Saturday, March 21, 2009

"Misalliance": Armin does Shaw!

Fresh off his time on the debut session of "Spirit of Star Trek," Armin "Quark" Shimerman passes along info for his next project: an ambitious stage production of George Bernard Shaw's "Misalliance," a delightful romp about the chased and the chaser—and a very modern view of women that's years ahead of its time, but in that crisp, veddy British fun way.

The Rosalind Productions show is done in period style—and as Armin told me, it's a "centennial celebration": the classic first opened in London on May 31, 1909, right at a hundred years ago. At right, Armin plays Lord Summerhays opposite Abigail Rose Solomon (Christopher Moscatiello photo), just one of the English countryside couples who are set into wacky matrimonial motion amid old- and new-money fortunes, a crashed pilot and his Polish acrobat/aviatrix, and some Victorian ideals turned inside out all around!

Fo SoCal'ers who can make plans to go, "Misalliance" opens today with a run through April 19 at the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles 90025: shows are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., with 2 p.m. Sunday matinees. The large cast also include Greg Mullavey (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and The Bold and The Beautiful) and Nick Mennell (the new Friday the 13th). Tickets are going fast, plus the March 26 show is a "pay what you can" performance. Check out the website or call the theatre at 310-477‐2055, or 310-358-2789 for more info.

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