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Sidewalk Studio Theatre
4150 W Riverside Drive Burbank, CA 91505
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"Sister Cities"
9 ratings
4.6 average rating
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5 events
2 reviews
9 stars
attended Jun 27 2008

It was a VERY small venue but really good actors. We had fun and enjoyed the story. They performed a shortened 60 minute version of the play since they were off to a festical in Scotland and thats the way they are going to perfom it there. I guess...continued

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71 reviews
62 stars
attended Jun 27 2008

Well done, really hit some soft spots there. I would've preferred seeing the longer version.

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6 reviews
86 stars
attended Jun 21 2008

As a writer, I was blown away by this production. Colette Freedman's writing is like David Mamet meets Wendy Wasserstein. The cast was superb, especially Jill Gascoine in the matriarchal role. The theatre is small; albeit, quaint. A delicious...continued

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Award winning Burbank playwright Colette Freedman’s acclaimed play, Sister Cities, is about to be mounted in Burbank, in advance of its European premiere at the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This production is the first international effort undertaken by Burbank-based Sidewalk Studio Theatre Productions, a nonprofit organization that presents thought provoking theatre at its home space in Toluca Lake and elsewhere.

Sister Cities tell the story of Mary Baxter, a woman who has had an enviable life – a dancer who married young and never looked back as she traveled the world and moved from one marriage to the next. Four husbands gave her four daughters, each of whom are as different from each other as the cities they were named after.  When Mary dies, Austin calls her estranged sisters to return to their childhood home for what appears to be a wake, but turns into a family drama that will unearth old animosities and new secrets that will change them forever.  Ultimately, the fractured sisters begin to realize the value of “working with what you got” and the importance of keeping family ties strong.

Sister Cities has been performed in Los Angeles, Burbank, New York, and Florida, and is now on its way to the world’s largest arts event, the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland in August of 2008.  Among its rave reviews, New York reviewers proclaimed: “Wise, warm, and full of heart and humor, Sister Cities…is one of the best new plays of the season,” and, “The play is beautiful and devastating.