Tuesday, August 21, 2012

An Evening to Remember

The Fabulously-Talented Karyn O'Bryant

Last Friday night, I was privileged to attend "Incident at Vichy," currently running at our Sierra Madre Playhouse.  The Playhouse's production of Arthur Miller's 1964 drama, about a group of detainees in 1942 Nazi-occupied Vichy, France, is a Los Angeles Times Critics Choice.  The show was wonderfully acted and thoroughly thought-provoking.

In addition to this extraordinary play, my evening included a visit with Petrea Burchard, of Pasadena Daily Photo fame, who graciously invited me to see the play with her (Thank you, Petrea!!).  Although I feel like we are old friends, this was our first get-together IRL (In Real Life), as they say in the blogging world, and it couldn't have been more enjoyable.  She kindly answered all the blogging-related questions I could throw at her (and there were many), and we managed to talk about all sorts of non-blog topics, as well.  Here's Petrea's post about our evening.  She took a wonderful photo of The Buccanneer, across from the theater.

The play has a run-time of 90 minutes, with no intermission, and I have decided that the "intermission-less" performance is my favorite type to attend.  Especially when the show maintains such a level of intensity as this one does. I always feel kind of disjointed when the spell is broken for intermission, and we all have to switch gears and stand around discussing unrelated trivialities until the play resumes.  (You just have to plan your pre-show activities to be prepared for 90 minutes with no break!)

Following the show, Petrea introduced me to her friend Karyn O'Bryant, who was one of the main characters in the play.  Karyn, a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and an accomplished stage actress, played the part of "Professor" with chilling realism. 

Incident at Vichy runs Friday and Saturday evenings, with matinees on Sunday afternoons, through September 8.  For tickets or more info, call (626) 355-4318.  If you are able to, please go and see it.  You won't be sorry. 





10 comments:

  1. Oh, fabulous post and fabulous picture! I think Karyn will want this for her website. She looks marvelous.

    I had a blast with you and the play was good. There was some excellent acting, and when it comes to writing you can't beat Arthur Miller.

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    1. Thank you! I hope she likes it. She looks great in the other one too. (I put them both in the post and then rolled back and forth on preview for a looooong time, trying to choose between them!) Can send them both to her, if she'd like.

      I had a blast too. The acting was definitely excellent, and that Arthur Miller really knows how to hit them out of the park. And the company? Well, that was just superb.

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  2. Fab-u-lous!! I love the photo, the story to go with it and above all, I like that you girls get together. Brilliant.

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    1. Thanks, LOL! It was such fun to get to meet Petrea in person, and of course it was a great show. Win-win!

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  3. It sounds like a terrific play and even better when you could share it with a fellow blogger! How fun you and Petrea could meet up in real life :)

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    1. It really was a terrific play. The theater is very small (100 or so seats, maybe?) We were right in the front row, another thing I like about Petrea. I love sitting up in front, with no distractions between the action and me! :)

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  4. Sounds like a fabulous evening. I mean, how can you go wrong with such fabulous company? I used to visit Sierra Madre often when I just had one pooch. Your blog makes me nostalgic for those excursions. I need to find the time to visit your territory regularly, both IRL and the blogosphere.

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    1. HI Susan, Such great company, indeed! I hope you get to come over more often, IRL and otherwise. Mi territory es su territory! :)

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  5. Looks like a fun and really interesting event, I would love to attend to.

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