Stepping Out

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.


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.


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.


LA Stage Company goes with the flow

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The Los Altos Stage Company production of “Urinetown: The Musical” runs through June 27 at Bus Barn Theater in Los Altos.

The Los Altos Stage Company caps its 19th season with the musical comedy “Urine- town: The Musical,” scheduled to run through June 27 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

The triple Tony Award-winning “Urinetown” is a humorous and cynical view of society, sustainability, capitalism and government.


Kushner's award-winning 'Angels' closes Sunday at Foothill College

The Foothill Theatre Arts Department’s production of Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America” is scheduled to run through Sunday in the Lohman Theatre at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

The AIDS epidemic and the era of Ronald Reagan provide the framework for the compelling drama, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play.


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