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PA Players offers 'Dinner' through July 1 in PA

Palo Alto Players concludes its 2017-2018 season with the American comedy “The Man Who Came to Dinner” by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman. Performances are scheduled Friday through July 1 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Set in the 1930s, the show follows radio personality Sheridan Whiteside, who falls and injures himself outside the Stanley residence. As he recuperates, Sheridan wreaks havoc on the lives of everyone he comes into contact with. He invites ex-convicts to meals, makes phone calls resulting in a $784 bill, puts penguins in the library, has an octopus live in the cellar and allows 10,000 cockroaches to take over the kitchen.

Patrick Klein directs the show, which stars Gunn High School drama teacher James Shelby as Sheridan. The other cast members are also Bay Area actors, predominantly Gunn staff and alumni.

Performances are slated 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays.

Special events include a reception with drinks, appetizers and opportunities to meet the cast Saturday, a cast talkback with the director and cast June 21 and a designer talkback with the design team June 24. All events are set to occur after the performances. The reception is free with a ticket to that evening’s show; the talkback series is free with a ticket to any performance.

Tickets are $25-$52, with discounts available for seniors, educators, children, students, large groups (10 or more) and military members.

For tickets and more information, call 329-0891 or visit

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