LA Stage Co.'s 'Woods' continues

Los Altos Stage Company’s holiday-season musical “Into the Woods” opened last week and is slated to run Thursday through Dec. 23 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

Fractured fairy tales of a darker hue provide the context for “Woods,” which deconstructs stories by the Brothers Grimm. The main characters come from the classic fairy tales “Cinderella,” “Rapunzel,” “Jack and the Beanstalk” and “Little Red Riding Hood,” and are tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife and their quest to begin a family. While almost everyone is familiar with the traditional fairy-tale ending of “happily ever after,” “Woods” follows these stories even further to explore the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests.

'Santaland Diaries' returns to Foothill for three weeks

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley brings back “The Santaland Diaries,” which proved popular with audiences last year, for a three-week run at Foothill College.

The comedy is scheduled to preview today and Thursday, open Friday and run through Dec. 23.

The 'Shoe' must go on at PYT; play opens Friday in Mtn. View

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Liam Devenney plays an elf in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “The Elves and the Shoemaker.”

Peninsula Youth Theatre presents “The Elves and the Shoemaker,” the latest production in its Stories on Stage series, this weekend in Mountain View.

The world-premiere production – adapted from the classic folk tale especially for PYT by Karen Simpson Gardiner – is about two elves sent to help a poor shoemaker turn his luck around.

Pear strikes up 'Conversation'

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Susan Claassen portrays legendary Hollywood costume designer Edith Head.

Pear Theatre presents the Bay Area premiere of “A Conversation with Edith Head,” a production scheduled to run Friday through Dec. 16 in Mountain View.

The play stars Susan Claassen, an LA Stage Alliance-nominated actress and New Times winner for Best Actress. Claassen and Paddy Calistro wrote the play, based on the book “Edith Head’s Hollywood.” Calistro co-authored Head’s authorized posthumous autobiography.

Western Ballet's 'Nutcracker' opens in Mtn. View

Western Ballet is slated to perform “The Nutcracker” this weekend in Mountain View.

The story centers on Clara, whose nutcracker doll comes to life, and the young girl’s visit to the Kingdom of Sweets.

Holiday harp concert set for Saturday at Los Altos United Methodist Church

Harpeggio Music’s “20 Harps for the Holidays Concert” is scheduled 4 p.m. Saturday at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

The program features Harpeggio’s studio ensemble of more than 20 harps playing a festive selection of music, including traditional carols and holiday favorites.

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