa??mayhem ensues and fate delivers aa??comeuppance.a??

BWW Interview: Director Bruce Kimmel Talks THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER Photo BWW Interview: Director Bruce Kimmel Talks THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER
by Don Grigware - Nov 30, 2019

Actor/director/author Bruce Kimmel is best known to audiences for his tremendous work with Kritzerland, his own company that produces updated albums of classic musicals as well as recordings of new ones like his A Carol Christmas, produced last year at Group Rep and currently nominated for several BroadwayWorld Awards. Kimmel is about to open The Man Who Came to Dinner at Group Rep on December 6. In our convesation he talks about his fondness for the play and gives us his vision for a successful production of it. How do you envision The Man Who Came to Dinner onstage? BK: Fast. Funny. I love the play, have played Banjo twice, so it's really fun to come back to it as a director. The comedy is as funny as it's always been and it's also great to be able to bring whatever we can bring to it. But, for me, pace is key - the play can run long, but I'm making sure that doesn't happen here. Why do you think it has endured all these years even though it's a period piece with the mention of many, many names people today do not recognize? BK: The central situation is so relatable - someone takes over your house and your life, and disrupts everything, but, in the end, ends up being helpful to people. Add to that, the assortment of crazies who populate Sheridan Whiteside's wo

The Group Rep Presents The World Premiere of A TWISTED CHRISTMAS CAROL Photo The Group Rep Presents The World Premiere of A TWISTED CHRISTMAS CAROL
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2019

The Group Rep presents the world premiere premiere of A Twisted Christmas Carol, a comedy written by Phil Olson, directed by Doug Engalla, produced by Alyson York, a Texas style spoof of Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol,' December 14 - January 12, Upstairs at the Group Rep on the second floor of the Lonny Chapman Theatre.

Group Rep Brings Adaptation Of Romero Film NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD To The Stage Photo Group Rep Brings Adaptation Of Romero Film NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD To The Stage
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2019

The Group Rep is proud to present George A. Romero's 'Night of the Living Dead,' adapted for the stage by Gus Krieger, directed by Drina Durazo, produced by Larry Eisenberg, October 4 through November 10, on the Main Stage of the Lonny Chapman Theatre in North Hollywood. California.

Photo Flash: The Group Rep Presents OTHERWISE ENGAGED Photo Photo Flash: The Group Rep Presents OTHERWISE ENGAGED
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2019

The Group Rep presents Simon Gray's award-winning wry, dry comic play OTHERWISE ENGAGED directed by Linda Alznauer. In the blithely, sexually-indulgent 70s, a hooked-on-sex book publisher actually craves a tranquil afternoon of Wagner's Parsifal to soothe the savage beast within. But what he encounters is a constant barrage of neighbors, friends, relatives, strangers, aspiring writers and even his wife back from out-of-town with late breaking news. They all need something from him and all he wants is a quiet afternoon, but as we all know — there's no peace for the wicked. 

BWW Review: Rare Revival of OTHERWISE ENGAGED Proves Timely Photo BWW Review: Rare Revival of OTHERWISE ENGAGED Proves Timely
by Don Grigware - Aug 12, 2019

Otherwise Engaged/by Simon Gray/directed by Linda Alznauer/Upstairs at the Group Rep/through September 8, Saturdays at 4 pm, Sundays at 7 pm Written in the 1970s, Simon Gray's Otherwise Engaged was a grim look at publisher Simon's (Michael Robb) lack of communication with his family, tenant and friends. He preferred to listen to Wagner as opposed to talking about any issue that came up. Little did Gray know that a mere 44 years later, the internet would pretty much take the place of human interaction. Or did he? Maybe via his play he was predicting the future. Currently at Upstairs at the Group Rep, Otherwise Engaged is receiving a stellar production with a fine cast and directed with exacting precision by Linda Alznauer.

