I’m a bit frustrated these days. There’s just TOO much to do in the Palm Springs Valley! Besides all the great restaurants, nightclubs, golf, tennis, hiking, biking, art galleries and museums, film and music festivals, and the amazing array of charity events, there’s all the theatrical groups in the desert—each of which puts on quite the show. And therein lies my frustration… How do I fit every thing in?!
The McCallum Theater, the valley’s gem of a theatrical venue, with over 1100 seats, has a wide-ranging schedule that contains big Broadway blockbusters such as “Hello, Dolly!” (starring Sally Strothers), “Man of La Mancha,” “Peter and the Starcatcher,” and “The Addams Family”—great entertainment for the whole family. www.mccallumtheatre.com
The Palm Springs Art Museum’s Annenberg Theater offers Coyote Stageworks’ season of plays that includes “The Andrew Sisters,” “The 39 Steps,” “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” and an all-star gala staged reading presentation of “The Man Who Came to Dinner.” www.coyotestageworks.org www.psartmuseum.org
And after all those offerings, here’s where we start getting really complicated… There are a number of truly wonderful small theater companies that are putting on professional productions. And some of them, like Coachella Valley Rep and Desert Rose Playhouse, are located right here in my hometown of Rancho Mirage. CV Rep has already presented two great productions, and has two more coming up this winter, both by Terrence McNally—“A Perfect Ganesh,” and the always entertaining “Frankie & Johnny in the Clair De Lune.” www.cvrep.org Desert Rose Theater—with its LGBT-themed roster of plays—just completed an hilarious run of Paul Rudnick’s “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told,” and continues with three more this season: “Nite Club Confidential,” starring the desert’s very own Miss Joey English; “Poster Boys;” and “The Haunted Host.” (A word of caution: This brand of family fun may well depend on your family!) www.desertroseplayhouse.org
And we can’t forget Dezart Performs’ season of shows that includes “Invasion of Privacy” and “On the Air” at the Palm Springs Woman’s Club in Palm Springs. www.dezartperforms.com
There are even more out there, but I suspect this will keep you—and me—busy for a few more months. See you at the theater!