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Los Altos Stage Company's 'Assassins' hits target with dark humor


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos Stage Company’s production of “Assassins” stars, from left, Chase Campbell as John Wilkes Booth, Ken Boswell as Charles Guiteau, and Andy Cooperfauss as Leon Czolgosz.

While “Assassins” opens with a number that promises “everybody’s got the right to be happy,” the characters in the Stephen Sondheim musical are anything but.

The Los Altos Stage Company production examines the lives of nine individuals who assassinated – or attempted to assassinate – a president of the United States. Despite the serious subject matter, the humor is dark and delightful. Those interested in politics and history should especially enjoy the show.


Singer who gained fame in Apple ad visits Palo Alto


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Singer-songwriter Yael Naïm is slated to perform Tuesday night at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto.

The Oshman Family Jewish Community Center presents internationally acclaimed French-Israeli singer-songwriter Yael Naïm in an intimate performance 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Schultz Cultural Arts Hall at the JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

Naïm rose to international prominence in 2008 after Steve Jobs handpicked her song “New Soul” to be featured in an Apple MacBook Air commercial. The global visibility of the commercial resulted in the single dominating three Billboard charts, making Naïm the first Israeli solo artist to score a top 10 hit in the United States and establishing her international following.

Pear Theatre's 'Guys' and 'Veils' continue in Mountain View

Mountain View’s Pear Theatre kicked off its 15th season by premiering a pair of two-person plays, “The Guys” and “Veils,” scheduled to run through Sept. 18.

“Guys,” set during the aftermath of 9/11 in New York, portrays the relationship between a journalist and the captain of the New York Fire Department as they prepare eulogies for eight firefighters lost in the collapse of the Twin Towers.

LA Stage Company takes aim at 'Assassins' Musical opens this week at Bus Barn


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “Assassins” features, from left, Todd Wright (as Samuel Byck), Andy Cooperfauss (Leon Czolgosz) and Chase Campbell (John Wilkes Booth).

Los Altos Stage Company is set to present “Assassins” Thursday through Sept. 25 at Bus Barn Theater.

Launching the company’s 21st season, the controversial Broadway musical weaves the tale of some of the most infamous characters from American history. It investigates the personalities behind nine individuals who assassinated – or attempted to assassinate – a president of the United States.

'Party' rages on in downtown Mtn. View

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley brings American audiences their first look at the London hit “The Life of the Party,” a celebration of songs by Andrew Lippa that opened last week.

The musical is slated to run through Sept. 18 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.


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