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CurtainUp in California
Past Los Angeles Reviews. . .  All CurtainUp Reviews
New & November - December 2014
By Jon Magaril


Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin (November 19 to December 21) Jerome Kern famously said, "Irving Berlin has no place in American music - he is American music." In the latest of his popular one-man shows, Felder brings to life the songwriter's remarkable story which, from the depths of anti-Semitism in Czarist Russia to New York's Lower East Side and ultimately all of the the world, epitomizes the capture of the American dream. Gil Cates Theater at the Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024 (310) 208-5454 www.geffenplayhouse.com
Flare Path (November 20 - December 15) Terence Rattigan's romantic WW II drama, set at a small hotel boarding mainly Allied aviators and their spouses, centers on the new marriage of an Allied aviator and his actress wife as it's threatened by the arrival of a non-military guest, fading movie star. Theatre 40 241 S. Moreno Drive, Beverly Hills, CA (310) 364-0535 www.Theatre40.org
Hey Brother (November 21 - December 14) A mysterious young woman hunting for her own history comes into the lives of two co-habitating brothers, putting their vicious love/ hate relationship to the test. Son Of Semele Theater 3301 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, 90004 (213) 351-3507 www.sonofsemele.org
Train to Zakopane: A true story of hate and love (November 21 to March 29) Henry Jaglom's new play is based upon events that occurred in his father's life as he crossed Poland on a train in 1928. The successful Russian businessman faced a life-changing dilemma when he discovered that the Polish nurse he was drawn to - and who was enchanted by him -- was fiercely anti-Semitic. Edgemar Center for the Arts 2437 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405 (310) 392-7327 www.edgemarcenter.org
Florencia en al Amazonas (November 22 to December 20) A steamboat passage through a fabled rain-forest becomes a poignant voyage of discovery in this return of American composer Daniel Catan's enchanting and romantic opera. LA Opera?135 N Grand Ave?Los Angeles 90012 213) 972-8001 www.laopera.org
Trip Through the Multiverse (November 24 - December 15) An eclectic series of sketches in the tradition of Kids in the Hall and Monty Python, this genre-bending chimera of comedy goodness is a police procedural within an historical epic, a murder mystery with inverted light cues, and a ghost story told by a frustrated ghost. Sacred Fools Theater, 660 N. Heliotrope, Hollywood, CA 90004 310-281-8337 www.sacredfools.org
A Christmas Carol (November 28 - December 27) South Coast Repertory's grand and glorious tradition has for 35 years featured actor Hal Landon Jr, who's echoed Ebenezer Scrooge's classic words of distaste for Christmas-until Scrooge has a change of heart. 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa (714) 708-5555 www.scr.org
Possum Carcass (December 2 to January 10) This latest Seagull takes Chekhov to CBGB's where a garage rock pulse, a Lower East Side brain, and the timeless, ups and hilarious downs of trying to make it as an artist are brought to vivid life. Theatre of NOTE, 1517 N. Cahuenga Blvd. (323) 856-861 www.theatreofnote.com
Striking 12 (December 3 to December 28) A holiday musical twist on the wonderful Hans Christian Andersen classic Little Match Girl with the contemporary music of GrooveLily. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. (949) 497-ARTS (2787) www.lagunaplayhouse.com
The Snow Queen (December 3 to January 18, 2015) Troubadour Theater Company "Will Rock You" this holiday season with a hilarious musical re-imagining of this classic fable with the music of the mercurial British rock band. So grab your Somebody To Love and feel the holiday fun of being Under Pressure with the masters of mayhem. Falcon Theatre, 4252 Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91505?TICKETS: (818) 955-8101 or FalconTheatre.com
The Santaland Diaries (December 4 to December 21) Matt Crabtree stars in the return of the outrageously funny solo play by NPR's well-loved humorist David Sedaris about his experiences as a 33-year-old unemployed writer who takes a job as a Christmas elf at Macy's in New York City. The Working Stage Theater 1516 N. Gardner Street, Los Angeles, 90046. (800) 838-3006 www.santaland2014.brownpapertickets.com
Piñata Dreams (December 4 - December 28) This holiday show for children and their families celebrates Latino heritage through the story of the Alebrijes and the Piñatas, exploring how some special children are meant to be artists. Casa 0101 Theater 2102 E First St Boyle Heights 90033 (323) 263-7684 www.casa0101.org

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