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“Scene in LA” September 2020 by Steve Zall and Sid Fish

Although the Governor has established a new “tier” rating system for counties, Los Angeles County continues to be in the purple tier, which means that theaters are still not allowed to operate yet for live performances. Unfortunately, this has taken its toll on some smaller venues, which may not be able to reopen at all.

However, The Rubicon Theatre in Ventura is continuing their workaround for the situation with their Safe Distance Drive-In Concert Series featuring live shows in their “Rubicon Goes Retro” series presented at the Ventura County Fairgrounds in Ventura where you stay in your car for the performance, and listen to the show on your car radio! Here is more information on the upcoming shows they are offering:

The Phantom of the Operaphenoms’ TERI BIBB and DAVIS GAINES are slated to appear, as well as two-time Golden Globe nominee TED NEELEY of Jesus Christ Superstar, who brings his rock wail to “Gethsemane” and other songs.

Tickets are going fast, and early reservations are highly recommended. A 15% series discount is available through Rubicon Guest Services. For tickets, go to or call 805.667.2900.


Of course, other theaters are continuing to offer online events instead. These online events are often available one time only, and are frequently not announced very far ahead of the event, so you will have to visit the venue’s web site to see what is available. Most are free to watch, some are charging a small fee. Here is a list of the web sites you can check to see what they are offering:


3-D Theatricals

A Noise Within

Boston Court Pasadena

Echo Theater Company

Laguna Playhouse

L.A. Theatre Works (fee & free)

Latino Theater Company

Long Beach Opera

Morgan-Wixson Theatre

Pasadena Playhouse

Robey Theatre Company

Rogue Artists Ensemble

Sacred Fools

Santa Monica Playhouse

Sierra Madre Playhouse

South Coast Repertory

Theatre 68

The Blank Theatre (fee)

The Blank Theatre (free)

The Broad Stage

The Geffen Playhouse (fee)

The Matrix Theatre “Scraps”

The Road Theatre Company

The Soraya

The Wallis Center for the Performing Arts

The Wallis Studio Ensemble

West Coast Jewish Theatre

Until we emerge from these trying times, we encourage everyone to stay safe by wearing a facemask and practicing proper social distancing at all times when outside in public. Our warmest wishes go out to all of you during this crisis! We also want to thank the Public Relations representatives and our readers for their ongoing support.


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