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Monster Mash: Pasadena Playhouse's financial woes; Joseph Beuys collection on display; Hugh Dancy, Ben Whishaw headed off-Broadway

September 29, 2009 |  8:55 am


-- Money trouble: The Pasadena Playhouse faces daunting financial challenges, including $1.5 million in bank debts.

-- Up in the air: When will the art collection of the late Donald Fisher go on view at  SFMOMA? Details remain sketchy.

-- Big find: Archaeologists in Rome have unveiled what they believe to be a dining room used by the emperor Nero.

-- New exhibition: The Broad Foundation's Joseph Beuys collection goes on display at LACMA.

-- Enforcing a decision: A federal judge has upheld L.A.'s ban on new digital billboards and supergraphics.

-- British imports: Hugh Dancy and Ben Whishaw will appear in an off-Broadway production of the drama "The Pride" at MCC Theatre.

-- Another award: The Twitter campaign for the Broadway show "Next to Normal" has won an Online Media, Marketing and Advertising Award for online marketing.

-- Hitting the road: Tony winners Roger Bart and Shuler Hensley are reprising their Broadway roles in "Young Frankenstein" for the national tour.

-- Freak accident: A conductor broke his back after falling 14 feet into an orchestra pit in Florida.

-- Scenes from an auction: Bidders jostle over items belonging to the late director Ingmar Bergman currently at auction in Sweden.

-- David Ng

Photo: Pasadena Playhouse. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times