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Funky Punks at Geffen


The Troubador Theater Company’s Funky Punks’ are some of the friendliest and silliest clowns around.

Employing a creative use of simple props and settings, the cast of merry pranksters jump around the stage brimming with energy and enthusiasm.  In a variation of the old “car full of clowns” circus gag, they each emerge onto center stage via a seemingly bottomless and gaily-painted toy box and make their introductions.

We meet a cowboy, a ballerina, a computer nerd, a coach, a football pro and a tough-talking ‘home boy’, to mention a few.  All the clowns are decked out in zany and colorful outfits, resplendent in stripy stockings, rainbow suspenders, polka-dot bow ties, silly hats and, of course, funny noses and freckles.

The silly and the spectacular join forces for this high-energy, interactive circus extravaganza which includes everything from puppets, stilt-walkers and jugglers to trampoline tricksters, super slippery table sliders, pratfalls, balancing tricks, breathtaking trapeze artistry, general tomfoolery and funny business and even a plunger!

The uncontrollable giggling from kids in the audience is almost as funny as the on-stage antics.

After the show, the little ones can meet all the clowns and get their programs signed.

Funky Punks is a wonderful and fun-filled show for tiny tots.

 

Don’t miss it!  ***One LA performance ONLY***

(Also two performances on one day only at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, on Sunday, July 22, 2012, info below.)


Geffen Playhouse

10866 Le Conte Ave., Westwood.

Performance:

March 3, 2012

11:00 am performance

Ages 5-11

Subscribers can access the best seats at 10:30 am
Stay for snacks and meet the cast after the show!

Subscribe to three or more Saturday Scene performances for:

* Discounts on already low-priced child and adult tickets
* Preferred seating
* Early access to pre-show workshops, when available

Running time:

Approximately 1 hour.

Tickets:

Adults $15

Kids $10.00, plus booking charges.

Box Office:

Purchase here or call the box office on (310) 208-5454

ABOUT THE GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE

The Geffen Playhouse has been a hub of the Los Angeles theater scene since opening its doors in 1995. Noted for its intimacy and celebrated for its world-renowned mix of classic and contemporary plays, provocative new works and musicals, the Geffen Playhouse continues to present a body of work that has garnered national recognition. Named in honor of entertainment mogul and philanthropist David Geffen, who made the initial donation to the theater, the company is helmed by Producing Director and President of the Board Gilbert Cates, Artistic Director Randall Arney, Managing Director Ken Novice and Chairman of the Board Frank Mancuso. Proudly associated with UCLA, the Geffen Playhouse welcomes an audience of more than 130,000 each year, and maintains an extensive education and outreach program, designed to engage young people and the community at large in the arts. For more information, please visit their official site.

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The Funky Punks will also be performing at –

The La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

One day only!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

1:00pm and 3:30pm

Click this link for tickets and info.


LA Weekly – Fleetwood Macbeth review

Fleetwood Macbeth -- photo by Chelsea Sutton

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Gentle readers, here is a link to my latest theatre review for the LA Weekly, a hilarious mashup of Shakespeare and pop music brought to you by those madcap clowns, the Troubadour Theatre Company, called –

Fleetwood Macbeth

Scroll down!

Happy reading!!

Review by Pauline Adamek

For the Birds – Troubies at the Getty Villa

Troubies For the Birds

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Troubies are back at the Getty Villa! This summer they are presenting their newest work, For The Birds!, based on Aristophanes’ feathery utopian comedy.

Report by Pauline Adamek

The Troubies, as the Troubadour Theater Company is affectionately known, are renowned for their deliriously satiric adaptations of theatrical and literary classics set to pop musical scores.

Set in the mythical ‘CloudCuckooLand’ and floating halfway between heaven and earth, The Troubies’ take on some classic Greek theatre and match it with songs and music from many of your favorite bird bands… Sheryl Crow, Eagles, Paul McCartney & Wings (you get the idea!), in their newest production, For The Birds!

A conversation with the artists immediately follows the 3:00 p.m. Saturday performance.

Parental discretion is advised due to some double entendre and bawdy humor.

To purchase tickets go here.

or call the box office at (310) 440-7300

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For the Birds!

The Getty Villa
17985 Pacific Coast Highway in Pacific Palisades, California,
one mile north of Sunset Boulevard and approximately 25 miles west of downtown Los Angeles.

Performances:

June 9-12, 2011

Thursday-Sunday.

