Subscribers and their guests are invited to a FREE show produced and performed by our company members on Monday, October 27!
Remember our Bonus Shows, those free shows that we presented on the off nights of our mainstage shows? Well, we’ve heard from many of you that you miss them. We miss them too! The new world of Equity rules that we live in now with our larger theatre forced us to abandon our old format of presenting free shows to you, but we have never stopped brainstorming to come up with new ways to bring you free nights of Colony theatre for you to share with your friends.
On Monday, October 27, we will be presenting “Comedy With a Twist,” an evening of one-act comedy pieces by Robert Canning. The brainchild of longtime company members D. Ewing Woodruff and Sandra Kinder, “Comedy With a Twist” is produced, directed, and performed completely by company members--many of them familiar faces and Colony favorites.
While we may never be able to bring back the exact same format as before, and we know that we won’t be able to accomodate everyone who will want to see the show (we only have 276 seats so call now!), our company of actors really wanted to give something back to our beloved subscribers--even if it is for just one night.
The actors also wanted to use the evening as a fundraiser for the theatre, so all of their time, talents and resources have been donated to make this evening happen. Award-winning playwright Robert Canning, whose pieces will be featured in the production, has waived all royalties to his work to benefit the fundraising efforts. In addition to soliciting donations that evening, there will be several enticing items that will be raffled off, including a chance to become an honorary company member!
"We were really pleased by the number of company members who eagerly auditioned or otherwise volunteered," said Woodruff. "Many actors who wanted to participate had previous commitments at the Laguna Playhouse, the Theatre at Boston Court, or are filming TV shows. Still, we now have about two dozen core members who will be part of the event either on stage or behind the scenes. This truly is a family affair - and we think of our subscribers as part of that family. This is for them just as much as it is for us. It's going to be like a fun party with friends and family."
“Comedy with a Twist” will be presented on Monday, October 27th -- a reception at 7 PM with the performance at 8 PM. (Note: Due to strong language, some material may not be suitable for children)
And, as before, "While the event is absolutely free to our subscribers and their guests," said Woodruff, "donations will be graciously accepted and appreciated."
Due to limited availability for this unique event, reservations will be taken on a first-call, first-served basis and limited to 2 free guests per subscriber. This event will feature open seating. That means no reserved seats--just like the old days!
Please call (818) 558-7000
x 15 today to make your reservations for this special night with your favorite
For ten years, since Jenny disappeared, Sam has been wasting away at the Red Eye Lounge with piano lizard Buddy Toupee. The Red Eye is one of those seedy airport joints where night and day are indiscernible. Buddy begins the show with an overture, Welcome To This Window, and invites us to join in as they start their tale:
BON VOYAGE, MON VOYEUR
So begins the hit chamber musical, Gunmetal Blues. Sam Galahad, down-and-out private dick, has been hired to find Jenny, the daughter of the recently deceased millionaire Adrian Wasp. Gunmetal Blues kicks off when a mysterious dame waltzes into Sam’s office and shows him Jennifer Wasp’s picture. Sam’s heart does a drum solo when he sees the photograph: “Forget about ships, this face could launch a thousand rockets. She had hair the color of moonlight on topaz and a mouth that could send Shakespeare thumbing through a thesaurus.”
Gunmetal Blues is an homage to the theatrical art of storytelling. All of the characters are played by three actors. There’s Buddy, who does multiple duty as a cop, a doorman, a mob bully, a cabbie, and a phone receptionist. There’s the blonde: she’s Jenny as well as Laura Vesper, the all-style mysterious secretary. The Blonde is also a bag lady known as the Princess, and a boozed-up nightclub singer named Carol Indigo, drowning herself in a maelstrom of forgotten tragedies. They’re all so blonde there’s even a song about being blonde.
And there’s narrator Sam Galahad, luckless gumshoe and two-bit keyhole peeper. He used all of his resources to find her but came up lame. She was the one that got away, he says. Now Laura Vesper, the late Adrian Wasp’s secretary, is pressing Jenny’s picture into his palm and offering him a job.
As Sam starts digging into Jennifer’s disappearance and the Wasp suicide case, he soon finds himself on the receiving end of threats.
Sam gets drugged, pistol-whipped
and busted up more than once. But he won’t back down--just
the idea of having Jenny back in his life gives him renewed vigor in the
New Yorker Magazine called
Gunmetal Blues “the thinking man’s City Of Angels”-- a reference to the
hit Broadway film noir musical of a few years back. In Gunmetal,
the mystery is complex, the solution simple. The sophisticated music is
sometimes rousing, sometimes sentimental, and always delicious. There
is a hint of loving send-up, with tongue dug just enough into cheek to
keep the show from being somber, but not enough to pull you away from wanting
to know the answers.
