Thu04242014

Stepping Out

‘Leaves’ is leaving Bus Barn play closes Sunday afternoon


Photo By: Joyce Goldschmid/Special to the Town Crier
Photo Joyce Goldschmid/Special To The Town Crier

The cast of Bus Barn Stage Company’s “The House of Blue Leaves” includes, from left, Brooke Silva (as Corinna Stroller), Edie Dwan (Head Nun), Lucinda Dobinson (Second Nun) and Jessica Yurash (Little Nun).

Bus Barn Stage Company’s production of the satirical comedy “The House of Blue Leaves” is set to close Sunday in Los Altos.

Directed by Jeanie K. Smith, the production marks Bus Barn’s first foray into the works of award-winning American playwright John Guare.

“Leaves” is the story of Artie Shaughnessy, a zookeeper by day who harbors dreams of songwriting fame and glory. Burdened by his wife’s mental illness, his son’s alienating behavior and his girlfriend’s Lady Macbethlike demands, Artie struggles hopelessly to attain his singular desire. From seedy piano bars to a rundown Queens apartment, his world and its inhabitants – the visiting pope, a trio of zealous nuns, the military police, psych-ward orderlies and eccentric Hollywood personalities – conspire to hold him back

The play stars Bay Area actors Jeff Swan (as Artie), Pat Tyler (Artie’s wife, Bananas) and Deb Anderson (Artie’s downstairs neighbor and girlfriend, Bunny Flingus). Supporting cast members include Ronald Feichtmeir (Artie and Bananas’ son, Ronnie), Todd Wright (movie producer Billy Einhorn), Brooke Silva (former starlet Corinna Stroller) and Edie Dwan, Lucinda Dobinson and Jessica Yurash as a trio of out-of-control nuns. Scott Stanley and Daniel H. Tookman round out the cast, playing M.P. and the White Man, respectively.

Performances are scheduled 7:30 p.m. today, 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

Tickets are $18-$30.

For advance tickets and more information, call 941-0551 or visit www.busbarn.org.

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