World Premiere Comedy The Friendly Hour from Road Theatre Company
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The last date listed for The Friendly Hour was Friday November 14, 2008 / 8:00pm.
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Hailed as "the best musical of this century" by Ben Brantley of The New York Times and "the funniest musical of all time" by Entertainment Weekly, The Book of Mormon won nine Tony Awards -- including Best Musical -- in its first year on Broadway. Now the national touring production is back at the Pantages for a second round of hilarity. Written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone along with Robert Lopez, the Tony-winning co-creator of Avenue Q, this musical comedy is a show that The Daily Show's Jon Stewart has called "a crowning achievement. So good it makes me angry." Learn More
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<p>Tom Jacobson has had more than 50 productions staged in Los Angeles and around the country, including The Beloved Disciple, Cyberqueer, and Degenerate Art. His adaptations Sperm for Circle X and The Orange Grove for Playwrights Arena were both sited as Critic's Choice by the Los Angeles Times. He is delighted to once again be joining forces with The Road for The Friendly Hour following their 1998 collaboration, Tainted Blood, winner of seven Valley Theatre League Awards; their 2004 production of Ouroboros, which garnered a Garland Award for playwriting, as well as LA Weekly Awards for playwriting and Production of the Year; and the 2005 production of Bunbury, which was nominated for a GLAAD Award and an Ovation Award, winning several Valley Theatre League Awards and winning Jacobson honors as Playwright of the Year and recognized as one of the top five productions of 2005 in Los Angeles. He is a co-literary manager of The Theatre @ Boston Court, a founding member of Playwrights Ink, a board member of Cornerstone Theater Company, and teaches playwriting and related courses for UCLA Extension. His most recent project, The Chinese Massacre (Annotated), was workshopped by Circle X this summer.</p> <p>Aside from directing Jacobson's Bunbury at the Road, Mark Bringelson has directed the world premiere and a subsequent long-running revival of the playwright’s Cyberqueer. Other world premieres include Susan Rubin's Bitch at Bootleg, The Clairvoyant for Playwrights Arena, The Tesla Project at LA Contemporary Exhibitions (produced under a Rockefeller Grant), Blue Corridor at The Odyssey; and Sirena, Queen of the Tango. He also directed the 25th anniversary production of Lanford Wilson's Rimers of Eldritch, the North American premiere of the British play The Neighbor, and the wildly successful revival of Steaming at the Ivy Substation, among many others. Most recently, he has worked on projects with Long Beach Opera, Orphean Circus, Indecent Exposure Productions, and just directed a developmental workshop of Susan Rubin's new play, Tea. His family hails from South Dakota, the setting for The Friendly Hour, which, granted, is a little scary.</p>