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Play it Cool: 9 Plays to Check Out Around Los Angeles This Summer

July 18, 2017 by Janelle Miley
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Summer may be known as a time when blockbuster movies are considered the top choice for entertainment. But this season, Los Angeles is proving that it’s a great time to go to see some live theater. A play can offer all of the drama, romance, suspense, and laughs that a movie can, without all of the CGI! Here are some of our top picks for plays to see around LA this summer.


June 6 – July 23, Geffen Playhouse

Ginnifer Goodwin and Allen Leach star as a quantum physicist and a beekeeper in Nick Payne’s hit play that explores love, loss, and the question of “what if.” At turns charming and profound, this Olivier and Drama League-nominated play is not to be missed! Get your tickets here.


June 28 – August 6, Mark Taper Forum

Starring Denis Arndt and Mary-Louise Parker, this LA premiere tells the story of an electric encounter between two strangers at a London train station and its aftermath. Enter the TodayTix Lottery for a chance to win $19.67 tickets!

The Cake

June 28 – August 6, Echo Theater Company

Not used to thinking for herself, Della the baker is confronted with a dilemma when the girl she helped to raise comes home to North Carolina to be married – and her fiancée isn’t who Della thought she would be. Check out this world premiere play at the Echo Theater Company, and get $17 rush tickets only on TodayTix!

King of the Yees

July 9 – August 6, Center Theatre Group at Kirk Douglas Theatre

Find out what it means to be a Yee in this honest-yet-hilarious epic journey which follows a playwright across cultural, national, and familiar lines as she searches for her missing father. Get your tickets here!

Letters From a Nut

June 23 – July 30, Geffen Playhouse

Based on the bestselling book series, Letters from a Nut is a hilarious, one-of-a-kind show that follows Ted L. Nancy and his obsession with writing outlandish letters to various establishments, with mixed results. Find your tickets here to get in on the hilarity!

Les Blancs

May 27 – July 31, Rogue Machine at the MET Theatre

Lorraine Hansberry (A Raisin in the Sun) herself considered Les Blancs to be her most important work, and now you can see it during its Los Angeles debut at Rogue Machine. Depicting the plights of colonialism in Africa during the 19th and 20th centuries, Les Blancs explores the question of what happens when what we believe to be right is not the same as what needs to be done. Get your tickets to this groundbreaking play here.

The Devil’s Wife

July 8 – August 20, Skylight Theatre

The Devil’s Wife tells the twisted tale of a handsome, wealthy landowner who seduces three sisters. In this dark comedy, nobody and nothing is what it seems. Get your tickets here!

Building the Wall

March 18 – August 27, Fountain Theatre

In the not-so distant future, the Donald “It was a great night for Mexico” Trump administration delivers on its promise to detain millions of immigrants. What happens next in this speculative play serves as a powerful warning about what happens when what we assume could never happen becomes an inevitability. Get your tickets to this riveting play by Pulitzer and Tony award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan here.

As You Like It

July 20 – September 10, Antaeus Theatre Company

Always a crowd pleaser, this Shakespearean comedy follows its heroine, Rosalind, as she flees persecution in her uncle’s court in order to find safety and, eventually, love. To go on a journey with many of Shakespeare’s most memorable characters through the Forest of Arden, get your tickets here!

Don’t miss out on all the great live theater options Los Angeles has in store this summer! See what’s playing now on TodayTix or set an alert for future shows!