Time:

Thursday, 8:00 pm;

Friday, 8:00 pm;

Saturday, 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm;

Sunday, 3:00 pm

Admission:

Tickets $7.00

Call (310) 440-7300 or visit here for tickets.

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* Also, tickets to Fleetwood Macbeth at La Mirada Performing Arts Center (July 15-17) are on sale NOW at the link here.


* And presale ticket date for Fleetwood Macbeth at the Falcon Theatre (July 1-August 14) will be announced soon.

Visiting the Getty Villa.

Opening Hours
Hours for the Getty Villa site and galleries:

Wednesday-Monday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Tuesday CLOSED

Closed Tuesdays and on January 1, July 4 (Independence Day), Thanksgiving, and December 25 (Christmas Day).

Admission
Admission to the Getty Villa and to all exhibitions is FREE. An advance, timed ticket is required. Parking
Parking is $15 per car or motorcycle. It is FREE for all evening public programming, including theater, music, film, lectures, and other special programs held after 5:00 p.m.

Each visitor to the Getty Villa must have an advance, timed ticket; separate parking reservations are neither required nor accepted.

Location
The Getty Villa
is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway in Pacific Palisades, California, one mile north of Sunset Boulevard and approximately 25 miles west of downtown Los Angeles.

Please note that visitors must approach the Getty Villa from the south. Access to the Getty Villa entrance is only from the northbound right-hand lane of Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). Turning left across PCH is illegal and any attempt to enter the site via Coastline Drive is not permitted.

Driving Directions
From Los Angeles, take the I-10 (Santa Monica Freeway) west until it turns into Route 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) going north along the Pacific Ocean. Continue on Route 1 for approximately five miles to the Getty Villa.

More info here.

Troubadour Theater Company is celebrating its fifteenth year of laughs. Los Angeles”™ renowned ensemble of actors, comedians and musicians has performed throughout southern California since 1995. Their fast-paced, laugh-filled “˜adaptations”™ of classic plays, as well as their original works and hilarious sketch material, make Troubadour a unique and exciting experience for theater-goers of any age.

The company is a Not-for-Profit organization and has performed charitably for many causes including animal conservation, adult rehabilitation, AIDS awareness, California Literacy Night for LAUSD, Children with Autism and other youth programs.

Past productions at the Falcon Theatre include: Oedipus the King, Mama!; Frosty the Snow Manilow; As U2 Like It; A Charlie James Brown Christmas; JACKson FROST; Much Adoobie Brothers About Nothing; Little Drummer Bowie; Hamlet, the Artist Formerly Known as Prince of Denmark; Santa Claus is Comin’ to Motown; It’s a Stevie Wonderful Life; OthE.L.O. and Alice in One-Hit-Wonderland 1 & 2.

In addition to the Falcon, Troubadour has performed at the Getty Villa, Hollywood”™s Ford Amphitheatre and Matrix Theatre, Santa Monica”™s Miles Playhouse, La Mirada Theater for the Performing Arts, Garden Grove Theater Center, the Long Beach Carpenter Center, the Ojai Shakespeare Festival, the San Francisco Fringe Festival, the Adelaide Fringe Festival (Australia) and in Hailey, Idaho, in conjunction with Company of Fools at the Liberty Theatre.

The Troubies were honored with 12 Ovation Award nominations for the 2008-2009 season for their productions of Alice in One-Hit-Wonderland 2: Through the Looking Glass, As U2 Like It and It”™s a Stevie Wonderful Life, walking away with three awards for Best Director of a Musical, Best Costume Design and Best Season. They recently received Ovation Awards for Best Production of a Musical and Best Director of a Musical for Oedipus the King, Mama! in their 2009-2010 season.

Funky Punks Circus Spectacular

Funky Punks ensemble - photo by Chelsea Sutton

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Pratfalls, balancing tricks, breathtaking trapeze artistry, general tomfoolery and funny business – the Troubadour Theater Company”™s Funky Punks clowns are currently yucking it up in Circus Spectacular! over at the Falcon Theatre in Toluca Lake.

Review & candid photos by Pauline Adamek

Directed by Matthew Morgan, Funky Punks Circus Spectacular is a high-energy, interactive, circus art and clown extravaganza expressly created for kids! Small children, from babies and toddlers up to 8 or 9 year-olds, will best appreciate the gentle humor, slapstick and fart jokes that feature in this clown show. At times the clowns clamber across the seats and infiltrate the audience, all to good comic effect.

