'Rosetta' rocks on


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Sister Rosetta Tharpe (Michelle E. Jordan, left) and Marie Knight (Marissa Rudd) perform together in “Marie and Rosetta.”

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley presents the musical “Marie and Rosetta” through Sunday at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Developed at TheatreWorks’ 2015 New Works Festival by Lucille Lortel Award winner George Brant, “Marie and Rosetta” is based on the true story of musician Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who stirred up churchgoers in the morning and rocked the Cotton Club at night. She inspired Elvis Presley, Ray Charles and other famous singers on her way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Pear's 'Sojourn' continues run


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Drew Benjamin Jones and Lauren Domingo star in Pear Theatre’s “Sojourn.”

Pear Theatre’s world premiere of Evan Kokkila-Schumacher’s futuristic play “Sojourn” is set to run through April 7 in Mountain View.

Set in the later half of this century, “Sojourn” follows astronauts Nick and Deanna five years after they embark on a one-way mission into the cosmos aboard their vessel, Sojourn. As they journey farther from home, their ship provides the means for survival, but the mission itself and the isolation of space threaten to divide them.

Western Ballet's 'La Luna' set for this weekend in Mtn. View

Western Ballet’s spring show, “La Luna,” is scheduled this weekend in Mountain View.

The performance will feature artistic director Alexi Zubiria’s “Café Passáge,” along with noted choreographer Vicente Nebrada’s “Percussion for Six Men” and “La Luna,” which represents a ritualistic theme of the moon and the creation of its children.

'Aliens' lands in Mountain View Friday

Upstage Theater’s production of “The Aliens” is scheduled 7:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, SecondStage, 500 Castro St.

Written by Annie Baker, the drama tells the story of two men who pass their time behind a coffee shop in Vermont discussing poetry, music and wind farms, along with a lonely teenager who works at the shop.

Pear's 'Sojourn' lifts off in MV


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Drew Benjamin Jones and Laura Domingo star as two astronauts in Pear Theatre’s production of the futuristic play “Sojourn.”

Pear Theatre’s world premiere of Evan Kokkila-Schumacher’s futuristic play “Sojourn” opened last week and is scheduled to run through April 7 in Mountain View.

Set in the latter half of this century, “Sojourn” follows astronauts Nick and Deanna five years after they embark on a one-way mission into the cosmos aboard their vessel, Sojourn. As they journey farther from home, their ship provides the means for survival, but the mission itself and the isolation of space threaten to divide them.

LAYT conjures 'The Witches' for another week at Bus Barn

Los Altos Youth Theatre presents the West Coast premiere of Roald Dahl’s “The Witches,” with performances slated through Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

The scary tale is the story of a brave young boy and his Norwegian grandmother as they battle against England’s child-hating witches, who are holding a conference at an English seaside hotel. The boy is turned into a mouse, but with help from his loving grandmother, he manages to spoil the witches’ evil plot, saving England’s children from suffering the same fate.


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