By Hannah Langley
August 31 marks the beginning of the Falcon Theatre’s 10th Anniversary Subscription Season. Coinciding with Burbank’s Centennial, Falcon Founders Garry Marshall and Kathleen Marshall LaGambina are proud to continue their contribution of laughter to the Burbank and Toluca Lake artistic community.
The season starts off strong with Tom McGrath’s Laurel and Hardy, a charming and witty homage to one of the most prolific comedy duos in Hollywood. With three-time Falcon director Dimitri Toscas at the helm, Falcon favorite Paul C. Vogt (Broadway’s Hairspray) as Oliver Hardy and the Falcon debut of Kevin Blake as Stan Laurel, this West Coast premiere is sure to leave audiences laughing.
“The play is a thrilling challenge,” says Toscas. “It tells the hidden story of the lives behind the characters we all know and love, while draping the ‘real’ moments in classic comedy bits from the most famous Laurel and Hardy films.”
Toscas promises that the comedy of Laurel and Hardy is still important today. “Their comedy remains current in our pop culture, because they were not only wildly funny, but they also had heart. And that is a recipe that has delighted the audiences of the Falcon Theatre for the last ten years — funny, with heart.”
Laurel and Hardy is followed by the Off-Broadway hit Southern Comforts by Kathleen Clark, starring Michael Learned and Granville Van Dusen and directed by Jules Aaron, which brings a collision of opposite natures to the stage in a sweet, funny and intoxicating romance.
In December, Troubadour Theater Company returns for their annual holiday flair with A Christmas Westside Story, a reinvention of the holiday classic A Christmas Story, combining all of the rich comedy of the film with the music from one of the great American musicals, West Side Story.
The New Year kicks off with the West Coast premiere of Dissonance by Damian Lanigan and directed by Crispin Whittell. The play focuses on the Bradley Quartet’s tenth anniversary concert and the tensions that arise when their cellist, Beth, decides to give one of America’s biggest rock star music lessons.
Closing the 2011-2012 Season with a bang, the Troubies once again light up the Falcon stage with Two Gentlemen of Chicago, mixing the rocking music of Chicago with Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona.
“I love the Falcon,” says Toscas. “I feel like I’ve been reunited with family. There’s something that always attracts me to the space itself — an energy. It seems to have a magic of its own.”
“It’s here for the people, to come in, forget the world for a couple of hours and laugh. I like that.”
A season packed with lyrics, love and laughter — the Falcon’s 10th Season promises to bring another exciting year (and free parking) to the community.