Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Nefarious Profundities — 'The Screwtape Letters' National Tour by FPA

C.S. Lewis's  experimental novella The Screwtape Letters, and its excellent stage adaptation produced and directed by Max McLean, is an entertaining, powerful experience, enjoyable for Christians and Christ-ophobes, alike. For Christians, the words are an exercise in reverse psychology — don't pray, hate your relatives, live a double-life, follow your baser instincts, etc. — while their counterparts can laugh and cheer along while the antihero curses G-d and belittles churchgoers, easily missing the ironic truth that they, too, are on the losing side of the cosmic war.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

[Press Release] Philippines Relief Benefit — Pasadena Playhouse

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 7:30 pm

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A Relief Benefit Concert for the Philippines at The Pasadena Playhouse, a one-night-only event, will take place on Wednesday, December 18 at 7:30pm. Proceeds will support the American Red Cross' Typhoon Appeal and its efforts to assist overseas as the people of the Philippines begin to recover and rebuild.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Diverting Nostalgia — Pasadena Playhouse's 'Twelve Angry Men'

"It's not Shakespeare, but...": the euphemism most often heard when someone's praising a text, while simultaneously admitting it's flawed. With Twelve Angry Men, nearing the end of its well-acted run Pasadena Playhouse, it's definitely not Shakespeare, as Reginald Rose's sexagenarian text has not aged well.