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Theaters from Burbank to South Pasadena

Options are plentiful for playgoers

August 18, 2012|By Lynne Heffley
  • Actors Jack Heller, left, and Louise Davis run through a scene before performing "Tennessee in the Summer" at the Sidewalk Studio Theatre in Burbank.
Actors Jack Heller, left, and Louise Davis run through… (Cheryl A. Guerrero…)

Shakespeare, Molière, musical romps, contemporary classics, comedies of all Jordi Galcerán's descriptions, cutting-edge new work — theater in Southern California is varied, plentiful and far-flung, from the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego and Center Theatre Group in downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica's Broad Stage and beyond. It is worth noting, however, that an abundance of eclectic small, midsize and large professional theaters in the San Gabriel and San Fernando Valleys contribute significantly to the mix.


Burbank Falcon Theatre
4252 Riverside Drive, Burbank
(818) 955-8101

The attractive 130-seat Falcon Theatre is the creation of iconic director/writer/producer Garry Marshall (“Happy Days,” “Laverne & Shirley,” “The Odd Couple”) and his producer daughter, Kathleen Marshall LaGambina. Its trademark: solidly professional new work, premieres and revivals performed by noteworthy actors from film, Broadway and the local and regional stage. The Falcon's 2012-13 five-play subscription season opened this weekend with the American premiere of Jordi Galcerán's corporate comedy, “The Grönholm Method,” Aug. 18 to Sept. 30. Upcoming: Neil Simon's “I Ought to Be in Pictures” (Oct. 19 to Nov. 11) and the acclaimed Troubadour Theater Company's new musical spoof, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed ReinDOORS” (Dec. 7 to Jan. 13).


GTC Burbank
George Izay Park, 1111-b W. Olive Ave., Burban
(818) 528-6622

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