BWW Review: Theresa Rebeck's LOOSE KNIT Is a Winner at Group Rep Photo BWW Review: Theresa Rebeck's LOOSE KNIT Is a Winner at Group Rep
by Don Grigware - Aug 4, 2019

Loose Knit/by Theresa Rebeck/directed by L Flint Esquerra/Group Rep, NoHo/through September 8 Will the play be like Steel Magnolias? I queried. But...there are two male actors onboard. Well, as it turns out Loose Knit provides far more entertainment than I expected and presents a myriad of thought provoking ideas, not only about dating, but about the politics of America and how it works or does not. Currently onstage at Grou Rep, Loose Knit should be a great big winner, because of the astute writing, the dynamite seven member ensemble and superior direction from L Flint Esquerra. Five women meet regularly at Gina's (Lisa McGee Mann) apartment to knit...actually, some to knit, some to talk. Gina is a lawyer and professes to want to knit only, but is keeping a secret deep down that is about to rattle her nerves. Two sisters Lily

OTHERWISE ENGAGED Will Play Upstairs At The Group Rep 8/10-9/8 Photo OTHERWISE ENGAGED Will Play Upstairs At The Group Rep 8/10-9/8
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2019

The Group Rep presents Simon Gray's award-winning wry, dry comic play OTHERWISE ENGAGED directed by Linda Alznauer. In the blithely, sexually-indulgent 70s, a hooked-on-sex book publisher actually craves a tranquil afternoon of Wagner's Parsifal to soothe the savage beast within.

LOOSE KNIT Comes To Lonny Chapman Theatre, 8/2 - 9/8 Photo LOOSE KNIT Comes To Lonny Chapman Theatre, 8/2 - 9/8
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2019

The Group Rep presents LOOSE KNIT, written by Theresa Rebeck, directed by L. Flint Esquerra, produced by Katelyn Ann Clark, a seductively smart, dark comedy about women who, once a week gather to knit. As the sweaters pile up, their lives fall apart. August 2 - September 8, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm, Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm, at the Lonny Chapman Theatre in North Hollywood.

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by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2019

Photo Flash: Secret Rose Theatre Presents The World Premiere of NANCY F***ING REAGAN Photo Photo Flash: Secret Rose Theatre Presents The World Premiere of NANCY F***ING REAGAN
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2019

A gay high school teacher, who is about to turn 50, needs to be cajoled by his friends to embrace the future and let go of a past he struggles with - sometimes comically – especially the Reagans' troubling AIDS legacy. The world premiere dramedy Nancy F***ing Reagan opens on July 12 at the Secret Rose Theatre in North Hollywood, where performances will continue through August 4, is being presented by Judith Taranto, written by Daniel Hurewitz and directed by Larry Margo.

World Premiere Of NANCY F***ING REAGAN Opens Next Month At Secret Rose Theatre Photo World Premiere Of NANCY F***ING REAGAN Opens Next Month At Secret Rose Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2019

A gay high school teacher, who is about to turn 50, needs to be cajoled by his friends to embrace the future and let go of a past he struggles with - sometimes comically - especially the Reagans' troubling AIDS legacy. The world premiere dramedy Nancy F***ing Reagan opens on July 12 at the Secret Rose Theatre in North Hollywood, where performances will continue through August 4, is being presented by Judith Taranto, written by Daniel Hurewitz and directed by Larry Margo.

NANCY F***ING REAGAN Begins Run at Secret Rose Theatre July 12th Photo NANCY F***ING REAGAN Begins Run at Secret Rose Theatre July 12th
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2019

A gay high school teacher, who is about to turn 50, needs to be cajoled by his friends to embrace the future and let go of a past he struggles with - sometimes comically - especially the Reagans' troubling AIDS legacy.

Cast And Creative Announced For World Premiere of NANCY F***ING REAGAN Photo Cast And Creative Announced For World Premiere of NANCY F***ING REAGAN
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2019

Judith Taranto presents Nancy F***ing Reagan, brand new dramedy by Daniel Hurewitz, directed by Larry Margo, making its world premiere this summer with a top-notch cast and creative team. Performances will run July 12th through August 4th - Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM, Sundays at 2:00 PM - at the Secret Rose Theatre located at 11246 W Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601, in the heart of the NoHo Arts District.

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