Playwright Donald Freed wants to determine when America
lost its innocence. In “American Iliad,” Richard Nixon, in the last few minutes
of life, embarks on an epic journey through 100 years of American history,
speaking with such luminaries as John F. Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe and J. Edgar
Hoover. $22-$24. Thurs.-Sat., 7:30 p.m. and Sun., 6:30 p.m. Victory Theatre,
3326 W. Victory Blvd., Burbank. For tickets or more information, call (818)
841-5421. Through July 15.
A jilted young woman decides to take the man who
courted her to court in the adapted Gilbert and Sullivan operetta “Trial By
Jury,” one of four litigious short plays in “Legal Briefs.” Other works include
J.M. Barrie’s “The Will,” the Vaudevillian “The Ambulance Chaser” and “Divorce
Court Hell,” a 17th-century work by Cervantes adapted by Dakin Matthews. $20
(general admission); $16 (matinees and previews). 7 p.m. Ivy Substation, 9070
Venice Blvd., Culver City. For reservations or more information, call (818) 506-8462.
Turbulent love affairs that linger in one’s conscience
are a hallmark of Iranian films. Back by popular demand, Behrouz Afkhami’s
“Hemlock” focuses on Mahmoud, a successful family man caught in a fatal
attraction that turns poisonous, and features a surprise ending that’s to die
for. Plays daily through July 5. Laemmle’s Music Hall Cinema, 9036 Wilshire
Blvd., Beverly Hills. For screening times or more information, call (310)
Alexander Deutsch paints his life story on canvas.
“Prisoner Without Cause” depicts the artist’s wrongful imprisonment by the
Argentinean government and the ray of hope as his sister in America paves the
way for his release. In “Synagogues of the World,” he illustrates the
magnificent beauty of some of the most elaborate temples in the world. His
inspiration comes from subjects discovered in Spain, Italy, Hungary, Israel and
Romania. Artist’s reception: Sun., July 1, 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Gallery Hours:
Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The Bernard Milken Jewish
Community Campus, 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills. For more information, call
Bobbie Norman performs the comforting World War II
melodies featured on her new album, “Always Faithful,” like “Dream”, “It’s Been
a Long Time” and “I’ll Be Seeing You” at Cinegrill in Hollywood. Norman, an
actress on “Young and the Restless,” “General Hospital” and “Port Charles,” will
be accompanied by a six-piece orchestra during tonight’s performance. $15 (with
a two-drink minimum). 4 p.m. Also: Sun., July 1 at 2 p.m. and Mon. and Tues. at
8 p.m. The Cinegrill, Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd.,
Hollywood. For tickets or more information, call (323) 466-7000.
Confusion and hilarity arise when two sets of twins
separated at birth end up in the same town years later in William Shakespeare’s
“The Comedy of Errors.” One set of twins are born to a prominent couple who
purchase another pair of twins from a servant family. As a result of shipwreck,
the family is split in half and spend their lives searching to be whole again.
Jon Epstein and Michael Spitz star in this music-dance ensemble set in the
islands of the Mediterranean. $15. Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m. Through July 28. Sacred
Fools Theater, 660 N. Heliotrope Dr., Hollywood. For reservations or more
information, call (310) 281-8337.
Enamored by rare, first-edition books, Holocaust
survivor Isaac Geldhart becomes a famous publisher in New York in “Substance of
Fire.” Directed by Beverly Olevin, Geldhart is faced with a moral dilemma after
he discovers a new account of Nazi medical experiments. He is torn between his
desire to publish the information and his need for a stable family and work
situation. $15 (Thurs. and Sun. matinee); $18 (Fri. and Sat.). Thurs.-Sat. at 8
p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m. Through Aug. 12. Theatre 40, 241 Morena Dr., Beverly Hills.
For reservations or more information, call (323) 936-5842.