Long Beach Playhouse

5021 East Anaheim Street
562-494-1014

Mission:

To celebrate the human experience while encouraging the participation of artist and audience alike.

Vision:

To serve our diverse community with quality theatre, strong educational programs and collaborative efforts. To produce socially significant, classic and contemporary plays.

Established in 1929, the Long Beach Playhouse is a landmark in the City of Long Beach. The Playhouse produces 13 shows annually while actively collaborating with other artists and arts organizations.

Long Beach Playhouse cuts across age, gender, ethnic, and cultural boundaries to nurture and cultivate new and traditional audiences.


Upcoming Events at Long Beach Playhouse

Performance - The Tempest

Friday, Sep 21, 2018 at 8:00pm
Long Beach, CA
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Performance - The Tempest

Saturday, Sep 22, 2018 at 8:00pm
Long Beach, CA
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Performance - The Tempest

Sunday, Sep 23, 2018 at 2:00pm
Long Beach, CA
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Performance - The Tempest

Friday, Sep 28, 2018 at 8:00pm
Long Beach, CA
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Performance - The Tempest

Saturday, Sep 29, 2018 at 8:00pm
Long Beach, CA
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Performance - Assassins

Saturday, Oct 13, 2018 at 8:00pm
Long Beach, CA
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Performance - Assassins

Sunday, Oct 14, 2018 at 2:00pm
Long Beach, CA
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Performance - Assassins

Friday, Oct 19, 2018 at 8:00pm
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Performance - Assassins

Saturday, Oct 20, 2018 at 8:00pm
Long Beach, CA
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Performance - Assassins

Sunday, Oct 21, 2018 at 2:00pm
Long Beach, CA
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Performance - Assassins

Friday, Oct 26, 2018 at 8:00pm
Long Beach, CA
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Performance - Assassins

Saturday, Oct 27, 2018 at 8:00pm
Long Beach, CA
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Performance - Assassins

Sunday, Oct 28, 2018 at 2:00pm
Long Beach, CA
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Friday, Nov 2, 2018 at 8:00pm
Long Beach, CA
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Saturday, Nov 3, 2018 at 8:00pm
Long Beach, CA
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Sunday, Nov 4, 2018 at 2:00pm
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Performance - Assassins

Friday, Nov 9, 2018 at 8:00pm
Long Beach, CA
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Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 8:00pm
Long Beach, CA
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Performance - Assassins

Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 at 2:00pm
Long Beach, CA
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Friday, Nov 16, 2018 at 8:00pm
Long Beach, CA
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Saturday, Nov 17, 2018 at 8:00pm
Long Beach, CA
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Recent News

Calling All Playwrights! 28th Annual New Works Festival: A Celebration of Creativity, Submission Deadline: June 30, 2018

Long Beach, CA -- In 1990, the Long Beach Playhouse established the New Works Festival to encourage playwrights to submit their unproduced works for consideration in an annual competition. Now, 28 years later literally thousands of individuals have s…

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Crumbs from the Table of Joy kicking off LBP Studio Season 2018

Long Beach, CA -- The Long Beach Playhouse opens its 2018 Studio Season with Lynn Nottage's play entitled Crumbs from the Table of Joy. The play has been described as a cross between Tennessee Williams' A Glass Menagerie and Lorraine Hansberry's A Ra…

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LBP's 28th Annual New Works Festival

2017 Winners Presented Friday and Saturday March 23 & 24 Long Beach, CA, On March 23, 2018, the Long Beach Playhouse kicks off its 28th annual New Works Festival (NWF) in its Studio Theat.New Works is a national competition for plays that h…

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Agatha Christie's Black Coffee at the Long Beach Playhouse

Long Beach, CA -- In 1930, Agatha Christie wrote Black Coffee as a play featuring her master sleuth Hercule Poirot. In this seldom seen and intricately crafted mystery, Christie weaves scientific discoveries, international espionage, and unimaginable…

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The Long Beach Playhouse Announces the Studio Theatres' Collaborative Season 2018

Long Beach, CA - For the past several years, the Long Beach Playhouse has offered its upstairs Studio Theatre, to individuals and theater groups to mount their own shows. There is a nominal cost and tickets sales are split between the presenting grou…

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Long Beach Playhouse Announces 2017-18 Mainstage Season

Long Beach, CA - On September 23,2017 the Long Beach Playhouse opens its 2017 Mainstage Season. This year's season combines perennial favorites like My Fair Lady, Arsenic and Old Lace and Agatha Christie's Black Coffee with newer plays like Peter and…

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Long Beach Playhouse Announces 2017 Studio Season

