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Best Los Angeles Plays Running in 2024

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Published on: Nov 5, 2023
Last Updated on: May 11, 2024
By: Kathryn Willingham
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Best Los Angeles Plays Running in 2024

When you think of entertainment in Los Angeles, tv and film may be the first things that come to mind, but the city has a thriving theater scene as well. The Hollywood Pantages Theatre often hosts Tony Award winning touring Broadway shows, and companies like Center Theatre Group, the Geffen Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, Deaf West Theatre, Skylight Theatre, La Mirada Theatre, and others produce heralded new work as well as revivals. Some of these hit shows later transfer to Broadway, off-Broadway and theaters around the country. Check out what plays are running in Los Angeles and what upcoming shows you can catch on stage soon! We’ve included theaters in downtown LA as well as venues in nearby Pasadena and Glendale. Grab a ticket to these great shows while you can!

Plays Currently Running in Los Angeles

High Maintenance at the Road Theatre

High Maintenance

High Maintenance, written by Peter Ritt and directed by Stan Zimmerman, plays at The Road Theatre. An unfairly disgraced actor makes her comeback in Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” – opposite a robot that may bring about the end of the acting profession. “High Maintenance” raises questions about the relationship between art and AI, and how the status quo can turn both against each other, but really, it’s just funny. After all, a robot built to act is “the product of theatre and big tech,” an ego is inevitable.

Currently running through May 19, 2024 at The Road Theatre.

The Body's Midnight from IAMA Theatre and Boston Court Pasadena

The Body's Midnight

The Body's Midnight, written by Tira Palmquist and directed by Jessica Kubzansky, is produced by IAMA Theatre in a co-production with Boston Court Pasadena. What does it mean to get lost in America? Anne and David are set to find out as they embark on the perfect American road trip. They have a map, an impressive list of sights to see, and an itinerary that should put them in St. Paul just in time for the birth of their first grandchild. But soon their perfect plan is derailed by a troubling diagnosis and the beautiful impermanence of the world around them. As Anne and David veer off of their intended path, they are forced to grapple with the unavoidably messy and breathtaking journey of their lives.

Currently running through May 26, 2024 at the Boston Court Pasadena.

Nora at the Antaeus Theatre Company

Nora

Nora, a stage version of Henrik Ibsen’s A DOLL’S HOUSE written by Academy Award winner Ingmar Bergman, is translated and adapted by Frederick J. Marker and Lise-Lone Marker and directed by Cameron Watson. On Christmas Eve, Nora Helmer, whose world is built entirely around her domineering husband, must confront blackmail, financial ruin, the consequences of her past actions, and the unsettling truth about her life.

Currently running through May 26, 2024 at the Antaeus Theater Company in Glendale. 

Singularities or the Computers of Venus at the Road Theatre

Singularities or the Computers of Venus

Singularities or the Computers of Venus, written and directed by Laura Stribling, plays at The Road Theatre. The stars? The past? The future? Our own limits? Set in three different time periods, Singularities or the Computers of Venus, looks at the lives of women astronomers in three different time periods as they grapple with light, love and the infinite. 

Currently running through June 2, 2024 at The Road Theatre.

The Hope Theory at Geffen Playhouse

The Hope Theory

The Hope Theory, written and performed by Helder Guimarães and directed by Frank Marshall, has its world premiere at the Geffen Playhouse. From the creators of Invisible TangoThe Present, and The Future comes an entirely new theatrical event. As a Portuguese immigrant, storyteller, and sleight-of-hand magician, Helder Guimarães arrived in America at age 29. Wide-eyed and full of ideas, he discovers a fascinating puzzle of cultural and professional challenges to solve while he tries to build a home. The Hope Theory offers a unique perspective on America through the eyes of an optimistic outsider.

Currently running through June 9, 2024 at the Geffen Playhouse.

