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Fremont Centre Theatre
1000 Fremont Avenue South Pasadena, CA 91030
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4.3 / 5 Rated by 12 members
Review from Julia
87 events 41 reviews

I had a great time at the preview of The Illustrated Bradbury. The main actor Tobias Andersen did a fabulous job of bringing several of Bradbury's characters to life. He transformed into an old man, an old woman, a law enforcement officer, and...continued

reviewed Feb 20 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from Gd
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Great theater, beautiful South Pasadena location, small and intimate, great presentation. Tobias Andersen brings the stories to life in a very memorable way.

reviewed Feb 21 2009 report as inappropriate
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I have to say that one of my favorite stories is Fahrenheit 451 and I really enjoyed that portion of the play but I was surprisingly touched by the Martian Chronicles scene. Tobias did a great job transforming into each character and telling the...continued

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Back in 1951, Ray Bradbury wrote a book called The Illustrated Man, in which the titular character possessed tattoos which came to animated life and depicted stories of the past and future. Actor Tobias Andersen uses the character as an inspiration for his non-tattooed solo performance piece The Illustrated Bradbury, in which he depicts  nine tales derived from different volumes by the fantasy master and Pulitzer Prize honoree Bradbury.

The storylines unfolded include ones about: a man who seeks to destroy every machine that intrudes upon his life; men of the present day encountering a prehistoric monster from the ocean depths;  a woman who stubbornly faces down Death himself; a chicken with a remarkable gift foretelling the future; and much more.

Bradbury is, of course, the author of over 500 published stories, and the inclination to call this selection for the stage Bradbury’s Greatest Hits would be restrained by the flurry of debates among Bradbury’s countless fans championing their particular favorites. But_ The Illustrated Bradbury_ is a wonderful sampler of beloved narratives from America’s Storyteller.

The Oregon-based actor Tobias Andersen continues an association with Bradbury begun when Andersen originated the role of Fire Chief Beatty in the 1979 Colony Theatre production of Fahrenheit 451 in Los Angeles. He is the Artistic Director of Mount Hood Repertory Theatre Company, where he has appeared in Our Town, Inherit The Wind, The Front Page, and On Golden Pond, and directed You Can’t Take It With You, Born Yesterday, Huckleberry Finn, A Thurber Carnival, and more. His credits regionally and internationally are extensive. He has also appeared in a number of movies-for-television as well as the recent feature film Feast Of Love.

David Smith-English directs. He is the Artistic Director of Clacakamas Repertory Theatre, where he has directed Fuddy Meers, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), Moon Over Buffalo, and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. He has directed professionally at a number of theatres in the Portland, Oregon area for several decades.

Set and lighting design: Christopher D. Whitten. Composer/Sound design: Rodolfo Ortega. Stage manager: Autumn Lawrence.

The show had its World Premiere at Clackamas Repertory Theatre in September, 2007. It premiered in Southern California in a one-weekend engagement at the Rubicon in Ventura in October, 2007.  The new production at the Fremont Centre Theatre marks its Los Angeles  Premiere.

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