This fall season has already brought more theater than any reviewer could possibly absorb, and the coming two months are slated to bring an even greater bounty. Listed here are three dozen extensions of already-opened shows, current shows not reviewed by the Buzz and upcoming openings (including children’s shows). These are in addition to more than a dozen shows already reviewed by the Buzz that are still running; you can read about them here.
And, at the end, there’s a unique musical theater-related opportunity from the Library of Congress.
Fall into a show this season!
An Infinite Ache at Beverly Hills Playhouse, through 10/8.
Kill Shelter at Theatre of NOTE in Hollywood, through 10/14.
Heroes of the Fourth Turning from Rogue Machine at the Matrix Theatre on Melrose Avenue, through 10/22.
Every Brilliant Thing at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood, through 10/29.
Freud on Cocaine at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks, through 11/4.
The immersive Measure Still for Measure at Boston Court in Pasadena, through 10/22 (extended).
Queen of the Rumba at Casa 0101 in Boyle Heights, through 10/22.
Life Sucks from Interact Theatre Company at the Broadwater Main Stage on Santa Monica Blvd., through 10/29.
Bisexual Sadness at The Road Theatre in North Hollywood, through 11/5.
Jews Are 2 Much Fun at the Santa Monica Playhouse, through 11/12.
October 3: Hadestown at the Ahmanson downtown.
October 4: The Fountain Theatre’s production of Lifespan of a Fact at the Rubicon Theatre in Ventura.
October 6: Rise by Kimba Henderson at Company of Angels in East LA
Love Among the Ruins at El Portal in North Hollywood
The Thanksgiving Play from Ensemble Theatre Company at Santa Barbara’s New Vic Theatre
October 8: A Midsummer Night’s Dream at A Noise Within in Pasadena
October 10: Nicole Travolta Is Doing Alright at Groundlings on Melrose Ave.
October 12: Kevin Flynn: Fear of Heights at the Odyssey in West LA
The Engagement Party at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood
Dog Door from NEO Ensemble Theatre (this author’s playwriting home) at the McCadden Place Theatre
Baby Foot from Rogue Machine at the Matrix Theatre on Melrose Avenue
Methusalem at The Actors Gang in Culver City
October 15: SHE at Antaeus Theatre Company in Glendale
October 17: Slow Thunder at the Theatre 68 Arts Complex in North Hollywood
The Angel Next Door at the Laguna Playhouse
Deathtrap at International City Theatre in Long Beach
October 19: Pedro Play from Cornerstone Theater Company at the Warner Grand Theater in San Pedro
Sally Spectre, a spooky musical, at Theatre West in the Cahuenga Pass
Roger Q. Mason’s Hide and Hide at the 2023 Live Arts Exchange Festival downtown (reading, one night only)
BEFOK (or the Desperate Attempt to Impress Iñárritu) at the Odyssey Theatre in West Los Angeles.
Patient 13 at the Broadwater (Black Box) 6322 Santa Monica Blvd. (three nights only)
October 22: A Raisin in the Sun at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa
November 1: Inherit the Wind at the Pasadena Playhouse
November 7: Babbitt at La Jolla Playhouse
November 10: Mama Mama Can’t You See at Studio/Stage on Western Ave.
The Talented Tenth from the Robey Theatre Company at Los Angeles Theatre Center downtown
Radical or, Are You Gonna Miss Me? from IAMA Theatre Company at Atwater Village Theatre
November 12: Freight: The Five Incarnations of Abel Green at the Fountain Theatre
October 7: Aladdin, The Princess, And The Magic Lamp at Theatre West’s Storybook Theatre in the Cahuenga Pass
October 29: Enchanted Sleeping Beauty: The Legend of Briar-Rose by the Nine O’Clock Players at the Assistance League Theatre on N. St. Andrews Place
November 4: The Addams Family at Morgan-Wixson in Santa Monica
November 21: Dog Man: The Musical at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City
November 25: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Holiday Show at El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood.
Special Note for Lovers of Musicals
The Library of Congress relies on citizen volunteers to help digitize its vast collections. Currently underway is the digitization of their Sheet Music of the Musical Theater collection, spanning 1880 to 1922. Register and start transcribing lyrics that may not have been seen or heard in 100 years or more. (There are all kinds of other Library of Congress transcription opportunities, if you’re inclined to help make the world a better place for historians, researchers, and humans in general.)