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Stepping Out

'Town' closes down


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Hope Cladwell (played by Krista Joy Serpa) and Bobby Strong (Lewis Rawlinson) get romantic during their duet in “Urinetown: The Musical.”

The Los Altos Stage Company production of “Urinetown: The Musical” is scheduled to close Saturday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave. The musical comedy caps the company’s 19th season.

The triple Tony Award-winning “Urinetown” provides 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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Pear's 'Arcadia' enters second week

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of “Arcadia” is scheduled to run through July 12 in Mountain View.

Tom Stoppard’s comedic play begins in 1809 on the estate of Sidley Park, where the garden is undergoing renovation to update it to the Gothic style – despite Lady Croom’s objections.

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Palo Alto Players production of 'Chinglish' concludes Sunday at Lucie Stern Theatre

The Palo Alto Players production of “Chinglish,” a new comedy about the misadventures of miscommunication, is slated to close Sunday at the Lucie Stern Theatre.

Written by Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang, the play bursts with linguistic and cultural confusions in a mash-up of English and Chinese.

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At this musical, there's no holding it in


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Urine Good Company’s staff – from left, Karyn Rondeau (as Penelope Pennywise), Daniel P. Wilson (Officer Lockstock), Todd Wright (Senator Fipp), Michael Weiland (Office Barrel) and Gary Landis (Caldwell B. Cladwell) – hops during “Don’t Be the Bunny” in Los Altos Stage Company’s “Urinetown: The Musical.”

If life were but a musical – at least this one – we’d be 16 years from pee-for-a-fee public toilets. So thank goodness we’re not wandering around Urinetown 20 years into a drought. It isn’t such a great place to be, but watching its inhabitants is a gas.

Los Altos Stage Company’s “Urinetown: The Musical,” scheduled to run through June 27, tells the story of a city so egregiously plagued by drought that private toilets have been banned – citizens may only use public pots regulated by the monopolistic Urine Good Company.

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Pear opens 'Arcadia' in Mtn. View

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of “Arcadia” is scheduled to preview Thursday, open Friday and run through July 12 in Mountain View.

Tom Stoppard’s comedic play begins in 1809 on the estate of Sidley Park, where the garden is undergoing renovation to update it to the Gothic style – despite Lady Croom’s objections. Septimus, tutor to the Crooms’ daughter Thomasina, is embroiled in sexual triangles and intrigue by turns amusing and deadly with guests on the estate, including Lady Croom’s brother, Captain Brice, and erstwhile poet Ezra Chater and Mrs. Chater.

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