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Stepping Out

Cast carries 'Arcadia'


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“Arcadia” stars Monica Ammerman and Robert Sean Campbell.

The intimate setting of Mountain View’s Pear Avenue Theatre proves the perfect place to stage “Arcadia,” allowing audience members to feel as though they are part of the story – even if part of it takes place centuries ago.

Set in Sidley Park, an English countryside estate, Tom Stoppard’s “Arcadia” is the saga of the people living there in the past and present. Scenes switch between the early 1800s and present day, as modern-day scholars try to uncover what happened at the home centuries before.

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Pear is on the move

The Pear Avenue Theatre is moving, but not far.

Artistic Director Diane Tasca announced June 22 that the Mountain View-based theater will move from 1220 Pear Ave. to 1110 La Avenida – less than a half-mile away. With its new home, the company will take on a new name, Pear Theatre, as a continuing nod to its original location. Pear plans to move into its new space this fall, in time for the 2015-2016 season.

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Kushner's 'Angels' arrives at Foothill


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Harper Pitt (Sophia Naylor) describes her life to Joe Pitt (Dan Martin) in “Angels in America,” playing in the Lohman Theatre at Foothill College through June 14.

The Foothill Theatre Arts Department’s production of Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America” is scheduled to run through June 14 in the Lohman Theatre at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

The AIDS epidemic and the era of Ronald Reagan provide the framework for the compelling drama, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Awards for Best Play.

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Children's Theatre in the Park continues in Mountain View

Peninsula Youth Theatre and the city of Mountain View present Children’s Theatre in the Park, family-friendly productions scheduled weekly through Aug. 7 outside the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

Performances are slated 6:30 p.m. Fridays – with the exception of this week’s Thursday show set for the same time – at MVCPA’s ParkStage, adjacent to Pioneer Park at the corner of Castro and Mercy streets.

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Wanna see a musical? 'Urine' luck

The Los Altos Stage Company caps its 19th season with the comedy “Urine- town: The Musical,” scheduled to run through June 27 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

The award-winning “Urine- town” provides a humorous and cynical view of society, sustainability, capitalism and government.

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'Town' closes down


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Hope Cladwell (played by Krista Joy Serpa) and Bobby Strong (Lewis Rawlinson) get romantic during their duet in “Urinetown: The Musical.”

The Los Altos Stage Company production of “Urinetown: The Musical” is scheduled to close Saturday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave. The musical comedy caps the company’s 19th season.

The triple Tony Award-winning “Urinetown” provides a humorous and cynical view of society, sustainability, capitalism and government. The musical tells the story of a futurist Gothamlike city plagued by a 20-year drought. As a result, the government has banned private bathrooms and the citizens must use pay toilets regulated by a monopolistic company. A custodian at the poorest urinal in town decides that enough is enough and, with the help of the townspeople, leads a rebellion with a surprising ending.

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LA Stage Co. goes to 'town'


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The Los Altos Stage Company production of “Urinetown: The Musical” opens this weekend.

The Los Altos Stage Company caps its 19th season with the musical comedy “Urinetown: The Musical,” scheduled to preview Thursday, open Friday and run through June 27 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

The Tony Award-winning “Urinetown” is a humorous and cynical view of society, sustainability, capitalism and government. The musical tells the story of a futurist Gothamlike city plagued by a 20-year drought. As a result, the government has banned private bathrooms and the citizens must use pay toilets regulated by a monopolistic company. A custodian at the poorest urinal in town decides that enough is enough and, with the help of the townspeople, leads a rebellion with a surprising ending.

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Pear's 'Arcadia' enters second week

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of “Arcadia” is scheduled to run through July 12 in Mountain View.

Tom Stoppard’s comedic play begins in 1809 on the estate of Sidley Park, where the garden is undergoing renovation to update it to the Gothic style – despite Lady Croom’s objections.

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Seuss is on the loose in Los Altos; cellists to reinterpret book to music

The San Francisco Cello Quartet is scheduled to perform 7 p.m. Saturday at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

The quartet includes Los Altos resident Sarah Hong, Vicky Wang, Amy Hsieh and Jihee Kim.

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Palo Alto Players production of 'Chinglish' concludes Sunday at Lucie Stern Theatre

The Palo Alto Players production of “Chinglish,” a new comedy about the misadventures of miscommunication, is slated to close Sunday at the Lucie Stern Theatre.

Written by Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang, the play bursts with linguistic and cultural confusions in a mash-up of English and Chinese.

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Singer Whitfield to perform benefit concert Sunday at Bus Barn Theater

Cabaret singer Wesla Whitfield is scheduled to return to Bus Barn Theater 5 p.m. Sunday to perform a benefit concert for Los Altos Stage Company.

