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'Stoneface' grows in scope, gains punch at Pasadena Playhouse
'Stoneface' grows in scope, gains punch at Pasadena Playhouse

More than one legend gets their due in “Stoneface,” which is only as it should be. In a felicitous transfer from the Sacred Fools Theater Company, Vanessa Claire Stewart’s surreal smash about the rise and fall and rise of Buster Keaton moves to the Pasadena Playhouse -- and scores an absorbing coup. Pitched somewhere between post-Brechtian epic, high-concept vaudeville and Samuel Beckett fever dream, Stewart’s script has not changed dramatically since 2012. It's still a polyglot of well-researched biographical details, symbolist reenactments and unbridled kinetic imagination. Nor have the overall production values transformed, with most of the creative and...

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