Love stories, tragedies, comedies, and musicals are available to Angelenos this spring all over the city. Whether written two or 200 years ago, masterpieces are available for discovery and many of them at accessible prices. Following are a few of the theaters in town offering great performances in the upcoming months.
Antony and Cleopatra
A Noise Within
3352 East Foothill Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91107
Price: Wed, Thurs, Sun evening and Sat matinee – $42 / Fri and Sat evening and Sun matinee – $46
Dates: ongoing until May 13, 2012
Through May 13 A Noise Within presents William Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, the tragedy of larger than life figures caught up in the collision of lust, love, politics and war. In its fantastic new theater in Pasadena, “A Noise Within” finally has the opportunity to give the deserved grandness to the setting and to the delivery of this magnificent story of love and death.
Charity: Part III of a Mexican Trilogy
Los Angeles Theater Center
514 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Price: $10 Thursdays / $40 Fri through Sun general, $20 seniors, students, and veterans
Dates: April 19 through May 20, 2012 Thurs, Fri, Sat – 8 p.m., Sun – 3 p.m.
Starting April 19 and through May 20, the Los Angeles Theatre Center presents “Charity: Part III of a Mexican Trilogy,” written by local playwright Evelina Fernandez. Directed by Jose Luis Valenzuela, in this play the world mourns the death of Pope John II, a grandmother is visited by the ghost of her slain in Iraq grandson, and a newly arrived relative from Mexico joins the family.
Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theatre
455 West Foothill Blvd.
Claremont, CA 91711
Price: ranges $48 to $68 depending on date and location
Dates: April 20 through June 3, 2012, Thurs, Fri, Sat dinner seating – 6 p.m., Sat and Sun luncheon matinees – 11 a.m., Sun dinner seating – 5 p.m.
Starting April 20 and until June 3, the dinner-theater house will present Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Aida,” in a contemporary take of the love story between a Nubian princess and an Egyptian soldier. Part of perhaps the best season ever at the Candlelight Pavilion, the ticket price includes the show, a delicious dinner, and the sales tax. Appetizers, drinks and desserts are available at an additional cost. This is a family place that makes for a fantastic way to celebrate birthdays and other special occasions.
Edgemar Center for the Arts
2437 Main St.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Price: $34.99 / A limited amount of tickets are available every night at $17.50 by using code “Ghosts”
Dates: Through May 6, 2012, Fri and Sat – 8 p.m., Sun – 5 p.m.
Until May 6 the Edgemar Center presents “Ghosts,” based on the play by Henrik Ibsen. Originally written in Danish in 1881, this is an English translation of Ibsen’s harsh commentary of the morality of the 19th century. It shows the protagonist, Helen Alving, having to deal with “the ones who return,” making this a haunting story that is as interesting to modern audiences as it was back when first published.
Related: Downtown LA Theatre District
6233 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Price: $25 and up
Dates: May 15 through May 27, 2012, Tues to Fri – 8 p.m., Sat – 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sun – 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Starting May 15 and through the 27th, Pantages presents “Chicago,” with supermodel Christie Brinkley as “Roxie Hart” in this tale of greed, murder, corruption, and show biz filled with hit songs like “All That Jazz,” and “Razzle Dazzle.” Brinkley comes to Los Angeles in her debut tour after being acclaimed for her performances on Broadway and London’s West End.
Related: LA Children’s Theater Guide