By Chelsea Sutton
Since 2002, the Falcon Theatre has offered 5-play subscription seasons to theatergoers across Southern California. While most subscribers are local San Fernando Valley residents, the Falcon attracts subscribers from Apple Valley to Orange County to Ventura– and they return year after year. Theatergoers love the Falcon, and the love is mutual.
Longtime subscriber Joanne Steenson has been coming to see shows at the Falcon since the very beginning, when director/writer/ producer Garry Marshall and his daughter Kathleen opened its doors in November of 1997. “I really do love it,” says Ms. Steenson. “I’m bringing three new people with me this Saturday to introduce them to the theatre – I love doing that!” Joanne is a regular LA theatergoer but it’s the Falcon that feels like home, thanks to family-like atmosphere created by Garry and Kathleen Marshall.
The Falcon’s production values have always been top-notch, while still keeping that close-knit atmosphere missed at larger venues. Ms. Steenson, whose love of the Falcon is typical of most subscribers, agrees: “The quality of the shows is amazing. Every season is just a bit different, and all are well done. I love the size of the theatre – I’ve sat in almost every seat over the years, and they’re all great!” The 130-seat theatre is spacious, comfortable and nestled conveniently in the friendly Toluca Lake neighborhood, with an abundance of dining choices within walking distance of the theatre.
The 2009-10 season marks the Falcon Theatre’s eighth year providing high-quality, low-hassle theatre at a value that can’t be beat – including free parking! This year, the Falcon brings a more eclectic mix to the table while keeping its unique comedy flavor.
The season kicked off on August 12 with the Troubadour Theater Company’s “Oedipus the King, Mama!,” a mash-up of Sophocles’ “Oedipus the King” with the music of Elvis. The Troubies, as they are affectionately called, are old Falcon friends, and their annual holiday show has become a tradition among Falcon subscribers and local residents. This December, the Troubies are offering “Frosty the Snow Manilow,” melting together the story of “Frosty the Snowman” with the sounds of love-song crooner Barry Manilow.
In the fall, the Falcon will host the world premiere of “Exit Strategy” by Bill Semans and Roy M. Close, an inspiring drama about older people discovering new dreams. January will bring “Souvenir,” a well-loved Broadway hit by Stephen Temperley, followed by the world-premiere comedy “The Psychic” by Sam Bobrick.
With this promising line up of drama, comedy, new works and familiar hits, one thing’s for sure – the shows will be done with that Falcon flair that has been satisfying their audiences for over ten years.
The Falcon Theatre is located at 4252 Riverside Dr. in Burbank
For more information or tickets, call the box office at (818) 955-8101 or visit their Website at www.FalconTheatre.com.