Thu03052015

Stepping Out

TheatreWorks jumps into ‘Lake’


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Jason Bowen, from left, Adam Poss and Nilanjana Bose star in “The Lake Effect,” opening this weekend at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto and running through March 29.

The TheatreWorks production of “The Lake Effect” – a new drama by Rajiv Joseph – is slated to open this week and run through March 29 at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.

The drama features family secrets, sibling rivalry and surprising reconciliation.

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'Les Misérables' debuts this week in downtown MV


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Caitlin Devenney of Mountain View portrays Little Cosette in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Les Misérables.”

Peninsula Youth Theatre continues its 2014-2015 MainStage season with “Les Misérables,” scheduled this weekend and next in Mountain View.

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, “Les Misérables” is a story of heartbreak, passion and the resilience of the human spirit. Featuring music by Alain Boubil and Claude-Michel Schonberg and lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, it’s one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history.

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West Bay stages "Seraglio" in PA



West Bay Opera’s “The Abduction from the Seraglio” opens Friday. Courtesy of West Bay opera

West Bay Opera is scheduled to perform Mozart’s “The Abduction from the Seraglio” this weekend and next in Palo Alto.

Belmonte travels from Imperial Austria to Turkey to rescue Konstanze, his betrothed, who was sold into Pasha Selim’s harem by pirates.

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Foothill's 'Sunday in the Park with George' comes to a close

Foothill Music Theatre’s production of “Sunday in the Park with George” is scheduled to close Sunday in Los Altos Hills.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine.

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LA Stage Company's 'Maple & Vine' continues run at Bus Barn Theater

The Los Altos Stage Company production of “Maple and Vine” is scheduled to run through Feb. 22 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

Jordan Harrison’s dark comedy explores society’s adoration of yesteryear and the lengths people will go to escape present-day realities.

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Foothill Symphonic Winds to perform Sunday in PA

The Foothill Symphonic Winds’ annual winter concert is set for 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Cubberley Theater, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Conductor David Bruce Adams will lead the 80-member group in a program featuring music from Broadway and the movies, including “Star Wars.”

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TheatreWorks' '2 Pianos' closes Sunday afternoon in Mtn. View

Time is running out to catch TheatreWorks’ production of “2 Pianos 4 Hands.” The play is scheduled to close Sunday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

A semi-autobiographical play co-written by Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt, Hands” is a comic coming-of-age journey featuring music from Bach, Beethoven, Scott Joplin and more.

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'Park' in the hills


courtesy of Foothill Music Theatre
Dot (Katie Nix) imagines her dream job as a follies dancer in the Foothill Music Theatre production of “Sunday in the Park with George.” The play runs through March 8.

Foothill Music Theatre’s production of “Sunday in the Park with George” is scheduled to run through March 8 in Los Altos Hills.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine.

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'Vine' time


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Courtney Hatcher plays Ellen and Danny Martin portrays Dean in Los Altos Stage Company’s production of “Maple and Vine.”

The Los Altos Stage Company production of “Maple and Vine” opened last week and is scheduled to run through Feb. 22 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

Jordan Harrison’s dark comedy explores society’s adoration of yesteryear and the lengths people will go to escape present-day realities.

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Nova Vista performs Saturday evening in Mountain View

Nova Vista Symphony’s next concert, “Let Freedom Ring,” is scheduled 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Under the baton of maestro Anthony Quartuccio, the symphony is slated to perform music by American composers.

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West Bay Opera's production of 'Seraglio' on horizon

West Bay Opera is slated to perform Mozart’s “The Abduction from the Seraglio” beginning next week in Palo Alto. A preview is scheduled Thursday.

The opera follows Belmonte as he travels from Austria to Turkey to rescue Konstanze, his betrothed, who was sold into Pasha Selim’s harem by pirates. In the end, love, wisdom and compassion save the day.

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Pair of 'Carnival' concerts set for Sunday in Palo Alto

The Oshman Family Jewish Community Center hosts “Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns” – an illustrated concert and ballet – Sunday in Palo Alto.

Performances are scheduled 10 a.m. and noon at the Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall on the campus of the Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way.

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'Betrayal' at Pear


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The cast of Pear Avenue Theatre’s “Betrayal” includes Maryssa Wanlass, from left, Fred Pitts and William J. Brown III.

The Pear Avenue Theatre presents Harold Pinter’s investigation of modern relationships, “Betrayal,” beginning this weekend in Mountain View. The production is scheduled to run through Feb. 22.

Written in 1978, the drama is a portrayal of a marriage in disintegration, but seen in reverse chronology. It chronicles the beginning and end of a seven-year affair.

