As we swing into holiday season in Los Angeles, you’re probably thinking, “I don’t have time to treat myself to a night out. I have presents to wrap and a turkey to roast!” You roast that turkey, friend, then find that one night to head to Melrose where you can treat yourself to a night of excellent entertainment and a meal cooked by somebody else for a dang change.
Greenway Court is ending the year on an up note, literally and figuratively. Its critically-acclaimed production of the Tony Award-winning musical The Color Purple has just five performances left. You really don’t want to miss this relevant, important, soul-stirring show. December also marks the last few installments of Da Poetry Lounge. Experience even more transformative art at L.A.’s premiere spoken word night on Tuesdays at 9p.
GREENWAY COURT THEATRE
544 No. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles 90036
The Groundlings are the cool cousins you do shots with in the basement after holiday dinner. All through December, they’re offering plenty of hilarious shows sure to offset any year-end stress. The ever-running Crazy Uncle Joe Show is up every Wednesday, one-person shows with Julia Sweeney and Michael Croner are on tap, as well as another Taylor’s Talk Show. And of course, seasonal fare takes the form of the Holiday Show on weekends and the yearly NYE celebration.
THE GROUNDLINGS THEATRE
7307 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Making its premiere at the Matrix is Two Sisters Talking, a humorous and touching new work from multi (Emmy, Golden Globe, Peabody, WGA) award-winning writer Ed Weinberger. Powerhouse acting from Anna Maria Horsford and Roz Ryan bring depth and empathy for the characters – two sisters who haven’t spoken in ten years. The show plays Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm until December 9.
7657 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Football shmootball. You want a high stakes competition in January? Know that it will be result of what goes down every Tuesday at Sal’s Comedy Hole. Every Tuesday night, the joke throwing starts at 8p and for the next 90 minutes contestants give their best set. But only one winner each night will move on to the main event – the Super Comedy Bowl on January 28. The full food and drink menu from the restaurant is available to make it a one-stop comedy spot.
SAL’S RESTAURANT AND COMEDY CLUB
7356 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
The Huffington Post raved about Wink, saying it’s, “Timely. Provocative. Street smart.” It’s the story of a homeless gender questioning teen and a former A-list actor who meet, connect, and bond in L.A. at the lowest point in their lives. Wink previews December 6 and 7 at 8p, then plays Saturdays and Mondays (except 12/24 and 12/31) at 8p and Sundays at 3p. Special Friday show on 12/21, 12/28, and 1/11 are at 8p.
7456 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046