Fri05292015

Stepping Out

LA Stage Co. goes to 'town'


courtesy of Los Altos Stage Company
The Los Altos Stage Company production of “Urinetown: The Musical” opens this weekend.

The Los Altos Stage Company caps its 19th season with the musical comedy “Urinetown: The Musical,” scheduled to preview Thursday, open Friday and run through June 27 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

The Tony Award-winning “Urinetown” is a humorous and cynical view of society, sustainability, capitalism and government. The musical tells the story of a futurist Gothamlike city plagued by a 20-year drought. As a result, the government has banned private bathrooms and the citizens must use pay toilets regulated by a monopolistic company. A custodian at the poorest urinal in town decides that enough is enough and, with the help of the townspeople, leads a rebellion with a surprising ending.

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Seuss is on the loose in Los Altos; cellists to reinterpret book to music

The San Francisco Cello Quartet is scheduled to perform 7 p.m. Saturday at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

The quartet includes Los Altos resident Sarah Hong, Vicky Wang, Amy Hsieh and Jihee Kim.

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Singer Whitfield to perform benefit concert Sunday at Bus Barn Theater

Cabaret singer Wesla Whitfield is scheduled to return to Bus Barn Theater 5 p.m. Sunday to perform a benefit concert for Los Altos Stage Company.

Whitfield’s husband – pianist and arranger Mike Greensill – and bass player Dean Reilly will accompany her. Whitfield’s set list includes numbers from the Great American Songbook.

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Bye bye 'Birds'


Ray Renati/Special to the Town Crier
“Birds of a Feather” stars Troy Johnson and Diane Tasca.

Pear Avenue Theatre’s world premiere of “Birds of a Feather” is set to run through Sunday 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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West Bay Opera's 'Faust' opens Friday night


Otak Jump/Special to the Town Crier
James Callon plays the titular role in West Bay Opera’s “Faust,” opening Friday in Palo Alto.

West Bay Opera’s new production of the French grand opera “Faust” is scheduled to open Friday and run through May 31 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Charles Gounod’s “Faust” – loosely based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s play – premiered in Paris in 1859. When Faust sells his soul to the devil in exchange for the chance to be young again, is he condemned to repeat his youthful mistakes?

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