Whitfield’s husband – pianist and arranger Mike Greensill – and bass player Dean Reilly will accompany her. Whitfield’s set list includes numbers from the Great American Songbook.

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At this musical, there's no holding it in


Chris Peoples/Special to the Town Crier
Urine Good Company’s staff – from left, Karyn Rondeau (as Penelope Pennywise), Daniel P. Wilson (Officer Lockstock), Todd Wright (Senator Fipp), Michael Weiland (Office Barrel) and Gary Landis (Caldwell B. Cladwell) – hops during “Don’t Be the Bunny” in Los Altos Stage Company’s “Urinetown: The Musical.”

If life were but a musical – at least this one – we’d be 16 years from pee-for-a-fee public toilets. So thank goodness we’re not wandering around Urinetown 20 years into a drought. It isn’t such a great place to be, but watching its inhabitants is a gas.

Los Altos Stage Company’s “Urinetown: The Musical,” scheduled to run through June 27, tells the story of a city so egregiously plagued by drought that private toilets have been banned – citizens may only use public pots regulated by the monopolistic Urine Good Company.

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Bye bye 'Birds'


Ray Renati/Special to the Town Crier
“Birds of a Feather” stars Troy Johnson and Diane Tasca.

Pear Avenue Theatre’s world premiere of “Birds of a Feather” is set to run through Sunday in Mountain View.

The play is the third chapter in local playwright Paul Braverman’s trilogy featuring gin-soaked private eye Frankie Payne.

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Pear opens 'Arcadia' in Mtn. View

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of “Arcadia” is scheduled to preview Thursday, open Friday and run through July 12 in Mountain View.

Tom Stoppard’s comedic play begins in 1809 on the estate of Sidley Park, where the garden is undergoing renovation to update it to the Gothic style – despite Lady Croom’s objections. Septimus, tutor to the Crooms’ daughter Thomasina, is embroiled in sexual triangles and intrigue by turns amusing and deadly with guests on the estate, including Lady Croom’s brother, Captain Brice, and erstwhile poet Ezra Chater and Mrs. Chater.

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West Bay Opera's 'Faust' opens Friday night


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James Callon plays the titular role in West Bay Opera’s “Faust,” opening Friday in Palo Alto.

West Bay Opera’s new production of the French grand opera “Faust” is scheduled to open Friday and run through May 31 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Charles Gounod’s “Faust” – loosely based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s play – premiered in Paris in 1859. When Faust sells his soul to the devil in exchange for the chance to be young again, is he condemned to repeat his youthful mistakes?

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LA Stage Company goes with the flow


courtesy of Los Altos Stage Company
The Los Altos Stage Company production of “Urinetown: The Musical” runs through June 27 at Bus Barn Theater in Los Altos.

The Los Altos Stage Company caps its 19th season with the musical comedy “Urine- town: The Musical,” scheduled to run through June 27 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

The triple Tony Award-winning “Urinetown” is a humorous and cynical view of society, sustainability, capitalism and government.

Read more...

Aurora Singers perform Saturday in PA

The Aurora Singers are slated to perform 7 p.m. Saturday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston Road.

The family-friendly spring program – titled “Listen to the Music!” – features a century of pop, gospel, jazz and Broadway tunes, all showcasing instruments. Songs will include “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “I Love a Piano,” “Little David, Play on Your Harp,” “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” and “Seventy-Six Trombones.” The program includes sing-along selections and a post-concert reception featuring home-baked foods.

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Kushner's award-winning 'Angels' closes Sunday at Foothill College

The Foothill Theatre Arts Department’s production of Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America” is scheduled to run through Sunday in the Lohman Theatre at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

The AIDS epidemic and the era of Ronald Reagan provide the framework for the compelling drama, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play.

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Museum of American Heritage launches 'Retrospective' exhibition

The new exhibition “25 Years at the Museum of American Heritage: A Retrospective” recently opened at MOAH, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.

It highlights memorable exhibits from the past 25 years.

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Palo Alto Players opens comedy 'Chinglish' show runs through June 28 at Lucie Stern

The Palo Alto Players production of “Chinglish,” a new comedy about the misadventures of miscommunication, is slated to open this weekend at the Lucie Stern Theatre.

Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang’s play bursts with linguistic and cultural confusions in a mash-up of English and Chinese.

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West Bay Opera makes bargain with 'Faust'


Courtesy of West Bay Opera
Elizabeth Zharoff debuts as Marguerite in West Bay Opera’s “Faust.”

West Bay Opera’s new production of the French grand opera “Faust” is scheduled to run May 22-31 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. A free preview with piano is slated 8 p.m. Thursday at Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.

Charles Gounod’s “Faust” – loosely based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s play – premiered in Paris in 1859. When Faust sells his soul to the devil in exchange for the chance to be young again, is he condemned to repeat his youthful mistakes?

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