Director Dåmaso Rodriguez wisely pumps up the humor in the first act before digging in for the more intense conclusion, bringing a freshness to the material that makes it more appealing to modern audiences.
The production's technical aspects are excellent. From the moment the curtain opens on John Iacovelli's jewel box of a set, the audience is transported to another era, aided immensely by Leah Piehl's attractive costuming. Brian Gale's lighting design nicely delineates the passage of time and season, and Doug Newell's aural enhancement is also fine.
The Heiress plays Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. with a Saturday matinee at 4 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. with a matinee at 2 p.m. at the Pasadena Playhouse, 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena. Reservations can be made online or by calling (626) 356-7529.
Photos: Jim Cox