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Theaters from Burbank to South Pasadena

Options are plentiful for playgoers

August 18, 2012|By Lynne Heffley

The lavish 99-seat Theatre @ Boston Court, home to edgy and bold artist-driven new work, opened in 2003 at the Boston Court Performing Arts Center. Its highly theatrical, thought-provoking, often movement-based offerings are informed by the complementary creative visions of Co-Artistic Directors Jessica Kubzansky and Michael Michetti. The theater's critically acclaimed presentation of “The Government Inspector,” a world premiere adaptation of the Nikolai Gogol classic — and a co-production with the equally edgy Furious Theatre Company — runs through Aug. 26. Upcoming: “Creation,” a world premiere play by Kathryn Walat (Oct. 13 to Nov. 11).

Parson's Nose Productions
Lineage Performing Arts Center, 89 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena
(626) 403-7667
www.parsonsnose.com

A company of classically trained artists in residence at the Lineage Performing Arts Center, Parson's Nose was founded in 2000 by actors Lance Davis and Mary Chalon with a mission “to introduce classic theater to audiences of all ages.” The company's broad-stroke, one-hour adaptations of comedies by Shakespeare, Molière, Goldoni and other classic playwrights and authors can be memorable for their hilarity, particularly when Davis, Michael Manuel and other longtime company members take the stage. Upcoming: “Reader's Theatre: A Christmas Carol” (Dec. 22 and 23).

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SOUTH PASADENA

Fremont Centre Theatre
1000 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena
(626) 441-5977

fremontcentretheatre.com

The 75-seat professional Fremont Centre Theatre, housed in an atmospheric, 1920s-era building (it was once a mortuary), opened in 1997 under the founding leadership of Co-Artistic Directors and married stage and screen actors James and Lissa Reynolds. Emphasizing new plays and emerging playwrights, the theater's eclectic offerings range from the world premiere of “National Pastime” (the story of Jackie Robinson) and Lissa Reynolds' touring signature show, “A Woman of Independent Means,” to FCT's most recent show, “Holding On — Letting Go,” an exploration of illness and end-of-life issues, and Ray Bradbury's Pandemonium Theatre shows. Now running: a guest production of “How Obama Got His Groove Back,” a new comedy (Aug. 18 to Oct. 7). (Full disclosure: My daughter joined FCT's staff in 2010.)

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