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Musical is up to 'Bat' at Bus Barn Theater

Los Altos Stage Company concludes its 20th season with the Off-Broadway hit “Bat Boy: The Musical,” scheduled Thursday through June 25 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

“Bat Boy” – with book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming, and music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe – won the 2001 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical. Inspired by tabloid headlines, it is a comedy/horror show about a half-boy/half-bat creature discovered in a cave. With a beat-driven rock score that pays homage to the rock musicals of the late ’60s and early ’70s, the play provides a theatrical metaphor for the dangers of prejudice, intolerance and provincialism.

'Pear Slices' cuts off Sunday in MV

Pear Theatre’s “Pear Slices 2016,” its annual celebration of one-act plays by local playwrights, is slated to close Sunday in Mountain View.

“Pear Slices” is presented as two alternating evenings of seven plays each. Audiences can see one set (Slate A or Slate B) or all 14.

Sayonara, 'Seussical'

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The cast of “Seussical” includes, from left, Lena Wessel (of Mountain View) as Thing 2, Quincy Shaindlin (San Mateo) as Cat in the Hat and Megan Branstad (Los Altos) as Thing 1.

The Peninsula Youth Theatre production of “Seussical” is set to run through Sunday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

This musical pastiche of stories by Theodor Geisel – better known as “Dr. Seuss” – centers on big-hearted Horton, who sticks up for the downtrodden, microscopic Whos and a defenseless egg, dreaming of a world where all creatures great and small can live in peace and equality.

This year's 'Pear Slices' production features 14 one-act plays in Mtn. View

Pear Theatre continues its season with “Pear Slices 2016,” the 13th installment of its celebration of short plays by local playwrights. It is scheduled to run through May 29 in Mountain View.

As befits the Pear’s new and larger space, “Pear Slices” will be nearly twice its usual size – presented as two alternating evenings of seven plays each. Each performance slate is independent, and audiences can choose to see one set of plays (Slate A or Slate B) or all 14. A Saturday matinee has been added this year for patrons who prefer to see all 14 plays within 24 hours.

Singer-songwriter Vega to perform benefit concert Sunday in Palo Alto

Singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega is the featured performer at the annual Arts Bravura Benefit Concert, scheduled 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center’s Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

Vega’s first album, released in 1985, sold 2 million copies worldwide. Her biggest hits include “Luka” (nominated for a Grammy Award in 1987), “Tom’s Diner” and “Left of Center.”

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