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TheatreWorks kicks off season with Bradbeer's 'Confederates'

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Maddie (Jessica Lynn Carroll, left), the daughter of a presidential candidate, is caught in the spotlight of journalists Stephanie (Tasha Lawrence) and Will (Richard Prioleau) in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s world premiere of “Confederates.”

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley launches its 47th season with Suzanne Bradbeer’s high-stakes political drama “Confederates,” scheduled to open Saturday and run through Aug. 7 at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.

The play centers on a dad running for president, a daughter with her own agenda and reporters looking for a scoop to make their own careers. It explores the voracious nature of contemporary media during a national campaign.

Pear Theatre’s searing ‘August’ thrills from up close

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Diane Tasca, center, Michael Champlin and Roneet Aliza Rahamim in Pear Theatre's "August: Osage County."

A domestic drama, set around the kitchen table, that includes a credit for fight choreography? Get excited – particularly given that in Pear Theatre’s intimate new black-box space, plates shatter and fists swing inches from the audience.

Pear's 'August' concludes Sunday in MV

al to the Town Crier Betsy Kruse Craig, left, and Diane Tasca star in Pear’s “August: Osage County.”

The Pear Theatre’s “August: Osage County” is scheduled to close Sunday at Pear Theatre’s new space at 1110 La Avenida St., Mountain View.

Tracy Letts’ dark comedy is about an American family in which secrets and lies spill out over dysfunctional dinners and drug-laced arguments.

PYT takes a stab at 'Sweeney Todd'

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Ryan Sammonds and Roxanne Couch star in “Sweeney Todd.”

Peninsula Youth Theatre is scheduled to perform Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” Thursday through Sunday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

“Sweeney Todd” tells the tale of a man who lost everything when wrongfully exiled from his home. However, when he returns, he is obsessed with getting revenge upon those who have wronged him. The musical won eight Tony Awards in 1979, including Best Musical.

The 'Doctor' is in

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Cory Cullinan, aka Doctor Noize, is a Los Altos native and former teacher at Pinewood School.

Although Los Altos native Cory Cullinan has toured the country, there’s still no place like home.

Professionally known as Doctor Noize, the children’s musician is scheduled to return to the Bay Area this month to perform two free shows in support of his new album, “Phineas McBoof Crashes the Symphony.”

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