Sat04302016

Stepping Out

'Catch' comes to conclusion LA Stage Co. comedy ends run this weekend


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Bryan Moriarty, left, stars as Yossarian and John Stephen King plays the Psychiatrist in Los Altos Stage Company’s “Catch-22.”

Los Altos Stage Company’s presentation of “Catch-22” is slated to run through Sunday at Bus Barn Theater.

Written by Joseph Heller in 1961, the comedic “Catch-22” ranks among the most celebrated works of American literature.

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PA Players goes 'Into the Woods' for two more weeks at Lucie Stern


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Taylor Sanders plays Little Red Riding Hood in Palo Alto Players’ “Into the Woods.”

The Palo Alto Players production of “Into the Woods,” which opened last week, is set to run through May 8 at the Lucie Stern Theatre.

The musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine brings favorite fairy tales together in a Brothers Grimm mash-up that looks past the “happily ever after,” revealing the complications of life in an avalanche of bad deeds, disappointment, adultery and death.

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A new spin on 'Cyrano'


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Roxane (Sharon Rietkerk) warms up to handsome cadet Christian (Chad Deverman), who is being fed his lines by Cyrano (J. Anthony Crane) in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s “Cyrano.”

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley presents the regional premiere of the romantic comedy “Cyrano,” scheduled to run today through May 1 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Written by Michael Hollinger (“Opus”) and Aaron Posner (“My Name is Asher Lev,” “The Chosen”), it is a new adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s classic “Cyrano de Bergerac.”

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Nosy 'Cyrano' blows out of town after Sundays show in Mtn. View

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s regional premiere of the romantic comedy “Cyrano” is scheduled to close Sunday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Written by Michael Hollinger (“Opus”) and Aaron Posner (“My Name is Asher Lev,” “The Chosen”), it is a new adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s classic “Cyrano de Bergerac.”

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LA Stage Company makes 'Catch'

Los Altos Stage Company’s presentation of “Catch-22” is set to preview Thursday, open Friday and run through May 1 at Bus Barn Theater.

Written by Joseph Heller more than 50 years ago, the comedic “Catch-22” ranks among the most celebrated works of American literature. The play, based on Heller’s book, features black humor, an unusual narrative structure, surrealism and a not-so-heroic protagonist who struggles to deal with the insanity of war and concludes that the only sane response to it is not to participate.

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MSCO performs in Los Altos Sunday afternoon

The Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra is scheduled to perform 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

Conducted by David Ramadanoff, MSCO will perform works by Brahms, Higdon and more.

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'Beard' takes shape at Pear Theatre

The Pear Theatre production of “The Beard of Avon,” a farcical treatment of the Oxfordian theory regarding authorship of Shakespeare’s plays, is set to open this week in Mountain View.

“Beard” takes the audience on a wild ride through Elizabethan England, even bringing the Queen along.

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'Catch' continues


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Robert Sean Campbell, left, plays Milo and Gary Landis portrays Colonel Cathcart in Los Altos Stage Company’s “Catch-22.”

Los Altos Stage Company’s presentation of “Catch-22” is scheduled to run through May 1 at Bus Barn Theater.

Written by Joseph Heller more than 50 years ago, the comedic “Catch-22” ranks among the most celebrated works of American literature. The play, based on Heller’s book, features black humor, an unusual narrative structure, surrealism and a not-so-heroic protagonist who struggles to deal with the insanity of war and concludes that the only sane response to it is not to participate.

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Nakamatsu headlines ECYS benefit concert Saturday in Cupertino


Courtesy of El Camino Youth Symphony
Jon Nakamatsu is an award-winning pianist from San Jose.

Pianist Jon Nakamatsu is scheduled to headline the El Camino Youth Symphony’s annual benefit concert 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino.

Nakamatsu, a Foothill College and Stanford University alum, was a gold medalist at the 10th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

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PYT opens 'Purse' in Mtn. View


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Spotlight Moments Photography Ali Matsumoto stars as Lilly in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse.”

The Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse,” the latest production in its Stories on Stage series, is scheduled Friday and Saturday in Mountain View.

Lilly is a little mouse who loves school and is a big fan of her teacher, Mr. Slinger – until he takes away her precious purple plastic purse. The play is adapted from the book by Kevin Henkes.

