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Plays, concerts among the local events slated for the rest of July, through August

Locals residents seeking family-friendly fun – or ideas for date night – need not look too far. There are several events, from concerts to plays, scheduled through August in Los Altos and Mountain View.

A rundown of the events follows.


TheatreWorks gets political


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Tasha Lawrence and Richard Prioleau play journalists in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s world premiere of “Confederates,” playing through Aug. 7 at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley recently launched its 47th season with Suzanne Bradbeer’s high-stakes political drama “Confederates,” scheduled to run through Aug. 7 at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.

The play centers on a dad running for president, a daughter with her own agenda and reporters looking for a scoop to make their own careers. It explores the voracious nature of contemporary media during a national campaign.

LA Stage Company reveals lineup for 21st season

Los Altos Stage Company recently announced its lineup for its 21st season, scheduled September to June at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

The season’s lineup features two musicals and three plays.

TheatreWorks' 'Confederates' continues at PA's Lucie Stern


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Journalist Stephanie (Tasha Lawrence) questions Maddie (Jessica Lynn Carroll), with fellow journalist Will (Richard Prioleau) in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s “Confederates.”

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley last week launched its 47th season with Suzanne Bradbeer’s high-stakes political drama “Confederates.” It is scheduled to run through Aug. 7 at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.

The play centers on a dad running for president, a daughter with her own agenda and reporters looking for a scoop to make their own careers. It explores the voracious nature of contemporary media during a national campaign.

Pear Theatre's production of 'August' opens in June in Mtn. View

The Pear Theatre completes its 14th season with “August: Osage County,” scheduled to open Friday and run through July 10 at Pear Theatre’s new space at 1110 La Avenida St., Mountain View.

Tracy Letts’ dark comedy won a Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize in 2008. It is about an American family in which secrets and lies spill out over dysfunctional dinners and drug-laced arguments – nothing is sacred or safe.

Los Altos native Cullinan brings the 'Noize' to area with two shows this week

Los Altos native Cory Cullinan – known professionally as children’s musician Doctor Noize – is scheduled to return to the Bay Area this week to perform two free shows in support of his new album, “Phineas McBoof Crashes the Symphony.”

Cullinan is slated to perform noon Thursday at the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, 180 Woz Way, and 3 p.m. Saturday at the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road.

PA Players' 'Vanya' concludes Sunday

Palo Alto Players is slated to perform Christopher Durang’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” through Sunday at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road.

The play centers on Vanya and his stepsister Sonia, who live together in the countryside and receive a surprise visit from Masha, their movie star sister. Masha brings her younger “boy-toy” Spike, and the household falls into chaos as insecurity, love and sibling rivalry take over.

It's 'Peach' season at PYT


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The cast of Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “James and the Giant Peach JR.” includes, from left, Julia Segal (of Menlo Park), Val Zvinyatskovsky (Palo Alto) and Lisa Korver (Mountain View).

Peninsula Youth Theatre is scheduled to perform “James and the Giant Peach JR.” Thursday through Sunday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

The production is the musical version of the well-known novel by Roald Dahl.

Bye, bye 'Bat'


 

The 20th anniversary season of Los Altos Stage Company concludes with the Off-Broadway hit “Bat Boy: The Musical,” set to close Saturday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

“Bat Boy” – with book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming, and music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe – won the 2001 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical.

TheatreWorks kicks off season with Bradbeer's 'Confederates'


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Maddie (Jessica Lynn Carroll, left), the daughter of a presidential candidate, is caught in the spotlight of journalists Stephanie (Tasha Lawrence) and Will (Richard Prioleau) in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s world premiere of “Confederates.”

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley launches its 47th season with Suzanne Bradbeer’s high-stakes political drama “Confederates,” scheduled to open Saturday and run through Aug. 7 at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.

The play centers on a dad running for president, a daughter with her own agenda and reporters looking for a scoop to make their own careers. It explores the voracious nature of contemporary media during a national campaign.

End of 'Autumn'


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Susan Greenhill and Mark Anderson Phillips star in “The Velocity of Autumn.”

TheatreWorks’ regional premiere of “The Velocity of Autumn” is slated to close Sunday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Written by Eric Coble, the play centers on Alexandra (Susan Greenhill), an octogenarian artist who barricades herself in her Brooklyn brownstone, booby-trapped with enough homemade bombs to take out the neighborhood. In a wry, spirited quest to “not go gentle” into a retirement home, she battles both the fears of her family and the ravages of time, negotiating the terms of her future with long-estranged son Chris (Mark Anderson Phillips), who is battling his own problems.

