Pear shows off 'Wilde' side in season-opening comedy

Pear Theatre’s 2019-2020 season opens with Oscar Wilde’s “An Ideal Husband,” a comedy of virtue and moral inflexibility scheduled to run Thursday 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.”

Spoof 'Steps' to the stage: TheatreWorks play opens Saturday


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

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley continues its 50th anniversary season with the comedy “The 39 Steps,” slated to run today through Sept. 15 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

LA Stage Company's new season includes West Coast, South Bay premieres

Los Altos Stage Company recently unveiled its 25th anniversary season, scheduled to run September through June at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave. The 2019-2020 season features five productions.

The season begins with the West Coast premiere of Joshua Harmon’s “Admissions,” a new satire that explores the ideals and contradictions of liberal white America. Bill and Sherri – the white, progressive-and-proud headmaster and dean of admissions at a New England prep school – have worked for years to diversify the school’s mostly white population. But when their son’s Ivy League dreams are jeopardized, the family’s reaction exposes a deep rift between their public values and private decisions. Winner of the 2018 Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for Best Play, “Admissions” is set to run Sept. 5-29.

'Princess Wanted' closes PYT's summer series Friday night

Peninsula Youth Theatre’s annual Theatre in the Park series comes to a close with “Princess Wanted,” scheduled 6:30 p.m. Friday in downtown Mountain View.

The 45-minute-long play will be staged at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts’ outdoor ParkStage, adjacent to Pioneer Park. Admission is free.

TheatreWorks' annual New Works Festival runs through Sunday at Lucie Stern Theatre


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Special to the Town Crier Lynn Rosen’s “The Imperialists” is part of TheatreWorks’ New Works Festival.

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s annual New Works Festival opened last week and is slated to run through Sunday at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.

The event consists of the readings of several plays and musicals in their early stages of creation, as well as a Q&A “Meet the Artists” session with the creators of the works.

Annual play festival is in the 'Works'

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley has scheduled its annual New Works Festival Friday through Aug. 18 at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.

The event consists of the readings of several plays and musicals in their early stages of creation, as well as a Q&A “Meet the Artists” session with the creators of the works.


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