Theater & Shows in Ventura

The Dollface Dames at Magicopolis on September 13–January 10 at 10:30 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

The Dollface Dames

Magicopolis

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Foxy burlesque team enthralls audiences with evening of striptease, song, comedy, and vaudeville

$30 $15

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Stand Up! for Main Street Featuring Kevin Nealon & More on October 19 at 6:30 p.m. (Up to 51% Off)

Stand Up! For Main Street feat. Kevin Nealon & More

Writers Guild Theater

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A lineup of all-stars, including Kevin Nealon, Carol Leifer, Cathy Ladman, and Suli McCullough, bring laughs to a benefit for Public Citizen

$100 $49

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Ivan Amodei's "Intimate Illusions" at Beverly Wilshire (Up to 59% Off). Ten Showtimes Available.

Intimate Illusions

Beverly Wilshire Hotel

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Award-winning magician dazzles with carefully wrought illusions and witty banter, accompanied by a live cellist

$73 $30

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Standup Show and Appetizer Platter for Four, Plus 4 Tickets to a Future Show at Ha Ha Café Comedy Club (Up to 87% Off)

Ha Ha Café Comedy Club

Valley Village

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Showcases held seven days a week feature headlining comics from around the world, high-energy hosts, and surprise celebrity visits

$191.90 $25

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Alex Ramon #NewMagic at El Portal Theatre on November 1 at 8 p.m. or November 2 at 3 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

Alex Ramon #NewMagic

El Portal Theatre

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Award-winning magician reveals new illusions and sleight of hand tricks in his family-friendly show

$50 $25

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Standup Comedy at Flappers Comedy Club (Up to 57% Off)

Flappers Comedy Club

Multiple Locations

Comedy club features sets from nationally touring standups seen on television

$58 $25

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Standup Comedy at The Comedy Store (Up to 78% Off)

The Comedy Store

The Comedy Store

Comedy club once home to Jim Carrey and George Carlin hosts showcases of nationally known comics and surprise guests

$45 $10

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"The Vagina Monologues" at Cupcake Theater on August 22–October 4 (Up to 53% Off)

"The Vagina Monologues"

Cupcake Theater

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Women weave stories about their bodies and frankly discuss gender-based violence in an OBIE-winning work by Eve Ensler

$38 $18

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F.A.C.E. Runway Fashion Show at 333 Live on Saturday, November 1, at 8:00 p.m. (Up to 43% Off)

F.A.C.E. Runway Fashion Show

333 Live

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Mingle with celebrities and fashion bloggers while watching a runway show displaying designers' 2015 collections; after-party with DJs

$31.74 $18

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VIP Admission and Premium Drinks for Two or Four at The Belasco Theater (Up to 60% Off)

The Belasco Theater

Downtown Los Angeles

Sip drinks in a 40,000-square-foot venue with a ballroom, theatre, basement lounge, and tapas bar

$75 $30

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Standup for Two with Nachos and Tickets to a Future Show at The Ice House (Up to 79% Off)

The Ice House

West Central

Club carries on a 50-year tradition of hilarity that has included Robin Williams, George Lopez, and Jerry Seinfeld

$94.50 $20

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"The Un-Royal Ball" Comedy Dinner Show and Souvenir Wine Glasses for Two on Saturday Evenings (Up to 40% Off)

"The Un-Royal Ball"

Belly Laugh Productions / Courtyard by Marriott at Old Town Pasadena

Audience members enjoy a gourmet 4-course meal while witnessing high-jinks explode during an interactive spy-comedy dinner show

$132.12 $79

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A frequent finalist for Best Comedy Club according to Ventura County Reporter's readers, Ventura Improv Company offers the only improv comedy in Ventura and has been eliciting chortles and guffaws with family-friendly farce for the past 21 years. The VIC's veteran comedic combatants perform unscripted comedy through scenes, games, and music created on the spot. The VIC performs shows such as Spontaneous Broadway, a full-length musical whose plot is conceived through audience suggestions, and TheatreSports Team Match, a two-team battle where competitors perform a challenge set by the host.

