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"The Addams Family": A Ghoulishly Funny Musical

at Musical Theatre Village, Irvine
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FULL PRICE: $18 - $21
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They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky, they're altogether kooky; they're the Addams Family! (snap, snap) This fiendishly delightful, award-winning stage adaptation of Charles Addamsâ... [more+]

They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky, they're altogether kooky; they're the Addams Family! (snap, snap) This fiendishly delightful, award-winning stage adaptation of Charles Addams’ original macabre cartoons finds the charmingly creepy clan facing a new nightmare: Daughter Wednesday has fallen in love … with a nice __normal__young man from Ohio!! Despite the pair’s plea for no shenanigans, a dinner party hosted by Gomez and Morticia to meet the boy’s parents soon goes devilishly awry, testing the bonds of family, love and unholy matrimony. Sit back and savor the horrific hospitality of Gomez, Morticia, Pugsley, Grandma, Lurch and everyone's favorite ghoul, Uncle Fester, as the special occasion brings out the best -- and worst -- in everyone involved. Bring your own family to this Musical Theatre Village production of "The Addams Family" in Irvine. [less-]

2019 Season at The Muckenthaler Cultural Center

at Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
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FULL PRICE: $30
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From live theater to modern dance, jazz to local country music, Fullerton's Muckenthaler Cultural Center showcases exceptional entertainment. In 2019, guests will experience a rum tasting and seafarin... [more+]

From live theater to modern dance, jazz to local country music, Fullerton's Muckenthaler Cultural Center showcases exceptional entertainment. In 2019, guests will experience a rum tasting and seafarin’ music with John Kraus And The Goers, Motown hits with Dallas and Doll, and doo-wop by The Alley Cats. Plus, Celtic bluegrass, Christmas in July, and an evening of classic jazz with the lovely Linda Purl. [less-]

Lewis Black's Wedding Day Farce

at STAGEStheatre, Fullerton
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Fri, April 26
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FULL PRICE: $24
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In Lewis Black’s "One Slight Hitch", it’s Courtney’s wedding day, and her mom is making sure that everything is perfect. The groom is perfect, the dress is perfect and the decorations (assuming ... [more+]

In Lewis Black’s "One Slight Hitch", it’s Courtney’s wedding day, and her mom is making sure that everything is perfect. The groom is perfect, the dress is perfect and the decorations (assuming they arrive) will be perfect. Then, as in any good farce, the doorbell rings … and all hell breaks loose. So much for perfect. "The New York Times" said “There’s more than a touch of Neil Simon in the morose Mr. Black,” and "Boston Globe" hailed the show for its “snappy wisecracks and keen social observation.” Get ready to laugh yourself silly when "One Slight Hitch" comes to Fullerton’s STAGEStheatre. [less-]

Musical Parody of Hit '90s Sitcom

at City National Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim
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Thu, April 25
FULL PRICE: $39.50
OFFER PRICE: $20

"Friends! The Musical Parody" is the comedy musical that lovingly pokes fun at TV’s "Friends", celebrating the adventures of your favorite group of 20-something friends as they navigate the pitfalls... [more+]

"Friends! The Musical Parody" is the comedy musical that lovingly pokes fun at TV’s "Friends", celebrating the adventures of your favorite group of 20-something friends as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life and love in 1990s Manhattan. It’s a typical day at New York’s only coffee shop, Central Perk, until an unexpected runaway bride enters the picture and kicks the whole gang out of second gear! The new musical recreates your favorite moments from all 10 years of "Friends" through an uncensored, fast-paced, music-filled romp at the City National Grove of Anaheim. [less-]

Shen Yun: Stage Spectacular Brings Ancient China Alive

at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Segerstrom Hall, Costa Mesa
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Thu, April 25
Fri, April 26
Sat, April 27
FULL PRICE: $80 - $165
OFFER PRICE: $80 - $165

World-famous performing-arts troupe Shen Yun summons an ancient Chinese world to vibrant life via traditional music, dance and acrobatics, along with spectacular animated backdrops, historically authe... [more+]

World-famous performing-arts troupe Shen Yun summons an ancient Chinese world to vibrant life via traditional music, dance and acrobatics, along with spectacular animated backdrops, historically authentic costumes and thunderous orchestral sound. Their latest exciting stage extravaganza, "Experience a Divine Culture", stars a cast of 100 in a wildly colorful, exhilarating and heartfelt journey through 5,000 years of glorious civilization, now on the verge of disappearing completely. You'll see more than a dozen dance pieces, each with its own story, as well as several solo vocal and instrumental performances as part of the show "Broadway World" calls "extravagantly beautiful," when it arrives on stage at Segerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa. [less-]

