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Summer Stage Preview

avenue q Halsey Varady and David Corris star in San Jose Stage Company's summer production, "Avenue Q." Photograph by Dave Lepori

Arclight Repertory Theater

Theatre on San Pedro Square, 29 N. San Pedro St, San Jose; $15/$25. Brown Paper Tickets 800.838.3006

Shakespeare on the Square Festival —Arclight performs the romantic comedy with a twist: the action takes place at Mission San Jose, circa 1844. Thu–Sat, 8pm, Sat–Sun, 2pm. Runs through June 4.

Broadway by the Bay

Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City; $24–$50. 650.579.5565

The Music Man —This is what happens when schools starting cutting band classes. Thu–Sat, 8pm, Sun, 2pm. Runs July 14–31.

Broadway San Jose

San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd, San Jose; $20–$69; 408.792.4111

Mamma Mia!—June 7–12.

Broadway West Theatre Company

4000–B Bay St, Fremont; $15–$23. 510.683.9218

Hay Fever—The Noel Coward romantic battle of wits. Thu–Sat, 8pm, Sun, 1pm. Runs thru June 11.

Bus Barn Stage Company

Bus Barn Theatre, 97 Hillview Ave, Los Altos; $15–$32. 650.941.0551.

Moon Over Buffalo—A backstage company about a tour of the sticks. Wed–Sat, 8pm, Sun 3 or 7pm. Runs through June 18.

California Theatre Center

Four productions in repertory. Sunnyvale Community Center, 550 E. Remington Dr, Sunnyvale; $10–$25; 408.720.0873.

Around the World in 80 Days—June 2–July 22.

The Servant of Two Masters—June 9–July 23.

Agatha Christie's Black Coffee—June 23–July 24.

The Emperor's New Clothes—June 4–June 25.

Children's Musical Theater of San Jose

Montgomery Theater, 271 S. Market St, San Jose; see www.cmtsj.org for ticket info; 21–$23. 408.288.5437.

The Wiz—A Rising Stars production. July 15–24.

Rugrats: A Live Adventure!—Aug 5–8.

Aida—A Mainstage production of the Elton John and Time Rice musical. July 29–Aug. 7.

The Velveteen Rabbit—A Rising Stars production. Aug. 11–14.

City Lights Theater Company

529 S. Second St, San Jose; $15–$35. 408.295.4200.

Distracted—Thu–Sat, 8pm, Sun, 2 or 7pm. Runs through June 19.

Nine—The musical version of the Fellini movie. Wed–Sat, 8pm, Sun 2 or 7pm. Runs July 21–Aug. 28.

Summer Fling Fundraiser—Aug. 6.

Dragon Productions Theatre Company

535 Alma St, Palo Alto; $16–$25. 800.838.3006

Tongue of a Bird—An elegiac drama about a woman pilot searching for a lost girl. Thu–Sat, 8pm, Sun, 2pm. Runs May 27–June 19.

A Streetcar Named Desire—Thu–Sat, 8pm, Sun, 2pm. Runs July 29–Aug. 21.

Foothill Music Theater

Lohman Theatre, Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Rd, Los Altos Hills; $20–$26. 650.949.7360.

Curtains—A musical comedy in the form a mystery. Thu–Sat, 8pm, Sun, 2pm. Runs July 21–Aug 14.

Mid–Peninsula Shakespeare Festival

Full Circle Farm, 1055 Dunford Way, Sunnyvale. 408.996.0635.

Twelfth Night, Charlie's Aunt and Macbeth—The three plays run in repertory, Fri–Sat, 8pm, Sun, 7:30pm. Runs June 4–26.

Lyric Theatre of San Jose

Montgomery Theater, Market and San Carlos streets, San Jose; $11–$36. 408.986.1455.

The Sorcerer—An early Gilbert and Sullivan effort. Thu–Sat, 8pm, Sun, 2pm. Runs June 18–26.

Oh, Mr. Sousa!—The premiere of a salute to the famed march composer. July 3, 2pm, California Theater, San Jose. $21.50–$36.50.

Northside Theatre Company

Olinder Theatre, 848 E. William St, San Jose; $15/$20. 408.288.7820.

Darwin in Malibu—A comedy about the famed scientist alive and well in contemporary society. June 16–July 10.

