March 5, 2021, 1:59 am

Alisa Hayashida

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Alisa Hayashida has been covering arts, culture, & events in the greater Pasadena Metro area and Los Angeles Metro area for the past seven years. She is a valuable arts advocate in South Pasadena, with an extensive background in theatre arts. She has been a proud South Pasadenan for over 25 years.

SPHS Dance Company Wows with ‘Circus’

Last Thursday and Friday evening, SPHS Dance presented their spring concert, Circus, in the main auditorium. A raucous and appreciative crowd enjoyed dancing cards, hoops, balloons, lion tamers, mimes, sword swallowers, snake charmers and...

The House in Scarsdale: A Memoir For The Stage

Is there anything more confounding than family relationships, anything more fascinating than family lore? And is there anything more profoundly devastating than family wounds? Dan O’Brien has written a captivating memory play about the...

A Magical Peter Pan at SPHS

South Pasadena High School put on a spectacular production of Peter Pan this past weekend that had the capacity crowds cheering. From the moment  Peter Pan burst through that London window on a flourish...

“The Originalist”- A Fascinating Play for our Time

As the lights dim slightly in the beautiful Pasadena Playhouse, Edward Gero as Antonin Scalia, comes walking forward in full Supreme Court robe as Opera plays to address us directly. The Opera is a...

Ensemble Shakespeare’s Innovative & Intimate “Lear’s Shadow”

From the moment I entered what appears to be a rehearsal room set up for a table read of a play; tables and chairs facing center, covered in scripts and cups of pens with...

A Daring “Man of La Mancha” at A Noise Within

A Noise Within boldly closes out it’s “Beyond Our Wildest Dreams” 25th season with a crackling reimagining of the musical “Man Of La Mancha”. Inspired by the novel “Don Quixote de La Mancha” by...

A Poignant King Lear at A Noise Within

ANW’s superb repertory company takes on Lear as a contemplation of one family’s journey through the devastating effects of dementia. It is at once disturbing and powerful as we watch the ravages of the...

Sublime “Ah Wilderness!” at A Noise Within

Written by Eugene O’Neill in three weeks during the depression, “Ah Wilderness!” is a delightful reverie about the family he never had. In fact, he said the story came to him in a dream...

A Beautiful “Our Town” at SPHS

As patrons take their seats, an actor walks on stage to adjust a chair, pick up a prop and look about as the lights dim. He steps forward into the light and begins telling...

Cirque du Soleil Comes To Town With “TORUK”

Cirque du Soleil’s new adventure, TORUK, is visually spectacular storytelling that takes you on a journey to the world of Pandora in a way that only Cirque can do. It’s a bit of a...
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