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Stepping Out

Museum of American Heritage's 'Retrospective; display closes Jan. 17

Time is running out to experience “25 Years at the Museum of American Heritage: A Retrospective.” The exhibition is scheduled to close Jan. 17 at the museum, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.

The museum is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Admission is free.

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Musical 'Emma' is right on key


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Harriet Smith (Leigh Ann Larkin), left, confides in Emma (Lianne Marie Dobbs) in TheatreWorks’ “Jane Austen’s Emma.”

On what marks the 200th publication anniversary of Jane Austen’s novel “Emma,” there may not be a better way to celebrate than by attending TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s musical adaptation, running through Jan. 2 in Palo Alto.

Robert Kelley directs a riveting cast in “Jane Austen’s Emma,” which brings holiday cheer and provides an entertaining social commentary on 19th-century England. The musical was such a hit in 2007 that the company revived it this year.

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Pacific Ballet to perform 'Nutcracker' in Mtn. View

Pacific Ballet Academy’s 25th annual performance of “The Nutcracker” is scheduled this weekend at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

The holiday classic centers on young Clara as she journeys to the Land of Sweets with her Nutcracker Prince.

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LA Stage Company's 'Man of La Mancha' enters final week at Bus Barn

The Los Altos Stage Company production of “Man of La Mancha” is slated to close Saturday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

The musical is based on Dale Wasserman’s teleplay, which was inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ 17th-century novel “Don Quixote.”

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'Cymbeline' cast revels in Bard's bawdiness


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The Foothill College production of “Cymbeline” features, from left, Becca Gilbert as Imogen, Steve Ho as Cloten and Ronald Feichtmeier as Iachimo.

Despite being one of the Bard’s more endearing romances, “Cymbeline” is also among William Shakespeare’s lesser-known works. The fairy-tale-inflected story of separated lovers, cave-dwelling bandits and sneaky poisons sees few modern performances.

Rarity alone is reason enough to take in this production, scheduled through Sunday at Foothill College’s Lohman Theatre in Los Altos Hills. And the Foothill actors’ spirited love for Shakespeare’s naughty language and high emotion provides another reason to go.

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'Goblins' take over Mtn. View


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Braden Koch of Los Altos, front, and Genevieve Frome star in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins.”

Peninsula Youth Theatre this weekend presents “Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins,” the latest production in its Stories on Stage series.

Performances are set for Friday and Saturday on the Second Stage at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

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'Man' up at Bus Barn

The Los Altos Stage Company production of the musical “Man of La Mancha” is set to open this week and run through Dec. 19 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

It is based on Dale Wasserman’s teleplay, which was inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ 17th-century novel “Don Quixote.” “La Mancha” tells the story of mad cavalier Don Quixote as a play within a play performed by Cervantes and his fellow prisoners as he awaits a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition. Backed by faithful sidekick Sancho Panza, Quixote duels windmills and defends his lady, Dulcinea.

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LA Stage Company performs 'La Mancha' through Dec. 19

The Los Altos Stage Company production of “Man of La Mancha” is slated to run through Dec. 19 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

The musical is based on Dale Wasserman’s teleplay, which was inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ 17th-century novel “Don Quixote.” “La Mancha” tells the story of mad cavalier Don Quixote as a play within a play performed by Cervantes and his fellow prisoners as he awaits a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition. Backed by faithful sidekick Sancho Panza, Quixote duels windmills and defends his lady, Dulcinea.

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'Annie' arrives in Mtn. View


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The cast of Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Annie” stars, from left, Megan Branstad (of Los Altos) as Orphan, Sofia Graziani (Los Altos) as Miss Hannigan and Eva Colliou (Los Gatos) as Annie.

Peninsula Youth Theatre presents “Annie,” with performances scheduled Saturday through Nov. 22 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Composed by Charles Strouse, with lyrics by Martin Charnin and book by Thomas Meehan, the Tony Award-winning musical is about a scrappy young orphan who teaches a billionaire about hope.

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TheatreWorks musical 'Emma' enters second week at Lucie Stern


TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s limited-return engagement of “Emma” opened last week and is scheduled to run through Jan. 2 at Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

“Emma,” the musical adaptation of the Jane Austen book, originated at TheatreWorks in 2006 and became the most popular show in the company’s 46-year history.

