There’s a new theater in town friends! – The Parson’s Nose Abbey.
The Parson’s Nose Theater Company (PNT) has existed since 2000, and in the years since it has performed at multiple locations, including The Pasadena Playhouse and the Lineage Performing Arts Center, where yours truly saw them for the first time. Now, thanks to the company’s efforts and the generosity of its supporters, The Parson’s Nose Abbey is a new and permanent theater, located in the corner of Marengo and Holly Avenues, in Old Pasadena. The first full production at this new theater is a Lance Davis adaptation of Russian writer Nikolai Gogol’s THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR, now performing through Nov. 12.
Krazny is a small country town where corruption reigns. The town is turned upside down by the news that a Government Inspector has been sent to investigate them. The Mayor, Anton Antonovich (played by Paul Perri), orders everyone to overwhelm the visitor, named Khlestakov (James Calvert), with attentions (and bribes), which the latter accepts with pleasure. When Khlestakov suddenly departs, the town people are both relieved and happy… until a shocking telegram arrives.
The PNT actors are veterans of the stage that deliver a fun and distilled 80-minute adaptation of this 1836 work with language that is accessible to the modern audience. (The cast is complete with John Rafter Lee, Mary Chalon, Barry Gordon, John Harnagel, Aidan Rees, and Jill Rogosheske.) THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR makes you laugh, both with its storyline and by the cleverness of the actors, who embody multiple characters at various times. This is a lighthearted and enjoyable show, recommended for 12 year-olds and above.
The Parson’s Nose Abbey is a lovely space that used to be (and looks like) a chapel. The company performs on an elevated stage (about 10 inches high) and the audience watches on comfortable chairs that are arranged at one same level. I recommend you arrive early to find a spot that will let you enjoy the performance without obstruction. Because the space is small, there is a real possibility of sold-out shows, so purchase your tickets timely.
Tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for seniors, $15 for students. They can be reserved at ParsonsNose.com or by calling (626) 403-7667. The Parson’s Nose Abbey is located at 95 N. Marengo Ave. (entrance on Holly Ave.), in Pasadena 91101.
Photo: Aiden Rees, Mary Chalon, James Calvert, Barry Gordon, Paul Perri, Jill Rogosheske / Courtesy of Parson’s Nose Theatre / Used with permission.
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