“History Lit.” at Pasadena Museum of History

That inventive theatre company, Unbound Productions, presents a new staging of its 2012 hit History Lit., at the Pasadena Museum of History. As with its perennial fall favorite, Wicked Lit., which is staged at the Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery, the talented creators adapt three short stories from well-known authors and stage them in various … Continue reading “History Lit.” at Pasadena Museum of History

“The Imaginary Invalid” at Theatricum Botanicum

It is seldom that a house announcement concerning cell phones, exits, photographs, and so on, is entertaining. In the case of Theatricum Botanicum’s radical reworking of Molière’s The Imaginary Invalid, that chore becomes a delightful entré into the world of the play. Speaking in a lovely French accent, Lea Madda, dressed in the skimpiest 17th … Continue reading “The Imaginary Invalid” at Theatricum Botanicum

“Here There Be Dragons” at Sacred Fools Theater Company

Drew Vandiver is an extraordinary raconteur, utterly charming and enormously bright. For an hour plus in his theatrical memoir, Here There Be Dragons, he commands the stage with tales of his career from early childhood in Georgia to his current life in California as a writer/performer. Eschewing W. C. Fields’ famous proscription, “Never work with … Continue reading “Here There Be Dragons” at Sacred Fools Theater Company

“Hedda Gabler” — A Masterful Performance at Antaeus Theatre Company

Jaimi Paige Photo by Karianne Flaathen Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, bold and controversial when it premiered in 1890, retains its power in the Twenty-First Century. Australian playwright Andrew Upton blows the cobwebs off old translations and jumps the action from the 1890s into the early 1920s. While faithful to Ibsen’s text, the playwright underscores the … Continue reading “Hedda Gabler” — A Masterful Performance at Antaeus Theatre Company