As if there weren’t enough reasons to dig out your tickets to this sure-to-be-a-hot-ticket show, how’s this for a cast: company member Kevin Symons plays Sam Galahad, the cynical private eye, whose credits include leading roles at The Laguna Playhouse and the Los Angeles Theatre Center. The Piano Player is played by the multi-talented Jeffrey Rockwell (who also serves as Musical Director), who played the lead in the Los Angeles and National companies of City of Angels. The quintessential role of “the Blonde” is played by Susan Wood, who played Sandy in the recent Broadway revival of Grease, starring Rosie O’Donnell.
Another great Colony musical is about to hit LA...and you’ve got the best seats in the house! Subscriber guest tickets are $6 off the single ticket price, so call our box office today at (818) 558-7000 to book tickets for your friends!
Gunmetal Blues plays through November 16 and is appropriate for ages 12 and up.
Need to reschedule your date
to see the show?!
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A reminder that we require
48 hours advance notice for all changes and Gunmetal Blues closes on November
We are thrilled to announce that we have been nominated for 4 2002-2003 Los Angeles Stage Alliance (formerly Theatre LA) Ovation Awards, the only peer-judged theatre awards of Southern California.
The nominees are:
Toys in the Attic
Nancy Linehan Charles, Toys in the Attic
Thomas Buderwitz, Toys in the Attic
Alexa Stone, Toys in the Attic
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Our recent production of Lillian Hellman’s classic drama Toys in the Attic moved several critics to glowing praise of our production about the ultimate dysfunctional family:
“Expertly cast and directed by Jessica Kubzansky, ‘Toys’ showcases the always-strong Colony performers. More important, it puts Hellman’s writing back on the stage where it belongs.” -Daily News
“Where [Kubzansky] unequivocally succeeds is in dramatizing Hellman’s main themes: the lethal effect of possessive love, and the tragic results of coveting money and regarding it as a guarantee of happiness.” -Daily Variety
“Lillian Hellman’s glorious play about, oh, a few small matters--race relations, money, and family--might stand on its own no matter the production. But director Jessica Kubzansky and her cast, designers, and crew have turned Hellman’s gold into something even alchemists couldn’t have dreamed of. Kubzansky mines meaning and humor from Hellman’s pages. From glances and nods to startling displays of passion, she has carefully schooled her actors in nuance and intensity and given them precise, natural, fluid blocking. In this summer of some extreme heat and--with a few exceptions--extreme onstage disappointments, the storm clouds onstage here could not be more welcome....Forget the heat, welcome back to great theatre.” -BackStage West
We couldn’t have said it
A graceful dance of waiters wielding swords laden with meat brings the pampas of Brazil to Burbank.
Colorful, casual, timeless, and steeped in the old world tradition of Churrasco: that's Picanha Churrascaria. A three level rotisserie grill flame roasts to perfection huge cuts of Lamb, Beef, Pork, Chicken, Brazilian Sausage and more.
Meats are skewered for serving by a band of agile booted and bloused Gauchos. They wield a sword in one hand and a carving knife in the other, to bestow as much of the smartly seasoned meats as a patron can eat. Every meal includes a fresh salad bar with two dozen choices plus a hot food buffet that includes black beans (feijoada), rice, mashed potatos, soups, and much more.
What is Churrascaria?
Churrasco is a Brazilian
word that means to barbecue, but it is much more. Churrascaria is
a 3000 year old tradition stemming from the pampas of Brazil where
ranchers barbeque large portions of marinated beef, pork, and poultry
on long skewers over an open fire pit.
The namesake cut -Picanha- is an irresistible portion from the choicest part of the top sirloin, either marinated in garlic or zesty peppers. Among the many fine cuts of meat are the Filet Mignon, Top Sirloin (Espeta), Sirloin Tip (Maminha), Pork Loin, Pork Ribs, Sausage, Lamb (Cordero), Chicken wrapped in Bacon, Pineapple Chicken, and Chicken Drumsticks.
The Los Angeles Times raved, “Situated in the heart of Burbank's newish entertainment zone near Media City Center, Picanha may be the Southland's most stylish Brazilian-style barbecue.”
Perhaps the best part is the fact that Picanha is located just 1 1/2 blocks away from the theatre, making for a very nice and easy post- or pre-show walk, or you can take advantage of the restaurant’s own convenient (and free!) parking.
Picanha is located at 269 E. Palm Ave. and can be reached at (818) 972-2100.
Picanha Invites You To Enjoy Dinner & A Show!
Dine at Picanha before or after GUNMETAL BLUES and receive 15% off your entire bill!*
Make your dining reservations through The Colony and we will arrange for you to receive this very special offer. Your reservations will coincide with your tickets to GUNMETAL BLUES and will give you enough time to enjoy a sumptuous dinner and still make the curtain on time! (Dinner reservations for matinee ticket holders will follow the performance.)
For more information or to
take advantage of this very generous invitation from Picanha,
*Reservations are required
and must be booked through The Colony to coincide with the date of your
tickets to see GUNMETAL BLUES.