Upcoming Plays in Los Angeles

Tiny Father at Geffen Playhouse

Tiny Father

Tiny Father, written by Mike Lew and directed by Moritz von Steulpnagel, has its west coast premiere at the Geffen Playhouse. When a “friends with benefits” relationship unexpectedly results in the early arrival of a baby girl, Daniel must choose between being a biological parent or becoming a father. With the help of a no-nonsense night nurse, the new dad learns to navigate the protocols and frustrations of NICU life on his uncertain path to parenthood in this funny and heartfelt new play where growth is measured in more than grams.

Running June 12 to July 14, 2024 at the Geffen Playhouse.

The Importance of Being Earnest at the Antaeus Theatre Company

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest, written by Oscar Wilde and directed by Gregg T. Daniel, runs at the Antaeus Theatre Company’s Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center in Glendale. When bachelors Jack and Algernon both create alter egos named “Ernest” the lies quickly spiral into chaos, hilarity, cucumber sandwiches, and Victorian handbags.

Running July 14 to August 19, 2024 at the Antaeus Theatre Company in Glendale. 

Clue at Center Theatre Group

Clue

Clue, a new comedy written by Sandy Rustin with additional material by Hunter Foster and Eric Price, is based on the screenplay by Jonathan Lynn and includes original music by Michael Holland. Murder and blackmail are on the menu when six mysterious guests assemble at Boddy Manor for a night they’ll never forget! Was it Mrs. Peacock in the study with the knife? Or was it Colonel Mustard in the library with the wrench? Based on the cult 1985 Paramount movie and inspired by the classic Hasbro board game, Clue is the ultimate whodunit that will leave you dying of laughter and keep you guessing until the final twist. The New York Times said, “the show is a very fun, very silly 1950s-set whodunit that strikes some contemporary parallels on the way to its grand reveal.”

Running July 30 – August 25, 2024 at Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre. 

The Brothers Size at Geffen Playhouse

The Brothers Size

The Brothers Size, written by Tarell Alvin McCraney and directed by Bijan Sheibani, plays at the Geffen Playhouse in a co-production with The Shed. Drawing from the rich tradition of the Yoruba people of West Africa, The Brothers Size is a modern-day fable about two brothers in the Deep South. Ogun, the elder brother, embodies hard work and reliability, while Oshoosi, formerly incarcerated, is seemingly carefree and unpredictable. Their relationship is tested when the charismatic Elegba arrives, tempting Oshoosi back to his old habits. As the brothers wrestle with loyalty, freedom, and duty, their humanity is revealed through a raw and heartfelt exploration of the bonds of brotherhood.

Running August 14 – September 8, 2024 at the Geffen Playhouse.

Dragon Lady at Geffen Playhouse

Dragon Lady

Dragon Lady, written and performed by Sara Porkalob and directed by Andrew Russell, plays at the Geffen Playhouse. On the eve of her 60th birthday, Maria Porkalob Sr. fires up her new karaoke machine to regale her granddaughter Sara with her astonishing life story. As a lounge singer who escaped a gangster-controlled nightclub in Manila to become a free-range mother of five in the United States, Maria is a matriarch not to be trifled with. Broadway star and storyteller Sara Porkalob embodies dozens of characters in a trigenerational tour-de-force performance that fuses killer karaoke with laugh-out-loud comedy to tell her family’s incredible origin story.

Running September 4 – October 6, 2024 at the Geffen Playhouse.

Waiting for Godot at Geffen Playhouse

Waiting for Godot

Waiting for Godot, written by Samuel Beckett and directed by Judy Hegarty Lovett, plays at the Geffen Playhouse and is produced in association with Gare St Lazare Ireland. As Vladimir and Estragon wait and wait for the arrival of the elusive Godot, a cast of mysterious misfits interrupt their endless vigil in Samuel Beckett’s tragi-comic masterpiece that has captivated audiences for decades. Timeless and multi-layered, Waiting for Godot changed the course of contemporary drama and remains as resonant and riveting as ever. Gare St Lazare Ireland, “the unparalleled Beckett champions” according to the New York Times, bring their wit and skill to what promises to be a Godot for the ages featuring Conor Lovett (I’ll Find YouVersailles) and Rainn Wilson (Thom PainThe Office).

