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L.A. stage productions extend their runs through holiday season

November 27, 2009 |  1:56 pm

Baby It's You!

On Culture Monster earlier today, Times theater critic Charles McNulty dispels the prevalent belief that Los Angeles is not a theater town. (Said belief is usually held by those who live far outside L.A., many of whom have such area codes as 212 and 718.)

To add more (if modest) evidence that theater is thriving in Tinseltown, Culture Monster has compiled a list of stage productions that have announced extensions through the holiday season, providing local audiences with alternatives to the Hollywood noise machines and Oscar bait that clog the cultural airwaves this time of year.

The Blank Theatre's "The Santaland Diaries," adapted from David Sedaris' NPR broadcasts, has added seven performances to its slate. The one-man show starring Nicholas Brendon runs through Dec. 20.

In Pasadena, "Baby It's You!," the new jukebox musical about the career of Florence Greenberg, has extended its run also through Dec. 20. The Pasadena Playhouse production tells the story of Greenberg's rise from a suburban housewife to a Hollywood record producer. "In the annals of jukebox musicals, this one won’t reach the average mark without a major rewrite and some recasting of the subpar supporting players," McNulty wrote in his review.

Also extending its run is the comedy "A Big Gay North Hollywood Wedding," which is playing at the Crown City Theatre. According to press material, protesters are welcome but must pay full price. The show runs through Dec. 20.

And "Just Imagine," a tribute to the music of John Lennon, has extended its run at the NoHo Arts Center in North Hollywood until Jan. 2.

-- David Ng

Photo: Crystal Starr Knighton, Paulette Ivory, Berlando Drake and Erica Ash as the Shirelles in "Baby It's You!" at the Pasadena Playhouse. Credit: Brian Vander Brug / Los Angeles Times

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