Pear Theatre’s searing ‘August’ thrills from up close


Courtesy of Pear Theatre 
Diane Tasca, center, Michael Champlin and Roneet Aliza Rahamim in Pear Theatre's "August: Osage County."

A domestic drama, set around the kitchen table, that includes a credit for fight choreography? Get excited – particularly given that in Pear Theatre’s intimate new black-box space, plates shatter and fists swing inches from the audience.

LA Stage Co. is all ears


courtesy of Los Altos Stage Company
The cast of “Bat Boy: The Musical” includes Tarif Pappu (as Bat Boy) and Sharon Lita (Shelly).

The 20th anniversary season of Los Altos Stage Company concludes with the Off-Broadway hit “Bat Boy: The Musical,” scheduled to run through June 25 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

“Bat Boy” – with book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming, and music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe – won the 2001 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical.

Pear's 'August' concludes Sunday in MV


al to the Town Crier Betsy Kruse Craig, left, and Diane Tasca star in Pear’s “August: Osage County.”

The Pear Theatre’s “August: Osage County” is scheduled to close Sunday at Pear Theatre’s new space at 1110 La Avenida St., Mountain View.

Tracy Letts’ dark comedy is about an American family in which secrets and lies spill out over dysfunctional dinners and drug-laced arguments.

'Something New in Sight & Sound' comes to CSMA in Mountain View

A new concept in classical performance is on the menu with “Something New in Sight and Sound,” a concert slated 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Community School of Music and Arts at Finn Center in Mountain View.

Bay Area musicians Justin Schrum, piano, and Hazel Keelan, violin, are scheduled to bring live music, digital art and new technology together to experiment in the experience of performer and audience alike. Members of the audience are invited to be creative entrepreneurs as real-time, active participants in the concert using Sensemo, the world’s first instant emotion feedback cloud. Schrum and Keelan have been exploring the relationship among music, digital art and color in preparing for the recital, and some of their performance will be accompanied by art created in the community in workshops held in recent months.

PYT takes a stab at 'Sweeney Todd'


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Ryan Sammonds and Roxanne Couch star in “Sweeney Todd.”

Peninsula Youth Theatre is scheduled to perform Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” Thursday through Sunday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

“Sweeney Todd” tells the tale of a man who lost everything when wrongfully exiled from his home. However, when he returns, he is obsessed with getting revenge upon those who have wronged him. The musical won eight Tony Awards in 1979, including Best Musical.

PA Players' 'Vanya and Sonia' closes June 26 at Lucie Stern

Palo Alto Players is scheduled to perform Christopher Durang’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” through June 26 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road.

The play combines themes from Chekhov’s works with a modern, comedy-filled atmosphere.

The 'Doctor' is in


Courtesy of Cory Cullinan
Cory Cullinan, aka Doctor Noize, is a Los Altos native and former teacher at Pinewood School.

Although Los Altos native Cory Cullinan has toured the country, there’s still no place like home.

Professionally known as Doctor Noize, the children’s musician is scheduled to return to the Bay Area this month to perform two free shows in support of his new album, “Phineas McBoof Crashes the Symphony.”

TheatreWorks' 'The Velocity of Autumn' continues in downtown Mountain View

TheatreWorks’ regional premiere of “The Velocity of Autumn” is scheduled to run through June 26 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Written by Eric Coble, the play centers on Alexandra (Susan Greenhill), an octogenarian artist who barricades herself in her Brooklyn brownstone, booby-trapped with enough homemade bombs to take out the neighborhood. In a wry, spirited quest to “not go gentle” into a retirement home, she battles both the fears of her family and the ravages of time, negotiating the terms of her future with long-estranged son Chris (Mark Anderson Phillips), who is battling his own problems.

'August' arrives


John Beamer/Special to the Town Crier
Pear Theatre’s “August: Osage County” stars Betsy Kruse Craig, left, and Diane Tasca.

The Pear Theatre concludes its 14th season with “August: Osage County,” slated to run through July 10 at Pear Theatre’s new space at 1110 La Avenida St., Mountain View.

Tracy Letts’ dark comedy won a Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize in 2008. It is about an American family in which secrets and lies spill out over dysfunctional dinners and drug-laced arguments – nothing is sacred or safe.

Foothill has 'Appointment with Death'


Courtesy of Lori Thomas
The cast of Foothill College’s “Appointment with Death” includes Sean Okuniewicz and Kathryn Han, encountering the character Mrs. Boynton in this scene. The play by Agatha Christie is scheduled to run through Sunday in Los Altos Hills.

In celebration of what would have been author Agatha Christie’s 125th birthday, the Foothill College Theatre Arts Department presents the queen of crime’s “Appointment with Death.” The play opened last week and is slated to run through Sunday.

Performances are scheduled 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Lohman Theatre at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

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