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CalPops wraps up season with comedy and mayhem


The California Pops Orchestra concludes its season with “Spies, Heroes, Comedy and Mayhem!,” a concert highlighting musical heroes and villains, gumshoes and gangsters, adventurers and sad sacks from the movies, Broadway, vaudeville, cartoons, radio and TV.

The performance is scheduled 3 p.m. Sunday in Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

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PYT’s ‘Mattress’ ends Sunday in MV

Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Once Upon a Mattress” – the musical retelling of the classic “Princess and the Pea” fairy tale – is slated to run through Sunday in downtown Mountain View.

Performances are scheduled 9:30 a.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

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'Those Darn Squirrels' invading Mountain View


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Noelle Merino stars in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Those Darn Squirrels.”

The Peninsula Youth Theatre’s world premiere adaptation of “Those Darn Squirrels” is scheduled Friday and Saturday on the SecondStage at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

The 40-minute play, part of PYT’s “Stories on Stage” series, features the troupe’s most experienced teen actors performing children’s fiction, fairy tales and poetry.

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PYT's comedic musical opens this weekend in Mtn. View


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The cast of Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Once Upon a Mattress” includes, from left, Sophia Graziani (of Los Altos) as Winnifred, Chris Gough (Sunnyvale) as the Prince and Reilly Arena (Palo Alto) as the Queen.

Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Once Upon a Mattress” – the musical retelling of the classic “Princess and the Pea” fairy tale – is slated to open Saturday and run through May 17 in downtown Mountain View.

With cursed King Sextimus unable to speak, his loudmouthed wife, Queen Aggravian, takes control of the kingdom. In an attempt to keep Prince Dauntless single, she decrees that only the potential princess who is able to pass the queen’s test may marry her son.

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LA Stage Company cries 'Woolf' for another 3 weeks at Bus Barn

The Los Altos Stage Company production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” is scheduled to run through May 3 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

Edward Albee’s Tony Award-winning play is a dark comedy about a couple embroiled in a marital war of words.

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'Addams Family' comes to eerie end Sunday


Joyce Goldschmid/Special to the Town Crier
The cast of “The Addams Family” includes, from left, Joey McDaniel (as Uncle Fester), Betsy Kruse Craig (Morticia Addams) and Doug Santana (Gomez Addams).

The Palo Alto Players production of “The Addams Family” is slated to close Sunday at the Luce Stern Theatre.

The musical comedy is based on the comic strip characters created by Charles Addams, which came to life in a 1960s TV series and again in the 1990s in two feature films.

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'Years at the Museum of American Heritage: A Retrospective' opens Friday

The new exhibition “25 Years at the Museum of American Heritage: A Retrospective” is scheduled to open Friday at the museum, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.

From opening its doors at the original Alma Street location to the museum’s current home on the Williams property on Homer Avenue, “Retrospective” highlights memorable exhibitions from the past 25 years.

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Pear Avenue Theatre's 'Feather' flies for three more weeks in MV

Pear Avenue Theatre’s world premiere of “Birds of a Feather” opened last week and is scheduled to run through May 24 in Mountain View.

The play is the third chapter in local playwright Paul Braverman’s trilogy featuring gin-soaked private eye Frankie Payne.

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TheatreWork's 'Fire' roars on at MVCPA


Courtesy of Kevin Berne
The cast of “Fire on the Mountain” includes, from left, Tony Marcus, Harvy Blanks, Molly Andrews and Robert Parsons. The musical runs through April 26 in Mountain View.

TheatreWorks presents the regional premiere of the musical “Fire on the Mountain,” slated to run through April 26 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

“Mountain” depicts the Appalachian culture and the spirit of the American work ethic, delving into the hardships of modern coal miners.

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'Birds' landing in Mtn. View


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The Pear Avenue Theatre production of Paul Braverman’s “Birds of a Feather” stars Troy Johnson as mafia boss Sean Kineen, left, and Diane Tasca as private eye Frankie Payne.

Pear Avenue Theatre’s world premiere of “Birds of a Feather” is scheduled to preview Thursday, open Friday and run through May 24 in Mountain View.