You and your kids will be amazed by stilt-walkers, jugglers, dancers, trampoline tricksters and super slippery table sliders and so on.

Funky Punks - Matt Morgan as Matty - kids

The entertainment begins with the vibrantly dressed cast of seven clowns climbing out of seemingly bottomless and gaily-painted toy box, in a variation of the old “car full of clowns” gag. They”™re all wearing red noses (natch) and clad in fun, cute costumes of stripes, polka-dots, spangles, patches, tutus and oversized shoes. Actually, some of the bowler-hatted, waist coated male clowns reminded this critic of colorful versions of Beckett”™s tramps from Waiting for Godot. Indeed, there is a thread of existentialism – and certainly absurdity – that runs through any clown or vaudeville act (and vice versa).

Funky Punks Circus Spectacular is a very silly, one hour long show, featuring plenty of buffoonery, sweet dance sequences and ballerina moves, and even a random character with a lion”™s head that had the little ones perplexed. There”™s no storyline – just a sequence of comedic sketches and feats of clown skills, such as stilt-walking, juggling and hat-tossing.

Funky Punks - Heidi Brucker as Heidi - kids

The uncontrollable giggling from some of the kids in the audience is almost as funny as the on-stage antics.

A highlight is a trapeze act by Caroline Gross who plays Ariel. She performs her deft and graceful balancing magic within a ring and later executes some amazing feats while wrapped up in a long “˜tissue”™ cloth. It”™s astonishing work and a little dangerous, seeing as she is poised several feet above the stage without a safety wire.

In fact, there was an element of danger that ran throughout the entire show. One fantastic feat involved the talented clown Guilford Adams (aka “Gilly”) who accomplished a stunning trick involving a ladder that almost had him landing in the laps of the kids in the front row. It was impressive work from this accomplished and longtime comedic performer. He makes it look so easy”¦

Funky Punks - Caroline Gross as Ariel - kids

After the show, the kids can meet the clowns and get their programs signed. Funky Punks Circus Spectacular is a wonderful and fun-filled show for tiny tots.  I urge you to find a pint-sized companion and get over to the Falcon Theatre!

Funky Punks Circus Spectacular

Falcon Theatre

4252 W. Riverside Drive

Burbank, CA 91505

Performances:

Runs until Sunday, June 5

Saturdays & Sundays at 11am

Running time:

One hour, no intermission

TICKETS:

Adults (ages 13 & Up) $15.00

Children (ages 12 & Under) $10.00 (cheap!)

Box Office:

Purchase tickets here or call (818) 955-8101

Call the box office for wheelchair accessible seating.

Troubadour Theater Company is celebrating its fifteenth year of laughs. Los Angeles”™ renowned ensemble of actors, comedians and musicians has performed throughout southern California since 1995. Their fast-paced, laugh-filled “˜adaptations”™ of classic plays, as well as their original works and hilarious sketch material, make Troubadour a unique and exciting experience for theater-goers of any age.

The company is a Not-for-Profit organization and has performed charitably for many causes including animal conservation, adult rehabilitation, AIDS awareness, California Literacy Night for LAUSD, Children with Autism and other youth programs.

Past productions at the Falcon Theatre include: Oedipus the King, Mama!; Frosty the Snow Manilow; As U2 Like It; A Charlie James Brown Christmas; JACKson FROST; Much Adoobie Brothers About Nothing; Little Drummer Bowie; Hamlet, the Artist Formerly Known as Prince of Denmark; Santa Claus is Comin’ to Motown; It’s a Stevie Wonderful Life; OthE.L.O. and Alice in One-Hit-Wonderland 1 & 2.

In addition to the Falcon, Troubadour has performed at the Getty Villa, Hollywood”™s Ford Amphitheatre and Matrix Theatre, Santa Monica”™s Miles Playhouse, La Mirada Theater for the Performing Arts, Garden Grove Theater Center, the Long Beach Carpenter Center, the Ojai Shakespeare Festival, the San Francisco Fringe Festival, the Adelaide Fringe Festival (Australia) and in Hailey, Idaho, in conjunction with Company of Fools at the Liberty Theatre.

