It’s official: Pasadena has become a hub for some of Southern California’s most fetching playhouses.
The doyenne, of course, is the Pasadena Playhouse, which has earned the right to be called the State Theater of California by the beauty of its architecture. Then there’s the compact yet deluxe Boston Court Performing Arts Center, which makes all the other 99-seat-or-less venues in town look like poor relations. And now A Noise Within, the classical repertory company celebrating its 20th anniversary this season, has moved from a former Masonic temple in Glendale to spacious new digs on East Foothill Boulevard.
This impressive feat of institutional growth was duly celebrated Saturday with ANW’s inaugural opening-night gala. Julia Rodriguez-Elliott, who shares the title of founder and artistic director with her husband, Geoff Elliott, greeted her fancily attired patrons before the start of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night, or What You Will” by welcoming everyone to their new home.