Some Enchanting Evenings

By Michael Berick


Los Angeles events - Groucho Tyson

Relive Groucho Marx’s classic comedy at the Pasadena Playhouse. PHOTO BY MICHAEL DOUCETT

This month, family audiences have the chance to spend evenings with two very different people at two different Los Angeles events. One is a real-life scientist, and the other a stand-in for a famous comedian from long ago. While one evening will be serious and the other silly, both should be entertaining nights out for older children and their parents.

First, the silly. Frank Ferrante is an award-winning actor who has been portraying the legendary Groucho Marx in various productions for 30 years. His current show, An Evening With Groucho Marx, comes packed with Groucho’s legendary one-liners, hilarious anecdotes and comical tunes. Much as Groucho would, Ferrente will be quick with the ad-libs as he interacts with the audience. This show also is something of a homecoming for Ferrente, who was born in L.A. and raised in Sierra Madre. He will perform An Evening With Groucho Marks at the Pasadena Playhouse (39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena; at 4 and 8 p.m. Jan. 9 and 2 p.m. Jan. 10. Tickets are $25-$60.

For a night of a more serious nature, visit the Pantages Theatre (6233 Hollywood Blvd., L.A.; for An Evening With Neil deGrasse Tyson. Tyson, a renowned astrophysicist and the director of New York City’s Hayden Planetarium, has become well known through his best-selling science books and as the host of the Fox TV show Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. At 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Pantages, he will speak about science, the universe and the world as we know it. Tickets are $49-$225.

Both shows come with parental advisories. An Evening With Groucho Marx includes some of Groucho’s ribald humor. And during An Evening With Neil deGrasse Tyson, you might see that some kids aren’t as interested in science as others – but you probably know if your kid has his head in the cosmos.

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