Pasadena’s A Noise Within celebrates its 25th year (and its fifth in Pasadena, after 20 years in Glendale) with a particularly effective and timely rendition of Shakespeare’s epic tragedy, King Lear. Their choice to dress the players in 1940s era costume makes the action more immediate, contemporary, and unflinchingly political, bringing to mind the Netflix …
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Last Saturday, to celebrate my birthday, Terri got us tickets to see Wayne Brady in Kiss Me, Kate at the Pasadena Playhouse. I expected Brady to be very good in the role of egotistical actor-director-producer Fred Graham, but what I didn’t expect was how good everyone else in the cast would be, nor how effectively Director Sheldon Epps would reinvent Cole Porter’s classic backstage musical about a theater company staging a production of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew.
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Today is the first day of summer, and one of the best things about summer is that theater companies across the country are all suddenly stricken with the urge to perform the works of Shakespeare outside, usually for free. If you look around your area, you’ll probably find some group or school or band of itinerant actors declaiming in iambic pentameter at a park, beach, zoo or other open space. Here are a few I was able to dig up in just a few minutes on the google-box.
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The other day, my bride and co-conspirator at this site informed me that she had won concert tickets; we were to see David Byrne and St. Vincent at the Greek Theatre (the venue where Neil Diamond’s “Hot August Night” and Harry Chapin’s “Greatest Stories Live” albums were recorded) on Saturday night, thanks to local radio station The Sound LA (100.3 on your FM dial).
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