L.A. may lack snowfall during the winter months, but there's no shortage of holiday plays going on this time of year. Besides, might as well put the thousands of unemployed actors in town to work – ‘tis the season to give back! Here is a roundup of eight of the best holiday-themed plays going on right now in Los Angeles.
Christmas My Way: A Sinatra Holiday Bash: Whether you call him the Chairman of the Board, or ‘Ol Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra's voice is recognizable to just about everyone with functioning ears – even Justin Bieber fans. To celebrate the man and his music, four singers will be dishing out Sinatra classics like "Fly Me To The Moon," "New York, New York," and "That's Life” – along with a few holiday favorites thrown in – at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood.
When: Now thru December 31st
Where: El Portal Theatre; 11206 Weddington St, North Hollywood
Tickets: $35 – $60 for general admission; $60 – $120 for the New Year's Eve performances
Contact: For more information visit www.elportaltheatre.com/events.html
The SantaLand Diaries: Writer and humorist David Sedaris first read “The SantaLand Diaries” as an essay on NPR way back in 1992. It has since been adapted into a hilarious one-man stage play that's fast becoming a perennial holiday classic at theatres all across the country – kind of like A Christmas Carol. Well, maybe on a significantly lesser scale but still pretty funny. SantaLand is currently running at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood through December 16th. Paolo Andino, best known for his work on LOGO's Big Gay Sketch Show, will be reprising his starring role.
When: Now through December 16th
Where: Stella Adler Theatre; 6773 Hollywood Blvd.
Tickets: General Admission: $30 and can be purchased online at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/9730605
Contact: For more information visit www.stellaadler-la.com
It's A Wonderful Life: Frank Capra's feel-good holiday classic has been adapted for the stage and is currently running at the Long Beach Playhouse through December 16. Tickets are going fast so visit www.alethiatheater.com to purchase yours today.
When: Now thru January 16th. Check the theater's website for specific times.
Where: Long Beach Playhouse; 5021 E. Anaheim Street, Long Beach
Tickets: $15 and can be purchased online
Contact: For more information visit www.alethiatheater.com
A Christmas Carol Radio Play: In honor of Charles Dickens' Bicentennial, the Long Beach Shakespeare Company is presenting a live version of the classic radio edition of A Christmas Carol. The radio play was first performed in 1939 with Orson Welles producing and Lionel Barrymore (great uncle of Drew) playing Scrooge. So come along and bring the whole family, because Christmas just isn't as joyous without A Christmas Carol. Well, that and eggnog.
When: Sunday, December 23rd at 7 p.m.
Where: Richard Goad Theatre; 4250 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach
Tickets: $10 and can be purchased here
Contact: For more information visit www.lbshakespeare.org/show.php?id=58
Bob Baker's Nutcracker: Southern California's master puppeteer brings the Nutcracker Prince to life with his staging of the holiday classic. Bob Baker has an inventory of over three thousand puppets, hundreds of which will be used during The Nutcracker. Now you'll have visions of sugarplum fairies dancing in your head… at least for most of the night.
When: Now thru January 10th. Check the theater's website for specific times.
Where: Bob Baker Marionette Theater; 1345 W. 1st St., Los Angeles
Tickets: $20 and can be purchased online
Contact: For more information visit www.bobbakermarionettes.com
Second City's A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens: Ever wonder what it would be like to see a modern, improvised version of Dickens' A Christmas Carol? Then you'll want to check out Second City's A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens. The show features a top-notch cast of Second City alums like Dan Castellaneta (The Simpsons), Brian Stepanek (The Suite Life of Zack and Ron West (3rd Rock From the Sun), with no two shows being the same. How can they do that, you ask? Guess you'll just have to find out for yourself.
When: Now thru December 30th
Where: Kirk Douglas Theatre; 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City
Tickets: $20 – $60, and can be purchased here
Contact: For more information visit www.centertheatregroup.org/tickets/Christmas-Carol/
A Snow White Christmas: What's better than a musical version of Snow White? How about a Snow White musical that features songs by Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Katy Perry, and Bruno Mars? It's all happening at the Pasadena Playhouse from December 12th through 30th.
When: December 12th – 30th
Where: The Pasadena Playhouse; 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena
Tickets: $22 – $100, and can be purchased here
Contact: For more information visit www.pasadenaplayhouse.org/box-office/mainstage/a-snow-white-christmas.html
Bob's Holiday Office Party: Now celebrating its 17th season, Bob's Holiday Office Party is like the anti-It's A Wonderful Life. The story revolves around a Christmas party run amok at small insurance company in Nebraska. There's debauchery, crude humor, and lots and lots of sloppy drunkenness. That being said, you may want to keep the kids at home for this one.
When: December 6th – 22nd
Where: The Pico Playhouse Theater; 10508 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles
Tickets: $20 – $25, and can be purchased here
Contact: For more information visit www.bobsofficeparty.com