A Noise Within, Los Angeles' classical theatre repertory company, will stage William Shakespeare's Pericles and Love's Labours Lost, as well as Moliere's The Imaginary Invalid and Henrik Ibsen's The Wild Duck in season 2001-02. The repertory productions, featuring three plays running simultaneously in both the fall and spring, begins Sept. 21, 2001, and continues through May 19, 2002.
Pericles, The Imaginary Invalid and Arthur Wing Pinero's Trelawny of the Wells kick off the fall season, playing Sept. 21 Dec. 2. One of Shakespeare's comedy-dramas, Pericles follows the Prince of Tyre as he discovers himself through a series of perilous and exotic journeys. Art Manke directs. The Imaginary Invalid, adapted by Sabin Epstein and directed by Joseph Graves, pits a chronic hypochondriac against a household of young lovers, a cheating wife and a cheating lawyer and more than his share of doctors. Rose Trelawny, heroine of Trelawny of the Wells, gives up her career in theatre for life among the rich and famous, but finds she can never give up acting. This Victorian comedy is directed by Julia Rodriguez Elliott and Geoff Elliott.
Spring brings the comedies Love's Labours Lost and William Inge's Bus Stop, as well as Ibsen's dark Wild Duck, running March 1 May 19. Michael Winter directs Love's Labours, the story of four noblemen's vow to give up love for intellectual pursuits only to have their plans foiled by four beautiful and witty Frenchwomen. Bus Stop is another love story, this time pitting the mismatched chanteuse Cherie against the rough and ready Montana cowboy Bo. When the two are stuck in Kansas City during a snow storm, they realize they must just be meant for each other. Epstein directs the comedy, best known for a film version starring Marilyn Monroe as Cherie. In The Wild Duck, directed by Adrian Giurga, a struggling photographer is forced to face the lies he's lived when an old childhood friend reenters his life.
For the holiday season, Dec. 14-Jan. 27, A Noise Within will produce two plays, A Wilde Holiday and Noel Coward's Hay Fever. A Wild Holiday, directed by Epstein, revisits three of Wilde's original fairy tales, "The Selfless Giant," "The Happy Prince" and "The Star Child." Hay Fever, appearing in a special return engagement before the production travels to Santa Fe, New Mexico, is one of Coward's best loved, with the eccentric Bliss family creating chaos for their holiday guests.
Tickets are $22-$38. A Noise Within is located at 234 South Brand Boulevard in Glendale. For reservations, call (323) 953-7795. — By Christine Ehren