Posts Tagged ‘Pasadena Playhouse’

BREAKING THROUGH

The tale being told may not be “as old as time,” but it’s certainly as old as the recording industry, or so aspiring singer-songwriter Charlie Jane discovers in Breaking Through, a World Premiere musical that, while breaking no new ground storywise, at the very least features a catchy pop-rock score, some exciting choreography, and a bunch of thoroughly winning performances.
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REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES

You don’t have to be Hispanic to fall in love with the full-figured Latinas celebrated in Josefina López’s Real Women Have Curves, nor do you have to travel to New York to see the crowd-pleasing comedy’s Broadway-caliber revival now playing at the historic Pasadena Playhouse.
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WATERFALL

Lovers don’t get any more star-crossed than Noppon and Katherine, the star-crossed lovers of Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire’s uber-romantic musical tearjerker Waterfall, now getting a gorgeously staged, gorgeously performed World Premiere production at the Pasadena Playhouse.
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PYGMALION

Witty comedy, incisive social commentary, unconventional love story, and the inspiration for what many consider the greatest Broadway musical ever—George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion is all this and (as revived for a 21st-century audience at the Pasadena Playhouse) much, much more.
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THE WHIPPING MAN

On April 9, 1865, General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant at the Appomattox Court House, at long last ending what is still the deadliest war in United States history. Five days later, President Abraham Lincoln was dead, the victim of an assassin’s bullet. Coincidentally, during this fateful week in our country’s history, Jews in both North and South observed Pesach, the festival of Passover, celebrating the freeing of the Israelites from centuries of slavery in Egypt.

Inspired by this bit of historical happenstance, and armed with the knowledge that there were indeed Jewish slaveholders (and Jewish slaves) in the pre-Civil War Deep South, playwright Matthew Lopez sat down to write The Whipping Man, a gripping, eye-opening look at three Jews—two black, one white—in the days just following Appomattox, a play now brought to compelling life in a spectacular new production just transferred from South Coast Rep to the Pasadena Playhouse.
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THE WHIPPING MAN

On April 9, 1865, General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant at the Appomattox Court House, at long last ending what is still the deadliest war in United States history. Five days later, President Abraham Lincoln was dead, the victim of an assassin’s bullet. Coincidentally, during this fateful week in our country’s history, Jews in both North and South observed Pesach, the festival of Passover, celebrating the freeing of the Israelites from centuries of slavery in Egypt.

Inspired by this bit of historical happenstance, and armed with the knowledge that there were indeed Jewish slaveholders (and Jewish slaves) in the pre-Civil War Deep South, playwright Matthew Lopez sat down to write The Whipping Man, a gripping, eye-opening look at three Jews—two black, one white—in the days just following Appomattox, a play now brought to compelling life in a spectacular South Coast Repertory debut set to transfer next month to the Pasadena Playhouse.
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SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT

Lythgoe Family Productions returns to the Pasadena Playhouse for the third December in a row with Sleeping Beauty And Her Winter Knight, this year’s Panto proving every bit as delightful to 2014 SoCal audiences of all ages as the distinctively English form of musical entertainment has been doing for the past two or three centuries in Jolly Old England.
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STOP KISS

Don’t let the gay bashing that is the pivotal event of Diana Son’s Stop Kiss scare you away from its exciting Pasadena Playhouse debut. Under Seema Sueko’s nuanced direction and with a pair of star turns by Angela Lin and Sharon Leal, Son’s 1998 off-Broadway hit reveals itself at its heart to be the subtly shaded tale of two women who find themselves almost accidentally falling in love.
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