Stage Raw: Facebook Is So 2004
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Jonas Oppenheim's faux self-improvement workshop, hosted by Robin and Randy Petraeus, Power Couple, "authors in the field of positive thought energy." Sundays, 7 p.m.; Thu., March 24, 8 p.m.; Thu., March 31, 8 p.m. Continues through April 3. Sacred Fools Theater, 660 N. Heliotrope Dr., L.A., (310) 281-8337, www.sacredfools.org.
FACEBOOK IS SO 2004
Script development goes virtual and global via a transatlantic lab called LoNyLa that launches March 6 to helps writers develop material over a 12-week period, by communicating with seasoned artists in three linked hubs: London, New York and Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles hub is housed inside Esperanza Productions, on the Paramount Studios Lot
on Melrose Avenue.
On March 6th, LoNyLa's three teams will come together for a three-hour session to work on the material of a British writer and two American writers. The three teams will log in to a single video streaming platform to broadcast the readings and provide real-time feedback to the writers.
LoNyLa is a new venture created by graduates of Yale College and the Yale School of Drama. Transatlantic artist Neil LaBute, Christopher Shinn, Wilson Milam and Phyllis Nagy will help LoNyLa artists navigate the journey across the sea.
The LoNyLa Project is a transatlantic lab that helps writers develops material over a 12-week period, by connecting with seasoned artists. Writers are exposed to different creative approaches and processes. Founder J. Dakota Powell said, "We are excited to combine the artistic development process with the Internet to provide opportunities to artists across the Atlantic. We aim to create a global network where artists can meet and collaborate on new work."
AVENUE Q The NYC-based 2004 Tony Award winner for Best Musical features David Colston Corris, Ashley Eileen Bucknam, and Michael Liscio Jr. for this eight-performance run in Hollywood., $25-$90. Pantages Theater, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., L.A.; opens March 1; Tues.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., March 5, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., March 6, 1 & 6:30 p.m.; thru March 5. (213) 365-3500.
THE BIRTHDAY BOYS Theatre Unleashed presents Aaron Kozak's dark comedy about three U.S. marines taken hostage in Iraq. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through March 27, (818) 849-4039, theatreunleashed.com. NoHo Stages, 4934 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, noho-stages.us.
BRENDAN O'LENIHAN LEAVES THREE DAUGHTERS Sophisticated Rogue Media presents William Norrett's story of three Irish-American sisters at their father's wake. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Continues through March 27, (818) 688-1219. Underground Annex Theater, 1308 N. Wilton Place, L.A..
THE COMEDY OF ERRORS William Shakespeare's comedy, re-staged as a Vaudeville-era play-within-a-play. Sat., March 5, 8 p.m.; Sun., March 6, 2 p.m.; Wed., March 23, 8 p.m.; Thu., March 24, 8 p.m.; Thu., April 14, 8 p.m.; Fri., April 15, 8 p.m.; Sat., April 23, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., April 24, 2 p.m.; Sun., May 1, 2 & 7 p.m.; Thu., May 5, 8 p.m.; Fri., May 6, 8 p.m.; Sat., May 14, 2 & 8 p.m. A Noise Within, 234 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale, (818) 240-0910, anoisewithin.org.
FREE $$$ Jonas Oppenheim's faux self-improvement workshop, hosted by Robin and Randy Petraeus, Power Couple, "authors in the field of positive thought energy." plays Sundays, 7 p.m.; Thu., March 24, 8 p.m.; Thu., March 31, 8 p.m. Continues through April 3. Sacred Fools Theater, 660 N. Heliotrope Dr., L.A., (310) 281-8337, www.sacredfools.org.
I GET KNOCKED DOWN . . . Evan McNamara's solo study of the meaning of love. Starting March 5, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Continues through April 10, igetknockeddown.eventbrite.com. Studio C Artists, 6448 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A., (323) 988-1175.
JUMP/CUT Neena Beber's study of friendship and mental illness. jumpcut2011.tix.com Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through March 26, jumpcut2011.tix.com. Arena Stage at Theater of Arts (formerly the Egyptian Arena Theater), 1625 N. Las Palmas Ave., L.A., (323) 595-4849.
A NIGHT AT THE OSCARS Peter Quilter's comedy about a thespian couple preparing to sing at the Academy Awards. brownpapertickets.com Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 5 p.m. Continues through March 20, brownpapertickets.com. Malibu Stage Company, 29243 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, (310) 589-1998.
RE-ANIMATOR The Musical: Stuart Gordon directs this musical stage version of his 1985 horror film, based on the H.P. Lovecraft story. Starting March 5, Fridays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Continues through March 27. Steve Allen Theater, at the Center for Inquiry-West, 4773 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., (323) 666-4268. (assigned)
UNSCREENED New short plays by Emily Halpern, Leslye Headland, Beth Schacter, and Susanna Fogel and Joni Lefkowitz., (310) 424-5085. Zephyr Theater, 7456 Melrose Ave., L.A.; Mon., 8 p.m.; thru March 7. (323) 852-9111.
WOMEN IN SHORTS World premiere themed evening of theater, starring Joanna Miles and Louise Davis. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Continues through March 20, (800) 838-3006, Working Stage Theater, 1516 N. Gardner St., L.A., brownpapertickets.com/event/143986
THE WOODPECKER Mutineer Theatre Company presents Samuel Brett Williams' trailer-park drama. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m. Continues through April 3, (323) 871-5826, mutineertheatre.com. Studio/Stage, 520 N. Western Ave., L.A., studio-stage.com.