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Sayonara, 'Seussical'


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The cast of “Seussical” includes, from left, Lena Wessel (of Mountain View) as Thing 2, Quincy Shaindlin (San Mateo) as Cat in the Hat and Megan Branstad (Los Altos) as Thing 1.

The Peninsula Youth Theatre production of “Seussical” is set to run through Sunday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

This musical pastiche of stories by Theodor Geisel – better known as “Dr. Seuss” – centers on big-hearted Horton, who sticks up for the downtrodden, microscopic Whos and a defenseless egg, dreaming of a world where all creatures great and small can live in peace and equality.


This year's 'Pear Slices' production features 14 one-act plays in Mtn. View

Pear Theatre continues its season with “Pear Slices 2016,” the 13th installment of its celebration of short plays by local playwrights. It is scheduled to run through May 29 in Mountain View.

As befits the Pear’s new and larger space, “Pear Slices” will be nearly twice its usual size – presented as two alternating evenings of seven plays each. Each performance slate is independent, and audiences can choose to see one set of plays (Slate A or Slate B) or all 14. A Saturday matinee has been added this year for patrons who prefer to see all 14 plays within 24 hours.

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.”

Singer-songwriter Vega to perform benefit concert Sunday in Palo Alto

Singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega is the featured performer at the annual Arts Bravura Benefit Concert, scheduled 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center’s Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

Vega’s first album, released in 1985, sold 2 million copies worldwide. Her biggest hits include “Luka” (nominated for a Grammy Award in 1987), “Tom’s Diner” and “Left of Center.”

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.

TheaterGames' 'Belkin Tales' comes to Mtn. View Sunday

The TheaterGames production of “The Belkin Tales” is scheduled to be performed 5 p.m. Sunday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts’ SecondStage, 500 Castro St.

Alexander Pushkin’s novella – in the style of Walter Scott – is a glance into 19th-century Russian life. Written nearly 200 years ago, the story includes plot twists, romance, drama and irony.

'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.

PYT's 'Seuss' is on the loose

The Peninsula Youth Theatre production of “Seussical” is set to open Saturday and run through May 22 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

The musical pastiche of stories by Theodor Geisel – better known as “Dr. Seuss” – centers on big-hearted Horton, who sticks up for the downtrodden microscopic Whos and a defenseless egg, and dreams of a world where all creatures great and small can live in peace and equality.

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.

Foothill College students to stage spring ballet Saturday & Sunday

Under the direction of Foothill College dance instructor Linda Hurkmans, students enrolled in Foothill ballet courses will team up with dancers from San Jose Dance Theatre for a pair of performances this weekend.

In addition to a guest performance by the Cincinnati Ballet’s Jake Casey, the shows will spotlight Foothill dancers as they perform Hurkmans’ original choreography of “Chopin Etudes,” which recently premiered at the SJ Dance Company Festival, as well as “Paquita Grand Pas Classique,” “Le Corsaire Pas de Duex,” “Joy, Winter” and more.

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.

Pear dishes out 'Slices' this weekend

Pear Theatre continues its season with “Pear Slices 2016,” the 13th installment of its celebration of short plays by local playwrights. It is scheduled to run today through May 29 in Mountain View.

As befits the Pear’s new and larger space, “Pear Slices” will be nearly twice its usual size – presented as two alternating evenings of seven plays each. Each performance slate is independent, and audiences can choose to see one set of plays (Slate A or Slate B) or all 14. A Saturday matinee has been added this year for patrons who prefer to see all 14 plays within 24 hours.

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.

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'


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The Baker’s Wife, left, and Cinderella’s erstwhile Prince stand out in the Palo Alto Players production of “Into the Woods.”

Little Red Riding Hood sets forth at the outset of “Into the Woods” dusted with cookie crumbs and naive confidence.

“The way is clear / The light is good / I have no fear / Nor no one should,” she sings.

'Cyrano' comes to Mtn. View


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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.”

Arts Briefs

Pacific Ballet hosts ‘Spring Showcase’ this weekend in MV

Pacific Ballet Academy has scheduled four performances of its “Spring Showcase” this weekend on the MainStage at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

The annual event will feature student dancers (advanced through pre-ballet levels) and members of the Pacific Ballet Studio Company.

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.

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


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
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.

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.

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.

A new spin on 'Cyrano'


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
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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