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'Fish' finale nears


 

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s Northern California premiere of Kimber Lee’s “tokyo fish story” is scheduled to close Sunday at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.

Originally developed at the TheatreWorks 2014 New Works Festival, “fish” received its world premiere at South Coast Repertory Theatre in March 2015.

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Pear's 'Beard' goes bye-bye after this weekends shows

The Pear Theatre production of “The Beard of Avon,” a farcical treatment of the Oxfordian theory regarding authorship of Shakespeare’s plays, is set to close Sunday in Mountain View.

“Beard” takes the audience on a wild ride through Elizabethan England, even bringing the Queen along.

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Cal Pops' 'Big Band Cavalcade' set for Sunday in Los Altos Hills

The California Pops Orchestra is scheduled to perform its “Big Band Cavalcade” concert 3 p.m. Sunday at Foothill College’s Smithwick Theatre.

The orchestra, led by conductor Kim Venaas, will perform an array of Big Band swing music by the likes of Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Harry James.

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Palo Alto Players ventures 'Into the Woods'

The Palo Alto Players production of “Into the Woods” is set to preview Friday, open Saturday and run through May 8.

The musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine brings favorite fairy tales together in a Brothers Grimm mash-up that looks past the “happily ever after,” revealing the complications of life in an avalanche of bad deeds, disappointment, adultery and death.

Read more...

T. Nile performs in Los Altos Friday night

Canadian musician T. Nile is slated to perform 7:45 p.m. Friday at a home in Los Altos. Melissa Bandura is the opening act.

T. Nile is on tour to support her recently released album “Tingle & Spark,” which fuses electro-pop and folk. She won Best Emerging Artist at the Canadian Music Awards and was nominated for Best Vocalist.

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'Cyrano' comes to Mtn. View


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
The TheatreWorks Silicon Valley production of “Cyrano” stars, from left, J. Anthony Crane (as Cyrano), Sharon Rietkerk (Roxane) and Chad Deverman (Christian).

The romantic comedy “Cyrano,” a TheatreWorks Silicon Valley regional premiere, is slated to run through May 1 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Written by Michael Hollinger (“Opus”) and Aaron Posner (“My Name is Asher Lev,” “The Chosen”), the play is a new adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s classic “Cyrano de Bergerac.”

Read more...

TheatreWorks' 'fish' reels in an audience


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Takashi (James Seol) offers a sample to sushi master Koji (Francis Jue) in “tokyo fish story.”

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley continues its 2015-2016 season with the Northern California premiere of Kimber Lee’s “tokyo fish story,” scheduled to run through April 3 at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.

Originally developed at the TheatreWorks 2014 New Works Festival, “fish” received its world premiere at South Coast Repertory Theatre last year.

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Pear Theatre's 'Beard of Avon' continues in Mountain View

The Pear Theatre production of “The Beard of Avon,” a farcical treatment of the Oxfordian theory regarding authorship of Shakespeare’s plays, is set to run through April 24 in Mountain View.

“Beard” takes the audience on a wild ride through Elizabethan England – even bringing the Queen along.

Read more...

Flamenco concert set for Saturday in downtown Mountain View

The Flamenco Society of San Jose presents “Flamenco!,” a concert scheduled 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

The performance will feature an array of flamenco artists from all over the world, as well as flamenco singer Jose Mendez.

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Los Altos Stage Company's 'Catch-22' enters second week at Bus Barn Theater

Los Altos Stage Company’s presentation of “Catch-22” is scheduled to run through May 1 at Bus Barn Theater.

Written by Joseph Heller more than 50 years ago, the comedic “Catch-22” ranks among the most celebrated works of American literature. The play, based on Heller’s book, features black humor, an unusual narrative structure, surrealism and a not-so-heroic protagonist who struggles to deal with the insanity of war and concludes that the only sane response to it is not to participate.

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TheatreWorks reveals new season

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley has unveiled the lineup for its 47th season, featuring a Broadway hit, two classics, a comedic drama and a revival.

The season will kick off with the world premiere of Suzanne Bradbeer’s “Confederates.” Appropriately timed for this election year, the play centers on a presidential campaign and the agenda surrounding it. With the campaign in full swing, someone unfurls a Confederate flag and the scandal hits the fan. Performances are slated July 13 through Aug. 7 at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.

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