Palo Alto Children's Theater

Hot Dog Summertime Shows. 1305 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto. 650.463.4970.

Hansel and Gretel: The UntOld Story—June 28–July 16.

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown—July 20–30.

Once Upon a Mattress—Aug. 3–13.

Palo Alto Players

Lucie Stern Theater, 1305 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto; $23–$32. 650.329.0891.

Blithe Spirit—A Noel Coward classic. Runs June 11–26.

The Pear Avenue Theatre

1220 Pear Ave, Unit K, Mountain View; $15–$30. 650.254.1148.

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court—Thu–Sat, 8pm, Sun, 2pm. Runs through May 29.

A Raisin in the Sun— Thu–Sat, 8pm, Sun, 2pm. Runs June 24–July 10.

Retro Dome

1694 Saratoga Ave, San Jose. 408.404.7711.

Shout! The Mod Musical—Runs Aug. 26–Sept. 18. Benefit night with Bay Area vocalists belting out favorite songs by big-time divas. May 27.

Sisters of Swing: The Story of the Andrews Broadway Concert Series—"The Songs of Sondheim, Bernstein, Flaherty, Kander and Schwartz" on July 10; "The Songs of Webber, Schoenberg, Wildhorn, Larson, Menkin and John" on July 24; "The Songs of Rodgers, Loewe, Berlin, Porter, Styne, Herman and Bock" on Aug. 7.

San Jose Repertory Theatre

The Rep, 101 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose; 408.367.7255.

Love in American Times—A new play by Philip Kan Gotanda. Runs through June 5.

The Complete World of Sports (abridged)—A romp through athletic history by the Reduced Shakespeare Company. Runs July 14–19.

One–Man Star Wars—A one–man show about the sci–fi phenomenon with Charles Ross. July 14–17.

Spring Awakening—Runs Sept. 1–25.

San Jose Stage Company

The Stage, 490 S. First St, San Jose; $17.50–$50. 408.283.7142.

Avenue Q—Wed–Thu, 7:30pm, Fri–Sat, 8pm, Sun, 2pm. Runs June 1–July 3.

Monday Night Live—Annual fundraiser that skewers local politicians; Supervisor Dave Cortese hosts. June 20 at 8pm.

Top Honor Awards—Presentations honor high school musical productions in the Bay Area. June 6 at 7pm at the California Theatre.

Shady Shakespeare

The Bard in the great outdoors; dress appropriately. Sanborn Park, 16055 Sanborn Rd, Saratoga; free, parking $10–$15. 408.569.0360.

The Imaginary Invalid—Thu–Sat, 8pm, Sun, 2 and 7pm. Runs June 17–July 2 at Historic Hoover Theatre, San Jose. $16/$20.

Henry V and A Midsummer Night's Dream—Two Shakespeare plays in repertory. Thu–Sun, 7pm. Runs July 29–Sept. 4.

Shakespeare in the Park

A traveling production by the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival; free. www.sfshakes.org/park.

Cymbeline—Fri–Sun, 7:30pm. Runs Aug 13–28 at Cupertino's Memorial Park Amphitheater.

Shakespeare Santa Cruz

UC–Santa Cruz campus; three plays in repertory, July 20–Aug 29. See www.shakespearesantacruz.org for ticket and schedule details.

The Comedy of Errors, The Three Musketeers, Henry IV, Part One.

South Valley Civic Theatre

Community Playhouse 17090 Monterey Rd, Morgan Hill; $14–$18. 408.842.SHOW.

Inherit the Wind—Fri–Sat, 8pm, Sun, 2:30pm. Runs Aug. 5–27.

TheatreWorks

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St, Mountain View; and the Lucie Stern Theater, 1305 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto; $27 and up. 650.903.6000.

Fly by Night—World premiere of a rock musical about the 1965 New York blackout. July 13–Aug. 13 at Lucie Stern.

Sense and Sensibility—An Austen adaptation. Aug. 24–Sept. 18 at Mountain View Center.

West Valley Light Opera

Saratoga Civic Theater, 13777 Fruitvale Ave, Saratoga; $18–$30. 408.268.3777.

The Sound of Music—Fri–Sat, 8pm, Sun, 2:30pm. Runs June 25–July 23


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