IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Katherine Helmond and Robert Mandan have a special bond that is as
enjoyable off stage as it is comforting on.
They played husband and wife on the off-beat TV hit comedy series
“Soap,” and spent five months touring with the play “Same Time Next
“Robert is like my second husband,” Helmond said about her co-star
of “A Twilight Romance” opening Saturday at The Falcon Theatre. “We
like each other and it’s pleasant and a nice challenge in the acting
They have stayed friends over the years and find whenever they
meet, no matter the length of absence, they pick up right where they
left off, inquiring about respective spouses, pets and other things.
It’s a combination of mutual respect and trust, which filters
through when they are working together on stage.
A mutual trust has to be formed between actors, Helmond said,
because live theater places heavier requirements on them than those
posed by TV or film.
“It forces you to use your mind, instincts, memory and emotions
simultaneously,” she said. “You are using the total self, so you have
to be there from top to bottom, 100 percent.”
An actor really feels the adrenaline perking away waiting for the
cue for the first scene, she added.
“But once you walk on stage and see your friend, you find you are
at home on that piece on which you worked together so hard,” she
This Falcon performance is the world premiere for Mayo Simon’s “A
Twilight Romance,” a play about the romancing of a cantankerous but
content older lady by a charming elderly Casanova.
Directing is Jules Aaron, a recipient of 18 Drama-Logue Awards,
three Backstage West Garland awards and three Los Angeles Drama
Critic’s Circle Nominations for direction, winning the award for his
revival of “Equus.”
Performances are at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 4 p.m.
Sundays. Tickets range from $25 to $37.50. The play continues through
March 2. The Falcon is at 4252 Riverside Drive, in Burbank. For
reservations, call 955-8101.
A preview performance of The Colony’s “Fuddy Meers” will benefit
the Boys and Girls Club on Friday night. There will be a raffle, hors
d’oeuvres and no-host bar with festivities beginning at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $50 and can be reserved by calling 842-9333.
The off-Broadway hit comedy launched the career of play- wright
David Lindsay-Abaire. It tells the story of Claire, an amne- siac who
awakens each morning not knowing anything about who or where she is.
She ends up being kidnapped by one hus- band and pursued by another.
Directing is David Rose, who also directed “Bea[u]tiful in the
Extreme” and “Our Country’s Good,” which received six Ovation
The production contains strong language and is recommended for
Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 and 7
p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $22 to $28 and can be reserved by calling
558-7000. The Colony makes its home at the Burbank Center Stage, 555
N. Third St. For reservations, call 558-7000.
A special salute to young musicians is planned during the free
concert performed by the Burbank Philharmonic at 7:30 p.m. Saturday
at the Hall of Liberty at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills.
Steven Kerstein will conduct the orchestra in the program titled
“Music for the Family: Lone Ranger and Beyond!” It features such
classics as Rossini’s “William Tell Overture.”
The composer in residence, Cary Belling, will premiere his new
work, “Ripples in the Fabric of Space/Time.”
As part of the Orchestra’s Youth Outreach Program, the concert
will showcase a finalist of last year’s Young Artist Competition,
Jakub Obsky, performing a cello solo during Saint Saens’ Concerto #1.
And, for the first time, the Outreach Program is extending into
the classroom as art students will interpret Mussogsky’s “Pictures at
an Exhibition.” The student’s artwork will be displayed in the Hall
of Liberty prior to the concert and will be judged.
Four young musicians from Burbank High School will join the
orchestra in playing the piece, and their music director, Dean Immel,
will perform an alto sax solo in one of the movements called “The Old
Castle.” Forest Lawn is at 6300 Forest Lawn Drive.
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