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From the mind of hit television screenwriter Bekah Brunstetter (This is Us, Switched at Birth) comes The Cake, a play of equal sentimentality and trouble. Main character Della, played by That ’70s Show‘s Debra Jo Rupp, has a knack for cakes, not judgment calls — those usually get sent to her husband. When the girl she helped raise returns to North Carolina with a different fiancee than expected, Della has to decide whether the cake will include two brides atop or not. Taken from the website

June 28 – August 6 2017

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The Actor’s Studio of Orange County, the premiere acting studio for film and television training in Orange County, is beginning its Adult, Teen and Kids’ Summer Acting Programs, beginning in June and running throughout the month of…

Playwright Michael Leoni—extends his popular West Hollywood special limited engagement at The Coast Playhouse through the end of June. ELEVATOR, a comedic and emotional ride exploring what happens when seven strangers get stuck in an elevator, opened on March 25.  Taken from a press release. 

Performance Schedule: Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 8pm & Sundays at 3pm (through the end of August)

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Apr 15 – Sun, May 21 2017

During a hotly contested presidential primary campaign a wunderkind press secretary, blinded by hubris, makes a wrong turn. After choosing to walk through “that door” his life, and the lives of others, spin out of control. Taken from the website

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APR 4 – MAY 14, 2017

Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales in a musical format that follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel-all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them. Taken from the website

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Review by Matthew Robinson

Burners is set in the not-so-distant future where the elite live in luxury inside Avalon Protectorate, a fortified megacity, while the majority of the population struggles to survive in massive, polluted slums. A resistance movement has risen to fight for the rights of the poor, and their most powerful weapons are humans that have been genetically engineered to become living bombs: BURNERS. Taken from the website.

March 25th – April 9th 2017 

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I wish more plays were like this. The divide between audience and players completely disappeared. I saw it in a very small theater and the set envelopes much of the seating. The atmosphere of a high tech dystopia was spot on. The set and costume design were excellent but the players really carried the show. An unexpected story and all of the background on their desperate world comes across through their interaction. Both players shed their more stereotyped mannerisms as the complexity and layers of their characters and identities were revealed. Really well done and engrossing. Go see it.
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Spanning from the 1988 display of the AIDS Memorial Quilt in Washington DC to the worldwide Women’s Marches, Shades of Disclosure illuminates the triumphant lives of real people whose personal stories have been forgotten or silenced.

Individuals, of varying stripes, relive their intimate and heartfelt histories while speaking to a sixteen-year old who, after bravely announcing her queerness, finds herself at a precarious turning point in American politics. In Shades of Disclosure, she discovers a band of mentors who tell it like it was, is, and how they hope it can be. Taken from the website

January 28 – February 25th 2017

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Mary Shelley’s 1818 classic horror novel gets a 21st-century steam punk update in Frankenstein, A New Musical, described as being more faithful to Shelley’s dark and romantic novel than any other version of Frankenstein. Promising scientist Victor Frankenstein plays God by daring to create life — only to turn his back on his monstrous creation, setting off a cycle of violence. The musical captures a tragic love story and a battle between father and son. An exploration of desire, obsession and ambition run rampant, Frankenstein, A New Musicalmakes its Los Angeles debut at the Flight Theater at the Complex. Taken from the website.

October 9th – 30th 2016 

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The audience enters a Munich beer hall complete with traditional long tables and benches and waiters and waitresses in Bavarian dress to enjoy a night of song, dance and merriment hosted by a jovial Emcee.  But the show’s producer unexpectedly shows up, outraged that the Emcee has subverted her historically accurate drama of the romance between a prince and princess, into an “almost true” musical romp. The battle between Emcee and producer sends the troupe of hapless performers spinning out of control into hilarious chaos. Taken from the website 

AUGUST 26-NOVEMBER 27
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Going back to see it a second time!
Just made reservations to see this gem again! Terrific cast, fun for everyone--and there's nothing wrong with getting a free beer with admission. Thanks for bringing this delightful Bavarian valentine to Westwood!
October 10, 2016, 8:38 pm
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5 stars!!!
Missed the stars on my review... here they are!
September 30, 2016, 6:42 pm
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A Bit of Broadway in Los Angeles...
Saw this show last week and was totally surprised by the superb quality of the actors and band! Not used to seeing this in an original show mounted in Los Angeles. I have been to Oktoberfest in Munich a few times can vouch for the Haufbräu decorations and most importantly, the beer! Great songs and a chance to sing along! I highly recommend taking a few friends to this show for some Bavarian Style entertainment!
September 30, 2016, 6:38 pm
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best evening entertaiment
Great show - super music - fantastic actors – a lot of fun and all combined in a real authentic Bavarian beer tent atmosphere with Bavarian Hofbräu beer. If you want to experience an incredible Oktoberfest evening, without traveling to Munich – you definitely have to see the show!!
September 30, 2016, 11:06 am
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Seriously Fun Evening
Oktoberfest is alive and well at the Crest Theatre. Great fun, great cast, great music! Go see it!
September 29, 2016, 9:11 pm
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Fun night at the theatre!
Nothing too heavy just a wonderfully fun and lively night at the theatre. Very talented and professional young cast with great singing voices. And a very clever plot line. It begs you to join in the frivolity on stage laughing out loud, singling along with the oom-pah-pah songs - all while enjoying a stein of delicious Bavarian. beer Audience seating is terrific, brings you right into the action on stage and also makes you feel as if you were in a real Bavarian beer garden. You really do leave the theatre with a most happy feeling and totally well-entertained. I'm sponsoring a theatre party of friends and family and going back a second time.
September 29, 2016, 8:17 pm
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Beer-Licious!
A wonderful bright, cheerful evening. Experience, beer and a musical about Octoberfest. Wow. A lively smart cast keeps this warm period musical about the birth of Octoberfest engaging and celebratory.
September 29, 2016, 7:03 pm
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Great music
One of my favorite things about this play is the involvement of the audience. You are in a Beer Hall (with great real beer being serverd) and a play breaks out. But not just any play, there is something afoot that the cast isn't aware about. Someone is coming that doesn't like what is happening. I won't spoil the surprise, but I guarantee that you will laugh and enjoy yourself. A fun musical event. If you can get a group together, as we did, it is even more fun.
September 29, 2016, 5:05 pm
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Fun and Entertaining!
Loved the show it was fun and entertaining. Cast is great. Very enjoyable evening. Left you smiling.
September 29, 2016, 5:01 pm
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An almost good play
Somewhat fun, but not much here that's entertaining. Reminds me of what a high school drama troupe would stage.
September 9, 2016, 7:23 pm
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In & Of Itself is a show constructed as a metaphoric labyrinth, filled with allegorical illusions and centered around a single paradoxical truth. From the writer and producers of the highly acclaimed Nothing to Hide and Director Frank Oz, comes the new show by Derek DelGaudio, In & Of Itself, produced by Glenn Kaino and Tom Werner with original music by Mark Mothersbaugh. Taken from the website

May 3 – August 28, 2016

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