Stepping Out

The curtains come down on three plays this Sunday


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The cast of TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s “Archduke” includes, from left, Adam Shonkwiler, Scott Coopwood, Stephen Stocking, Luisa Sermol and Jeremy Kahn. The play is set to close Sunday night in Mountain View.

Special to the Town Crier

The end of June signifies the end of the run for three local plays, all scheduled to close Sunday.

A rundown of what’s ending and where follows.

‘Archduke’

The TheatreWorks Silicon Valley production of “Archduke” closes Sunday evening at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph, it tells the story of three luckless insurgents who become embroiled in the 1914 assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, unknowingly catalyzing World War I.

Giovanna Sardelli, TheatreWorks’ director of New Works, directs “Archduke.” Sardelli directed “Finks” in 2018 and the “Velocity of Autumn” in 2016, among other productions.

Featured members of the cast include Stephen Stocking (as Gavrilo), Adam Shonkwiler (Nedeljko) and Jeremy Kahn (Trifko) as the three central characters. Other cast members include Scott Coopwood (Apis) and Luisa Sermol (Sladjana).

Performances are slated 2 and 7:30 p.m. today, 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $40-$100.

For tickets and more information, call 463-1960 or visit theatreworks.org.

‘Present Laughter’

Pear Theatre’s season concludes with Noel Coward’s “Present Laughter,” a comedy about show business slated to run through Sunday afternoon in Mountain View.

First produced in 1942 with Coward in the leading role, “Laughter” is replete with seductions, suspicions, adulteries, blackmail and everyone doing whatever seems necessary to assure fame and fortune for themselves and their loved ones.

The play centers on famous actor Garry Essendine as he balances his young admirer-turned-lover Daphne Stillington, his ex-wife and confidante Liz and his manager Morris (who may possibly be having an affair with the wife of Garry’s producer). Adding to the chaos: a young playwright is hounding Garry for a critique of his new play; Garry’s producer’s wife attempts to seduce him; and Lady Saltburn is insisting Garry make good on his pledge to audition her niece (who turns out to be all too familiar).

Walter M. Mayes directs a large cast featuring Charles Woodson Parker (as Garry Essendine) and Kristin Walter (Liz Essendine, and also includes Caitlin Lawrence Papp (Monica Reed). Monica Cappuccini (Miss Erikson), Jenni Chapman (Daphne Stillington), David Boyll (Hugo Lyppiatt), John Stephen King (Morris Dixon), Alex Draa (Roland Maule), Damaris Divito (Joanna Lyppiatt), Tyler Pardini (Fred) and Barbara Heninger (Lady Saltburn).

Performances are scheduled 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Pear Theatre, 1110 La Avenida St.

Tickets are $15-$35.

For tickets and more information, call 254-1148 or visit thepear.org.

‘One Man, Two Guvnors’

Palo Alto Players closes its season with the British farce “One Man, Two Guvnors,” set to run through Sunday afternoon at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.

Richard Bean’s comedy is a mash-up of mistaken identities, slapstick and song based on the “The Servant of Two Masters.”

“One Man” was a hit in London and New York and made a star of British actor James Corden.

Set in swinging 1960s England, “One Man” follows recently fired and desperately hungry Francis Henshall, who finds himself employed by small-time gangster Roscoe Crabbe.

However, confusion ensues as it is revealed that Roscoe is actually Rachel, his sister, who is in love with Roscoe’s killer Stanley Stubbers – Francis’ other “guv- nor.” Francis goes out of his way to serve both bosses, but with the distractions of a pneumatic bookkeeper, a self-important actor, select members of the criminal fraternity and his own mammoth appetite to contend with, how long can he keep them apart?

The cast of 11 includes Doug Santana (as Francis Henshall), Katie O’Bryon Champlin (Rachel Crabbe) and Brad Satterwhite (Stanley Stubbers).

Performance are slated 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. The Lucie Stern Theatre is located at 1305 Middlefield Road.

Tickets are $25-$52.

For tickets and more information, call 329-0891 or visit paplayers.org. STEPPING OUTThe curtains come down on three plays this SundayThe cast of TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s “Archduke” includes, from left, Adam Shonkwiler, Scott Coopwood, Stephen Stocking, Luisa Sermol and Jeremy Kahn. The play is set to close Sunday night in Mountain View.

Kevin Berne/ Special to the Town Crier

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