TheatreWorks adds 'Steps'


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The cast of TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s “The 39 Steps” includes, clockwise from upper left, Annie Abrams, Lance Gardner, Cassidy Brown and Ron Campbell.

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s production of “The 39 Steps” has been extended through Sept. 22 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

“Steps” began as an adventure novel published in 1915 by John Buchan. Alfred Hitchcock adapted the novel for film in 1935.

'Admissions' continues at LA's Bus Barn Theater

Los Altos Stage Company’s West Coast premiere of “Admissions,” a new play that explores the ideals and contradictions of liberal white America, opened last week and is set to run through Sept. 29 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

Joshua Harmon’s creation won the 2018 Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for Best Play. It follows Bill and Sherri, the white, progressive-and-proud headmaster and dean of admissions, respectively, at Hillcrest, a mid-tiered New Hampshire boarding school. Over the last 15 years, they’ve worked to diversify the school’s mostly white population. But when their high-achieving son’s Ivy League dreams are jeopardized, the family’s reaction blasts open a deep rift between their public values and private decisions.

Wise Owl Players stages Davis' 'Deleted.'


Courtesy of Enid Davis
The Wise Owl Players take part in a recent rehearsal. The 50-and-over acting troupe’s next production – titled “Deleted.” – is slated to run Saturday and Sunday in downtown Mountain View.

The Wise Owl Players is set to present “Deleted.” Saturday and Sunday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Written by Los Altos resident and former children’s librarian Enid Davis, “Deleted.” details the lives of fictional characters deleted from their authors’ manuscripts. The abandoned figures come together in an emotional support group, resulting in a comedic murder-mystery tale.

PA Players kicks off season with 'Bright Star'


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Palo Alto Players’ “Bright Star” – featuring Elizabeth Santana and Frankie Mulcahy – opens the 2019-2020 season this week.

Palo Alto Players’ artistic director Patrick Klein recently unveiled the five plays scheduled for the theater company’s 2019-2020 season, slated to start this week.

The season, titled “If You Knew My Story,” consists of “Bright Star,” “A Christmas Story: The Musical,” “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” “Matilda the Musical” and “An Act of God.”

TheatreWorks' 'Steps' marches on at downtown Mountain View venue


 

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s production of “The 39 Steps” is set to run through Sept. 15 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

“Steps” began as an adventure novel published in 1915 by John Buchan. Alfred Hitchcock adapted the novel for film in 1935. TheatreWorks’ spoof of the silver-screen classic hurtles a notorious fugitive and a breathtaking blonde from a London music hall to Scotland’s most remote highlands, crawling with devious spies. With a mysteriously murdered agent, a wicked plot to destroy England and a race against the clock to stop it, this show is a tribute to the master’s most beloved films.

Pear Theatre goes 'Wilde' for two more weeks


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Kelsey Tresemer plays Mrs. Cheveley in Pear Theatre’s production of “An Ideal Husband.” The play runs through Sept. 15 in Mountain View.

Pear Theatre’s 2019-2020 season opener, Oscar Wilde’s “An Ideal Husband,” is scheduled to run through Sept. 15 in Mountain View.

“Anyone coming to see this show can expect an entertaining evening full of gorgeous period costumes and customs and the eloquence and wit for which Oscar Wilde is famous,” director Jenny Hollingworth said. “But underneath this glittering surface is a surprisingly serious – and timeless – plea for tolerance and understanding. The exciting challenge for me as director is to make sure that the message is heard even as audience members leave the theater laughing.”


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