East West Players premieres ‘Wrinkles’

SAB SHIMONO — plays Harry, a nisei grandpa with a secret

LOS ANGELES — The East West Players (EWP), the nation’s premier Asian American theatre company premieres “Wrinkles” by Paul Kikuchi, a sticky comedy about sex, lies and Tiger Balm.

Grandpa Harry has a big secret. Unbeknownst to his daughter and grandson, 73-year-old Nisei Harry Fukutani is an Internet sensation. But his works are only accessible when the parental filters are off and with a valid credit card.

EWP Producing Artistic Director Tim Dang says, “On the surface, it is a great intergenerational comedy, but if you dig deeper, there are issues of aging as our baby boomer generation enters retirement. We want to show audiences that senior citizens are vibrant and healthy in all aspects of our lives.”

There will be preview performances on Thursday, Feb. 10, through the 13 for $20, and a opening night gala on Wednesday, Feb. 16 for $60. Regular performances will run through Sunday, March 13 with $30-40 general admission. Performances start at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. There will be a special “pay-what-you-can” performance with a suggested $5 minimum on Thursday, Feb. 17. All performances take place at the Henry Hwang Theater at the Union Center for the Arts, 120 Judge John Aiso St., Los Angeles.

For more information: visit www.eastwestplayers.org or call (213) 625-7000

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