Comprising three theaters, Center Theatre Group is the natural go-to for fans of theater in Los Angeles (and, well, Broadway). Each theater has its own style of notable shows, whether they're premieres of plays or touring productions.
Mark Taper Forum. The focus at Mark Taper Forum, next door to the Ahmanson Theater in Downtown, is on dramas and comedies. Plenty of shows that premiere here go on to Broadway and off-Broadway theaters (a number of Pulitzer Prize–winning
plays have also been developed here). 135 N. Grand Ave., 90012. 213/628–2772. www.centertheatregroup.org.
Ahmanson Theatre. The largest of L.A.'s Center Group's three theaters is Ahmanson Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles with a varying audience capacity of 1,600 to 2,000, and a number of larger-scale classic revivals, dramas, musicals, and comedies happen here. Recent musical “Leap of Faith” had its world premiere at Ahmanson Theatre and went on to earn a Tony Award nomination in 2012. 135 N. Grand Ave., 90012. 213/628–2772. www.centertheatregroup.org.
Kirk Douglas Theatre. This Culver City theater, which stages new, modern works, is the smallest venue of the group at 317 seats. It uses its small size to its advantage by hosting more intimate workshops and readings. 9820 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, 90232. 213/628–2772. www.centertheatregroup.org.