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The Pasadena Playhouse
39 S. El Molino Ave. Pasadena, CA 91101
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13 reviews
5 stars
There is a public parking lot directly behind the theater, on Madison. The fee is 1.50/hour. Also, there appears to be various eateries near the theater. We ate before we attended the play. Nice area to walk about in.
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26 events
22 reviews
7 stars
A new restaurant has opened directly across the street from the Pasadena Playhouse. It is the TLT restaurant. Yummy food at reasonable prices.
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"Amahl and the Night Visitors"
37 ratings
4.0 average rating
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38 events
19 reviews
34 stars
attended Dec 09 2011

It was an amateur quality performance rather than professional. In addition, the 30-min story telling introduction was quite boring, while I was expecting OPERA (musical rather than talking). The actual opera was only 1-hr long. I doubt the...continued

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70 reviews
131 stars
attended Dec 10 2011

This was a wonderful opera, acted so well and sung so beautifully. The story was touching, even for a non-believer like myself. And Malcolm McDowell was magnificent reading Dylan Thomas's "A Child's Christmas in Wales"! What a terrific pairing...continued

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25 reviews
6 stars
attended Dec 10 2011

It was a wonderful experience,seeing the very first musical production I happened to be a part of while in my last year of high school. Inspired by that, I went on to get my degree in Music(solo voice)at CSULA,and studied with the same teacher as...continued

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No child growing up in the 1950s or 1960s could consider his or her Christmas complete without an annual viewing of Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl And The Night Visitors, the first opera specifically composed for American television. This fifteen-year tradition ended in 1966, when the rights to a 1963 taping reverted to Menotti, who refused to allow this version (one which he disapproved of) ever to be shown again, thereby depriving later generations of one of the most extraordinary of holiday memories. An imperfect VHS-to-DVD transfer of a 1955 black-and-white kinescope is currently the only in-print version available to parents wanting to share the Amahl experience with their children, or boomers wishing to relive childhood memories.

Amahl, a shepherd, tries to tell his mother about what he has seen outside; an enormous star with a long tale. His mother, used to his habitual lying, grows angry; she is even angrier when Amahl tells he that a knock at the door is three kings come to visit them. The kings enter and tell the two peasants that they have come to find a king, and they show the rich gifts they have brought him. While Amahl’s mother is out gathering wood for the fire, Amahl asks the kings questions about their lives. The mother returns with her neighbors, and the villagers present their gifts to the visitors. That night, Amahl’s mother tries to steal some of the kings’ gold to use to help her child; she is caught, and when the kings offer to let her keep the gold, explaining that the king they seek will need nothing but love to rule his kingdom, she returns it. Amahl offers his staff as an additional gift, and suddenly finds that he can walk. He leaves with the kings to pay homage to the child who has healed him.

This show runs 90 minutes with no intermission, and is recommended for ages 7 and older.