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THEATER EVENTS IN APRIL (cont.)


by sylvia rodemeyer


A DECADE AGO, comedienne Rita Rudner took her experiences of making people laugh on stage and turned them into the comic novel, Tickled Pink. Now her story is leaving the pages and being performed for the first time this spring at the Laguna Playhouse. Tickled Pink is a work of fiction, but mir-


rors Rudner’s life in showbiz. After work- ing her way up and appearing in several Broadway shows in the ‘70s, including Follies and Mack and Mabel, Rudner made her last pre-comedian Broadway appearance in 1980 as Lily St. Regis in Annie. Since then she’s been making a name for herself in comedy clubs across the world. The story of Ticked Pink follows Mindy


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Solomon. Dreaming of a dancing career on Broadway, she moves to New York, but events soon force her to rethink her grand plan. Spending way too much time in the comedy club where her future ex-boyfriend works, Mindy nervously goes up on stage one night. People laugh. Not in the places where Mindy thought they’d laugh, but hey, it’s a start. “This play is for anyone who likes to


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NEW COMEDIC PLAY FROM RITA RUDNER COMES TO LAGUNA PLAYHOUSE


laugh and has ever had a friend.” Rudner says, as the play examines stand-up com- edy and the support of one particular female friendship. Rita Rudner and her creative partner


and husband Martin Bergman wrote the play, which is fashioned after Rudner’s book. She says it was his support that helped her consider bringing the story to the stage. “It was his idea, and he clearly has a


track record of success. Who am I to tell him no?” Rudner asked.


Tickled Pink at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach, runs Tuesday, April 24 through Sunday, May 20. For tickets and more information call 949.497.2787, or go to lagunaplaynouse.com


THE FIX In this hard-edged, cynical rock musical


about the American political machine, U.S. Senator and Presidential candidate, Reed Chandler dies in bed with his mistress. At his funeral, widow Violet encourages Grahame Chandler, her brother-in-law, to mentor her son, Cal through the ranks of political office. The two guide him through successful cam- paigns for city council and a governorship, but he gets mixed up with local mob boss and begins an affair with Tina, a club singer. Alco- hol and drugs take their toll and ultimately the mob turns on Cal leading to foul play. Together, the three make up one of the most dysfunctional almost-first families this side of real-life Washington politics. Runs Tuesday, April 24 through Sunday, May 20 at Interna- tional City Theatre in the Long Beach Perform- ing Arts Center, 300 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach. For tickets and information call 562.436.4610 or go to ictlongbeach.org


NAKED BEFORE GOD Circle X Writers’ Group presents their first full-length original production, an R-rated dark comedy farce. Kristen Burrows has con- cocted a brilliant way to transform the sins of her youth into lots of cash; she’s going to combine her adult film past with a born-again future. All hell breaks loose when Kristen throws a dinner party and invites a Christian radio talk show host, her straight teenage son, Duncan, who recently became a gay porn performer and his on screen blow-star Nick, his wife Carly and other unexpected visitors. An awkward clash of religion and commerce, with a couple of side trips through lust, greed and the religious idea that you need to reveal everything in order to get close to God. Runs through Saturday, April 28 at Ford Theatres [Inside] the Ford, 2580 Cahuenga Boulevard East in Hollywood. For tickets and information call 323.461.3673 or go to fordtheatres.org


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