'Bridges of Madison County' musical closes Sunday evening in Mtn. View


TheatreWorks’ production of the Tony Award-winning musical romance “The Bridges of Madison County” is set to close Sunday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

Based on the novel by Robert James Waller, the musical is set amid the cornfields of Iowa in 1965. It follows the unexpected affair of a devoted Italian-born housewife and a roving National Geographic photographer over four days. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Marsha Norman wrote the adaptation, which features music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown.

Broken Box stages one-act plays this weekend at Los Altos High

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Los Altos residents Rachel Small, left, and Reese Toomre play Dorothy and Toto, respectively, in the Broken Box production of “When Bad Things Happen to Good Actors.”

Los Altos High School’s Broken Box Theatre Company is set to perform a pair of 45-minute comedic one-act plays this weekend at the Eagle Theater on campus.

In “The Day the Internet Died,” chaos ensues when citizens of the small town of Bloomington struggle to survive life without the internet.

LA Stage Company's 'Distracted' offers effective message of understanding youth

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CJ Aaronson, left, plays Jesse and Dana Cordelia Morgan is Mama in “Distracted.”

Los Altos Stage Company’s multimedia presentation of Lisa Loomer’s “Distracted” offers a relatable conundrum at the heart of its story: how to reach out to children with attitude and self-absorption problems.

Directed by Gary Landis, the play touches on serious societal issues, including why some teens physically harm themselves, their efforts to keep their wounds secret and their rationalizations if detected or if they confess to self-harm.

Boston Pops performs Friday night at Stanford

Stanford Live presents the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra in a concert slated 8 p.m. Friday in Stanford University’s Bing Concert Hall.

Conducted by Keith Lockhart, the Boston Pops will perform the music of U.S. film composer John Williams, including tracks from the movies “E.T.,” “Star Wars” and “Harry Potter.”

Schumann Quartet comes to PA for Music@Menlo debut

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The Schumann Quartet performs Friday.

Music@Menlo’s 2017–2018 Winter Series culminates in a varied program performed by the Schumann Quartet, scheduled 7:30 p.m. Friday in Palo Alto.

Making its Music@Menlo debut, the quartet is set to perform Haydn’s String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 76, No. 4, Sunrise; Bartok’s String Quartet No. 2, Op. 17; and Schumann’s String Quartet in F Major, Op. 41, No. 2.

LA Stage Co.'s 'Distracted' continues run at Bus Barn

The Los Altos Stage Company is slated to perform Lisa Loomer’s comedy “Distracted” through May 6 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

The play, which opened last week, follows 9-year-old Jesse as adults attempt to find out what is wrong with him. His teacher says he has ADHD; his dad says, “He’s just a boy”; and his mom is on a quest for answers. The show looks at the challenges of modern daily life, posing the question: Are we so tuned in to our 24/7, information-rich world that we’ve tuned out what really matters?

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