"South Pacific": See the Broadway Musical Fave

at Westminster Community Playhouse, Westminster
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Fri, May 10
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FULL PRICE: $25
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With its hothouse of emotions, lush melodies and ever-timely commentary on racial tolerance, "South Pacific" steams up the stage as both a romantic musical and a deeply felt drama. As Americans statio... [more+]

With its hothouse of emotions, lush melodies and ever-timely commentary on racial tolerance, "South Pacific" steams up the stage as both a romantic musical and a deeply felt drama. As Americans stationed on an island paradise during World War II, a nurse and a GI both fall in love with island residents, but a culture clash threatens their relationships. Ultimately love wins out, but the dangers of war threaten their happy endings. The unforgettable Rodgers & Hammerstein score is filled with all-time faves like "Some Enchanted Evening," "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair" and "Bali Ha'i." Both a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony winner, this Broadway classic now comes to the Westminster Community Playhouse. [less-]

"M. Butterfly": Post-Modern Classic About Sex, Espionage & Imperialism

at Segerstrom Stage, South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa
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FULL PRICE: $52 - $78
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Every bit as bold and engaging more than a quarter-century after its debut, David Henry Hwang's Tony Award-winning drama "M. Butterfly" remains one of the most celebrated and challenging American play... [more+]

Every bit as bold and engaging more than a quarter-century after its debut, David Henry Hwang's Tony Award-winning drama "M. Butterfly" remains one of the most celebrated and challenging American plays of the modern era. Based on a true story that stunned the world, it's the dramatic tale of Rene Gallimard, a former diplomat held captive by the French government, and his memories of a love affair with Song Liling, a beautiful Chinese opera diva whose true identity reveals shocking secrets. Skillfully intertwining the story of Puccini's opera "Madame Butterfly" with an extraordinary plot inspired by the Gallimard saga, "M. Butterfly" has become a post-modern whose intriguing and original exploration of dualities -- East and West, man and woman, reality and illusion -- continues to resonate today. Get swept up in this powerful tale at the Segerstrom Stage in Costa Mesa. [less-]

"Poor Yella Rednecks" Remixes the Immigrant Story

at Segerstrom Stage, South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa
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FULL PRICE: $63 - $78
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Refugee camps were never so sexy or hilarious as in Qui Nguyen’s award-winning "Vietgone", in which he recounted his parents’ courtship. In his follow-up, "Poor Yella Rednecks", Nguyen puts his or... [more+]

Refugee camps were never so sexy or hilarious as in Qui Nguyen’s award-winning "Vietgone", in which he recounted his parents’ courtship. In his follow-up, "Poor Yella Rednecks", Nguyen puts his original spin on the immigrant story, picking up six years after the war, as Tong and Quang set out to build new lives in a foreign land called Arkansas. But marriage is hard -- especially when she’s having doubts and his first one isn’t over yet. One family’s history makes for a raucously funny, deeply moving take on this timely subject, all told with Nguyen’s hip-hop style. Don’t miss it at Costa Mesa’s Segerstrom Stage from South Coast Repertory. [less-]

Comedy, Music, Acrobatics and More at Teatro Martini Dinner Cabaret

at Teatro Martini, Buena Park
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FULL PRICE: $65.50 - $74.05
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Teatro Martini's sizzling dinner spectacular features an edgy combination of cabaret, comedy, music and cirque-style aerials and acrobatics. The Teatro Martini experience comes complete with a four-co... [more+]

Teatro Martini's sizzling dinner spectacular features an edgy combination of cabaret, comedy, music and cirque-style aerials and acrobatics. The Teatro Martini experience comes complete with a four-course meal. As you dine on your gourmet entree, you'll be captivated by an energetic show of non-stop comedy, daring acrobatic acts, live music and more. Teatro Martini's performers come from across the globe to provide you with a captivating and tantalizing getaway from the ordinary. [less-]

Classic Adventure Tale "Around the World in 80 Days"

at Lyceum Theater, Costa Mesa
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Thu, April 25
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FULL PRICE: $16
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Long before "The Amazing Race" hit TV screens, master of adventure and steampunk founding father Jules Verne dreamt up the original madcap globetrotting race: "Around the World in 80 Days". Packed wit... [more+]