34 N Palm St
Ventura,
CA
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Writer and performer Tom Dugan—familiar from bit parts on Friends and Curb Your Enthusiasm —corralled three nominations from the L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Awards, including Best Play and Best Leading Actor for his portrayal of the "Jewish James Bond" in his riveting, one-man performance about a Holocaust survivor's relentless quest for justice. Pacing through his box-cluttered Vienna office on the day of his retirement, Simon fills in a group of off-screen American students on the tactical methods he used to hunt Adolf Eichmann, Franz Stangl, and Dr. Mengele, among other Nazi war criminals. He infuses his anecdotes with mordant wit and genuine warmth, laughing over being mistaken for Laurence Olivier (who played him in the film The Boys From Brazil) one moment, and making mournfully poetic observations the next, such as likening a sunflower to a periscope of the dead. As his memories wander from the Warsaw ghetto to Jerusalem, from death camps to the slums of Buenos Aires, he paints a gripping portrait of humanity's unquenchable thirst for justice even in the face of utmost horror.

1006 E Main St
Ventura,
CA
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Arthur Murray Dance Studio has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, the Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with an instructor as the teachers assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.

6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd
Woodland Hills,
CA
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Just before Halloween, Theatricum BOO-tanicum stocks its wooded grounds in the heart of Topanga Canyon with ghosties friendly to all ages. Throughout the evening, spooky guides weave stories about things that go bump or hiss in the night while teaching the basics of carving pumpkins and how to avoid accidentally granting them consciousness. Costumed thespians, many of whom can be seen on stage in less ghastly roles during the Theatricum Botanicum's regular season, staff a haunted house and game booths, and live musicians including Tommy Santee Klaws, Peter Alsop, and the Matt Van Winkle Band perform ghoulish hits. Guests can attempt to outscare the pros at a costume contest, and for an additional $10, help themselves to a portion of chicken and waffles from Bon Mélange Catering.

1419 N Topanga Canyon Blvd
Topanga,
CA
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Like many of her fellow dance teachers at Gotta Dance Studio, owner Cindy Gebelein first donned ballet flats at age 6. Throughout a lifetime of performing and 35 years of teaching, she’s worn through copious dance shoes while sharing her passion with others. She opened Gotta Dance Studio in 1995 to further pass on her love for performance, arming younger generations with the technical skills to develop into true artists.

The instructors elucidate a variety of dance styles, from perennial favorites such as ballet, jazz, and tap to modern styles such as hip-hop and contemporary. For students truly taken with the stage, a musicaltheater and performing arts program builds upon the physical conditioning and movement training of dance with voice- lessons and resume-building performances. Three dance troupes, each with their own particular focus, partake in demonstrations and competitions at both the local and national level. Thanks to their travels, these squads have come home with multiple awards and at least a dozen stray tap-dancing cats.

17636 Chatsworth St
Granada Hills,
CA
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In 2003, the teaching staffs behind the Butler-Fearon and the O?Connor-Kennedy Schools realized something: though both academies nurtured the physical, mental, and competitive skills of scores of young Irish dancers, they could form a more robust program by combining forces. Once united, the team of Rose Fearon, Vincent O?Connor, and Kathleen O?Connor?each a certified Irish dance adjudicator?implemented a revised curriculum reaching students from both American coasts to the solid-ice skyscrapers of Ontario. Today, Butler-Fearon-O'Connor trains everyone from girls buckling their jig shoes for the first time to experienced adults, many of whom?such as 2011 world champion Emily Penner?have danced competitively at home or across the pond and landed spots on touring companies for shows such as Riverdance.

Focusing on perfecting traditional form and technique, classes are kept as small as possible, ensuring personalized attention from one of the school's 10 experienced, decorated instructors. Students also learn stamina, flexibility, and presentation, with an emphasis on avoiding motions that tend to draw judges' ire, such as clumsy arm placement and badgering the audience. Many locations also host more casual classes for adults and groups such as Girl Scout troops.

14252 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks,
CA
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