The Troubies were honored with 12 Ovation Award nominations for the 2008-2009 season for their productions of Alice in One-Hit-Wonderland 2: Through the Looking Glass, As U2 Like It and It”™s a Stevie Wonderful Life, walking away with three awards for Best Director of a Musical, Best Costume Design and Best Season. They recently received Ovation Awards for Best Production of a Musical and Best Director of a Musical for Oedipus the King, Mama! in their 2009-2010 season.

Serious and soulful – A Wither’s Tale from The Troubies

A Wither's Tale - photos by Chelsea Sutton

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Those madcap pranksters from The Troubadour Theatre Company are at it again, mixing a Shakespearean plot with some pop hits to create a new show. This time they”™ve taken a lesser-known Shakespearean work, A Winter”™s Tale, and sprinkled it with some soul from Bill Withers to create A Wither”™s Tale.

Long-term Troubie fans, who usually arrive ready to laugh enthusiastically at the on-stage antics, will need to brace themselves for a more serious outing here.

The Bard”™s intense psychological drama perfectly complements the haunting songs of seventies singer/songwriter Bill Withers, albeit with some switching of lyrics and a few throwaway pop-culture references for the occasional jokey bit.

With snippets of familiar themes from Shakespeare”™s earlier tragedy Othello, and even a fragment of plot from the classic Greek myth of Oedipus, A Winter”™s Tale unfolds in a curious fashion. The first three acts are serious, while the last two short acts strive for comedy and a happy ending. In the story, King Leontes (Matt Walker) becomes inflamed by jealousy. He sends his pregnant consort, Queen Hermione (Monica Schneider), to jail on suspicion of an affair with his oldest friend, King Polixenes (Matt Merchant), and even issues the death sentence of their baby girl Perdita (Katherine Malak), only to lament his subsequent solitude. Many years pass and the sorrowful King is miraculously offered a chance at happiness.

Writer/Director Matt Walker is not afraid to plumb the depths of this mostly dark story of jealousy, banishment and regret. Consequently, this poignant show seems a lot quieter than the Troubie”™s usual fare, with far less of the wacky hilarity that generally ensues. The cast certainly proves they have the mettle to tackle Shakespeare.

The five-piece backing band – clad in period costume, no less – is magnificent, led by Musical Director Eric Heinly on drums and features a memorable performance by John Krovoza on cello and violin. It”™s obvious a great deal of care was taken in putting together a top-notch band that flawlessly duplicates all the quiet hit songs from the catalogue of Bill Withers.

Founding member Lisa Valenzuela has a couple of important roles, including a preliminary précis of the plot delivered at a breakneck (and slightly confusing) pace. Sadly, there were no opportunities for Valenzuela to belt out a tune with her legendary powerhouse voice. Nevertheless, she gets some comic mileage from her “˜Justin Beiber”™ wig.

photos by Chelsea Sutton

Walker”™s impressive performance of Wither”™s best-known hit Ain”™t No Sunshine includes a fantastic solo on harmonica and all but brought the house down. Monica Schneider as Queen Hermione has a strong voice. Katherine Malak as Princess Perdita brings a great deal of grace and beauty to her performance.

Clearly working with a bigger budget this year, the show features atmospheric special effects (dry ice) as well as several stylish lighting effects, courtesy of designer Jeremy Pivnick. While the set design by Mike Jespersen of a substantial archway door flanked by curtains is simple and effective, the period costumes, designed by Sharon McGunigle, are especially gorgeous.

As always, Matt Walker had his bright yellow sequined cloth hanging from his belt, but it was hard to imagine him blowing the whistle and calling a foul and bringing the show to a halt to ridicule a cast member for fluffing a line. Generally in those instances, accusations get tossed about, such as “Unauthorized butchering of the text without a meat license!”

Not so on opening night.

Also absent from the performance was the extended improvisation and indulgent ad-libbing that – while hilarious – rendered the previous show, CHiPs, The Musical, so sluggish.

A Wither”™s Tale is a beautifully presented show that scoots along for an hour and a half, with no intermission, and showcases this gifted gang of clowns at their serious and soulful best.

If you have any trouble obtaining tickets to this hot show, then do consider becoming a Troubadour or Falcon Theatre subscriber.

You”™ll find it”™s definitely worth your while.

A Wither”™s Tale

The Falcon Theatre

4252 Riverside Drive, Burbank CA

Performances:

Runs until – Sunday, Sept 26, 2010

Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 4pm.

Tickets:  $34.50″”$42.00

Box office and bookings – (818) 955 8101

Official site.

Review by Pauline Adamek