October 24, 1999 |
After two years at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank, the Mark Taper Forum's annual New Work Festival is again on the move, to the Actors' Gang in Hollywood. The Falcon, busy with its first full season, was unavailable this year, said Taper producing director Robert Egan. Part of the Taper festival was at the Actors' Gang in 1994, and "the ambience of that space is conducive to a new work festival. The audience that comes to that space is interested in this kind of work," Egan said.
July 1, 2012 |
Melanie Griffith returns to the spotlight as a young man's dysfunctional mother in "No Way Around but Through," a new play written by and starring Scott Caan, which runs through July 8 at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank. You play a very different kind of role from the sweet, girlish characters you're famous for. Your character is jaded, steely, a bit of a monster. I don't know if she's really that much of a monster. I think she's a monster in his [her son's ] mind. You know, kids that don't want to be doing what they're supposed to do, like grow up. But yeah, I guess she's a monster in a way, but I've been through stuff like that with my kids.
November 25, 1999
The critically acclaimed "Anastasia Krupnik," starring Brenda Grate in the title role, concludes its run this weekend at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank. This adaptation of Lois Lowry's book, written and directed by Meryl Friedman, is the first offering of the Falcon's Children's Theater series. * "Anastasia Krupnik," Saturday at noon, Sunday at noon and 2 p.m., Falcon Theatre, 4252 Riverside Drive, Burbank. Ends Sunday. (818) 955-8101. $8.50.
January 22, 2004 |
Hans Christian Andersen's rather haunting fairy tale classic "Thumbelina" is given a sunny island makeover at the Falcon Theatre, where the thumb-sized girl has grown up to be normal-sized -- if petite -- with a penchant for gardening. A misunderstanding sets the diminutive heroine (played by perky Natalie Lander) on a hurried search for a husband because she thinks a potential employer prefers married employees.
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February 9, 2001 |
How can a young pig find beauty inside its pen? Through opera, according to "Figaro . . . Pigaro! A Barnyard Musical," which premieres Saturday at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank. In the family comedy, writer Meryl Friedman spotlights a piglet who wants to escape from her dull, dirty pen and find a pretty place for herself in the world. She does it to the tune of opera, which annoys the heck out of the other farm animals.
March 20, 1999 |
Outre in its day, Joseph Kesselring's 1940 comedy "Arsenic and Old Lace" maintains a degree of charm, though its gothic quirkiness seems mild today. All the same, William Bickley's solid staging at the Falcon Theatre shores up the creaky plot. Cary Grant's screwball portrayal of Mortimer Brewster in Frank Capra's 1944 film looms ineradicably in the memory. Lacking Grant's suavity, Shaun O'Hagan brings a raw-boned physicality to the role that gibes well with its slapstick requirements.