Lincoln’s Last Laugh, Alas…
November 2, 2019

April 14, 1865. Lee had surrendered just two days before. Washington was one big party, with dancing in the streets. The President felt he could finally take an evening to see this wonderful British comedy, on tour with Laura Keene’s New York company, playing at Ford’s Theater. The events surrounding that night are tragic, but …continue reading »

Season 2019-2020!
July 19, 2019

Full out for Comedy 2019-2020 By Gad, this is going to be fun! We’re going full out for comedy this season. We’ll all need a bit of intelligent entertainment and even escape! “Cherchez la femme!” is the theme. Perhaps we at PNT are celebrating the upcoming Centennial Year of Women’s Suffrage a little early, but …continue reading »

Another side of Venice
April 13, 2019

AT PNT we just saw Venezia through Carlo Goldoni’s 18th Century eyes in his relentless comedy “The Servant of Two Masters”. Now we’ll look at it through Shakespeare’s eyes more than 150 years before. We can say “Merchant” is also, by definition, a “comedy” because the hero turns out well in the end. But such …continue reading »

“Are all you Venetians blind?!”
January 22, 2019

A Few Thoughts About “Improvisation” In the early 1960s when ‘improvisation’ was all the rage, Sir Tyrone Guthrie was asked what he thought of it. The grand genius of classical staging remarked, “Well it’s all very fun, but I don’t see what need actors have of it. Their lines are written for them.” This seemingly …continue reading »

Charles Dickens: Entrepreneur
December 12, 2018

Mr. Dickens: Artist and Business Man So the story goes that Charles Dickens, the young author of Sketches by Boz, was interviewed by Chapman and Hall to write the cover plates for a series of illustrations of a whimsical men’s club by Robert Seymour, a leading London artist, who looked to make a personal killing …continue reading »

What is Readers’ Theater: A Christmas Carol
December 3, 2018

What is “Readers’ Theater”? From the preface to Lance Davis’ adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic, “A Christmas Carol” “I held off doing ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Parson’s Nose for a number of years because there were so many good productions already being done, and I wasn’t sure what Parson’s Nose could offer that was unique. …continue reading »

Recalled to Life! A Pasadena Landmark for Parson’s Nose
November 8, 2018

I’ve been trying to piece together the history of our new home and hope you who have more information will help me out. I went down to the Pasadena Historical Society and they were most helpful, going back into their files to produce these photos. There wasn’t a lot written, from what I’ve gathered, but …continue reading »

Hurry, Doctor! I need a subscription!
November 6, 2018

Feeling blue with melancholy, or red with rage? Both Sean Hannity and Rachel Maddow got you down? Your kid didn’t make the cheer squad? Or did make the cheer squad? And is a “flyer”? Your office just switched to cubicles and lanyards? Well keep your chin up high! You still have time to get a …continue reading »

Mark Twain for Educators and Students: Parson’s Nose Theater
October 30, 2018

With an elementary school education Sam Clemens became a printer, a journalist, a miner, a steamboat pilot, an investor, and, many believe, America’s greatest writer. He was the first writer to allow the American way of speaking English to take its rightful place in literature. He captured America, warts and all. This is the man …continue reading »