Long before "The Amazing Race" hit TV screens, master of adventure and steampunk founding father Jules Verne dreamt up the original madcap globetrotting race: "Around the World in 80 Days". Packed with stampeding elephants, raging typhoons and runaway trains, this action-packed tale comes alive onstage, as five actors play dozens of characters in a race against time and treachery. With his resourceful servant, Passepartou, at his side, fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg sets out from Victorian London and into a world bursting with danger, romance and comic surprises as he endeavors to traverse the globe in an unheard-of 80 days. But his every step is dogged by a detective who thinks he's a robber on the run. Buckle up and get ready for a trip like no other when "Around the World in 80 Days" comes to the Lyceum Theater in Costa Mesa. [less-]

"Singin' in the Rain" Makes a Splash On Stage

at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, La Mirada
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The 1952 MGM song-and-dance classic that immortalized Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds -- and umbrellas and lampposts -- also has its share of comedy and romance, cementing its status as one of the grea... [more+]

The 1952 MGM song-and-dance classic that immortalized Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds -- and umbrellas and lampposts -- also has its share of comedy and romance, cementing its status as one of the greatest movie musicals of all time. Adapted for the stage in 1985 by the film’s legendary creators Betty Comden and Adolph Green, "Singin' in the Rain" comes to the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, thanks to a splashy new production. With glorious dance sequences, riotous comedy routines and unforgettable songs -- including "Make 'Em Laugh," "Good Morning" and the show-stopping title song -- this stage spectacular takes you on an entertaining trip back in Hollywood history, as silent films transform into talkies. [less-]

"Sheepdog" Explores Racial Differences Among Cops

at Julianne Argyros Stage, South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa
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FULL PRICE: $63 - $78
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What begins as a love story about two Cleveland cops​ — an African-American woman and her white male partner​ — changes when he shoots a young black man while in the line of duty. Amina loves ... [more+]

What begins as a love story about two Cleveland cops​ — an African-American woman and her white male partner​ — changes when he shoots a young black man while in the line of duty. Amina loves Ryan. But can she trust her heart when the truth about the shooting, and her man, becomes more and more slippery? A biracial relationship gets shaken to its core in this riveting new drama by up-and-coming playwright Kevin Artigue, onstage this spring at South Coast Repertory’s Julianne Argyros Stage in Costa Mesa. [less-]

Comic Characters Get Update in "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead"

at Studio Theatre, Mission Viejo
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Fri, April 26
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FULL PRICE: $15
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The death of a dog marks the beginning of a story that follows a group of teenagers through friendship, bullying and self discovery. "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead" is the ribald an... [more+]

The death of a dog marks the beginning of a story that follows a group of teenagers through friendship, bullying and self discovery. "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead" is the ribald and darkly comic contemporary update of everyone's favorite cartoon characters as teenagers trying to navigate their lives and ever-changing identities. Trevor Bishop-Gillespie directs this production at Studio Theatre in Mission Viejo. [less-]

"The Secret Garden": Musical Based on Childhood Classic

at Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Cerritos
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Fri, May 03
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FULL PRICE: $65 - $85
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On a windswept moor in an old haunted house in England, a lonely widower still grieves for his wife ten years after her death. Enter Mary, a sour young orphan who's come to live with her uncle. She di... [more+]

On a windswept moor in an old haunted house in England, a lonely widower still grieves for his wife ten years after her death. Enter Mary, a sour young orphan who's come to live with her uncle. She discovers a locked garden that's been left to grow wild and uncared for -- much like Mary herself. With the help of her friend and cousin, the little girl brings new life to both the garden and her uncle in the enchanting musical "The Secret Garden", a story of hardship turned into hope, of beauty discovered in unlikely places, the power of a child's imagination and the wisdom that accompanies growing up. Written by Pulitzer winner Marsha Norman ("The Color Purple") with music by Lucy Simon ("Doctor Zhivago"), this lush musical delivers a magical theatrical experience at Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. [less-]

Rock 'n' Roll Revue "The Beat Goes On"

at Lyceum Theater, Costa Mesa
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Fri, May 31
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FULL PRICE: $25
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"The Beat Goes On" is a rock 'n' roll musical revue that travels through decades of pop, with pit stops at malt shops, surf spots, disco lounges and the studios of MTV. From Vanda Eggington, creator o... [more+]