The play is the third chapter in local playwright Paul Braverman’s trilogy featuring gin-soaked private eye Frankie Payne.

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Yes, 'Virginia' opens this week in Los Altos


Chris Peoples/Special to the Town Crier
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” stars, from left, Sarah Benjamin (as Honey), Warren Wernick (Nick), Kristin Brownstone (Martha) and Tom Gough (George). The play opens this weekend at Bus Barn Theater.

The Los Altos Stage Company production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” is scheduled to preview Thursday, open Friday and run through May 3 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

Edward Albee’s Tony Award-winning play is a dark comedy about a couple embroiled in a marital war of words.

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'Woolf' winds down at Bus Barn; LA Stage Co. play closes Sunday

The Los Altos Stage Company production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” closes Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

Edward Albee’s Tony Award-winning play is a dark comedy about a couple embroiled in a marital war of words.

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'Fire' spreads in MV


Courtesy of Kevin Berne
The cast of “Fire on the Mountain” includes, from left, Tony Marcus, Harvy Blanks, Molly Andrews and Robert Parsons.

TheatreWorks presents the regional premiere of the musical “Fire on the Mountain,” which opened last weekend and is scheduled to run through April 26 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

“Mountain” depicts the Appalachian culture and the spirit of the American work ethic, delving into the hardships of modern coal miners.

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Stage fright


Joyce Goldschmid/Special to the Town Crier
“The Addams Family” stars, from left, Betsy Kruse Craig (as Morticia), Joey McDaniel (Uncle Fester) and Doug Santana (Gomez).

The Palo Alto Players production of “The Addams Family” is scheduled to open this weekend and run through May 10 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

The musical comedy is based on comic strip characters created by Charles Addams that later came to life in a TV series and two movies.

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'Fire' ignites in Mtn. View


Courtesy of Kevin Berne
The cast of “Fire on the Mountain,” includes, from left, Tony Marcus, Harvy Blanks, Molly Andrews and Robert Parsons.

TheatreWorks is slated to present the regional premiere of the musical “Fire on the Mountain” this week.

The production is scheduled to preview today through Friday, open Saturday and run through April 26 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

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LA Stage Co.'s 'Woolf' howls for 2 more weeks at Bus Barn

The Los Altos Stage Company production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” is scheduled to run through May 3 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

Edward Albee’s Tony Award-winning play is a dark comedy about a couple embroiled in a marital war of words.

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'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' Not LA Stage Company

The Los Altos Stage Company production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” is scheduled to open next week and run through May 3 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

Edward Albee’s Tony Award-winning play is a dark comedy about a couple embroiled in a marital war of words.

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TheatreWorks extinguishes 'Fire' Sunday

TheatreWorks’ regional premiere of the musical “Fire on the Mountain” is slated to close Sunday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

“Mountain” depicts the Appalachian culture and the spirit of the American work ethic, delving into the hardships of modern coal miners.

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Cal Pops performs Sunday at Foothill


Courtesy of Cal Pops
The Cal Pops trumpet section includes Dean Boysen, from left, Bob Runnels and Noel Weidkamp.

The California Pops Orchestra is scheduled to perform “Swing Time!” – a musical tour of Big Band hits from the 1930s to today – 3 p.m. Sunday at Foothill College’s Smithwick Theatre.

Conductor Kim Venaas leads the 65-piece orchestra, which will be joined by special guest the Black Tie Jazz Big Band.

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Sunnyvale Community Players unravel 'Mystery'

Sunnyvale Community Players closes its 45th season with “Mystery of Edwin Drood.”

The musical is set to run through Sunday at the Sunnyvale Theatre, 550 E. Remington Ave.

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TheatreWorks' 'Lake' dries up Sunday at Lucie Stern Theatre

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

Winner of the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Play, the drama offers a spicy menu of family secrets, sibling rivalry and surprising reconciliation. Pungent memories of tandoors and tikka masala linger in a shuttered Indian restaurant, where the owner’s grown children ponder the legacy of their family business, their father’s mysterious bookie and their suddenly entangled lives.

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