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Stepping Out

CTC launches Summer Rep Series with ‘Dangerous Corner’

California Theatre Center (CTC) last month launched its Summer Rep Series, scheduled to run through July 21 in the Sunnyvale Theatre at the Sunnyvale Community Center, 550 E. Remington Drive.

The series features a professional resident company of actors in a rotating repertory format comprising three shows: “Dangerous Corner,” by J.B. Priestley; “Lost in Hollywood,” by Gayle Cornelison, with music by Jeffra Cook; and “The Women,” by Clare Boothe Luce.

Opening production “Dangerous Corner” is about a group of posh Brits at a cozy country retreat where lies, betrayals and dramatic disclosures abound.

Freda and Robert Caplan host a dinner party for their young, beautiful and successful colleagues and friends – all executives at a transatlantic publishing company. A musical cigarette box and an ill-considered remark spark a relentless series of revelations, and other, more dangerous secrets are painfully exposed. Was it better not to pry into matters that should be left alone? As the truth spills out, the group’s perfect lives begin to crumble.

Next comes the family-friendly “Lost in Hollywood,” which follows the adventures of Richard Nelson, an aspiring actor delighted to get his big break with a new movie studio.

But Richard soon discovers that his path to fame will be challenging: the script is not likely to win any awards; his director has no experience; his co-stars have more ego than talent; and the camera operator is new to movie-making. But, actors must be optimistic, and Richard is certain he can act and sing his way to stardom – no matter the vehicle. The performance includes quirky characters, upbeat songs and the sometimes-humorous growing pains of a new and burgeoning industry.

The final production, “The Women,” is centered on a group of gossipy Manhattan socialites. An all-female cast plays a host of colorful characters in this classic, which touches on themes relevant today, including marriage and divorce, socioeconomic class, female friendship, standards of beauty and the role of women in the modern world.

CTC Summer Rep performances are slated 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays (no shows July 4-6), with matinees scheduled 3 p.m. some Saturdays and Sundays. Each opening night includes a complimentary champagne reception following the performance, while each Sunday performance features a post-show discussion with the cast.

Tickets are $10-$26.

For tickets and more information, call (408) 245-2978 or visit www.ctcinc.org.

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