Venue Details

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Geffen Playhouse - Gil Cates Theater
10886 Le Conte Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90024
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Member Tips

You can park in the parking lot next to the theatre after 5 PM for $7.50.
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If you park there earlier than 5 PM, you will have to pay the max-$20.00.
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Half a block west there's a lot where it's $5 for the evening.
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Best tip - don't go
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Goldstar Member
Park at Grant Parking before show & it's $3 for evening
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Fran Chernowsky
Opera glasses might be good if you're in the mezzanine.
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Reviews & Ratings

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2.3 average rating
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S. Craig Red Velvet
266 events
105 reviews
19 stars
attended Sep 13 2009

The Geffen is one of the finest venues for live theater in Southern California. Unfortunately, this is not one of their highpoints. While the actors are very talented,... continued

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Self-Proclaimed GOLDSTAR POSTER BOY Red Velvet
254 events
72 reviews
941 stars
attended Sep 12 2009



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68 events
29 reviews
5 stars
attended Sep 10 2009

Cute and Simple a bit amateur ... Reflective of the cast and content? French Stewart was the saving grace.

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More Information


September 8-October 18, 2009: *_Matthew Modine Saves the Alpacas


Matthew Modine stars as Matthew Modine in this rollicking parody of celebrity activism. It’s been decades since Modine’s eighties heartthrob days. So, how can he get back into the limelight? He needs… a Cause. Join Matthew and a comical cast on this world premiere romp through the ridiculous, the hilarious and the utterly offensive.  

*November 10-December 20, 2009: Equivocation *

In a world where history is told by the winner, comes a new play about the night England’s infamous Gunpowder Plot was foiled. For hundreds of years, this event has been celebrated as Guy Fawkes Day, but it’s clear there is no way the night could have unfolded the way the Crown claimed. So, without Fox News at his disposal, how does King James turn fiction into fact? He hires the world’s greatest playwright. Enter William Shakespeare. With the weight of history on their shoulders, Shakespeare and his winsome troupe struggle to dramatize the King’s absurd account without losing their integrity – or their heads. Featuring playful allusions to some of the Bard’s greatest works,_ Equivocation_ is a high-stakes tale where history meets fiction and fiction meets its match.

February 2-March 14, 2010: The Female of the Species

Academy Award winner Annette Bening returns to the Geffen Playhouse in this wildly wicked farce. Loosely inspired by a real-life incident involving feminist philosopher Germaine Greer, The Female of the Species tells the story of Margot Mason – famed auteur of such influential works as “Madame Ovary,” “Love and Other Four Letter Words” and “The Complete Insignificance of Male Sexuality” – who has retreated to her country home to pen her next masterpiece.

Problem is, nothing’s coming. Nothing, that is, except for a young former student who is intent on taking Margot hostage as punishment for her mixed message ideology. Enter Margot’s overlooked daughter, her simplistic son-in-law, her longtime publisher and a disgruntled cab driver … and all of a sudden a simple kidnapping turns into a battle over who can throw the first punch and get the last word.

April 13-May 23, 2010: Nightmare Alley

Step into Nightmare Alley and enter the titillating world of carnies, cons and clairvoyants. With a score as wild as a funhouse and as evocative as a beautiful tightrope walker, this world premiere musical tells the tale of a young carnie couple who tempt the fickle hand of fate. Based on the darkly evocative 1946 William Lindsay Gresham novel of the same name, Nightmare Alley is a night at the theater full of special effects, wondrous feats and enough spirit to make believers of us all. But remember, here, things are never as they seem.

June 27-August 8, 2010: Thurgood

Witness one of America’s greatest stories told from the stage by one of our greatest story tellers. Tony Award Winner, Emmy Award Winner and Oscar Nominee Laurence Fishburne transforms into Thurgood Marshall to tell the triumphant story of how a boy from the backstreets of Baltimore changed history. From arguing the 1954 landmark case Brown v. Board of Education to becoming the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall’s tenacious advocacy broke open the civil rights movement, paving the way for the young African-American leaders of our future.

Fishburne’s acclaimed Broadway performance of Thurgood earned him a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Solo Performance, as well as a Tony nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play.