Pear's 'Abbey' continues in Mtn. View

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Leslie Ivy, left, and Damaris Divito star in Pear Theatre’s senior production of “Northanger Abbey.”

Pear Theatre’s “Northanger Abbey” – adapted by Pear founder Diane Tasca from the novel by Jane Austen – opened last week and is slated to run through Sept. 23 in Mountain View.

Pear is staging two productions of “Abbey” – one with a senior cast of adult actors and the other with a junior cast featuring members of Pear Seeds, the company’s new youth theater program.

'Legend' lands in LA

Los Altos Stage Company kicks off its 2018-2019 season with the South Bay premiere of Matthew Lopez’s “The Legend of Georgia McBride,” scheduled to preview Thursday, open Friday and run through Sept. 30 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

Considered a stark contrast to other works in the award-winning playwright’s repertoire, “Legend” is a 90-minute comedy about showbiz that premiered in 2015 at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. It has since been produced at major theaters throughout the nation.

PA Players takes on "Tarzan"

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Palo Alto Players’ production of “Tarzan” features Jessica LaFever as Jane and Jimmy Mason in the title role.

Palo Alto Players swings into its 2018-2019 season with “Tarzan,” the musical adventure based on the Disney animated film and Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic novel, “Tarzan of the Apes.”

Performances are scheduled Friday through Sept. 23 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Youth troupe stages 'Abbey' at Pear Theatre

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The junior cast of Pear Theatre’s “Northanger Abbey” includes, from left, Jehan Rasmussen, Aeryn Taylor and Lauren Krieger.

A newly formed youth ensemble at Mountain View’s Pear Theatre is mounting a theatrical production of “Northanger Abbey,” the first of Jane Austen’s novels. The junior show, slated to open Sept. 5, runs in repertory with the senior production set to open this week.

Pear’s junior production places Austen’s story in the hands of people the age of her characters themselves – many of them, in fact, a few years younger. “Abbey” is a satirical coming-of-age story about a naive heroine who discovers that the real world does not operate quite as thrillingly as the world of her gothic novels.

Artist collective DVDance performs Saturday night

The artist collective DVDance is slated to perform 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, SecondStage, 500 Castro St.

Performers include Christine Herrera from Los Gatos Ballet and dancers from Los Cabos, Mexico, along with Michel Ashley Chord and his fusion of ballet and modern dance.

Versatile pianist Williams entertains Sunday evening

A performance by pianist/singer Gina Williams titled “Summer Classics: New Classical Music & More for the Soul” is scheduled 3:30 p.m. Sunday on the SecondStage at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

The first half-hour will feature Williams’ music for solo piano; the second half-hour will focus on music from albums she has released in a singer/songwriter format and include hits by Whitney Houston and Etta James.

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