Running November 6 – December 15, 2024 at the Geffen Playhouse.

Noises Off at Geffen Playhouse

Noises Off

Noises Off, written by Michael Frayn and directed by Anna D. Shapiro, plays at the Geffen Playhouse in a co-production with Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Doors slam, sardines fly, and trousers drop in Michael Frayn’s side-splitting British farce about a theater company desperately trying to get their act together. Both onstage and backstage, chaos reigns for a troupe of floundering actors whose forgotten lines, misplaced props, and steamy romantic entanglements make it nearly impossible for the show to go on. An uproarious love letter to the theater, Noises Off is a peek behind the curtain—where everything that can go wrong, does!

Running January 29 – March 2, 2025 at the Geffen Playhouse.  

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on tour

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is written by Jack Thorne, directed by John Tiffany, with a story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany. When Harry Potter’s head-strong son Albus befriends the son of his fiercest rival, Draco Malfoy, it sparks an unbelievable new journey for them all—with the power to change the past and future forever. Prepare for a mind-blowing race through time, spectacular spells, and an epic battle, all brought to life with the most astonishing theatrical magic ever seen on stage. It’s a “marvel of imagination” (The New York Times) that will “leave you wondering ‘how’d they do that?’ for days to come” (People Magazine).

Running February 13 – June 22, 2025 at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre.

Furlough's Paradise at Geffen Playhouse

Furlough’s Paradise

Furlough’s Paradise, written by A.K. Payne and directed by Tinashe Kajese-Bolden, plays at the Geffen Playhouse. Cousins Sade and Mina used to be inseparable. Now leading very different lives, they return to their childhood town for the funeral of their mother and aunt. While Sade is on a three-day furlough from prison and Mina experiences a brief reprieve from her career and life on the West Coast, the two try to make sense of grief, home, love, and kinship. As the clock ticks down, the cousins grapple with their conflicting memories of the past and their shared hopes for the future. Poetic and theatrical, Furlough’s Paradise explores family dreams of a utopia yet to be realized.

Running April 16 – May 18, 2025 at the Geffen Playhouse.

The Reservoir at Geffen Playhouse

The Reservoir

The Reservoir, written by Jake Brasch and directed by Shelley Butler, plays at the Geffen Theatre in partnership with the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and Alliance Theatre.  Josh’s life is a mess. He’s come home to Denver from NYU to get his life together, but can’t manage to stay sober. Desperate for camaraderie, he decides to bring his four lovable grandparents on his road to recovery. He drags them to Jazzercise class. He pressures them into playing memory games. He forces them to eat spinach by the handful. And eventually, when he can no longer help his grandparents, they begin to help him. Served up with outrageous humor and truth, The Reservoir reminds us that sometimes the path forward isn’t the one we expect.

Running June 18 – July 20, 2025 at the Geffen Playhouse.

Broadway at Home

There’s nothing quite like live theater, but while you’re waiting to catch your favorite show in person, check out our article on the Best Broadway Musicals on Netflix to see what theater productions you can watch in the comfort of your own home!

Kathryn Willingham

Head of Creative Development at Jean Doumanian Productions

Kathryn Willingham has worked in entertainment for over ten years, and recent credits include: Co-producer of SHRINK currently streaming on Peacock, Associate Producer of the independent film UNA, and Creative Executive on multiple theatrical productions including HANGMEN by Martin McDonagh on Broadway, NASSIM by Nassim Soleimanpour Off-broadway and Associate on productions EVERY BRILLIANT THING by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe and THE EFFECT by Lucy Prebble. She was Producer of Todd Almond’s musical travelogue “Wyoming and Parts of Kansas” and Production Coordinator for Karen O and KK Barrett's “Stop the Virgens.”

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Education: B.A. in English, Literature & Creative Writing from Rhodes College
Knowledge: Theatrical Production

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May 24, 2024

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