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Theaters from Burbank to South Pasadena

Options are plentiful for playgoers

August 18, 2012|By Lynne Heffley

A Noise Within, Los Angeles' leading professional classical theater company, launched its 20th anniversary season last fall with “Twelfth Night,” the inaugural production at its new 33,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art digs in Pasadena. Previously housed in Glendale in a former Masonic Temple, this much-lauded theater company, led by husband-and-wife co-founders and Co-Artistic Directors Geoff Elliott and Julia Rodriguez-Elliott, has seen its subscriber base nearly double since it made the gutsy move to the new multimillion-dollar venue. Upcoming: Shakespeare's “Cymbeline” (Sept. 29 to Nov. 18), “The Doctor's Dilemma,” by George Bernard Shaw (Oct. 20 to Nov. 25) and “A Christmas Carol” (Dec. 8 to 23).

Pasadena Playhouse
39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena
(626) 356-7529

Designated the State Theater of California in 1937 and today one of this country's major nonprofit regional theaters, the 684-seat Pasadena Playhouse still operates out of the elegant Spanish Colonial Revival style building that it has called home since 1925. Its future has been shaky at times, but after emerging from a short period of bankruptcy in 2010, the theater, under the stalwart leadership of Artistic Director Sheldon Epps, has had a string of high-profile successes — ”Blues for an Alabama Sky,” “Art,” “The Heiress” and “Jitney” (a co-production with South Coast Repertory) among them. Recent productions that have gone on to national tours, or to Broadway or Off Broadway runs, include “Looped” with Valerie Harper, “Sister Act: The Musical” and “Baby It's You.” Upcoming: “Under My Skin,” a world premiere comedy (Sept. 19 to Oct. 7), Lynn Nottage's “Intimate Apparel” (Nov. 6 to Dec. 2) and “A Snow White Christmas,” a Lythgoe Family Production (Dec. 13 to 23).


Theatre @ Boston Court
70 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena
(626) 683-6883

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