On June 5th, the curtain will come down once and for all on A Noise Within’s Glendale location, their home of 19 years. ANW—Southern California’s premier classical repertory theatre company—is moving to a permanent space in Pasadena come the fall, a brand new facility right next to the Sierra Madre Gold Line station.
But that’s still a few months away. There’s still one play left in ANW’s 2010-2011 season, and it’s a doozy: Eugene Ionesco’s The Chairs, which does not lend itself to easy plot summary. Ionesco was an avant-garde dramatist, an admirer of the ‘Pataphysicians, and is often associated with the Theatre of the Absurd. The Chairs, first produced in 1952, concerns an Old Man and an Old Woman preparing for the arrival of a party of invisible guests, who are assembling to hear an orator reveal the Old Man’s discovery. It’s supposed to be funny, and sad, and incredibly moving—a fitting send-off for a theatre company on the move. Opening night is officially April 9th, but previews ($32) begin April 2nd, and April 7th is a “Pay What You Can” night.
Presented by A Noise Within
Saturday, April 9 – Saturday, May 21
234 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale
$46 (Friday and Saturday, Sunday matinees)
$42 (Wednesdays, Thursday, Sunday, Saturday matinees)