Long Beach, CA, On April 29 Long Beach Playhouse Studio Theatre opens its 2017 season. Opened in 1963, the upstairs space has become the Playhouse counterpoint to the more traditional offerings on the Mainstage. The Studio's proscenium stage in the 9…

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Long Beach Playhouse Presents Original Comedy Show 'Sketchily Ever After'

Held2Gether Returns to Long Beach Playhouse for Original Comedy Show 'Sketchily Ever After', in True SNL StyleLong Beach, CA -- The "Saturday Night Live" style event has become an annual favorite and a staple of the theatre's Studio Collaborative sea…

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LBP Announces New Staff

Long Beach, CA---Andrew Vonderschmitt, Executive and Producing Artistic Director at the Long Beach Playhouse is leaving for an exciting new position as Program Director for the Arts Council of El Dorado County. On Monday, November 28, the Playhouse b…

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Long Beach Playhouse 2016-17 Mainstage Season

Long Beach, CA---On September 24, the Long Beach Playhouse opens its 88th Mainstage Season. This year's season is a journey of self discovery, adventure, and fun. "The Mainstage is a place we get to revisit classics, take family friendly adventures, …

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Season Announced! The Studio at Long Beach Playhouse

Season Kicks off  April 30, 2016LONG BEACH, CA---The Studio at Long Beach Playhouse continues to push the envelope with a lineup of five disparate plays that all have something to say. "The main benefit of having our second stage, The Studio, is tha…

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George Bernard Shaw's Masterwork, Pygmalion hits the Mainstage

Long Beach Playhouse brings George Bernard Shaw's Masterwork, Pygmalion to its Mainstage Professor of phonetics Henry Higgins makes a bet that he can train a bedraggled Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, to pass for a duchess at an ambassador's ga…

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The Studio @ Long Beach Playhouse Announces the 2015/16 Studio Collaborative Season

Long Beach, CA---in it's fourth year, the Studio Collaborative at Long Beach Playhouse hosts local theatre artists, companies and individuals to produce their shows without a prohibitive vetting process or rental fees. This amounts to a series of ecl…

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Bat Boy: The Musical

Director: Andrew VonderschmittStory and Book by Keythe Farley and Brian FlemmingMusic and Lyrics by Laurence O'KeefeIn 1992, a tabloid newspaper ran an allegedly true story about a half-bat-half-human child found in a West Virginia cave. Later, of co…

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Psycho Beach Party

Written by Charles BuschDirector: Dale JonesGidget, beach blankets, and Hitchcockian psychological suspense thrillers are tossed around in the comic mind of playwright Charles Busch and they emerge as a rollickingly wild ride through split personalit…

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Long Beach Playhouse Announces The 87th Mainstage Season

You'll Laugh, Cry, Sing... and Wonder Who Did It Announcing the Long Beach Playhouse 2015-16 Mainstage SeasonSeptember 26, 2015 - August 6, 2016Long Beach, CA -- On September 26, the Long Beach Playhouse opens its 87th Mainstage Season. This year's s…

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Performance - Jesus Christ Superstar

Director: Andrew VonderschmittLyrics by Tim RiceMusic by Andrew Lloyd WebberJesus Christ, the world’s first superstar!  This thrilling rock-opera takes a sometimes irreverent, always impassioned, look at Jesus’ last days. As Judas be…

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Auditions Announced! Shakespeare's R&J by Joe Calarco

Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Playhouse is proud to announce open call auditions for a Shakespeare's R&J by Joe Calarco.Studio SeasonTitle: Shakespeare's R&JAuthor: by Joe CalarcoDirector: Sean F. Gray Audition Requirements:Bring a headsho…

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Get Your Kickstarter Pledge Matched for Long Beach Playhouse Microphones!

An amazing patron of the Playhouse, who wishes to remain anonymous, wants to help reach our goal by matching whatever comes in between now and the end of the campaign! At the time of this email we have brought in $5,136. We still need $1,864 to rea…

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Seeking Diversity at the Long Beach Playhouse

The Long Beach Playhouse asks for Submissions from Ethnically Diverse Directors to Better Reflect the Community it Serves  Long Beach, CA---The Long Beach Playhouse has sent out a call to directors of diverse ethnicities and backgrounds to submit th…

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Performance - Bengal Tiger At The Baghdad Zoo

Written by Rajiv JosephDirector: Robert CraigWithin war-torn Baghdad, lives a tiger – a wild, captive beast within a man-made cage.  Through the power of theatrical imagination, we are allowed a peek inside the mind of this quick-witted an…

