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February 2019

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THE UPPERCLASSMEN

Feb. 10 to Nov. 10, 2019

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Run: Feb. 10 to Nov. 10, 2019

Synopsis

The Upperclassmen come to the Long Beach Playhouse for another year of comedy and improv! Playing in the Studio theater. Tickets are $5.00 presale*, $10.00 at the door. (For online tickets, click the $5 dollar presale discount option in the process of purchasing tickets.)

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March 2019

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Fistful of Improv

Mar. 17 to Oct. 27, 2019

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Run: Mar. 17 to Oct. 27, 2019

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A Fistful Of Improv is a comedy troupe born and bred on the streets of Long Beach.  They were founded in January of 2011 and have been performing at many stages across Los Angeles and Orange Counties since April of that same year. They are continuously looking for new ways to push the limits of improv comedy and strive to reach new frontiers with each performance. They are proud to call the Long Beach Playhouse their home and look forward…

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April 2019

In this true story of Henrietta Leavitt, an early 20th century astronomer hampered in her passions because she was born into an age where women didn’t pursue such things brings, her struggle for equality is brought to vivid life.  Much like the women of Hidden Figures a few generations later, Leavitt is able to overcome the biases of her day as she joins a group of women “computers” charting the stars for a renowned male astronomer who claims credit for…

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EXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR

Apr. 26 to May. 25, 2019
by Lauren Gunderson

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Director: James Rice
Run: Apr. 26 to May. 25, 2019 Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

Synopsis

If the Coen Brothers created a mashup of  Shakespearean revenge tale and outrageous comedy, it would be EXIT, PURSED BY A BEAR. Join Nan as she forces her abusive husband, Kyle, to watch her and her over-the-top cheerleading friend, Simon, reenact scenes from their horrible relationship as he’s tied to his La-Z-Boy.  Will Nan be able to make Kyle see the painful truths of their marriage, or will she leave him to be mauled by a bear at the end…

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AUDITIONS: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES

Apr. 30 to May. 2, 2019

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Run: Apr. 30 to May. 2, 2019 , performs June 29 - Aug. 3 with a possible extension to Aug. 10, 2019

Synopsis

AUDITION NOTICE: TITLE: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES AUTHOR: Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman, Book by Harvey Fierstein, Based on the Play by Jean Poiret DIRECTOR: Sean F. Gray MUSICAL DIRECTOR: Stephen Olear CHOREOGRAPHER: Phie Mura RUN:  June 29 – Aug. 3 with a possible extension to Aug. 10, 2019 Fridays & Saturdays 8pm, Sundays at 2pm. Special performances on Thursday and Sunday nights may be added for private parties and special events. This is a community theater production.  Non-Equity. …

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May 2019

From the master playwright of Fences, August Wilson, comes this story in his decade-by-decade exploration of the black experience in America. In a Pittsburgh tenement in 1948, friends gather to mourn the sudden death of a blues guitarist who has died on the verge of his musical success. Flashing back to the busy week preceding Floyd “Schoolboy” Barton’s demise, we learn the reasons for his tragic fall. Mixing the genres of dark elegy, bawdy comedy, and mystery, Schoolboy’s story has…

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June 2019

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THE HATMAKER’S WIFE

Jun. 7 to Jul. 6, 2019
by Lauren Yee

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Director: Shinshin Yuder Tsai
Run: Jun. 7 to Jul. 6, 2019 Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

Synopsis

In Lauren Yee’s comic fairy tale inspired by the Jewish folktales of Sholem Aleichem, we are introduced to a young woman who moves in with her boyfriend expecting domestic bliss. Instead, she finds discomfort, displacement, and the realization that she needs more.  In this witty and often deeply touching comedy, she finds assistance and guidance from the unlikeliest of sources — a wall in her new home. As the wall shares with her the magical tale of an old hat-maker…

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RADIO HOUR FUNDRAISER

Jun. 21, 2019

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Run: Jun. 21, 2019

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Friday, June 21 @ 6:00 – 8:00pm Written by Gazette Executive Editor, Harry Saltzgaver, The Annual Long Beach Playhouse Radio Hour proves to have the humor, wit, and self reference that makes it a must -see evening out. Attracting the political hard-hitters is easy when it is so much fun and for such a good cause. The Long Beach Playhouse celebrates 90 years in operation and intends to be here, serving Long Beach, for at least 90 more.    …

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LA CAGE AUX FOLLES

Jun. 29 to Aug. 3, 2019
Book by Harvey Fierstein, Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman, Based on the play by Jean Poiret

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Director: Sean F. Gray
Run: Jun. 29 to Aug. 3, 2019 Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

Synopsis

In this much loved musical that inspired The Birdcage, we peer into the living quarters of a famed drag nightclub where two men partnered in love as well as show-biz, Georges and Albin have their self-worth challenged after twenty years of un-wedded bliss when Georges’ son announces his impending marriage to the daughter of a conservative, right-wing politician. Georges reluctantly agrees to masquerade as “normal” to meet the family of the bride-to-be, but Albin has other plans, which escalate with…

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July 2019

Summer Youth Musical Theater Conservatory

Jul. 15 to Aug. 3, 2019

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Run: Jul. 15 to Aug. 3, 2019 Monday - Friday, 9am - 4pm

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Ages 7 – 17  July 15 – Aug 3, 2019 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday August 3rd, 2pm Performance Tuition: $600 Family discount: Buy one student’s tuition; get $100 off the second! This unique three-week day camp invites each young actor, singer and dancer to develop his or her skills in daily classes. Every student will also make the journey through the rehearsal process guided by a team of arts educators. In the end, we add…

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