Stepping Out

New Works Festival runs through Sunday at PA's Lucie Stern

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Suzanne Bradbeer

TheatreWorks’ 14th annual New Works Festival opened last week and is scheduled to run through Sunday at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Gathering playwrights and composers from across the nation, the festival provides guests with opportunities to attend performances and readings of plays, offer their critiques and participate in panel discussions with artists.


MOAH's '25 Years' display runs through year

The exhibition “25 Years at the Museum of American Heritage: A Retrospective” has opened at MOAH, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.

From opening its doors at the original Alma Street location to MOAH’s current home on the Williams property on Homer Avenue, “Retrospective” highlights memorable exhibitions from the past 25 years.


Funny 'Forum'

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Foothill Music Theatre’s “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” features, from left, Tomas Theriot, Todd Wright, Mike Meadors and Ray D’Ambrosio.

Some plays are meant to be quite serious, while others are so silly that they require a total suspension of belief.

Foothill Music Theatre’s “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” falls squarely in the latter category – and is all the better for it.


Going out with a 'Bang'

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“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” stars, clockwise from top left, Alexander Sanchez, Sophia Sturiale, Deborah Rosengaus and Danny Martin.

Los Altos Stage Company and Los Altos Youth Theatre’s joint production of the family musical “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” is scheduled to close Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

The musical adventure – directed by Jillian Toby Cummings and including youth and adult actors – centers on a car that flies through the air and sails the seas.


'Woods' wraps up Sunday in MV

Peninsula Youth Theatre presents “Into the Woods,” slated to close Sunday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

The fairy tale follows the intertwining journeys of classical storybook characters as each seeks to fulfill a wish.


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