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Some strong performances in West Bay’s ‘Abduction’

By Annelle Delfs

Special to the Town Crier

West Bay Opera is wrapping up its production of “Abduction from the Seraglio” (“Die Entführung aus dem Serail’’) with two final shows this weekend. Some strong performances from the West Bay cast ensure it is a production worth seeing.

“Abduction” is Mozart’s first successful opera, a singspiel (some spoken dialogue), written quickly after his arrival in Vienna. It is an exotic opera placed in Turkey complete with a Muslim Count living in a palace with a harem and servants. His head manager of the estate is Osmin, performed by Kevin Thompson, a wonderful bass whose extremely tall stature and huge, sonorous bass voice belongs in a much larger house.

Arriving on the scene are four lovers, three of whom were abducted by pirates and taken to Pasha Selim, and one who arrives later to save them. In the end, all four are set free by Pasha and sail off.

Of course there is much that happens during the three acts to keep this story interesting in the form of scantily clothed harem dancers, a chorus who sings beautifully under the apt direction of Bruce Olstad; but, as palace guards, has little to do but add much to the production with their extravagant Turkish attire designed by Callie Floor.

Eugene Brancoveanu, who makes his debut as director, sang Papageno in “Die Zauberflote” at West Bay Opera. His direction had moments of brilliance and moments of confusion, particularly in Act II during the staging of the quartet with the four lovers. The opera opens with the arrival of Belmonte (Michael Desnoyers) betrothed to Konstanze (Nikki Einfeld, also an Adler fellow and making her West Bay debut), who has been kidnapped for Pasha’s harem.

Belmonte (Desnoyers) arrived rowing his own boat and opens the opera with a very difficult aria, “Hier Soll Ich Dich Denn Sehen,” sung beautifully. His tenor is rich and resonant. The mission is to rescue Konstanze and her maid, Blonde (Chelsea Hollow) and Pedrillo, his man servant (Tapan Bhat, also making his West Bay debut).

Pasha appears with Konstanze who is in harem attire and quite stunning. Her opening aria, “Ach ich Liebte,” was a brilliant display of coloratura technique in an extremely difficult opening aria.

Performances are scheduled 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Tickets are $40-$75. For tickets and more information, call 424-9999 or visit wbopera.org.

'Maple and Vine' opens this week at Bus Barn

The Los Altos Stage Company production of “Maple and Vine” is scheduled to preview Thursday, open Friday and run through Feb. 22 at the Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

Jordan Harrison’s dark comedy explores society’s adoration of yesteryear and the lengths people will go to escape present-day realities.

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'Park' place


Courtesy of Foothill Music Theatre
Tyler Bennett (as George) and Katie Nix (Dot) star in “Sunday in the Park with George.”

Foothill Music Theatre’s production of “Sunday in the Park with George” is scheduled to run Thursday through March 8 in Los Altos Hills.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine.

Read more...

TheatreWorks puts 'Hands' together for a few more weeks in Mtn. View

TheatreWorks’ production of “2 Pianos 4 Hands” is scheduled to run through Feb. 15 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

The semi-autobiographical play, co-written by Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt, is a comic coming-of-age journey featuring the music of Bach, Beethoven, Scott Joplin and others.

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'Maple & Vine' comes to the end of the line at Bus Barn Theater

The Los Altos Stage Company production of “Maple and Vine” is scheduled to run through Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

Jordan Harrison’s play explores society’s adoration of yesteryear and the lengths people will go to escape present-day realities.

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PA Players' 'Eurydice' comes to a close Sunday at Lucie Stern

The Palo Alto Players production of “Eurydice” is scheduled to close Sunday at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Sarah Ruhl’s “Eurydice” is a modern reinterpretation of a Greek myth about life, loss and difficult choices. After a tragic accident on her wedding day, Eurydice travels to the Underworld and is reunited with her father.

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West Bay Opera's 'Abduction of Seraglio' closes Sunday afternoon at Lucie Stern

This is the last weekend to catch the West Bay Opera production of Mozart’s “The Abduction from the Seraglio” at the Lucie Stern Theatre.

Belmonte travels from Imperial Austria to Turkey to rescue Konstanze, his betrothed, who was sold into Pasha Selim’s harem by pirates.

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TheatreWorks launches '2 Pianos' in Mtn. View


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Christopher Tocco stars in TheatreWorks’ “2 Pianos 4 Hands,” which opened last week.

TheatreWorks’ production of “2 Pianos 4 Hands” is scheduled to run through Feb. 15 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

“Hands,” a semiautobiographical play co-written by Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt, features two grand pianos, two main actors and a gallery of pushy parents and eccentric teachers. The play centers on piano students Ted and Richard, who reach the edge of genius only to fall an octave short of stardom. The comic coming-of-age journey boasts music from Bach and Beethoven to Scott Joplin and Jerry Lee Lewis.

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