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Theatre Scene—Early Shaw Comedy Gets Sweet Treatment in Pasadena, Craig Wright’s ‘The Pavilion’ Continues Malibu Playhouse Season, And More…

Erika Soto as Dolly Clandon, Deborah Strang as Mrs. Clandon and Richy Storrs as Phillip Clandon in A Noise Within's "You Never Can Tell." Photo by Craig Schwartz

Posted: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 – 7:04 PM

Delightful Shaw Comedy Gets Sparkling Revival In Pasadena

George Bernard Shaw’s rarely performed comedy You Never Can Tell is getting a charming revival at Pasadena’s A Noise Within through Sunday, May 15.

Set in a seaside town, the early Shaw play tells the story of Mrs Clandon (Deborah Strang) and her three children, Dolly (Erika Soto), Phillip (Richy Storrs) and Gloria (Jill Renner), who have just returned to England after an 18-year stay in Madeira. The children have no idea who their father is and, through a comedy of errors, end up inviting him to a family lunch. At the same time a dentist named Valentine (Kasey Mahaffy) has fallen in love with the eldest daughter, Gloria. But Gloria considers herself a modern woman and claims to have no interest in love or marriage. The play piles on confused identities, with the friendly and wise waiter, Walter (Wesley Mann)—most commonly referred to by the characters as “William,’” because Dolly thinks he resembles Shakespeare), dispensing his wisdom with the titular phrase “you never can tell.”

Says director Stephanie Shroyer: “I believe Shaw is telling us that life is hard and we should cherish every moment because, really, you never can tell what good will come our way. This is a wise, warm and terrifically funny play —after all what other play about love opens in a dentist’s office, with a practitioner who becomes the major love interest, pulling his first tooth without using anesthesia because it is an extra five-shilling charge?”

Final performances are at 2 and 8 p.m., Saturday, April 30; 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 5; 8 p.m., Friday, May 6 and 2 and 7 p.m., Sunday, May 15.

Tickets, starting at $44, are available at the box office of the theater—on the corner of Foothill Boulevard and Sierra Madre Villa Avenue, at 3352 East Foothill Blvd., Pasadena—by phone at 626-356-3100, or online at www.ANoiseWithin.org.

Malibu Playhouse Continues Season With Craig Wright’s Touching The Pavilion

Craig Wright’s The Pavilion will continue the 2016 season at the Malibu Playhouse, 29243 Pacific Coast Highway,  April 28-May 22

Wright is creator and executive producer of the dramatic series, Greenleaf, the first original series produced by Oprah Winfrey, which will begin airing in June. He’s also an Emmy nominated and WGA award-winning writer of Six Feet Under and Lost, writer/producer United States of Tara, Dirty Sexy Money and other hits.

The production is helmed by Jeremy Skidmore, the company’s current guest artistic director.

In the play, Peter (Chris Payne Gilbert) returns to his 20-year high-school reunion with dreams of winning back Kari (Leslie Murphy) the girl he left behind after an unexpected pregnancy ended their relationship. Standing in Peter’s way is Kari’s resentment, the mistakes of the past, and an entire village of characters (all played by a single virtuosic narrator, Jason Lott), and the momentum of space and time all converging on a single moment in one small American town.

Performances begin with 8 p.m. previews Thursday, April 28 and Friday, April 29 (tickets at $10.) Opening night will be at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 30 with a reception and tickets from $50-$75. Subsequent performances will be at 8 p.m., Friday-Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, through May, 22 with tickets ranging from $10-$35. An additional closing night performance and reception will be at 7 p.m., Sunday, May 22 with tickets ranging from $50-$75.

To purchase tickets and for more information, visit wow.mandibulohyoid.org or email info@malibuplayhouse.org.

Four Clowns Enter Strange World Of 19th Century Parisian Clinic In Lunatics & Actors

Audience members will enter the unsettling world of a 19th Century Parisian clinic where a strange experiment is about to unfold and one of them could become the next subject of the evening’s scientific demonstration in David Briedel’s Lunatics & Actors, presented by Four Clowns and having it’s world premiere at The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles, 1238 W 1st St.

Based on the real life obsessions of famed doctor, Duchenne du Boulogne, the play takes its audience into the peculiar hinterland of emotional authenticity. The Four Clowns of this performance veer wildly from reason to insanity to Hamlet, and things are never far from becoming completely unhinged. Who is really mad after all – the lunatic or the actor?

Lunatics & Actors is the result of a workshop production, which began four years ago when David Bridel, current Iinterim dean of USC’s School of Dramatic Arts, approached Four Clowns artistic director Jeremy Aluma, a student of his several years earlier, “I have an idea for a production that would serve your company, but would take you down a darker and more mysterious path than you’re used to.”

The show stars Jack Walker-Pearson as Dr. Duchenne and  his Lunatics; Tyler Bremer as Bon-Bon, Andrew Eldredge as Pepe and Alexis Jones as Fifi.

Four Clowns is an L.A.-based, internationally touring, award-winning, clown troupe dedicated to entertaining audiences and experimenting with the relationship between actor and audience. Four Clowns implements aspects of physical theatre, text, music, dance, and the shattering of the fourth wall in all its productions.

Performances will be at 8 p.m., Friday-Saturday, April 29-May 28, with two 8 p.m. Thursday performances, May 19 and 26.

Tickets range from $12-$15 for the 90-minute performance (no intermision). To purchase, and for more information, call 562-508-1788 or visit www.fourclowns.org.

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