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‘Lend Me a Tenor’ delivers the laughs at Grove

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Grove Theater Center has scheduled previews Thursday and Friday for

its next production, Ken Ludwig’s zany comedy hit “Lend Me a Tenor,”

opening Saturday.

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Trouble begins for the Cleveland Grand Opera when tenor Tito

Merelli overdoses on sleeping pills right before his debut with the

company. The fun begins when the company’s office assistant (and

aspiring opera singer) Max offers to impersonate him.

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The company might have pulled it off, except for the three women

who throw themselves at Tito. Then his jealous Italian wife appears.

Hilarity abounds when a mad lunatic dressed as Otello tries to break

into the theater.

Stirring up the mayhem is Scott Dreier as Max. In his own debut

with Grove Theater Center, Dreier appeared as Seymour in “Little Shop

of Horrors” with the Santa Barbara, Riverside and South Bay Cities

civic light operas, and as Smudge in the production of “Forever

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Plaid” in San Diego’s Old Town.

Joining Dreier are Grove Theater veterans David Allen Jones,

Howard Patterson, Terra Shelman and Lisa Enochs and newcomers Charise

Greene, Carol Herman and Joseph Buttler. Artistic Director Kevin

Cochran directs the play.

For more information and to buy tickets, call 238-9998 or go to

www.gtc.org.

Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays

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through April 26. Tickets are $17.50 for Thursdays and Sundays,

$19.50 for Saturdays. There is a $5 discount for Burbank residents.

Previews are $10.

The season continues with Grove Theater’s annual production of a

Shakespeare play on its quadricentennial anniversary. This year, the

tradition continues with “Othello” from May 8 to June 7.

GTC Burbank is at 1111-b W. Olive Ave. in Burbank. It is located

in the back of the George Izay Park, behind the Olive Recreation

Center. For tickets, call 238-9998 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday

through Saturday and prior to all performances.

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Award-winning Los Angeles stage actress Pamela Gordon has joined

the cast of John Belluso’s “Gretty Good Time,” opening April 12 at

the Falcon Theatre in Burbank.

Gordon is a veteran Los Angeles stage performer with numerous

Best Performance awards from L.A. Weekly, Dramalogue and Back Stage

West to her credit. This April, she will receive the Queen of the

Angels Honor from L.A. Weekly for her work in theater.

Her most recent film credits include “The Technical Writer,” which

was in competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Gordon will portray the role of McCloud, originally announced to

be performed by Emmy-award winner Eileen Brennan, who had to leave

the production due to a feature film commitment.

Written by Belluso and directed by Joe Regalbuto, this is the West

Coast premiere for the play.

Frustrated by her life of dependency, a paralytic woman with a

death wish and an irascible sense of humor escapes the confines of

her 1950s nursing home into a surreal dream world. But even amid this

world of fantasy, she finds she still must reconcile the horrors of

her past with the painful reality of her future.

Preview performances begin April 9. The play continues through May

4. Show times are 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 4 p.m.

Sundays. Tickets are $25 to $37.50 with group senior discounts

available except for Saturday shows.

Falcon Theatre is at 4252 Riverside Drive, Burbank. For

reservations, call 955-8101.

* JOYCE RUDOLPH’s column appears Wednesdays. For events happening

this weekend, read her 48 Hours column Saturdays. Reach her at

637-3241.


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