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LA Stage Company wings it


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The “Bat Boy” cast includes, from left, Tarif Pappu, Jen Wheatonfox and David Scott.

The 20th anniversary season of Los Altos Stage Company concludes with the Off-Broadway hit “Bat Boy: The Musical,” scheduled to run through June 25 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

“Bat Boy” – with book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming, and music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe – won the 2001 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical.


'Autumn' arrives at TheatreWorks

TheatreWorks’ regional premiere of “The Velocity of Autumn” is scheduled to run through June 26 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Eric Coble’s play centers on Alexandra (Susan Greenhill), an octogenarian artist who barricades herself in her Brooklyn brownstone, booby-trapped with enough homemade bombs to take out the neighborhood. In a wry, spirited quest to “not go gentle” into a retirement home, she battles the fears of her family and the ravages of time, negotiating the terms of her future with long-estranged son Chris (Mark Anderson Phillips), who is battling his own problems.

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.”

PA Players opens 'Vanya' this weekend

Palo Alto Players is slated to perform Christopher Durang’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” Friday through June 26 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road.

The play combines themes from Chekhov’s works with a modern, comedy-filled atmosphere, featuring main characters Vanya and his stepsister Sonia, who live together in the countryside and receive a surprise visit from Masha, their movie star sister. Masha brings her younger “boy toy” Spike, and the household falls into chaos as insecurity, love and sibling rivalry take over.

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.

'Bat' in the Barn


The 20th anniversary season of Los Altos Stage Company concludes with the Off-Broadway hit “Bat Boy: The Musical,” which opened last week and is scheduled to run through June 25 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

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.

TheatreWorks stages explosive play in MV


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TheatreWorks’ regional premiere of Eric Coble’s “The Velocity of Autumn” stars Susan Greenhill and Mark Anderson Phillips.

TheatreWorks’ regional premiere of “The Velocity of Autumn” is scheduled to open this week and run through June 26 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Written by Eric Coble, the play centers on Alexandra (Susan Greenhill), an octogenarian artist who barricades herself in her Brooklyn brownstone, booby-trapped with enough homemade bombs to take out the neighborhood.

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.

Foothill Symphonic Winds performs 'Music Sampler' Sunday in Palo Alto

The Foothill Symphonic Winds’ spring concert, “A Music Sampler,” is scheduled 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Part of its 35th anniversary season, the program features a range of works from the concert band repertoire. Selections include the familiar tunes of “My Fair Lady,” folk songs in Howard Cable’s “Banks of Newfoundland,” Beethoven’s “Egmont Overture,” Harry Alford’s “Purple Carnival” and Roger Nixon’s “Fiesta del Pacifico.”

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.

LA Stage Company's 'Arts Razzle-Dazzle' showcases local talent


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Mountain View High junior Julia Rogers, 2015 South Bay Teen Idol winner, is slated to perform at Tuesday’s “Arts Razzle-Dazzle” at Bus Barn Theater.

Los Altos Stage Company shines a spotlight on the performing arts in the community with its “Arts Razzle-Dazzle,” scheduled 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

The show will feature musical performances by Blach Intermediate School’s boys and girls choirs, fifth-graders from Bullis Charter School, Mountain View High School graduate and USC music student Clint Blakely, Mountain View High junior and 2015 South Bay Teen Idol winner Julia Rogers, the cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s upcoming “Bat Boy: The Musical” and the 2015 Los Altos “Follies” cast.

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.

Musical is up to 'Bat' at Bus Barn Theater

Los Altos Stage Company concludes its 20th season with the Off-Broadway hit “Bat Boy: The Musical,” scheduled Thursday through June 25 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

“Bat Boy” – with book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming, and music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe – won the 2001 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical. Inspired by tabloid headlines, it is a comedy/horror show about a half-boy/half-bat creature discovered in a cave. With a beat-driven rock score that pays homage to the rock musicals of the late ’60s and early ’70s, the play provides a theatrical metaphor for the dangers of prejudice, intolerance and provincialism.

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 Slices' cuts off Sunday in MV

Pear Theatre’s “Pear Slices 2016,” its annual celebration of one-act plays by local playwrights, is slated to close Sunday in Mountain View.

“Pear Slices” is presented as two alternating evenings of seven plays each. Audiences can see one set (Slate A or Slate B) or all 14.

'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.

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.

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.

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.”

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