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West Bay Opera production of 'Il Trovatore' previews Thursday; opens Oct. 17 in PA

West Bay Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore” (“The Troubadour”) is set to preview Thursday and open next week in Palo Alto.

The preview with piano is slated 8 p.m. at Avenidas, 450 Bryant St. Regular performances are set for 8 p.m. Oct. 17 and 25, and 2 p.m. Oct. 19 and 26 at Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road.


'Gypsy' on its way out

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Alison Koch of Los Altos plays Dainty June in “Gypsy.”

This is the final weekend to catch the Sunnyvale Community Players production of “Gypsy” at the Sunnyvale Theatre. The musical is slated to close Sunday afternoon.

“Gypsy”– with book by Arthur Laurents, music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim – opens the company’s 45th season.


'House' and 'Garden' end Sunday

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of two interlocking comedies by Alan Ayckbourn – “House” and “Garden” – are scheduled to close Sunday in Mountain View.

Although the plays are separate, they are performed simultaneously – one cast performs in both shows in two theaters at the same time. The 14 actors travel back and forth, performing in “House,” then racing to enter and play a scene in “Garden,” and vice versa.


Los Altos Follies returns; benefit runs Thursday through Saturday

The Los Altos Follies – the annual benefit for Los Altos Stage Company that pokes fun at local and national politics – is scheduled 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

Tickets are $60 Thursday and $100 Friday and Saturday (includes reception).


Pear builds wonderful 'House'

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Betsy Kruse Craig portrays Trish in the Pear Avenue Theatre production of “House,” which closes Oct. 5.

Mountain View’s Pear Avenue Theatre is staging an unusual theater-going experience – producing two plays simultaneously – and I recommend that you don’t miss it.


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