'Fidelio' breaks out at West Bay Opera


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Brent Turner, left, and Meredith Mecum star in West Bay Opera’s “Fidelio.” The production is slated to open Feb. 16 in Palo Alto.

The West Bay Opera production of Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Fidelio” is scheduled to open next week in Palo Alto, with a free preview slated Thursday.

Based on a play by Jean-Nicolas Bouilly, Beethoven’s only opera is an ode to freedom and the power of the human spirit – and a reminder that a single person can make a difference.

'Project' comes to a close Sunday in Palo Alto


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Josiah Frampton, from left, Jeff Clarke and Roneet Aliza Rahamim star in the Palo Alto Players production of “The Laramie Project.”

The Palo Alto Players production of “The Laramie Project” is set to close Sunday.

Written by Moises Kaufman and members of New York City’s Tectonic Theater Project, the play is based on a true story, demonstrating how the power of the human spirit can triumph over bigotry and violence.

Pear's 'Road' rolls on in MV

Pear Theatre’s production of “The Road to Mecca” is scheduled to run through Feb. 11 in Mountain View.

Written by Athol Fugard, “Mecca” is the story of age and youth, passion and propriety.

Felder plays on


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Piano virtuoso Hershey Felder portrays composer Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in the Bay Area premiere of “Our Great Tchaikovsky,” presented by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley through through Feb. 11 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

Piano virtuoso Hershey Felder stars in “Our Great Tchaikovsky,” scheduled to run through Feb. 11 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, MainStage, 500 Castro St.

Felder portrays Russian composer Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, whose works include “Swan Lake,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “The Nutcracker” and “1812 Overture.”

LA Stage Company's '1984' enters 2nd week at Bus Barn


 

Los Altos Stage Company’s adaptation of George Orwell’s “1984,” considered one of the 20th century’s most important works of literature, opened last week and is scheduled to run through Feb. 18 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

Adapted by local playwright Michael Gene Sullivan, “1984” follows Winston Smith, who lives in a world perpetually at war with unseen forces. Personal electronic devices are used to spy on the populace, and facts are manipulated or simply erased.

PA Players' 'Laramie Project' follows fallout from hate crime

The Palo Alto Players production of “The Laramie Project” is slated to run through Feb. 4.

Written by Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project, the play is based on a true story, demonstrating how the power of the human spirit can triumph over bigotry and violence.


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