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Production of Bard's 'Cymbeline' continues run at Foothill College

The Foothill College Theatre Arts Department presents Shakespeare’s “Cymbeline,” with performances scheduled through Nov. 22 in Los Altos Hills.

From disguises to mistaken identities and deceit to treachery, the play tells the tale of Cymbeline, the King of Britain, who has betrothed his only daughter, Imogen, to his new wife’s son.

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LA Stage Co.'s 'Man of La Mancha' continues run at Bus Barn Theater

The Los Altos Stage Company production of “Man of La Mancha” is slated to run through Dec. 19 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

The musical is based on Dale Wasserman’s teleplay, inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ 17th-century novel “Don Quixote.”

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'Fox' finds a den at Mtn. View Center for Performing Arts

Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox” is slated to be performed 9:30 and 11 a.m. Friday and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts’ Second Stage, 500 Castro St.

A stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book, the play follows a clever fox trying to outwit cruel farmers to feed his family.

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Foothill Symphonic Winds' Sunday concert celebrates local ensemble's 35th anniversary

The Foothill Symphonic Winds celebrates its 35th anniversary with a concert scheduled 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

The ensemble formed in 1980 at Foothill College.

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Drama 'Tribes' runs through Nov. 22 at Pear

Mountain View’s Pear Theatre continues its 2015-2016 season with Nina Raine’s drama “Tribes,” scheduled to run through Nov. 22.

“Tribes” explores the dynamics of deafness, the potential polarization of the hearing and nonhearing communities, family conflict, identity and love.

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TheatreWorks opens 'Emma' in PA

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s limited-return engagement of “Emma” is set to open this week and run through Jan. 2 at Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

“Emma,” the musical adaption of Jane Austen’s book, originated at TheatreWorks in 2006 and became the company’s most popular show. It tells the story of Emma Woodhouse, a 19th-century pampered daughter of landed gentry who prides herself on being a matchmaker.

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Foothill plays the Bard card 'Cymbeline' opens Friday at Lohman


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Foothill College stages “Cymbeline” Friday through Nov. 22 in the Lohman Theatre. The play features, from left, Becca Gilbert as Imogen, Steve Ho as Cloten and Ronald Feichtmeir as Iachimo.

The Foothill College Theatre Arts Department presents Shakespeare’s “Cymbeline,” with performances scheduled Friday through Nov. 22 at the Lohman Theatre in Los Altos Hills.

From disguises to mistaken identities and deceit to treachery, the play tells the tale of Cymbeline, the King of Britain, who has betrothed his only daughter, Imogen, to his new wife’s son. The son is clueless and arrogant, however, and headstrong Imogen secretly marries Posthumous – her true love. Upon discovering Imogen’s deception, Posthumous is banished from Britain. He then lands in Rome, the seat of the empire, where their love is tested through a series of fantastical schemes, challenges and surprising twists.

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Percussionist Pepin performs free concert Saturday evening at CSMA in Mtn. View

The Community School of Music and Arts has scheduled a free concert featuring Grammy Award-winning percussionist Christian Pepin 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Tateuchi Hall at CSMA, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

Pepin is slated to perform Afro-Caribbean jazz music, accompanied by vocalist Braulio Barrera, percussionist Carlos Caro, pianist Marco Diaz and bassist Saul Sierra.

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'Tribes' arrives at Pear Theatre


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Morgan Dayley, left, and Greg Anderson star in “Tribes.”

Pear Theatre continues its 2015-2016 season with Nina Raine’s “Tribes,” winner of the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play in 2012. The drama is slated to preview Thursday, open Friday and run through Nov. 22 in Mountain View.

“Tribes” explores the dynamics of deafness, the potential polarization of the hearing and nonhearing communities, family conflict, identity and love.

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Musical 'Man'


Joyce Goldschmid/Special to the Town Crier
Daniel P. Wilson portrays Don Quixote in the Los Altos Stage Company production of “Man of La Mancha.”

The Los Altos Stage Company production of “Man of La Mancha” opened last week and is slated to run through Dec. 19 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

The musical is based on Dale Wasserman’s teleplay, which was inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ 17th-century novel “Don Quixote.”

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PA Players opens 'Park' this weekend at Lucie Stern Theatre

The Palo Alto Players production of “Clybourne Park” is scheduled to preview Friday, open Saturday and run through Nov. 22 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road.

Playwright Bruce Norris takes a jab at race relations in the satirical spin-off of Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun.” “Park” won the Tony Award for Best Play in 2012.

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