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A party for the Playhouse

October 27, 2002|ANN CONWAY | Times Staff Writer

"When I was a kid, I fantasized about this theater -- dreamed I would be discovered on this stage," Academy Award-winning actress Diane Keaton told the 400 guests at Pasadena Playhouse's 5th annual Theatre de la Gala. "It is a national treasure." Sharing the spotlight with Lyla White, Playhouse executive director, Keaton welcomed theater buffs to the Oct. 19 soiree structured like a three-act play.

First up: a buffet out on El Molino Avenue, in front of the 78-year-old landmark, with fine wines and fare ranging from sand dabs tempura-style to brie en croute. Next: an onstage tribute to David Davis, outgoing Playhouse board chairman, which included Tournament of Roses Queen Carolina Hsu presenting him with a floral spray. Finally, after intermission, during which guests again took to the street for java and desserts: Emmy Award-winning screenwriter Peter Tolan's original production of "Musical Madness," a hilarious sendup inspired by great books, such as "The Iliad" (a la Kander & Ebb) and "Metamorphosis" (a la Irving Berlin). "Tonight, Broadway came to Pasadena," White said.

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