Sarah Drew as Lucille Ball.

'Lucy Loves Desi' – two shows!
'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Sitcom'

8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, February 27, 2021 - February 28, 2021 | Polsky Theatre

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A true-life comedy that’s an absolute ball!


Lucille Ball paved the way for many of today’s top comediennes. Her iconic series remains one of the most groundbreaking and influential shows in television history. Playwright Gregg Oppenheimer, son of “I Love Lucy” creator Jess Oppenheimer, spins this witty, fast-paced tale of Lucy and Desi’s battles with CBS over the pioneering ideas that changed the face of television forever.

Lucy Loves Desi: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Sitcom tells all the stories with as much heart and humor as an episode of “I Love Lucy” itself. This crowd-pleasing show, written for L.A. Theatre Works, played to sold-out houses during its world premiere run in 2018. Gregg Oppenheimer, who co-authored his father’s memoir, “Laughs, Luck...and Lucy,” and produced the award-winning “I Love Lucy” DVD series, is one of the world’s foremost authorities on this classic sitcom.