Relishing the fact that untested scripts always require some level of development, Gobetti’s hands-on approach has included onstage duties, including her tour de force performance in last year’s riotously funny “Sex and Education.” Currently at VTC is the extended run of Johnny O’Callaghan’s solo piece, “Who’s Your Daddy?,” running through Feb. 20. Info at (818) 841-5422 and thevictorytheatrecenter.org.
Catering to changing tastes has spelled success for the Glendale Centre Theatre, celebrating its 64th season of year-round performances. Established in 1947 by Ruth and Nathan Hale, it’s become an institution with generations of theatergoers. For years, its squeaky clean reputation meant plays never included profanity or questionable onstage behavior, and seasons mostly consisted of simple comedies and traditional musicals (and an annual production of “A Christmas Carol”).
But with approximately 400 seats to fill at any given performance, current owner-producers Tim and Brenda Dietlein have done a masterful job of introducing more challenging material. Last season dealt with racial discrimination and slavery with unedited productions of “To Kill A Mockingbird” and the musicals “Big River” and “1776.” The evolution continues with the upcoming production of “Fiddler On The Roof,” Feb. 9-March 24. A children’s production of “Peter Pan” plays Saturdays beginning on March 3. Info at (818) 244-8481 and glendalecentretheatre.com.