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Stepping Out

'Trovatore' takes the stage in Palo Alto


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West Bay Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore” is slated to open Friday night in Palo Alto and run through Oct. 26.

West Bay Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore” (“The Troubadour”) is scheduled to open this weekend in Palo Alto.

Performances are slated 8 p.m. Friday and Oct. 25 and 2 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 26 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road.

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A scare from the barber chair


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David Studwell plays the title role in the TheatreWorks production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd” at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

TheatreWorks’ production of the Broadway musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” opened last week and is scheduled to run through Nov. 2 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

The eight-time Tony Award-winning play – featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler – tells the dark tale of a 19th-century barber’s bloody vengeance. With help from Mrs. Lovett, the devious purveyor of “the worst pies in London,” the cruelly wronged Mr. Todd exacts grisly revenge on the residents of London.

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'Great American Trailer Park Musical' continues run at LAs Bus Barn Theater

Los Altos Stage Company has opened its 19th season with “The Great American Trailer Park Musical,” a fable that tackles adultery, hysterical pregnancy, strippers, murderous ex-boyfriends, Costco and the Ice Capades.

The play is slated to run through Sept. 28 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

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Albany Consort performs Saturday at LA's Immanuel Lutheran Church

The Albany Consort celebrates the start of its 40th year with a concert scheduled 7-9 p.m. Saturday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1715 Grant Road, Los Altos.

The performance is a micro-orchestra program for recorder, oboe, violin, bassoon, cello and harpsichord that features “Winter” from Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.”

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Pianist Anievas performs Saturday evening in MV

The Steinway Society of the Bay Area is slated to present pianist Agustín Anievas 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

The Juilliard School-trained Anievas has appeared in solo recitals and alongside orchestras performing around the world. He started his piano studies before his fourth birthday. Anievas appeared in his first recital before he turned 5 and at 12 became the youngest artist featured in a major recital at Mexico City’s Palacio de Bellas Artes.

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Close shave in Mountain View


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David Studwell and Tory Ross star in TheatreWorks’ “Sweeney Todd” in Mountain View.

TheatreWorks’ production of the Broadway musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” is scheduled to open this week and run through Nov. 2 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Previews are slated 8 p.m. today through Friday; Saturday’s 8 p.m. show is opening night.

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'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos


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The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” includes, from left, Mylissa Malley as Lin, Vanessa Alvarez as Betty, and Christina Bolognini as Pickles. Altos Stage Company

Los Altos Stage Company last weekend launched its 19th season with “The Great American Trailer Park Musical,” a fable that tackles adultery, hysterical pregnancy, strippers, murderous ex-boyfriends, Costco and the Ice Capades.

The play is slated to run through Sept. 28 at the Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

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West Bay Opera production of 'Il Trovatore' previews Thursday; opens Oct. 17 in PA

West Bay Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore” (“The Troubadour”) is set to preview Thursday and open next week in Palo Alto.

The preview with piano is slated 8 p.m. at Avenidas, 450 Bryant St. Regular performances are set for 8 p.m. Oct. 17 and 25, and 2 p.m. Oct. 19 and 26 at Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road.

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'Water' runs out Sunday

TheatreWorks’ regional premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “Water by the Spoonful” is set to close Sunday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Leslie Martinson directs this story from Quiara Alegría Hudes.

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'Gypsy' on its way out


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Alison Koch of Los Altos plays Dainty June in “Gypsy.”

This is the final weekend to catch the Sunnyvale Community Players production of “Gypsy” at the Sunnyvale Theatre. The musical is slated to close Sunday afternoon.

“Gypsy”– with book by Arthur Laurents, music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim – opens the company’s 45th season.

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Los Altos Stage Company attaches itself to "Trailer"


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The cast of “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” includes, clockwise from left, Mylissa Malley (Lin), Christina Bolognini (Pickles) and Vanessa Alvarez (as Betty).

