Ray Bradbury’s technique works better across the few pages of a short story than across 90 minutes of performance. Always meant to subvert our expectations of hard science fiction, his plot twists can be seen coming from a mile away, but the lag between predicting the conclusion and the conclusion arriving is painfully increased by the stage.

Bradbuy’s own Pandemonium Theatre Company has produced a suite of his scenes at the Fremont Centre Theatre, but don’t expect to be thrilled by their dramatic weight. The experience is much like listening to a few of Bradbury’s stories on tape.

Fremont Centre Theatre is located at 1000 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena. For more information, visit Plays411.com/raybradbury.