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Parson’s Nose invites audiences to sit down at ‘The Algonquin Round Table’

Parson’s Nose Theater (PNT), the acclaimed “classical comedy” theater company led by Artistic Director Lance Davis, invites audiences to sit down at “The Algonquin Round Table” with early 20th century literary luminaries. The fully-staged productions performs four times beginning Saturday, February 8, 2014.

Drawing of The Algonquin Round Table, ©Al Hirschfeld
Al Hirschfeld.

“At Parson’s Nose we celebrate the classics. ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ was written in 1939 by James Thurber, a key member of the Algonquin Round Table,” says Lance Davis, Artistic Director of Parson’s Nose Theater. “If they’d been alive in the 1920s, Tina Fey and Steven Colbert would have had lunch at the round table in the dining room of Frank Case’s Algonquin Hotel on 44th Street in Manhattan. So would Aaron Sorkin, David Ives and Trey Parker.

“It was where the hip, young writers from Broadway, the Harvard Lampoon, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, flamed brightly. That light had diminished somewhat by The Crash of 1929, as they left for Hollywood, but they still cherished the roots of their literary youth. Their names are legendary in the annals of American Humor: Dorothy Parker, James Thurber, Robert Benchley, George S. Kauffman, and Ogden Nash, are but a few. Come join us for an experience of laughter, elegance and wit.”

“If all the girls at the Yale prom were laid end to end I wouldn’t be a bit surprised.” – Dorothy Parker

The production of these works has been created and adapted by Parson’s Nose Artistic Director, Lance Davis. The Parson’s Nose Company will include Lance Davis, Marisa Chandler, Jill Rogosheske, Barry Gordon, James Calvert, and Afton Jillian.

“The Algonquin Round Table” performs 7 p.m. Saturdays February 8 and 15 and 3 p.m. Sundays, February 9 and 16. Parson’s Nose Theater productions are “Pay What You Will” ($20 Suggested). Reservations may be made online at or by calling 626-403-7667. Tickets may also be purchased at the door. Ages 12+ suggested.

Running time is approximately 90 minutes including intermission.

Parson’s Nose Theater performs at Lineage Performing Arts Center located at 89 South Fair Oaks in Pasadena.

“The Algonquin Round Table” is sponsored in part by an Anonymous Donation, The Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the J. Mario Molina Family Foundation.

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