As summer really heats up, some things may cool down in the Palm Springs Valley, but in Rancho Mirage, there’s always something to do, see, hear, and/or sample. And when it comes to live theatre and performance, we have not one but two companies at the ready: Desert Rose Playhouse and Coachella Valley Repertory, both located on Highway 111.
At the Desert Rose Playhouse—the only Palm Springs Valley theatre company devoted to LGBT-themed productions—summer show Party by David Dillon runs through July 31st. An Off-Broadway smash hit of a few seasons ago, the comedic drama tells the tale of seven gay male friends who find themselves revealing more than they bargained for during an evening of the game “Truth or Dare.” Full disclosure: This production features nudity and sexual situations. So if raucous theatre’s your cup of tea, look for tickets and more information at www.desertroseplayhouse.org.
Over at CVRep—located within The Atrium—no less than seven distinct shows are being put on through August. As part of the company’s Summer Jazz Series, July 21st sees guitarist-composer Peter Sprague and vocalist Leonard Patton take the stage. Recording artist Josh Nelson does his thing on July 22nd. And trumpeter-vocalist Carl Saunders and His Quartet appear on July 23rd. Jumping to the weekend of August 25th-27th, the Jennifer Leitham Trio—whose bassist-vocalist headliner not only has 10 albums to her credit but has performed on more than 125 more—basks in the spotlight. Tickets to each of these performances are $30 and include a post-show reception catered by Gelson’s.
CVRep’s Summer Cabaret Series showcases Julie Garnye’s “Live at the Rep” July 15th-17th, and Janene Lovullo accompanied by musical director Christopher Marlowe on “Too Marvelous For Words: Celebrating Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen” August 5th-7th.
Finally, if you make it quick you can still get tickets to CVRep’s Summer Staged Readings program on July 9th and 10th, where three one-act plays will be presented together: The Duck Variations by David Mamet, and David Ives’ Variations on the Death of Trotsky and Sure Thing. Tickets are $10 for all three of these light Jim Spalding-directed comedies that share the theme of “People talking to each other without really listening or caring about what the other person says!” Get tickets online at www.cvrep.org.