Here are 10 interesting or unique productions in theaters throughout Orange County and surrounding areas this season. With so many fun and fascinating plays coming up, be sure to check out the theater’s schedules online or by calling the box offices.
“Young Frankenstein”: Based on the comic screenplay by Mel Brooks and the late Gene Wilder, the musical tells the story of a young doctor who is trying to escape the mad-scientist legacy of his family name. Scandals begin, however, when events bring him back to the family castle. Oct. 20-24. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts.
“End of the Rainbow”: It’s December 1968 and Judy Garland is about to make her comeback, post- “Wizard of Oz.” Featuring some of Garland’s most memorable songs, this musical drama offers insight into the inner conflicts of one of the world’s most beloved actresses. Oct. 27-Nov. 12. La Mirada Theater for the Performing Arts.
“Something Rotten!”: Set in the 1590s, the Tony Award-nominated musical comedy tells the story of brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, who are desperately trying to write a hit play, but the rock star writer Shakespeare keeps getting all the hits. When a local soothsayer foretells the future of theater, which includes singing, dancing and acting at the same time, the brothers work on creating the world’s first musical. Nov. 7-19. Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
“The Secret Garden”: Based on the popular children’s book of the same name, the play tells the story of Mary Lennox, a young British girl born and raised in colonial India, who is sent to Yorkshire to live with her uncle after her parents die. When she discovers a magical garden in the manor, Mary also discovers a lot about herself. Nov. 24-Dec. 23. Chance Theater.
“I Am My Own Wife”: Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for best play, the true story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, who survived the Nazi regime by keeping a secret, is presented. The provocative production is recommended for ages 16 and up. Jan. 10-28. Laguna Playhouse.
“Shakespeare in Love”: Young Will Shakespeare has writer’s block and owes his producers a new comedy, but when he meets the smart and beautiful Viola, who admires his work, he finds inspiration and love. Jan. 13-Feb. 10. South Coast Repertory.
“Cambodian Rock Band”: The comedy-mystery-rock concert play presents a thrilling father and daughter story about a young Cambodian American girl Neary, who finds evidence that could…