Fri05272016

Stepping Out

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.

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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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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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'Wind' blows into Mtn. View


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Ruby Solomon, back, and Daniela Gloster star in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “The Wind in the Willows.”

Peninsula Youth Theatre this weekend presents “The Wind in the Willows,” the latest production in its Stories on Stage series. Performances are slated Friday and Saturday on the Second Stage at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Based on Kenneth Grahame’s 1908 children’s novel, “Willows” centers on four humanlike animals living in rural England.

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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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TheatreWorks lures 'fish' to PA's Lucie Stern Theatre


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Protégé Takashi (James Seol, left) offers a sample to sushi master Koji (Francis Jue) in TheatreWorks’ “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 in March 2015.

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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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TheatreWorks tackles 'tokyo'


 

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley continues its 2015-16 season with the Northern California premiere of Kimber Lee’s “tokyo fish story,” scheduled today through April 3 at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.

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

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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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LAYT teams with SF Shakespeare for 'Dream' production

In a joint production with San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Los Altos Youth Theatre presents “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” through March 19 at Bus Barn Theater.

The full-length production sets the Shakespeare play in 1960s San Francisco.

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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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PYT's 'Poppins' closes Sunday

Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Mary Poppins” – based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the 1964 Walt Disney film – is scheduled to run through Sunday in Mountain View.

Los Altos Hills resident Freya Forstall plays the title role, a magical nanny hired by an icy London banker with an unhappy family. The musical also features young actors Quincy Shaindlin, Kavan Bhatia and Grace Gormley.

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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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Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra performs Sunday

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

The program includes works by Grieg, Bach, Honegger, Poulenc and Ravel. Pamela Martin serves as guest conductor.

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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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'Poppins' pops into Mtn. View


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Quincy Shaindlin of San Mateo, left, and Freya Forstall of Los Altos Hills star in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Mary Poppins.” Shaindlin portrays Bert; Forstall plays the title role.

Peninsula Youth Theatre presents “Mary Poppins” – based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the 1964 Walt Disney film – with performances scheduled this week and next in Mountain View.

Los Altos Hills resident Freya Forstall plays the title role, a magical nanny hired by an icy London banker with an unhappy family.

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TheatreWorks' 'fish' reels in an audience


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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.

Read more...

LAYT, SF Shakespeare comprise 'Dream' team

In a joint production with San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Los Altos Youth Theatre presents “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” this weekend through March 19 at Bus Barn Theater.

The full-length production sets the Shakespeare play in 1960s San Francisco.

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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'Love' comes to an end Sunday afternoon in Los Altos Hills

Foothill Music Theatre’s production of “She Loves Me” is slated to run through Sunday in Los Altos Hills.

It is based on the 1963 musical adaptation of Miklos Laszlo’s play “Parfumerie,” which later inspired the Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan movie “You’ve Got Mail.” The production features a score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (“Fiddler on the Roof”) and book by Joe Masteroff (“Cabaret”). Masteroff earned a Tony nomination for his work.

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