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'August' arrives


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Pear Theatre’s “August: Osage County” stars Betsy Kruse Craig, left, and Diane Tasca.

The Pear Theatre concludes its 14th season with “August: Osage County,” slated to run through July 10 at Pear Theatre’s new space at 1110 La Avenida St., Mountain View.

Tracy Letts’ dark comedy won a Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize in 2008. It is about an American family in which secrets and lies spill out over dysfunctional dinners and drug-laced arguments – nothing is sacred or safe.


LA Stage Company reveals lineup for 21st season

Los Altos Stage Company recently announced its lineup for its 21st season, scheduled September to June at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

The season’s lineup features two musicals and three plays.

LA Stage Company wings it


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The “Bat Boy” cast includes, from left, Tarif Pappu, Jen Wheatonfox and David Scott.

The 20th anniversary season of Los Altos Stage Company concludes with the Off-Broadway hit “Bat Boy: The Musical,” scheduled to run 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.

Pear Theatre's production of 'August' opens in June in Mtn. View

The Pear Theatre completes its 14th season with “August: Osage County,” scheduled to open Friday and run through July 10 at Pear Theatre’s new space at 1110 La Avenida St., Mountain View.

Tracy Letts’ dark comedy won a Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize in 2008. It is about an American family in which secrets and lies spill out over dysfunctional dinners and drug-laced arguments – nothing is sacred or safe.

'Autumn' arrives at TheatreWorks

TheatreWorks’ regional premiere of “The Velocity of Autumn” is scheduled to run through June 26 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Eric Coble’s play centers on Alexandra (Susan Greenhill), an octogenarian artist who barricades herself in her Brooklyn brownstone, booby-trapped with enough homemade bombs to take out the neighborhood. In a wry, spirited quest to “not go gentle” into a retirement home, she battles the fears of her family and the ravages of time, negotiating the terms of her future with long-estranged son Chris (Mark Anderson Phillips), who is battling his own problems.

PA Players' 'Vanya' concludes Sunday

Palo Alto Players is slated to perform Christopher Durang’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” through Sunday at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road.

The play centers on Vanya and his stepsister Sonia, who live together in the countryside and receive a surprise visit from Masha, their movie star sister. Masha brings her younger “boy-toy” Spike, and the household falls into chaos as insecurity, love and sibling rivalry take over.

PA Players opens 'Vanya' this weekend

Palo Alto Players is slated to perform Christopher Durang’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” Friday through June 26 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road.

The play combines themes from Chekhov’s works with a modern, comedy-filled atmosphere, featuring main characters Vanya and his stepsister Sonia, who live together in the countryside and receive a surprise visit from Masha, their movie star sister. Masha brings her younger “boy toy” Spike, and the household falls into chaos as insecurity, love and sibling rivalry take over.

Bye, bye 'Bat'


 

The 20th anniversary season of Los Altos Stage Company concludes with the Off-Broadway hit “Bat Boy: The Musical,” set to close Saturday 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.

'Bat' in the Barn


The 20th anniversary season of Los Altos Stage Company concludes with the Off-Broadway hit “Bat Boy: The Musical,” which opened last week and is scheduled to run through June 25 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

End of 'Autumn'


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Susan Greenhill and Mark Anderson Phillips star in “The Velocity of Autumn.”

TheatreWorks’ regional premiere of “The Velocity of Autumn” is slated to close Sunday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Written by Eric Coble, the play centers on Alexandra (Susan Greenhill), an octogenarian artist who barricades herself in her Brooklyn brownstone, booby-trapped with enough homemade bombs to take out the neighborhood. In a wry, spirited quest to “not go gentle” into a retirement home, she battles both the fears of her family and the ravages of time, negotiating the terms of her future with long-estranged son Chris (Mark Anderson Phillips), who is battling his own problems.

TheatreWorks stages explosive play in MV


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TheatreWorks’ regional premiere of Eric Coble’s “The Velocity of Autumn” stars Susan Greenhill and Mark Anderson Phillips.

