Stepping Out

'Cat' closes Sunday at Bus Barn

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Robert Sean Campbell, front, plays Brick and John Baldwin portrays Big Daddy in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”

The Los Altos Stage Company production of Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” is scheduled to close Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

A southern tale of greed, lies, desire, repression, death and decay, the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama is widely acknowledged as the playwright’s personal favorite.


PA Philharmonic performs Saturday at First Congregational Church

The Palo Alto Philharmonic has scheduled its third concert of the season 8 p.m. Saturday at First Congregational Church of Palo Alto, 1985 Louis Road.

The event will feature solo organist Joe Guthrie and violin soloist Jennifer Tzeng. Guthrie is the church organist and assistant music director and pianist for Beach Blanket Babylon Productions. Guthrie will play works by Francis Poulenc and Camille Saint-Saëns; Tzeng will play “Chaccone” by Tomaso Antonio Vitali.


'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' sizzles in Los Altos

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Robert Sean Campbell and Patricia Pitpitan star in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”

The Los Altos Stage Company actors and staff acquit themselves admirably in the stage production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” scheduled to run through Feb. 16 at Bus Barn Theater.

Many of us remember the movie version of Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play, which starred Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman. The script for the movie was toned down to conform to the moral standards of the time. The play has since been updated and acknowledges its homosexual themes.


West Bay previews opera Thursday in PA

West Bay Opera has scheduled a free preview of “L’elisir d’amore” 8 p.m. Thursday at Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.

Sung in Italian with English titles, “L’elisir d’amore” (“The Elixir of Love”) is a new production of Gaetano Donizetti’s comic opera.


'Silent Sky' to close Sunday in Mtn. View

TheatreWorks’ regional premiere of Lauren Gunderson’s “Silent Sky” is scheduled to close Sunday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

A blend of science, history and romance, the bio-drama tells the story of Henrietta Leavitt, an early 20th-century woman who made startling discoveries in the man’s world of astronomy.


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