Thu12182014

Stepping Out

'Company' closing in Los Altos


Joyce Goldschmid/Special to the Town Crier
“Company” stars Jennifer Mitchell as Kathy and Adam Cotugno as Bobby.

The Los Altos Stage Company is slated to present Stephen Sondheim’s award-winning musical “Company” through Saturday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Music and Lyrics, “Company” is the story of Bobby, a 30-something bachelor, and his inability to commit to a long-term relationship – even with himself.

Witnessing the trials and tribulations of his friends – five married, once-married or soon-to-be-married couples – Bobby struggles to understand the reason for “couplehood.” Eventually, he comes to believe that while relationships are far from perfect, they are a necessary part of being alive.

“Company” is recognized as one of the first musicals to deal with adult themes and relationships.

“Broadway theater has been for many years supported by upper-middle-class people with upper-middle-class problems,” Sondheim said. “These people really want to escape that world when they go to the theater, and then here we are with ‘Company’ talking about how we’re going to bring it right back in their faces.”

Carol Fischer, adjunct professor of theater arts at West Valley College, directs “Company.” The production features an ensemble of Bus Barn Theater veterans, as well as a few new faces, including Adam Cotugno (as Robert), Melissa Reinertson (Sarah), Michael Rhone (Harry), Skye Wilson (Jenny), Andy Rotchadl (David), Kristin Walter (Amy), Aaron Vanderbeek (Paul), Mary Gibboney (Joanne), Scott Stanley (Larry), Kate Leyva (Susan), Vanessa Alvarez (Petey), Maureen O’Neil (April), Sheila Townsend (Marta), Jennifer Mitchell (Kathy) and Clara Walker (Kathy/understudy).

Performances are scheduled 8 p.m. today through Saturday.

Tickets are $18-$38.

For tickets and more information, call 941-0551 or visit losaltosstage.org.

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