Author Ray Bradbury's theatrical comedy, Falling Upward! or To Eire Is Human, To Forbid Divine extended its first engagement by a month at Theatre West, but it seems that wasn't enough. The comedy, performed under the auspices of the Pandemonium Theatre Company and produced by Bradbury himself, Thomas Petitpas, John Philip Dayton and Mindy Brandt, reopens at the Falcon Theatre Nov. 29. Performances run through Dec. 30.
Bradbury is, of course, known as the best-selling author of the science fiction classics, "Fahrenheit 451,""The Martian Chronicles" and "The Illustrated Man." But in 1953 director John Huston sent him to Ireland to pen the script to a film version of "Moby Dick" and inspired the stage play. Falling Upward! is the story of Kilcock, County Kildare and the denizens of the local pub, Heeber Finn's. The men there live life in the little things - bicycle accidents on the country roads, the inheritance of a family treasure and the last beer before closing.
Falling Upward! first premiered in L.A. as The Anthem Sprinters in 1969. In 1988, it was rewritten and reworked as Falling Upward! and produced at the Melrose Theatre. Performances of Falling Upward! began Sept. 13 at Theatre West for a run originally set to close Oct. 14, then extended to Nov. 4. Although not thought of a theatrical writer, Bradbury is scheduled for an Off-Broadway stage production of his "Farenheit 451" in February, 2002.
David Evans Brandt stars as Garrity. Also in the cast are Abbott Alexander, Walter Beery (Mark Van Doren in 2000's hit L.A. revival of Night and Her Stars), William Brunold, Flynn Falcone, Doug Haverty, Matthew Hoffman, Jack Kutcher, Barry Lynch, Peter Maloney, Steve Nevil, Philip Sokoloff and Christopher Thomas.
Tickets are $20. There will be an Actors Fund performance Nov. 30. For reservations, call (818) 955-8101. The Falcon Theatre is located at 4252 Riverside Drive in Burbank and on the web at http://www.falcontheatre.com. — By Christine Ehren