TheatreWorks’ regional premiere of “The Velocity of Autumn” is scheduled to open this week and run through June 26 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Written by Eric Coble, the play centers on Alexandra (Susan Greenhill), an octogenarian artist who barricades herself in her Brooklyn brownstone, booby-trapped with enough homemade bombs to take out the neighborhood.

LA Stage Co. is all ears


courtesy of Los Altos Stage Company
The cast of “Bat Boy: The Musical” includes Tarif Pappu (as Bat Boy) and Sharon Lita (Shelly).

The 20th anniversary season of Los Altos Stage Company concludes with the Off-Broadway hit “Bat Boy: The Musical,” scheduled to run 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.

Foothill Symphonic Winds performs 'Music Sampler' Sunday in Palo Alto

The Foothill Symphonic Winds’ spring concert, “A Music Sampler,” is scheduled 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Part of its 35th anniversary season, the program features a range of works from the concert band repertoire. Selections include the familiar tunes of “My Fair Lady,” folk songs in Howard Cable’s “Banks of Newfoundland,” Beethoven’s “Egmont Overture,” Harry Alford’s “Purple Carnival” and Roger Nixon’s “Fiesta del Pacifico.”

'Something New in Sight & Sound' comes to CSMA in Mountain View

A new concept in classical performance is on the menu with “Something New in Sight and Sound,” a concert slated 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Community School of Music and Arts at Finn Center in Mountain View.

Bay Area musicians Justin Schrum, piano, and Hazel Keelan, violin, are scheduled to bring live music, digital art and new technology together to experiment in the experience of performer and audience alike. Members of the audience are invited to be creative entrepreneurs as real-time, active participants in the concert using Sensemo, the world’s first instant emotion feedback cloud. Schrum and Keelan have been exploring the relationship among music, digital art and color in preparing for the recital, and some of their performance will be accompanied by art created in the community in workshops held in recent months.

LA Stage Company's 'Arts Razzle-Dazzle' showcases local talent


Courtesy of Eileen Eng
Mountain View High junior Julia Rogers, 2015 South Bay Teen Idol winner, is slated to perform at Tuesday’s “Arts Razzle-Dazzle” at Bus Barn Theater.

Los Altos Stage Company shines a spotlight on the performing arts in the community with its “Arts Razzle-Dazzle,” scheduled 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

The show will feature musical performances by Blach Intermediate School’s boys and girls choirs, fifth-graders from Bullis Charter School, Mountain View High School graduate and USC music student Clint Blakely, Mountain View High junior and 2015 South Bay Teen Idol winner Julia Rogers, the cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s upcoming “Bat Boy: The Musical” and the 2015 Los Altos “Follies” cast.

PA Players' 'Vanya and Sonia' closes June 26 at Lucie Stern

Palo Alto Players is scheduled to perform Christopher Durang’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” through June 26 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road.

The play combines themes from Chekhov’s works with a modern, comedy-filled atmosphere.

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.

TheatreWorks' 'The Velocity of Autumn' continues in downtown Mountain View

TheatreWorks’ regional premiere of “The Velocity of Autumn” is scheduled to run through June 26 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Written by Eric Coble, the play centers on Alexandra (Susan Greenhill), an octogenarian artist who barricades herself in her Brooklyn brownstone, booby-trapped with enough homemade bombs to take out the neighborhood. In a wry, spirited quest to “not go gentle” into a retirement home, she battles both the fears of her family and the ravages of time, negotiating the terms of her future with long-estranged son Chris (Mark Anderson Phillips), who is battling his own problems.

'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.

Foothill has 'Appointment with Death'


Courtesy of Lori Thomas
The cast of Foothill College’s “Appointment with Death” includes Sean Okuniewicz and Kathryn Han, encountering the character Mrs. Boynton in this scene. The play by Agatha Christie is scheduled to run through Sunday in Los Altos Hills.

In celebration of what would have been author Agatha Christie’s 125th birthday, the Foothill College Theatre Arts Department presents the queen of crime’s “Appointment with Death.” The play opened last week and is slated to run through Sunday.

Performances are scheduled 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Lohman Theatre at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

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.

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