September Swings From ‘Red, Hot & Cole’ to Sid & Imogene ‘Together Again’

<i> Janice Arkatov writes about theater for The Times</i>

In September’s theater lineup, Cole Porter swings in North Hollywood, Orson Bean sings about the labor movement, Beth Lapides hosts a late-night “Un-Cabaret” and Sid & Imogene are “Together Again.” The openings include:

Wednesday: “Short Works, Tall Tales” features performances by Denise T. Y. Uyehara, Lauren Tom, Michele Benzamin Masuda, Saachiko, Louise Mita and Ken Choy at Highways in Santa Monica.

Friday: In North Hollywood, Actors Alley kicks off its 20th anniversary season with a new production of Cole Porter’s “Red, Hot & Cole.” The song list includes “Begin the Beguine,” “Don’t Fence Me In” and “Anything Goes.”

Friday: Actress Eve Sigall portrays a gallery of characters in a return engagement of Mark Mantell’s “Apartments” at Actors Forum Theatre in Studio City.


Friday: “Becoming Memories,” Arthur Giron’s portrait of small-town America from 1911 to the present day, opens at the Crossley Theatre in Hollywood.

Friday: A modern dysfunctional American family goes under the magnifying glass in Robert Harris Duncan’s “Cal City,” premiering at Hollywood’s Open Fist Theatre.

Friday: Multiracial Asian artists Mari Sunaida, Amy Hill, Nobuko Miyamoto and Arjuno present their work in “Heaven and Earth,” part of the “Treasure in the House” performance festival at Highways.

Saturday: Theatrical realism comes to the beauty shop as the Helicon Theatre Company’s salon-set comedy “Choice Cuts” opens at Ravello’s salon in Santa Monica.


Sept. 11: Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek’s award-winning musical tribute to America’s pioneer women, “Quilters,” arrives at Las Palmas Theatre in Hollywood. Teri Ralston directs.

Sept. 12: Author-humorist Orson Bean traces the development of America’s labor movement--and its current relevance--in “Waiting for Phil” at the Burbage Theatre in West Los Angeles.

Sept. 13: David Mamet’s “The Frog Prince,” John Guare’s “The Talking Dog” and Wendy Wasserstein’s “The Man in the Case” are presented together under the umbrella title “Nature Talks” at the Tamarind Theatre in Hollywood.

Sept. 13: “No Hop Sing, No Bruce Lee: An Evening of Asian Men” offers performances by Dom Magwili, Rob Narita, Les Blevens and Dan Kwong at Highways.


Sept. 15: Comedian Rick Reynolds brings his one-man semi-autobiographical show, “Only the Truth Is Funny,” to the Canon Theatre in Beverly Hills.

Sept. 20: 1950s comedy team Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca reunite for a trip down memory lane--and some of their most popular sketches--in the revue “Together Again” at the Westwood Playhouse.

Sept. 20: Three troubled teen-agers are the subject of Evan James and Bruce Malmuth’s “Thanksgiving Bloods,” premiering at the Flight Theatre in Santa Monica.

Sept. 21: Performance artist Beth Lapides brings her “Un-Cabaret” show to Highways; joining her will be a revolving lineup including Judy Toll, Maurice Davis, Beverly Milkens and the Hilarions.


Sept. 23: Masayuki Imai’s surrealistic “The Winds of God,” the official entry for the 1991 Arts Award sponsored by the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan, has its American premiere at Hollywood’s Strasberg Creative Center.

Sept. 27: Continuing the saga of drug addict Johnny Pope, Michael V. Gazzo’s “A Hatful of Rainbows” (sequel to “A Hatful of Rain”) premieres under his direction at West Hollywood’s Tiffany Theatre.

Sept. 29: Deborah LaVine directs the premiere of Robin Sherwood’s coming-of-age period drama “Clare’s Dream” at the Coast Playhouse in West Hollywood.