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Dangerous Beauty at the Pasadena Playhouse

Jan 30, 2011
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Jenny Powers plays Veronica Franco.

“Courtesan” is one of those words that’s due for a comeback. Stage one: feature it prominently in a cultural artifact likely to be widely disseminated. Dangerous Beauty, a new musical opening for previews this Tuesday, is poised to do just that. Adapted from the New Regency screenplay The Honest Courtesan (which itself is based on a scholarly book of the same name), Dangerous Beauty tells the (mostly) true story of Veronica Franco, a courtesan-poet in 16th century Venice. Veronica, forced into the profession when her family’s fortune evaporates, finds that the courtesan lifestyle offers her a great deal of cultural capital: education, access to influential figures, etc. Though things aren’t so great in Venice (war, plague, the Inquisition), Veronica does pretty well for herself—until she’s tried for witchcraft. Intriguing!

Dangerous Beauty
Tuesday, February 1 – Sunday, March 13
The Pasadena Playhouse
39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena
$29 – $100; pasadenaplayhouse.org; 626.356.7529




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