The world premiere of “Mike Birbiglia: The Old Man and the Pool” opened at Center Theatre Group / Mark Taper Forum on August 3 and will continue through August 28, 2022. Previews began on July 27, 2022. This one-man show is written and performed by Mike Birbiglia and directed by Seth Barrish. 

On the heels of his award-winning Broadway show “The New One,” which made its West Coast premiere at the Ahmanson Theatre, comedian and storyteller Mike Birbiglia returns to Center Theatre Group with a tale of life, death and a highly chlorinated YMCA pool. With his unique form of comedic storytelling, Birbiglia chronicles a coming-of-middle-age story that asks the big questions: Why are we here? What’s next? And what happens when the items at the doctor’s office that you thought were decorative become quite useful.

Birbiglia’s previous plays “Sleepwalk with Me,” “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend” and “Thank God for Jokes” all earned Lortel Award nominations for “Best Solo Show” with “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend” winning the 2011 award. “The New One” won the Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards for “Outstanding Solo Performance.”

Mike Birbiglia; photo courtesy of CTG

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Tickets for “Mike Birbiglia: The Old Man and the Pool” are currently on sale and start at $30. They are available through, Audience Services at (213) 628-2772 or in person at the Center Theatre Group Box Offices (at the Ahmanson Theatre). 

What: “Mike Birbiglia: The Old Man and the Pool” 
Where: Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre At The Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A. 90012
When: Previews run thru August 2; Opening: August 3, 2022- Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2:30pm. and 8:00pm, and Sunday at 1:00pm and 6:30pm; Runs through August 28, 2022;