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Stepping Out

Open 'House'


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Anna Patterson (played by Kimberly King) accepts a drink from Michael Astor (Jason Kuykendall) in “The Country House.”

TheaterWorks Silicon Valley’s regional premiere of “The Country House” is scheduled to run today through Sept. 20 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Robert Kelley directs “House,” a Chekhovian comedy/drama by Donald Margulies, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Dinner with Friends.” The play is about a famous movie star who summons her family to her Berkshires home for a summer-stock season soon overstocked with memories. The story deals with fame and art on top of the promise for romance and fading dreams.

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PA Festival of Arts features array of art, food & music


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Blue House is scheduled to perform at the 34th annual Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, slated Saturday and Sunday.

Palo Alto’s University Avenue will be transformed into an art gallery for the 34th annual Festival of the Arts, scheduled Saturday and Sunday.

The Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce event is slated to run 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days on University between High and Webster streets. Admission and parking are free.

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PYT's 'Into the Woods' opens this weekend in Mtn. View


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Noelle Merino plays Little Red and Charlie Stewart is the Baker in “Into the Woods.”

Peninsula Youth Theatre presents “Into the Woods,” scheduled Saturday through Aug. 2 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

The fairy tale follows the intertwining journeys of classic storybook characters as each seeks to fulfill a wish.

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Los Altos Stage Company announces season lineup

The 20th anniversary season of Los Altos Stage Company – comprising two musicals and three plays – is slated to begin in September and run through June at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

• The season opens with “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” by Sarah Ruhl.

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Opening with a 'Bang'


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“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” opens Friday at Bus Barn Theater.

Los Altos Stage Company and Los Altos Youth Theatre have joined forces for the family musical “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” scheduled to open Friday and run through Aug. 2 at Bus Barn Theater.

The production, directed by Jillian Toby Cummings, includes youth and adult actors.

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New Works Festival runs through Sunday at PA's Lucie Stern


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Suzanne Bradbeer

TheatreWorks’ 14th annual New Works Festival opened last week and is scheduled to run through Sunday at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Gathering playwrights and composers from across the nation, the festival provides guests with opportunities to attend performances and readings of plays, offer their critiques and participate in panel discussions with artists.

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PYT' 'Puss N' Boots' closes Sunday in MV

Peninsula Youth Theatre is scheduled to perform “Puss N’ Boots” through Sunday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

“Puss N’ Boots,” written by Kate Hawley, is about a cat that helps his not-so-smart master receive the wealth and hand of an intelligent princess.

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MOAH's '25 Years' display runs through year

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

From opening its doors at the original Alma Street location to MOAH’s current home on the Williams property on Homer Avenue, “Retrospective” highlights memorable exhibitions from the past 25 years.

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TheatreWorks launches 'Triangle'

TheatreWorks kicks off its 2015-16 season with the world premiere of “Triangle,” scheduled today through Aug. 2 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

The contemporary musical follows a journey across time that unfolds when a scientist discovers that his New York lab is situated on the historical site of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. Upon learning this, the scientist becomes aware of a mysterious connection he has to various Jewish immigrants lost in the fire.

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Funny 'Forum'


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Foothill Music Theatre’s “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” features, from left, Tomas Theriot, Todd Wright, Mike Meadors and Ray D’Ambrosio.

Some plays are meant to be quite serious, while others are so silly that they require a total suspension of belief.

Foothill Music Theatre’s “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” falls squarely in the latter category – and is all the better for it.

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Children's Theatre in the Park performances continue in Mtn. 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 at MVCPA’s ParkStage, adjacent to Pioneer Park at the corner of Castro and Mercy streets. Admission is free.

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Going out with a 'Bang'


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“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” stars, clockwise from top left, Alexander Sanchez, Sophia Sturiale, Deborah Rosengaus and Danny Martin.

Los Altos Stage Company and Los Altos Youth Theatre’s joint production of the family musical “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” is scheduled to close Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

The musical adventure – directed by Jillian Toby Cummings and including youth and adult actors – centers on a car that flies through the air and sails the seas.

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PYT puts on 'Boots'


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Anya Colliou portrays “Puss” in the Peninsula Youth Theatre production of “Puss N’ Boots,” scheduled to open this weekend.

Peninsula Youth Theatre is slated to perform “Puss N’ Boots” Saturday through July 19 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

“Puss N’ Boots,” written by Kate Hawley, is about a cat that helps his not-so-smart master receive the wealth and hand of an intelligent princess.

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'Woods' wraps up Sunday in MV

Peninsula Youth Theatre presents “Into the Woods,” slated to close Sunday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

The fairy tale follows the intertwining journeys of classical storybook characters as each seeks to fulfill a wish.

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Pear's 'Arcadia' comes to an end Sunday in MV

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of “Arcadia” is scheduled to close Sunday in Mountain View.

Tom Stoppard’s comedic play begins in 1809 on the estate of Sidley Park, where the garden is undergoing renovation, despite Lady Croom’s objections. Septimus, tutor to the Crooms’ daughter Thomasina, is embroiled in sexual triangles and intrigue with guests on the estate.

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Foothill's 'Forum' continues at Smithwick

The Foothill Music Theatre production of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, is scheduled to run through Aug. 9 in Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills.

The play, featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Larry Gelbart and Burt Shevelove, was inspired by the mockeries of ancient Roman playwright Plautus. It’s the story of a manipulative yet clever slave known as Pseudolus, who aspires to win his freedom by introducing his young master to a neighborhood beauty, Philia. Hero, the lovesick son of wealthy slaveowner Senex and his wife, and Pseudolus are given free rein in the household after Hero’s parents leave town. Pseudolus takes advantage of the situation by invoking drastic measures to secure alone time for Hero and Philia.

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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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Engineer builds second career as actor


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Actors rehearse for Foothill Music Theatre’s “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” The cast includes, from left, Tomas Theriot, Todd Wright, Mike Meadors and Ray D’Ambrosio.

Ray D’Ambrosio first became involved with theater by building sets for his eldest daughter’s high school plays. That evolved into his first role – albeit offstage – as the voice of Smaug, the dragon in the Irvington High School production of “The Hobbit.”

“I volunteered to do that,” said D’Ambrosio, engineering director at Hansen Medical in Mountain View. “It was great fun.”

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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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LA Stage Co., LA Youth Theatre go on musical adventure together

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Los Altos Stage Company and Los Altos Youth Theatre have joined forces for the family musical “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” scheduled to run through Aug. 2 at Bus Barn Theater.

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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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