THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

You are hereby invited to dine in elegance whilst savoring the equally delectable delights of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance Of Being Earnest as The 413 Project Theater serves up high tea dinner and a show at Pasadena’s Madeline Gardens, as appetizing an evening of Oscar as any Wilde fan could possibly wish for.
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NOISES OFF

A Noise Within re-revives its all-time biggest money-maker, Michael Frayn’s Noises Off, guaranteeing audiences two-and-a-half hours of comedic bliss, and not just in Acts One, Two, and Three. This farce-to-end-all-farces is so out-and-out hilarious, you may even find yourself experiencing delayed-reaction laughter during intermissions.
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BELLEVILLE

Young marrieds don’t get much more appealing than Americans in Paris Abby and Zack, but don’t let their Meg Ryan-Tom Hanks looks and charm fool you into thinking Amy Herzog’s Belleville will be the next big romcom. What the Obie-winning Pulitzer Prize finalist has up her sleeve in Belleville is something considerably darker and more twisted, just one reason the latest from the Pasadena Playhouse is one of the season’s must-see productions.
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HENRY V

Those who insist on three-plus hours of Shakespeare may well get their knickers in a twist over the sixty-some minutes chopped from Julia Rodriguez-Elliott and Geoff Elliott’s excitement-packed Henry V now on show at Pasadena’s A Noise Within. Not this reviewer, who welcomes not just its refreshingly brief two-hours-and-change running time but its multitude of action movie-ready thrills.
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A RAISIN IN THE SUN

A Raisin In The Sun, Lorraine Hansberry’s piercing look at racial discrimination, gender roles, family values, and burgeoning African-American identity the pre-Civil Rights Era 1950s gets revived to powerful effect at Pasadena’s A Noise Within.
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A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire undergoes a radical reinvention at The Theatre @ Boston Court where director Michael Michetti has transposed the seven-decade-old classic to 21st-century New Orleans to stunning effect.
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PIRATES OF PENZANCE

Pasadena Playhouse is throwing a beach party and you’re invited to share the stage with the players as the audaciously talented young Chicago troupe known as The Hypocrites treat L.A. audiences to the fun-in-the-sun extravaganza that is their take on Gilbert & Sullivan’s Pirates Of Penzance.
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MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET

Pasadena Playhouse fills this year’s holiday slot with a “live radio play” adaptation of the 1947 movie classic Miracle On 34th Street, a charmer, make no mistake, but more stocking stuffer than a full-fledged Christmas gift to follow the back-to-back brilliance of Our Town and King Charles III.
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