Los Altos Stage Company launches its 19th season with “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” a fable the tackles adultery, hysterical pregnancy, strippers, murderous ex-boyfriends, Costco and the Ice Capades.

The play is slated to run Thursday through Sept. 28 at the Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

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'House' and 'Garden' end Sunday

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of two interlocking comedies by Alan Ayckbourn – “House” and “Garden” – are scheduled to close Sunday in Mountain View.

Although the plays are separate, they are performed simultaneously – one cast performs in both shows in two theaters at the same time. The 14 actors travel back and forth, performing in “House,” then racing to enter and play a scene in “Garden,” and vice versa.

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Mountain View Art & Wine Festival set for this weekend on Castro Street

The 43rd annual Mountain View Art & Wine Festival is slated 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on Castro Street.

The festival will feature works by 600 professional artists and craftmakers, live music, food and drink and a party lounge.

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Los Altos Follies returns; benefit runs Thursday through Saturday

The Los Altos Follies – the annual benefit for Los Altos Stage Company that pokes fun at local and national politics – is scheduled 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

Tickets are $60 Thursday and $100 Friday and Saturday (includes reception).

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"Spoonful" continues run in Mtn. View

TheatreWorks’ regional premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “Water by the Spoonful” is scheduled to run through Sept. 14 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Leslie Martinson directs this story from Quiara Alegría Hudes.

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Pear builds wonderful 'House'


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Betsy Kruse Craig portrays Trish in the Pear Avenue Theatre production of “House,” which closes Oct. 5.

Mountain View’s Pear Avenue Theatre is staging an unusual theater-going experience – producing two plays simultaneously – and I recommend that you don’t miss it.

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'Water' rises in Mtn. View


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Elliot (Miles Gaston Villanueva) struggles to understand Odessa’s (Zilah Mendoza) online activity in TheatreWorks’ regional premiere of the award-winning drama “Water by the Spoonful.”

TheatreWorks’ regional premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “Water by the Spoonful” opened last weekend and is scheduled to run through Sept. 14 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Leslie Martinson directs the story from Quiara Alegría Hudes.

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'Trailer Park' closes Sunday

This is the last weekend to catch the Los Altos Stage Company production of “The Great American Trailer Park Musical.” The play is slated to close Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

Featuring music and lyrics by David Nehls and book by Betsy Kelso, the fable tackles adultery, hysterical pregnancy, strippers, murderous ex-boyfriends, Costco and the Ice Capades.

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The time is now for exhibition on clocks at Palo Alto museum

The Museum of American Heritage’s latest exhibition, “Time Machines: Clocks & Timekeeping,” is scheduled through Sept. 14 in Palo Alto.

The exhibition explores timekeeping practices and devices from the introduction of the sundial by the Egyptians circa 3500 B.C. to the precise atomic clock of the 1940s.

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Pear puts on a pair of plays


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Dan Kapler (as Teddy) and Betsy Kruse Craig (Trish) star in Pear Avenue Theatre’s “House.”

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of two interlocking comedies by Alan Ayckbourn – “House” and “Garden” – are scheduled to run through Oct. 5 in Mountain View. The regional premieres kick off Pear’s 13th season.

Although the plays are separate, they are performed simultaneously – one cast performs in both shows in two theaters at the same time. The actors travel back and forth, performing in “House,” then racing to enter and play a scene in “Garden,” and vice versa. The audience stays put, however, seeing each production one at a time – in either order – on two separate performance occasions.

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TheatreWorks offers 'Spoonful' of drama beginning this week


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Three strangers – “Chutes & Ladders” (Anthony J. Haney, left), Odessa (Zilah Mendoza, center) and “Orangutan” (Anna Ishida, right) – come together in an online support group in TheatreWorks’ regional premiere of the drama “Water by the Spoonful.”

TheatreWorks is scheduled to present the regional premiere of the award-winning drama “Water by the Spoonful” today through Sept. 14 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Leslie Martinson directs the story from Quiara Alegría Hudes.

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