Posted: Monday, May 22, 2017 – 5:19 PM
Theatre 40, Beverly Hills’ professional theatre company has announced its 52nd season.
The schedule follows:
• July 20- Aug. 20—Arun Lakra’s Sequence. A West Coast premiere directed by Bruce Gray. Do you believe in luck? A man successfully bets double or nothing on the Super Bowl coin toss for twenty years in a row. A professor races the clock on a ground-breaking discovery to cure the disease that is causing her own progressive blindness. Two fascinating stories intertwine like DNA, examining the interplay between science, faith, probability and luck. Winner- Calgary Theatre Critics Award,Alberta Playwriting Competition Grand Prize.
• Sept. 1- Oct. 15—David MacGregor’s Vino Veritas. A West Coast premiere directed by Michael Karm. On Halloween night, two middle-aged couples prepare to attend a friend’s annual party. Though the evening begins as usual, familiar traditions slowly unravel when the foursome shares a bottle of South American ceremonial wine made from the skin of blue dart tree frogs. Under the influence of this tribal truth serum, they share an unpredictable and hilarious night of unbridled honesty that stretches the bounds of their friendship forever. Winner- Purple Rose Best New Play, Michigan.
• Nov. 16- Dec. 17— Katie Forgette’s Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily. L.A. premiere directed by Jules Aaron. The wit of Oscar Wilde meets the cunning of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle when Wilde brings his dear friend, Lillie Langtry, to Baker Street. Someone has stolen the highly intimate letters Lillie exchanged with the Prince of Wales, and now she is being blackmailed. Only Holmes can solve the case, going so far as to disguise himself as an early version of Lady Bracknell from Wilde’s latest play, The Importance of Being Forthright, while Watson falls head over heels for the Jersey Lily and a wicked professor attempts to bring the Crown to its knees.
• Jan. 18- Feb. 18, 2018—Kate Hennig’s The Last Wife. L.A. premiere directed by Bruce Gray. Kate Parr is a rising star in a world of intense competition. But her marriage to Henry is rife with the threat of violence and lure of deceit; Her secret liaisons with Thorn, her husband’s former brother-in-law, could send her to an early grave; And her devotion to the education and equal rights of Henry’s daughters is putting a strain on her marriage. Does Kate risk her life to gain authority? Which love will she be led to if she follows her heart? And what future is there for her children if she makes a crucial mistake?
• March 15- April 15, 2018—John Morogiello’s Engaging Shaw. L.A. premiere directed by Melanie MacQueen. From the same playwright of The Consul, The Tramp and America’s Sweetheart comes this hilarious true story of Irish playwright Bernard Shaw’s relationship with wealthy heiress Charlotte Payne-Townshend. According to her, “no man can resist a woman once she has set her sights upon him, unless thwarted by another woman.” But confirmed bachelor Shaw may prove to be more than she bargained for. Can she romance an unromantic man? Can Shaw reconcile his intellectual theories with emotional reality?
• May 17- June 17, 2018—A.A. Milne’s Mr. Pim Passes By. Directed by Jules Aaron.This delightful comedy tells of what happens when appealing Mr. Pim, who has much trouble with names, drops in one day. Mr. Pim announces that the former husband of the lady of the house, thought to be deceased, is alive. Since the lady is married now, she is a bigamist. Her present husband is upset no end. Then Mr. Pim passes by again, confessing that he was confused and it is safe to assume that the lady’s first husband is dead, as they originally believed. Without telling her husband, the lady uses the knowledge to get what she wants and to force her husband to permit his niece to marry the young artist who loves her.
Theatre 40 stages its productions at the Reuben Cordova Theatre, 241 S. Moreno Dr. on the BHHS campus. There is free parking underneath the building.
Performances are at 8 p.m., Thursdays through Sundays, and 2 p.m. Sundays.
Tickets are usually $30. A money-saving subscription can be purchased for $165.
Reservations may be made online at www.theatre40.org or by calling 310-364-0535.