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The Playhouse Proudly Presents By the Way, Meet Vera Stark

Long Beach, CA -- By the Way, Meet Vera Stark and promises to be one of the wittiest - and most poignant - shows of the season. Directed by Gregory Cohen, it's a look at the life of an African American actress over the course of her career told with …

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A Look at Stardom, Race and Roles in 1930's Hollywood By the Way, Meet Vera Stark At the Long Beach Playhouse

Long Beach, CA---Lynn Nottage's most recent play, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, takes a look at a serious topic in a lighthearted way. Through humor tinged with pathos, we see Vera Stark shapeshift to fit the expectations of the racial stereotypes of …

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LBP Kicks Off a Kickstarter!

Can You Hear Me Now? The Playhouse Needs a New Sound System!Check Out Our Kickstarter Campaign Long Beach, CA -- For 86 years, the Long Beach Playhouse has worked hard to bring great theater at a good price to all of our community. We desperately wa…

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The Studio @ Long Beach Playhouse Announces Exciting 2015 Season

Long Beach, CA---Continuing to offer more issue driven and relevant theatre, the 2015 season will touch on themes such as bi-gender love, war, intolerance, subjugation, finding the perfect wave and just having a great time!  "This season is somethin…

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The Real Thing on the Mainstage at LB Playhouse

Long Beach, CA -- Tom Stoppard, author of Shakespeare in Love and several other well-regarded contemporary works, takes aim at truth, fiction, romantic illusions and the realities of relationships in his play The Real Thing. First produced in 1982, t…

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AACTFest 2015: The Studio Collaborative Season

Last fall the Long Beach Playhouse hosted a Region 8 meeting of the American Association of Community Theatre-(AACT)-Region 8. Born out of the enthusiasm generated at the regional meeting, Liz Lydic, AACT Board Member, and playhouse bookkeeper, Gil S…

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Long Beach Playhouse Hosts the American Association of Community Theatre's California State Festival

Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Playhouse announces the three American Association of Community Theatre's (AACT) member theatres that will participate in the 2015 California State Festival (AACTFest). All three participating companies are from the Sa…

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Agatha Christie's Murder on the Nile opens the New Year on the LBP Mainstage

Long Beach, CA -- Christie's thrilling whodunit will be getting a fresh staging on the Mainstage to start 2015 off right. Murder on the Nile promises a host of colorful characters and all the twists and turns of a classic Christie to keep you guessin…

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Long Beach Playhouse Hosts the American Association of Community Theatre's California State Festival

Long Beach, CA -- The Long Beach Playhouse is pleased to be the host of the American Association of Community Theatre's (AACT) 2015 California State Festival (AACTFest). AACT is a national organization dedicated to supporting and developing community…

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Arms and the Man, Still Poignant 100 + Years Later On the Mainstage

Long Beach, CA -- Shaw's most prolific work will grace the Mainstage for its fourth production in the company's history. The last production being in 2002. Since its premier in 1894, Arms and the Man has remained one of the most often produced plays …

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The Long Beach Playhouse Gallery Continues to Nurture Artists Under New Curator, Greg Fritsche with All New Show by Marka Burns

Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Playhouse proudly continues its service to the local artist in its Gallery space, now under the curation of Playhouse friend, Greg Fritsche. Along with a committee of local artists Fritsche will be selecting the artist…

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LBP Curatorial Partners for A LOT North at Artesia and Atlantic

Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Playhouse will curate a portion of the A LOT North Lot. A LOT is a city-wide initiative presented by the ACLB in collaboration with the City of Long Beach. Each FREE A LOT event presents a variety of genres of performa…

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Stage Door Canteen at the Playhouse!

Food, Floorshow, Fortune Teller and Fabulous Fun Long Beach, CA -- Please join us as the Long Beach Playhouse steps back in time to 1943 when this was a Navy town and Stage Door Canteens were the place to be!  The downstairs stage, bar and solariu…

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Twelfth Night in the Studio at Long Beach Playhouse

Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Playhouse production of Twelfth Night opens in the Studio Theatre. Directed by Gregory Cohen, Twelfth Night (As You Will), is one of Shakespeare's romantic comedies. Its title refers to the 12th day of Christmas, the t…

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Long Beach Playhouse Presents 2014 New Works Festival Four Nights, Four Winning Plays

Long Beach, CA - One of the most popular programs at the Long Beach Playhouse (LBP) is its New Works Festival. Conceived more than 20 years, the New Works Festival invites novice and experienced playwrights from all over the world to submit their unp…

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Jean Paul Sartre's No Exit In the Studio at Long Beach Playhouse

Long Beach, CA -- Jean-Paul Sartre's existential masterpiece No Exit opens at the Long Beach Playhouse on July 28. The play centers on three characters: two women and one man who are locked up together for eternity in one hideous room in hell. The wi…

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Long Beach Playhouse Announces its 85th Mainstage Season

Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Playhouse is pleased to present its 2014 - 2015 Mainstage season opening September 27. This year's offerings are an exhilarating mix of suspense, comedy and, of course, drama. As always, the works are selected with the…

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Playhouse Stages Fiddler on the Roof on the Mainstage!

