120-seat structure opened in November
The first productions at Garry Marshall’s new theater, The Falcon, will be unveiled Saturday with premieres of “Featuring Loretta” and “Problem Child,” two works from George F. Walker’s six-play comedy suite “Suburban Motel.”
The Falcon Theater, a 120-seat structure built by Marshall in the Burbank community of Toluca Lake, first opened in November with the Mark Taper Forum’s annual New Work Festival of staged workshops and readings.
The two plays opening Saturday evening give Walker, perhaps Canada’s most prolific playwright, a pair of Los Angeles premieres. Directed by Rob Kramer, the casts include Evan Arnold, Diana Georger, Brian Kite, Jeff Maynard, Kevin Weisman, Khrystyne Haje, Maggie Welsh and Kara Zediker. Original music is by Nellie Gimbel. Both plays are set in the same cheap, shag-carpeted motel room and bring together a mix of colorful, Runyon-esque losers.
With “Suburban Motel,” Walker uses his trademark raw language to create a world in which occasionally scary characters from society’s underbelly battle it out the well-intentioned folk who try to rescue them. Three plays from “Suburban Motel” were produced last fall at Walker’s home base, the Factory Theatre in Toronto.
In Burbank, Buffalo Nights Theatre Co., an award-winning collective of Los Angeles-based artists, will present the two comedies, which are set to run in repertory. The company was founded seven years ago by a group of UCLA actors, directors and stage designers. In its brief existence, the company has produced nine full productions.
Future plans for the Falcon Theatre include readings, children’s theater, acting classes and lectures.
Ticket prices for “Featuring Loretta” and “Problem Child” are $20 to $22. The theater is at 4252 Riverside Drive, Burbank. For information, call (818) 955-8101.