Stepping Out

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.


Opera singers perform benefit recital Saturday night in Palo Alto

Opera singers Marie Plette and Malin Fritz are slated to perform a benefit recital titled “Celestial Voices” 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston Road.

American soprano Plette has performed at major opera houses in North America and Europe, portraying Cio-Cio-San in “Madama Butterfly,” Love Simpson in “Cold Sassy Tree” and the Countess in “Le nozze di Figaro.”


Reiser rises at JCC

Actor, writer and producer Paul Reiser is scheduled to perform an evening of standup comedy 7:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in the Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

Co-creator and star of the long-running NBC sitcom “Mad About You” – which garnered him multiple Emmy, Golden Globe, American Comedy Awards and Screen Actors Guild nominations – Reiser returned to television last year in the FX series “Married.”


'Shaping' up: Mountain View native part of dance ensemble performing at De Anza

Courtesy of Shaping Sound
Dancer Nick Lazzarini, a graduate of Blach Intermediate School, performs with Shaping Sound Sunday at Flint Center.

Shaping Sound, a new dance ensemble that features Mountain View native Nick Lazzarini, is slated to perform 3 p.m. Sunday at De Anza College’s Flint Center, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino.

Lazzarini, who attended Springer elementary and Blach Intermediate schools, was the winner of the first season of Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance.” He has performed at the Emmy Awards and onstage with Adele, Kelly Clarkson and Florence and the Machine.


'Witch' way to Bus Barn?: Theater houses LAYT production of Lewis classic

Courtesy of Patricia Files
The cast of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” includes, from left, Ellen Schwartz (as Lucy), Skye Riordan (Peter), Sanjana Shankar (Susan) and Shir Ben-Zeev (Edmund).

Los Altos Youth Theatre’s production of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” opened last week and is scheduled to run through Nov. 1 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

Emily Jordan directs the play, adapted by Joseph Robinette from the fantasy novel by C.S. Lewis.


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