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On Stage'Or Current Resident' staged reading
St. Mark's Thespians will put on a staged reading of a play by local Joan Bigwood called "Or Current Resident." As the play includes graphic language and images, it is most suitable for individuals high-school age and older. Oct. 26, 3-5 p.m. Free. Saint Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto.
On Stage'Il Trovatore'
West Bay Opera will stage a production of Giuseppe Verdi's masterpiece, "Il Trovatore," a gripping drama set in medieval Spain. Performances will include lavish costumes, video-enhanced sets and a cast with soprano Cynthia Clayton, tenor James Callon, baritone Krassen Karagiozov and mezzo-soprano Patrice Houston. Oct. 17, 19, 25 and 26, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. $40-$75. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
On Stage'Zoppe - An Italian Family Circus'
This one-ring circus held in an intimate 500-seat tent will feature Nino the clown, acrobatics, equestrian stunts and more, all woven into a central story. Tuesday-Sunday, Oct. 10-26, see website for specific showtimes. $10-$25. Circus Tent - Red Morton Park, 1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City.
Woodside Community Theatre will put on a production of the musical "Curtains," a mystery in which a detective investigates the mysterious death on stage of a musical's leading woman. Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 25-Nov. 2, Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. $15 child; $25 senior; $28 adult. Woodside Performing Arts Center, 199 Churchill Ave., Woodside.
On Stage'The Woman In Black'
Dragon Productions will stage a production of "The Woman In Black," an adaptation of Susan Hill's horror novella in which a traumatized man enlists a young actor to help exorcise the ghost of the Woman in Black. Oct. 10-Nov. 2, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $30. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.
On Stage'Sweeney Todd'
TheatreWorks will put on a production of the classic Stephen Sondheim musical "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," in which the titular hero takes revenge on a cruel judge with the help of meat-pie cooking Mrs. Lovett. Oct. 8-Nov. 2, see website for specific dates and times. $19-$74. Mountain View Center for Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
On Stage'Sherlock Who?'
For this Gala Fundraiser, the Lamplighters Gala will perform a spoof of Sherlock Holmes, in which the sleuth tries to track down a scandalous photo and ends up in the future. The event will also include a raffle, silent auction and champagne reception with the cast. Nov. 9, 4 p.m. $68-$83. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
On Stage'Urinetown: The Musical'
The Menlo School drama department will present "Urinetown: The Musical," a comedic musical satire with a hero, a villain and romance. Nov. 7 and 8, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 9, 2 p.m. $10 adult; $5 student. Menlo School, Florence Moore Auditorium, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.
On Stage'A Server of Two Masters'
In this production, Palo Alto High School students will update Carlo Goldoni's play "A Servant of Two Masters" with a story about a boy with empty pockets who arrives in Silicon Valley to find two unpaid internships. Nov. 6, 7, 13, 14 and 15, 7:30-9 p.m. $7-$10. Palo Alto High School, Haymarket Theatre, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
On Stage'Hay Fever'
Gunn High School students will put on a production of Noel Coward's comedy "Hay Fever," a play set in 1920s Britain about an eccentric family and their weekend guests. Nov. 7-15, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Prices vary. Gunn Studio Theater, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.
On Stage'Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse'
The Palo Alto Children's Theatre will put on a production of "Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse," which combines the antics of characters from three Kevin Henkes' tales. Performances last approximately one hour. See website for specific dates and times. Nov. 6-9 and 12-16, 2, 4:30 or 7 p.m. $12 child; $14 adult. Palo Alto Children's Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
On Stage'Anything Goes'
Broadway By The Bay will put on a production of "Anything Goes," the Cole Porter musical set on board the S.S. American featuring hits like "It's De-Lovely" and "I Get a Kick out of You." See website for specific dates, times and prices. Nov. 7-23. $42-$64. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City.
For its newest production, the Palo Alto Players will perform "Harvey," a classic comedy by Mary Chase about a man whose best friend is a six-foot, invisible rabbit. Nov. 7-23, Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. $18-$42. Lucie Stern Theater, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
On Stage'First-Person Shooter'
Foothill College will put on a production of "First-Person Shooter," a timely and intense play exploring the nature of the shooting incidents in today's headlines. The production includes coarse, adult language. Nov. 7-23, 7:30 p.m. $18 general; $14 student, senior; $10 Thursday show. Foothill College, Lohman Theatre, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
On StageGunn Choir/Staff Musical
Gunn High School will perform its annual choir/staff musical, an original production with comedy, dancing, costumes and energetic music. Feb. 4 and 5, 8 p.m. Tickets available beginning in January. Gunn High School, Spangenberg Theatre, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.