Long Beach Playhouse Producing Artistic Director Andrew Vonderschmitt has announced the lineup for next year on the theatre’s Mainstage.
“We are adding a show in the mix this year,” Vonderschmitt said. “I wanted to push the musical into the summer, and the best way to do that was to add a show.”
The Playhouse’s season now includes seven plays throughout with the usual holiday offering going up in December. The lineup is as follows:
Sept. 28 – Oct. 26
The Foreigner by Larry Shue
“Froggy” has brought along a friend, a pathologically shy young man named Charlie who is overcome with fear of conversation with strangers. So “Froggy” tells all assembled that Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and speaks no English. Then the fun really begins, as Charlie overhears more than he should. That he does understand fuels the nonstop hilarity of the play and sets up the wildly funny climax in which things go uproariously awry for the “bad guys,” and the “good guys” emerge triumphant.
Nov. 9 – Dec. 7
Boeing, Boeing by Marc Camoletti (translation by Beverley Cross, Francis Evans)
This 1960s French farce adapted for the English-speaking stage features self-styled Parisian lothario Bernard, who has Italian, German, and American fiancees, each beautiful airline hostesses with frequent “layovers.” He keeps “one up, one down and one pending” until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris and Bernard’s apartment at the same time.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
In nineteenth century England, the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future show the epitome of tight-fisted miser Ebenezer Scrooge the poverty of his material wealth and the blessings that come with generosity. In a series of visits to the past, present and future, these specters show Scrooge the folly of his ways. Can they convince him to change before it’s too late?
Jan. 18 – Feb. 15, 2014
Deathtrap by Ira Levin
Seemingly comfortably ensconced in his charming Connecticut home, Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer, is struggling to overcome a “dry” spell. A possible break in his fortunes occurs when he receives a script from a student– a thriller which Sidney recognizes immediately as a potential Broadway hit. Sidney’s plan, which he devises with his wife’s help, is to offer collaboration to the student, an idea which the younger man quickly accepts. This is where the suspense mounts and the plot twists with thrills and laughs.
March 1– March 29
Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
Beatrice and Benedick, who argue with delightful wit, both glibly proclaim their disdain of love. In contrast, the sweet, young couple Claudio and Hero are rendered speechless by their love. Don Pedro, the Prince of Aragon, and Don John, the Bastard Prince, hatch parallel plots to trick Benedick and Beatrice into confessing their love, and Claudio into rejecting Hero. Dogberry, a Constable who thinks he’s smarter than he is, discovers the the villains’ dual plots.
April 12 – May 10
Ravenscroft by Don Nigro
Inspector Ruffing is called to a remote house to investigate the headlong plunge of Patrick Roarke down the main staircase. He becomes involved in the lives of five alluring and dangerous women: Marcy, Viennese governess with a past; Mrs. Ravenscroft, flirtatious lady of the manor; Gillian, charming but demented daughter; Mrs. French, formidable and passionate cook; and Dolly, a terrified maid. They lead him through a bewildering labyrinth of contradictory versions of Patrick’s demise and that of the late Mr. Ravenscroft.
May 24 – June 21
The Philanderer by George Bernard Shaw
Leonard is pursued by two women. Julia is a “modern” woman, clinging to romantic attachment, despite her professed progressive views while Grace is a genuinely liberated widow who doesn’t resort to Julia’s histrionic wiles. What’s a philanderer to do? Further complicating matters are Julia and Grace’s fathers, a conventional fellow who thinks he’s dying and a theater critic flummoxed by youth. Leonard’s attempts to extricate himself from Julia culminate in a witty and blazing battle of the the sexes as well as generations.
July 5 – Aug. 9
Fiddler On The Roof (book by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, based on Sholem Aleichem’s stories by special permission of Arnold Perl)
In the little village of Anatevka, Tevye, a poor dairyman, tries to instill in his five daughters the traditions of his tight-knit Jewish community in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, Fiddler has touched audiences around the world with its humor, warmth and honesty. The universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion.
Premium subscription are available for $170, and full subscriptions are available for $148. Single tickets are $24 for adults, $21 for seniors, and $14 for students.
Tickets are available at lbplayhouse.org or by calling (562) 494-1014, option 1.
Long Beach Playhouse is located at 5021 E. Anaheim St. Performances are 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2pm on Sundays. The box office is open Wednesday through Saturday from 3pm to 8pm and on Sundays from 1pm to 2pm on scheduled matinees only.