By Jean Strauber, Entertainment Editor
Thanks to the California State Parks Foundation, Los Encino State Park now has a dedicated page for people who wish to keep this gem, located in the heart of Encino. Please visit calparks.org/los encinos to make your donations. I have lots of theater happenings to report this week…
AT THE ECLECTIC COMPANY THEATRE
A mystery-adventure-comedy is now showing at the Eclectic Company Theatre. “Perilous!” is written by Taylor Ashbrook, Elizabeth Dement, Jeff Folschinsky and Tyler Tanner and directed by Ashbrook. This is a play about a plucky reporter named Philip Asperberger who has proposed and been accepted by his true love, Wendy Wallflower, but finds there are distractions along the path to getting married in Victory City. L.O.V.E., the League of Villainous Evildoers, plans to fix the next mayoral election so it can take over Victory City. As L.O.V.E. marches towards planetary domination, clones, kidnappings, imposters, and drugged food all figure in their vile schemes. However, Wendy’s alter-ego, the super-powered Defender of All That is Good, Penelope Peril, can thwart L.O.V.E., and save Victory City and thus the world. “Perilous!” is the fourth series of her adventures and there’s a new chapter each weekend. Elizabeth Dement stars as Penelope Peril. The cast also includes Biff Wiff, Laura Lee Bahr, Michael “Fuz” Edwards, Kerr Seth Lordygan and Questa Gleason. The Eclectic Company Theatre is located at 5312 Laurel Canyon Boulveard, Valley Village, CA 91607. “Perilous!” is performed on Fridays and Saturdays at 11 pm and will run through January 28, 2012. Admission: Pay What You Can. For more information call (8180 508-3003 or go to www. eclecticcompanytheatre.org.
AT THE EDGEMAR CENTER FOR THE ARTS
“Ghosts,” a modern adaptation of the classic play by Henrik Ibsen and adapted and directed by Doug Kabak, will be opening March 3 at the Edgemar Center for the Arts. Mrs. Helene
Alving’s struggle with the ghosts of her past is about to come to an end, for the next day will commemorate the 10th anniversary of her husband’s death. On this day, a new orphanage will be dedicated in his name. For 29 years, Helen has kept a dark secret — the reality of her late husband’s deviant excesses and his disease. With her son Osvald finally home to stay, a triumphant new life begins and the past will be buried forever. Or will her spiritual liberation meet a catastrophic fate? Doug Kabak directs and Alexandra Guarnieri is the producer. Michelle Danner plays Helene with Cornell Womack portraying Manders, the meddlesome local pastor. Also included in the cast are James Giordano, Nate Golon and Lucy Honigman. “Ghosts” will be performed in the Edgemar Center for the Arts in the intimate Second Stage auditorium, 2437 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405. Previews February 24-March 2, Opens Saturday March 3, 2012 and runs through Sunday, April 8, 2013. Performance Schedule: Friday and Saturday at 8 pm, and Sunday at 5 pm. Admission $34.99; A limited number of seats will be available at each performance at a discounted price of $25. Reservations: (310) 392-7327 or go to www.edgemarcenter. org.
MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT
The Tony Award-winning Best Musical of 2005, “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” will be returning to Los Angeles for a strictly limited one week engagement February 28 to March 4, 2012 at the Pantages Theatre. Like Monty Python and the Holy Grail, “Monty Python’s Spamalot” tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and their quest for the Holy Grail, “Monty Python’s Spamalot” features a chorus line of dancing divas and knights, flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits and one legless knight. Leading the cast are Arthur Rowan as King Arthur and Brittany Woodrow as The Lady of the Lake. Also featured in the cast are Michael J. Berry, Adam Grabau, Jacob L. Smith, Kasidy Devlin, Thomas DeMarcus, James David Larson and Joe Beuerlein. Performance schedule: Tuesday through Friday at 8 pm, Saturday at 2 pm & 8 pm, and Sunday at 1 pm & 6:30 pm. Orchestra level tickets start at just $25. Note: Prices subject to change without notice. For ticket information please visit www.BroadwayLA.org.
COMING TO THE CTG/AHMANSON
James Goldman and Stephen Sondheim’s “Follies” will be onstage at the CTG/Ahmanson for six weeks beginning May 3, 2012. Jan Maxwell, Danny Burstein, Ron Raines and Elaine Paige will be reprising their Broadway roles and Victoria Clark will be joining the company for the Kennedy Center’s critically acclaimed Broadway production. When former members of the “Wiesman Follies” reunite on the eve of their theatre’s demolition, two couples remember their past and face the harsher realities of the present. Reminiscing about their younger selves and the years gone by, the crumbling theatre brings back memories for both couples of good times and bad. These reminiscences contain such well-known songs as “Broadway Baby,” “I’m Still Here,” “Too Many Mornings,” “Could I Leave You?” and “Losing My Mind,” “Follies” echoes the songs, exuberance and romance of the vaudeville days between World War I and II. It features a 28-piece orchestra and a cast of 41. Tickets are available at the CTG Box Office at 1135 North Grand Avenue, LA 90012. For more information go to CenterTheatreGroup.org.
LA OPERA: SIMON BOCCANEGRA
Placido Domingo, LA Opera’s Eli and Edythe Broad General Director, has announced that the Company premiere of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra” will open at 7:30 pm on Saturday, February 11, 2012 and will run for a total of seven performances through Sunday, March 4, 2012. Mr. Domingo has stated that “Simon Boccanegra” is one of the most complex, vivid characters in all of opera. “Not only was it Verdi’s favorite among his baritone roles, it is also mine.” He also stated that he has always loved singing the beautiful music that Verdi wrote for Gabriele Adorno, the leading tenor role, but he secretly admired his baritone friends performing the title role. Domingo has sung the baritone title role of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra” in Berlin, with subsequent performances in London, New York, Milan and Madrid.
He will now be singing Bioccanegra in LA Opera’s company premiere. In addition to Mr. Domingo the world-class cast features Puerto Rican soprano Ana Maria Martinez as Amelia; Ukranian bass Vitalij Kowaljow as Fiesco; Italian baritone Paolo Gavanelli as Paolo Albiano; and Italian tenor Stefamno Secco making his LA Opera debut as Gabriele Adorno. The plot, if you can follow it, has more twists and turns than a soap opera. Boccanegra is a former corsair and is elected Doge (Chief Magistrate) in 14th century Genoa. For more than 25 years he tried to maintain a peaceful coexistence between the warring factions of the city. Add to that an ill-fated love affair plus an illegitimate child. “Simon Boccanegra” will be conducted by James Conlon, LA Opera’s Richard Seaver Music Director and the director is Elijah Moshinsky. LA Opera’s “Simon Boccanegra” will take place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90012. For the performance schedule, visit laopera.com. Tickets ranges from $20 to $270 and can be purchased at LA Opera Box Office at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, by phone at (213) 972-8001 or online. As always “Simon Boccanegra” will be sung in Italian with projected English translations.
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