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TheatreWorks gets 'Party' started in Mtn. View

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley is scheduled to give American audiences their first look at the London hit “The Life of the Party,” a celebration of songs by Andrew Lippa.

The musical is slated to run today through Sept. 18 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.


Pear opens season with 'Guys' & 'Veils'

Mountain View’s Pear Theatre plans to premiere a pair of two-person shows – “The Guys” and “Veils” – this week to kick off its 15th season.

“Guys,” set during the aftermath of 9/11 in New York, portrays the relationship between a journalist and the captain of the New York Fire Department as they prepare eulogies for eight firefighters lost in the collapse of the Twin Towers.

'Confederates' comes to a close


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Journalist Stephanie (Tasha Lawrence, left) questions Maddie (Jessica Lynn Carroll), with fellow journalist Will (Richard Prioleau) in “Confederates.”

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s world premiere production of Suzanne Bradbeer’s high-stakes political drama “Confederates” is scheduled to run through Sunday at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.

Launching TheatreWorks’ 47th season, 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.

Wilson's 'Water Lines' on exhibit at CSMA through Aug. 27

An exhibition of mixed-media prints by artist Michelle Wilson titled “Water Lines” is scheduled to run through Aug. 27 in the Mohr Gallery at the Community School of Music and Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

For more information, visit arts4all.org.

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.

Pear primed to start season

Pear Theatre has unveiled the lineup for its 15th season, scheduled to begin next weekend and conclude in July at its new space at 1110 La Avenida St., Mountain View.

‘Guys’ & ‘Veils’

The 2016-2017 season opens with Anne Nelson’s “The Guys” and Tom Coash’s “Veils,” a pair of plays presented in repertory. “Guys” chronicles the real-life relationship between a journalist covering the aftermath of 9/11 in New York and a New York fire chief struggling to write eulogies for dozens of lost compatriots.

TheatreWorks gets political


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
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.

New Works Festival ends Sunday in PA


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A reading of Rajiv Joseph’s “Archduke” is set for Saturday.

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s 2016 New Works Festival, which opened last week, is slated to run through Sunday at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

The festival offers a chance for the public to attend performances, participate in a panel discussion with the artists and share in the journey of developing new works. The lineup features the readings of two plays and three musicals.

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


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
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.

'Water Lines' exhibition continues at CSMA

An exhibition of Michelle Wilson’s mixed-media prints, “Water Lines,” is slated for display through Aug. 27 in the Mohr Gallery at the Community School of Music and Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View. Admission is free.

For gallery hours and more information, visit arts4all.org/attend/mohrgallery.htm.

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.

Mother-daughter duo performs Thursday at Mtn. View library


Violinist Anat Kardontchik and her mother, pianist Libby Kardontchik, are slated to perform 7-8 p.m. Thursday in the Community Room at the Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St.

The performance will include classical and contemporary pieces.

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.

'New Mikado' comes to MV


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Ben Brady plays Il Ducato in “The New Mikado.”

The Lamplighters Music Theatre production of “The New Mikado” is scheduled to run this weekend on the MainStage at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

This new production is moved from the traditional setting of a fictitious Japanese village to a re-imagined Renaissance Italy, the home of rapid cultural exchange, scientific advancement and artistic creativity. It’s also the favored setting for many of Shakespeare’s greatest creations.

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.

It's in the 'Works'


courtesy of Frank Chen/Special to the Town Crier
The creators of the new musical “Gravity” include, clockwise from left, Jessia Hoffman, Ken Savage, Weston Gaylord, Matt Herrero and Joel Chapman. T

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s 2016 New Works Festival is set to open Friday and run through Aug. 21 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

The festival offers a chance for the public to attend performances, participate in a panel discussion with the artists and share in the journey of developing new works.

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.

MVCPA celebrates anniversary with festival

The Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts 25th Anniversary Festival is slated 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The festival includes free performances of music, dance, comedy, theater and film on all stages throughout the day at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

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.

PYT stages 'Dorothy in Wonderland' Friday night in downtown Mtn. View

Peninsula Youth Theatre and the city of Mountain View are scheduled to present “Dorothy in Wonderland” 6:30 p.m. Friday on the outdoor ParkStage at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

The final show in the Children’s Theatre in the Park series, the 45-minute production is a musical mash of “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Wizard of Oz.” It features children in PYT’s summer camp program.

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.

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