‘Head Over Heels’ gives Pasadena Playhouse a lively return to theater

Pasadena Playhouse rolled out the red carpet last Sunday for the Premier of the vibrant Head Over Heels, an Elizabethen play adapted with the music of The Go-Go’s.  The play was originally written in the 16th century by Sir Philip Sidney and adapted into a musical with the pop magic music of the Go Go’s in 2018. It managed to successfully take new wave and bring it into a new age, with all sorts of gleeful nostalgia. Fluid gender identity and sexuality that normally don’t …

PCC theater department sets ‘Romeo and Juliet’ in modern day

The classic story of Romeo and Juliet was given a very modern twist in the PCC theater departments virtual play, Romeo and Juliet in Quarantine. The play, streamed live on twitch, showed what love is like when two people are separated by dire circumstances except this time those circumstances depicted the reality of living through a global pandemic. 

Latest performance inspires standing ovation for vaginas

In the dark room of the Westerbeck Recital Hall, a woman in red stands in front of a crowd, no longer afraid and tired of remaining silent. The silence covers the whole room. She describes one of her worst moments of her life for the first time and the audience stands in solidarity.  “The Vagina Monologues” was hosted for the fourth time at PCC on Feb. 25 and 26. It is a play written by Eve Ensler that celebrates the V-Day movement, which began on …

Movie theater displays art on canvas

There’s a sense of harmony in Laemmle Playhouse 7 on Colorado. Maybe there’s harmony in the warm colors of paintings that line the gray walls, or perhaps it’s instilled in the moments caught in photographs. Maybe it’s in the smell of popcorn just down the hall. Wherever it is, there’s an eyeful at the theater, and it’s bringing local artists, filmmakers, and their enthusiasts together. April 16 marked the opening of the Pasadena Art Show ’15 at the historic theater. The exhibit was borne out …

‘Laugh Lines’ cracks up audience

“Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed the show. Goodnight,” director Whitney Rydbeck said to loosen up the crowd before the start of the show.

Laugh Lines, directed by Will Ahrens and Whitney Rydbeck, is the first set of One Act shows in which students perform a selection of one-act plays. The seven plays were chosen from a book of the same title with a collection of short comic plays written by Shel Silverstein, Paul Dooley, Jonathan Rand and more.