Falcon Theatre Offers a Year of Inspiring Enter-tainment

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By Chelsea Sutton

DeeDee Rescher in “Shirley Val-entine” at the Laguna Playhouse.

For the Falcon Theatre’s 2012-2013 subscription season, founders Garry Marshall and Kathleen Marshall LaGambina have mastered the art of inspiring entertainment, putting together a line-up of five great shows, all with characters striving beyond their comfort zones to have better lives, with lots of laughs along the way.

Starting August 7, Baby Tiger Productions, Daniel Wallace, and Trish Whitehurst in association with the Falcon Theatre present The Grönholm Method written by Jordi Galcerán Ferrer and directed by BT McNicholl. Part comedy and part thriller, it is an international hit play about four corporate warriors in an unusual competition for a dream job.

“Garry and I are thrilled to be bringing New Yorkproducers and the accomplished BT McNicholl to the Falcon Theatre to open the 11th season with the wickedly funny American Premiere of The Grönholm Method,” Kathleen Marshall LaGambina says. “It is a season of new friends, new plays, and some old favorites. Please join us!”

In October, Falcon Theatre returns to its roots with a classic American comedy, traveling back to 1980 to join struggling screenwriter Herbert Tucker as he’s confronted by his estranged daughter with Hollywooddreams in Neil Simon’s I Ought to Be in Pictures.

In the winter, Troubadour Theater Company returns for their annual holiday hilarity with Rudolph the Red-Nosed ReinDOORS, a reinvention of the classic holiday story of Rudolph with a wild rock twist you won’t soon forget, directed by the Troubies’ Matt Walker.

Kathleen Marshall LaGambina and Garry Marshall on the set of Garry’s latest film “New Year’s Eve.”

For a healthy start to the New Year, DeeDee Rescher stars in the transformative Shirley Valentine, written by Willie Russell and directed by Andrew Barnicle, which follows aLiverpool housewife as she’s torn from her humdrum domesticity into a romantic adventure.

“This will be my fourth opportunity to perform Willy Russell’s brilliant one woman epic. Shirley has become a part of my life — a friend, really,” Rescher says. “Her wisdom and words have guided me through some challenging times … like two peas in a pod, we are women traveling on the road to self discovery.”

Best known for her comedy work in films and television, such as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and King of Queens, Rescher was last seen on the Falcon stage in Garry Marshall’s own Everybody Say “Cheese!” in 2009. “I’m thrilled to be back with my Falcon Theatre family,” Rescher says.

And finally, the world premiere of Billy & Ray, written by Mike Bencivenga, closes the season with the incredible true Hollywood story of how Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler wrote the screenplay for Double Indemnity, invented film noir, and nearly killed each other in the process.

With a season packed with such inspirational and funny stories – the Falcon promises to once again bring its signature flair to the LA theatre scene. And did we mention there’s free parking?

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