"The Beat Goes On" is a rock 'n' roll musical revue that travels through decades of pop, with pit stops at malt shops, surf spots, disco lounges and the studios of MTV. From Vanda Eggington, creator of long-running musicals like "Boomers", "American Rhythm" and "Love Makes the World Go 'Round", "The Beat Goes On" is an energetic, family-friendly revue of the hits that defined the latter half of the 20th century. Fun and accessible, the show turns back the clock and turn up the volume on some of the best rock to ever appear on LPs, eight-tracks, cassette tapes and CDs at the Lyceum Theater on the campus of Costa Mesa's Vanguard University. [less-]

"The Dinner Detective": Interactive Murder Mystery

at Four Points by Sheraton Anaheim, Anaheim
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Sat, April 27
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FULL PRICE: $118
OFFER PRICE: $59

Named the best show of its kind across the country, "The Dinner Detective" comes to Anaheim's Four Points by Sheraton to serve up a tasty whodunit along with a delicious four-course dinner. And since ... [more+]

Named the best show of its kind across the country, "The Dinner Detective" comes to Anaheim's Four Points by Sheraton to serve up a tasty whodunit along with a delicious four-course dinner. And since this comedic murder mystery is set in the present day, you'll never know whether someone at your table is one of the talented cast of improvisers. In fact, everyone's a suspect, including you. The event starts out with a reception featuring tray-passed hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar, followed by the meal, which includes a salad, entree and dessert. Between courses you can expect plenty of murder, mayhem and hidden clues coming to light as you puzzle through the crime. The top sleuth even wins a prize package at the end of the evening -- not to mention serious bragging rights. [less-]

Saucy Sassiness Served Up at the "Lipstick and Lashes Drag & Dinner Show"

at Velvet Lounge, Santa Ana
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FULL PRICE: $49.99 - $69.99
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If you're looking for Las Vegas glamour, divas and fun without leaving Orange County, head to Velvet Lounge in historic downtown Santa Ana for a dinner theater-style drag extravaganza worthy of the St... [more+]

If you're looking for Las Vegas glamour, divas and fun without leaving Orange County, head to Velvet Lounge in historic downtown Santa Ana for a dinner theater-style drag extravaganza worthy of the Strip. "Lipstick and Lashes" is hosted by television star and female impersonator Pandora Boxx from RuPaul's hit shows "Drag Race" and "All-Star Drag Race". Along with a delicious three-course dinner in an intimate atmosphere, expect sparkle, feathers, incredible costumes, comedy, impersonations, sexy backup dancers ... and lashes for days. [less-]

"Wizard of Oz" -- Young Performers Edition

at Westminster Community Playhouse, Westminster
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This Young Performers’ Edition is a one-hour adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz," specially tailored for elementary, middle, and high school-aged actors. This classic tale, in which a Kansas farm girl ... [more+]

This Young Performers’ Edition is a one-hour adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz," specially tailored for elementary, middle, and high school-aged actors. This classic tale, in which a Kansas farm girl travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home, has been entertaining audiences for generations. [less-]

"An Inspector Calls"

at Westminster Community Playhouse, Westminster
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Fri, January 10
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In an English industrial city, a young girl commits suicide and an inspector calls on an eminently respectable British family, subjecting them to a routine inquiry in connection with the death. The fa... [more+]

In an English industrial city, a young girl commits suicide and an inspector calls on an eminently respectable British family, subjecting them to a routine inquiry in connection with the death. The family is straight-laced and closely knit. But what lurks beneath are brought to the surface when all members of the group are implicated in the girl’s undoing. "An Inspector Calls" is an effective presentation of how humans react and what they will do for self-preservation. [less-]

"Bad Seed"

at Westminster Community Playhouse, Westminster
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Fri, July 12
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FULL PRICE: $22
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A small Southern town where Colonel and Christine Penmark live with their daughter, Little Rhoda, who is the focus of the story. While on the surface she is sweet, charming, and full of old-fashioned ... [more+]

A small Southern town where Colonel and Christine Penmark live with their daughter, Little Rhoda, who is the focus of the story. While on the surface she is sweet, charming, and full of old-fashioned graces, her mother couldn't help but have this uneasy feeling about her. Alarm bells go off when one of Rhoda’s schoolmates mysteriously drowns at a picnic. Did Sweet Rhoda have anything to do with this tragedy? It will be up to you to decide. [less-]

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