In the realm of George Bernard Shaw, matters so often come down to the power and effects of language. How fitting it is, then, that before the curtain rises on the richly textured revival of Shaw’s Pygmalion at the Pasadena Playhouse, a torrent of words — often illegible — come spilling forth in a rapid vertical crawl via Kaitlyn Pietra’s projections across Stephanie Kerley Schwartz’s set. The Londoners outside St. Paul’s Church are discovered chattering away in a cacophonous burble. We can’t instantly make out what they are saying, but a tall man with his back to the throng is busily recording every choice word or expression. Turns out he’s a linguist of some repute by the name of Henry Higgins…
“That’s not true. He treats a flower girl as if she was a duchess.”“And I treat a duchess as if she was a flower girl.”
These lines represent a conflict that the Pasadena Playhouse’s production of George Bernard Shaw’s acclaimed classic, “Pygmalion,” masterfully captures and broadens to almost epic proportions. The play, well known for Lerner and Loewe’s famous musical adaptation, “My Fair Lady,” borrows from the Greek myth of Pygmalion, a story about creation, love, and narcissism that depicts a sculptor becoming infatuated with his masterpiece…
Posted: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 10:15 am | Updated: 9:53 pm, Wed Mar 25, 2015.
ELIZABETH LYONS, solo country act
Age: 23 Year Graduated: 2013
What specifically are you doing in music?
I just released a music video in January. It was #1 on the iTunes music video chart for a week and went to #6 on the all genre music video chart. It was right below “Shake It Off” and above Meghan Trainor. I have been doing this independently, (but) luckily, I found management after the music video was released. Right now, I’m on CMT, which is basically the MTV for country music. I’m trying to get my video out there and spread the word about my new work …. This summer I’ll be on the road and working to get my video on the charts…
By Nathaniel Cayanan
George Bernard Shaw’s classic stage play Pygmalion has a long, esteemed history. Over the century since its inception, it’s seen a multitude of iterations on stage and screen, even inspiring the 1964 Academy Award-winning film, “My Fair Lady,” and the 2015 teenage comedy, “The Duff.” This places great expectations on director Jessica Kubzansky and her creative team as they attempt to bring one of Shaw’s greatest works to the Pasadena Playhouse. Fortunately, this gritty interpretation does not disappoint…
March 22, 2015
Photos: Jim Cox
Witty comedy, incisive social commentary, unconventional love story, and the inspiration for what many consider the greatest Broadway musical ever—George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion is all this and (as revived for a 21st-century audience at the Pasadena Playhouse) much, much more.
Playhouse-goers familiar only with Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Lowe’s My Fair Lady can look forward to experiencing both the pleasure of recognition and the joy of surprise in Shaw’s original song-free play…
Being a Pasadena native (I spent my first ten years in that glorious city), I admit, I may be a bit biased to the LA suburb & its surrounding areas, but, guys? There is just so much to see, do & enjoy in a relatively small area. Along with Pasadena, you have Sierra Madre, San Marino, Arcadia & Alhambra, not to mention Glendale & Los Feliz is within whistling distance. And The Autry Museum. The Los Angeles Zoo. And Dodger Stadium. It’s just a great area & I think you would have to be crazy if you don’t find something to love within these parts of Los Angeles. I had such a blast working on the Belmont Shore post, that I thought I would round-up some of my favorite must-see spots to hit in the Pasadena region. Enjoy! xo
Another gem, just down the street from Vroman’s, The Pasadena Playhouse has been where I have seen some of my favorite performances in theatre. While they have had the honor to host such amazing, elaborate productions with Broadway stars such as Ben Vereen & Wayne Brady, I love that the vibes at The Playhouse remain very ‘at-home’, & their talk-back evenings with the stars of their shows give the chance to see just how down to earth & fun their casts & creative teams are. They offer a much more intimate, personal connection than other large theatres in LA often can.