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The Buzz: Your Home for 2024 Theater Coverage

Welcome to 2024, a year of theater unknowns. But one trend seems clear, based on upcoming shows at Los Angeles area theaters: men continue to have their shows produced at rates exponentially higher than women.

Of 21 LA shows announced to date for January and February, I could only find eight written and/or directed by a woman. Four of those were written and directed by women:

By comparison, 13 were written and directed by men)

Two additional shows have a female playwright (Latino Theater Company’s three-play cycle A Mexican Trilogy: An American Story, solo show Kate at Pasadena Playhouse) and two have a female director (Mercury at The Road Theatre and Sweeney Todd at A Noise Within).

I’m looking forward to all of the upcoming shows written and/or directed by women—as well as many written and directed by men. Here are some to watch for:

There are plenty more that the Buzz team will be reviewing beginning this week. Erika Newman and Sika Lonner joined in December and reviewed three holiday shows. I’m thrilled they’re on board to share their extensive theater knowledge.

Larchmont resident Sunita Param of the Whitefire’s “Sunita: Back to Me”

This year also will include Whitefire Theater’s Solofest and the Hollywood Fringe Festival, two smorgasbords offering a wide range of theatermakers, from amateur to professional.

Meanwhile, I’ve been reliving some of the highlights of 2023 written and directed by women:

Happy 2024, and make sure to support local theater!

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Laura Foti Cohen
Laura Foti Cohen
Laura Foti Cohen has lived in the Brookside neighborhood since 1993. She works as a freelance writer, editor and consultant. She's also a playwright affiliated with Theatre West.

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