Sunday, January 20, 2008
Saturday night I went to the Pasadena Playhouse to see the crackling new play "Orson's Shadow." An Off-Broadway smash a couple of seasons ago, it tells the story of Orson Welles directing Sir Laurence Olivier and Joan Plowright in Ionesco's "Theater of the Absurd" play "Rhinoceros" in 1960.
Vivien Leigh (who Olivier dumped for Plowright) shows up as well.
This theatrical clash of ego titans makes for a very entertaining show.
The lighting design, and generous use of shadows (an homage to "Citizen Kane"), is worth noting as well.