Wed10222014

Stepping Out

TheatreWorks' 'Great Pretender' enters final weekend in Palo Alto

TheatreWorks’ world premiere of “The Great Pretender” comes to a close Sunday at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Broadway playwright David West Read is behind the bittersweet comedy about friendship, love and letting go.

Directed by Stephen Brackett, “Pretender” kicks off TheatreWorks’ New Works Festival.

“The Great Pretender” follows Mr. Felt, the gentle host of an iconic children’s TV program who is semiretired and struggling with the loss of his wife and longtime puppeteering partner. The show’s director urges him to return to the airwaves, introducing a young actress who has grown up watching the program and is uncannily able to reanimate the puppet sidekick once played by his beloved wife.

The cast includes Steve Brady as the host of “The Mr. Felt Show,” Suzanne Grodner as puppeteer Carol, Sarah Moser as young actress Jodi and Michael Storm as TV show director Tom.

After “Pretender” closes, TheatreWorks’ 2014 New Works Festival continues. The festival invites the public to attend performances, give critiques and participate in a panel discussion with the artists. The festival is scheduled Aug. 9-17.

Performances are slated 2 and 7:30 p.m. today, 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $19-$74.

For tickets and more information, call 463-1960 or visit theatreworks.org.

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