Romeo, Valentina, Beast Jr., 80 Days, Willows & Charlotte

Mar 15, 2016

wolfFrom classics such as Charlotte’s Web, Romeo and Juliet, and an adaptation of The Wind in the Willows to the musical Beauty and the Beast, Jr., the autobiography of the three little pigs’ big bad wolf, and the West Coast premier of Casa Valentina by Harvey Feinstein at the Pasadena Playhouse—live theater abounds!

Under the Oaks at Descanso Gardens presents “The Autobiography of Big Bad Wolf” performed by the wonderful and accessible Ensemble Shakespeare Theater. Saturday and Sunday, March 19th and 20th. Friday and Saturday, March 25th and 26th. All performances at 11 a.m. Free with garden admission ($4-$9). Details at

Casa Valentina, by Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein, received four 2014 Tony Award nominations. This production is directed by 9-time Emmy Award-winner David Lee of NBC’s Frasier. It’s 1962 in the Catskills at a bungalow colony with a group of white collar professional heterosexual men who are also transvestites—looking to escape (ostensibly from the sweltering heat). The idea came from the snapshots and information in Casa Susanna, which was published in 2015. Casa Valentina opens March 15 and runs through April 2. Times and ticket prices vary. For details, visit




Charlotte’s Web at the Sierra Madre Playhouse. Besides the production of this classic, the theater has special events to celebrate Wilbur and his farm family:

~March 20: Prior to show, kids welcome for a “fiber art” party. Learn tricks with yarn and thread; do finger-weaving and embroidery; weave fibers into a giant frame; and create a yarn-wrapped frame to take home.
~March 27: Ticketholders are welcome to an egg hunt and egg decorating before the show
~April 3: Wilbur’s Denim and Daisies Tea and Parade in conjunction with T-Neer Tea House.
~April 10 & 17: Live farm animals to see and pet prior to the show.

Charlotte’s Web opens Saturday, March 19th and runs through April 17th. Shows are Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets: $15-$22; purchase here. For all details, visit


Donnla Hughes (Juliet) & Will Bradley (Romeo). © Photo by Craig Schwartz

Donnla Hughes (Juliet) & Will Bradley (Romeo). © Photo by Craig Schwartz


Romeo and Juliet at A Noise Within. This production is directed by Dámaso Rodriguez. Modern graffiti strewn walls and urban decay but “respect for the language prevails over visual insouciance,” writes Charles McNulty of the L. A. Times. He praises Donnla Hughes’ Juliet and though the production needs to settle in, McNulty states, it is an overall kinetic and electric staging. Runs through May 8th. Times and ticket prices vary. Find details at




The Wind in the Willows at Parson’s Nose Theater. Friday and Saturday, March 19th at 7 p.m. and March 20th at 3 p.m. Tickets: $5-$25. Find details and online ticketing at

Beauty and the Beast, Jr. at Fremont Centre Theatre. Production runs through April 10th. Times vary. Dual casts (red cast and blue cast). Tickets: $25; purchase here. Find details at or call 1.616.269.3609.

Around the World in 80 Days at the children’s theater Theatre 360. Remaining dates: Friday-Sunday, March 18th-20th. Times vary. Cost: $16. Find details and purchase tickets at Brown Paper Tickets. Theater website:

Colony Collapse at Boston Court. Ends Sunday, March 20. Tickets: $20-$35; except for $5 Wednesday, March 16—no presale; first come, first served.

Narrated by the ghost of a missing 15-year-old girl, and woven together by a chorus of parents of lost and missing children, Zadravec’s lyrical, edgy poetry explores the cost one family is willing to pay for a second chance. (Boston Court)

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