Long Beach, CA -- Each year, Long Beach Playhouse closes its Mainstage Season with a musical. This year it's pleased to present the popular classic, Fiddler on the Roof. Set in 1905 Czarist Russia, it tells the story of Tevye, a humble dairy farmer a…

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LBP Youth Conservatory Offering More Scholarships!

Another Year of Youth Education at the Playhouse! Long Beach, CA -- Long Beach Playhouse continues its commitment to the next generation of theatre artists at the 2014 Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory from July 14 through August 3. This year, th…

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Chekhov's Short Plays, Done Diane Benedict Style

Long Beach Playhouse audiences are in for a very original and unique treat because opening this weekend in the Studio Theatre is a production called Chekov Shorts: The Proposal and The Bear.  Diane Benedict is not only the director for the show but …

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Political Players Return to the Long Beach Home Companion 2014!

Long Beach, CA -- For the fourth year, politicians, community leaders and actors will gather at the offices of Keesal, Young and Logan to tell stories about Long Beach politics, culture and newsmakers. Tongues firmly in cheek, our Political Players p…

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George Bernard Shaw Comes to the Long Beach Playhouse

The Long Beach Playhouse is pleased to announce its production of George Bernard Shaw's The Philanderer will open in its Mainstage Theatre.  "George Bernard Shaw wrote The Philanderer in 1893, but British censorship laws at the time prevented its pr…

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2014 Studio Season Announced; An Eclectic and Entertaining Mix of Classic and Contemporary

Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Playhouse continues to grow its reputation for outstanding productions and season offerings that are eclectic in their range and flawless in their execution. The 2014 Studio season exemplifies this focus on play select…

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Much Ado About Nothing Get a Glamorous Re-imagining on the Mainstage

Long Beach, CA - Community theatre is no stranger to William Shakespeare. And so Shakespeare's spirited romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing opens on the Playhouse main stage. Directed by Playhouse technical director, Sean Gray, Much Ado offers a t…

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Long Beach Playhouse Hosts the American Association of Community Theatre's (AACT) Winter Conference

Long Beach, CA---The Long Beach Playhouse (LBP) is pleased to be the host of AACT's 2014 winter meeting reception. AACT is an organization dedicated to supporting and developing community theatres throughout the United States. The winter meeting brin…

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LBP Stages Ira Levin's Comedic Thriller, Deathtrap

Long Beach, CA -- The Long Beach Playhouse will be staging the classic thriller, Deathtrap by Ira Levin in the new year.   One of the great popular successes of recent Broadway history, Deathtrap offers a rare and skillful blending of two priceless…

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The Long Beach Playhouse Goes Socialist with its Third Installment of The Collaborative

Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Playhouse is opening its Studio Stage for outside companies to produce their own shows on a fully equipped stage. Seven companies and individual artists have been selected for this year's Collaborative season. "It's a …

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The Long Beach Playhouse Presents A Christmas Carol

Long Beach, CA---For nearly 170 years, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future have reminded us that even the most miserly can find redemption in kindness and generosity toward others. This year t…

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Long Beach Playhouse Extends Avenue Q Due to Popular Demand!

Long Beach, CA - The gut-bustingly hilarious modern musical focusing on a group of unique 20-something puppets, monsters and humans is extending its run another weekend along with one additional Sunday.  "The show has been wildly popular and many pe…

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Politically Incorrect 'Boeing Boeing' Lands on the Mainstage

Long Beach, CA - The wildly popular French farce by Marc Camoletti, Boeing Boeing is coming to the Mainstage of the Long Beach Playhouse this winter to warm your hearts with  laughter, sexy stewardesses,  and silly fun!  Directed by Playhouse stal…

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Avenue Q Closes the Studio 2013 Season

Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Playhouse Studio Theatre has been known as the place to see cutting edge, comteporary theatre. This is never as true as when puppets have sex, Gary Coleman is the neighborhood guru and Monsters are good. Avenue Q close…

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LBP 2013 - 2014 Mainstage Season Opens with The Foreigner

Long Beach, CA---The Long Beach Playhouse opens its Mainstage Theater season with The Foreigner. Written by Larry Shue, the play explores the comedic possibilities when a "foreigner" is assumed to have no understanding of what is being said around hi…

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Playhouse Cuts the Ribbon on its Refurbished Foyer

Long Beach, CA---The Long Beach Playhouse has been hard at work revitalizing the foyer that welcomes theater-goers into its space. Fresh paint, fresh plants, new lighting and updated signage stand ready to open the 2013 - 2014 Mainstage Season.  …

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City Announces New Commission!

