Pear's 'What You Will' continues in Mountain View

Stanford center's free 'Summer Jazz' series runs through Aug. 24

Remix finds new fun in beloved language

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Tender harassments play on power and desire in “What You Will.”

A character’s admonition to “make not your thoughts your prisons” elegantly echoes the conceptual freedoms found in Pear Theatre’s new play, “What You Will.”

Cleopatra once said those words to Caesar, but in local playwright Max Gutmann’s reimagining, the language becomes untethered and original. His comedy, playing in Mountain View through July 16, uses only text from Shakespeare’s own canon – but creates something new.

TheatreWorks extends Felder's 'Beethoven' for another week in downtown Mtn. View

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Hershey Felder plays Beethoven in his one-man show.

Due to its success at the box office, TheatreWorks has extended “Hershey Felder, Beethoven” through July 9 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Halfway into its run, Canadian pianist Hershey Felder’s one-man show set an all-time box office record for the 48-year-old Bay Area theater company. As of June 21, “Beethoven” had grossed approximately $820,000, according to TheatreWorks officials.

PA Players' 'Graduate' continues through July 2

Palo Alto Players’ stage adaptation of the popular 1960s film “The Graduate” is scheduled to run through July 2 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

In the novel turned Academy Award-winning film, recent college graduate Benjamin has excellent grades, proud parents and, since he helped Mrs. Robinson with her zipper, a fine future behind him.

'What You Will' plays with a 'travesty' of Shakespeare's words

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The cast of Pear Theatre’s “What You Will” includes, from left, Dan Wilson, Jim Johnson and LeighAnn Cannon.

Shakespeare’s words take on new and audacious life Thursday at the Pear Theatre in Mountain View, when local playwright Max Gutmann’s “What You Will” is slated to make its world premiere.

In a feat of technology and imagination, Gutmann has crafted an original comedy in the spirit of The Bard – with obligatory plot elements of kidnapping, disguise and adultery – and he has done it using only text from Shakespeare’s own canon.

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