Three compelling theater and music events are opening in Pasadena this week. Here they are:
The Whipping Man at The Pasadena Playhouse.
Matthew Lopez’s award winning play The Whipping Man opens on Feb. 4 at The Pasadena Playhouse (39 S. El Molino Avenue in Pasadena 91101) at 8 p.m.
The story is set on Passover day of 1865 in Virginia. On this day, Jewish homes across the country would celebrate not only their annual holiday, but also the end of the Civil War. Confederate officer Caleb DeLeon is back from service, wounded, to find his house in shambles, his family missing, and only two former slaves – Simon and John – remaining. As the three of them wait for the rest of the family, they wrestle with their shared past as master and slaves, digging up old and new secrets.
The Whipping Man will run through Mar. 1. Tickets range $30 to $75 available at http://www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org.
The Madwoman of Chaillot is at the Lineage Performing Arts Center.
Jean Giraudoux’s funny play The Madwoman of Chaillot is presented by Parson’s Nose Theater at Lineage Performing Arts Center (89 South Fair Oaks in Pasadena 91105) starting Feb. 7 at 7 p.m.
Oil is discovered below the streets of Paris, France, across the Eiffel Tower and right under the lovely Café Chez Francis (in a section of the city known as Chaillot). A group of corrupt corporate managers have the full intention to tear up the place to get to the oil below, until an eccentric woman and her unlikely friends do something about it.
The Madwoman of Chaillot will run through Mar. 1. Tickets are “Pay What You Will” and can be reserved at http://www.parsonsnose.com. Recommended for ages 12 and up.
Liberty Conceived is a music event by MUSE/IQUE at Pasadena’s Civic Auditorium.
This event will serve as the ribbon-cutting celebration for the grand re-opening of the Pasadena Exhibition Hall. The ribbon-cutting ceremony outside the Exhibition Hall (300 E. Green Street in Pasadena 91101) will start at 6 p.m. on Feb. 8. Music will start at 7:30 p.m.
Tracing Lincoln’s love of music and art, this evening, narrated by actor Courtney B. Vance, will feature American favorites like “Battle Hymn of the Republic,””Go Down Moses,””Beautiful Dreamer,” and Aaron Copland’s composition “Lincoln Portrait.”A gospel choir and opera singers will accompany MUSE/IQUE’s orchestra.
The public may attend for free with unreserved seating or standing around the perimeter of the ballroom. Preferred seating (closest to the stage) is $50 and can be purchased at http://www.muse-ique.com/events.