City Announces New Commission!Fire Safety, Theater Arts and Public Access ProgrammingHeaded by Governor George DeukmejianLearn more on June 5 at the 3rd Annual Political Players Radio Show Long Beach, CA - The latest in the city's image and oper…

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City Landmarks Renamed! Long Beach Political Players Are At It Again!

City Landmarks Renamed! Evan Anderson Braude Bridge! Doris Topsy-Elvord Port! Gerrie Schipske Airport! Laura Doud Parking Plaza! And in partnership with the RDA, the Randy Gordon Gambling Ship! Learn more at the 3rd Annual Political Players Radio Sho…

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Noah Haidle's Vigils Comes to the Studio

The Grateful Dead; Noah Haidle's touching play comes to the Studio at Long Beach Playhouse  Long Beach, CA---The Long Bech Playhouse will be producing the little known, Vigils, written by up-and-coming playwright Noah Haidle. Some work you may r…

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The Long Beach Playhouse Announces 2013 Summer Youth Musical Theatre Conservatory for Ages 7-17

Long Beach, Ca. The Long Beach Playhouse will offer a 3-week full-day camp for performers age 7-17. The Summer Youth Musical Theatre Conservatory will be an intensive training program offering classes in the morning and the rehearsal of a full length…

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The Playhouse Visits Skid Row: Little Shop of Horrors on the Mainstage Theater

Long Beach, CA -- The Long Beach Playhouse is closing its 2012 - 2013 Mainstage Season with the quirky and much-loved musical, Little Shop of Horrors. The production is directed by Andrew Vonderschmitt who also serves as the Playhouse Producing Artis…

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LBP Hosts It's Third Annual Celebrity Radio Show

True or False? Blair Cohn and Justin Rudd just announced they are running for co-mayor of Long Beach Get the Answer at the  3rd Annual Political Players Radio ShowLong Beach, CA -- Politicians, community leaders and actors will again gather at t…

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Long Beach Playhouse Announces 2013 Studio Season

Long Beach, CA---On May 13, 2013, the Long Beach Playhouse opens its 2013 season. Opened in 1963, the upstairs theater has become LBP's counterpoint to the more traditional offerings in its Mainstage Theater. This smaller 99-seat space is intimate an…

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Long Beach Searches for The Greatest Storyteller

Long Beach, CA -- Long Beach Playhouse is proud to announce Season Three of "Long Beach Searches for The Greatest Storyteller" which will kickoff. The spring show is shaping up with several locals who care to share a true, five-minute story that happ…

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Show: The Graduate

Long Beach, CA -- Because the tale of a disillusioned college graduate is as old as college itself, the Long Beach Playhouse is excited to present The Graduate on the Mainstage Once a cult novel and still a quintessential coming-of-age film of t…

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Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None Comes to the Long Beach Playhouse

Long Beach, CA---When it comes to "who done it," nobody does it better than Agatha Christie. And even amongst Agatha Christie's work, "And Then There Were None" holds top billing as her bestselling book - ever.  "It is a book where everyone who …

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Long Beach Search for Top Tale Ends

Long Beach, Ca. Season Two of, "Long Beach Searches for Greatest Storyteller" ends Sunday, Dec. 30th, at the Long Beach Playhouse, when the winner is determined by the audience and judges.  The spring, summer, and fall shows each produ…

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The Odyssey Unlike Any Other The Cyclops with Puppets and Masks and References, Oh My...

Long Beach, CA - The Odyssey, one of the great classics of literature dates back to 7000 BC. In The Cyclops, the Long Beach Playhouse tells the bigger of Odysseia (aka Ulysses) around the more detailed story of the Cyclops. The production set entirel…

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The Glass Menagerie at Long Beach Playhouse

Every morning that you come in, yelling that goddamned "Rise and shine, rise and shine," I think to myself, how lucky dead people are Tom Wingfield.Long Beach, CA -- The Long Beach Playhouse is pleased to present Tennessee Williams' classic…

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