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South Bay Musical Theatre presents a steamy 'Chicago' May 16–June 6 in Saratoga

Summer Guide 2009

Arclight Repertory Theatre

Theatre on San Pedro Square, 29 N. San Pedro St, San Jose; $10/$15. 800.838.3006.

Shakespeare on the Square Festival—This year's highlighted play is A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by David Koppel June 11–27 (Friday–Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 7pm).

Broadway by the Bay

San Mateo Performing Arts Center, 600 N. Delaware St, San Mateo; $27–$48. 650.579.5565.

The King and I—The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic musical. July 16–Aug 2.

Broadway West Theatre Company

4000B Bay St, Fremont; $17–$22. 510.683.9218.

Proof—A drama by David Auburn about a daughter struggling with the legacy of her brilliant but disturbed mathematician father. May 15–June 13.

Bus Barn Stage Company

Bus Barn Theatre, 97 Hillview Ave, Los Altos; $24–$32. 650.941.0551.

Leading Ladies—A comedy of mistaken identity as two down-on-their-luck English actors go in drag to impersonate the nieces of a rich woman. May 21–June 13. 

Cabrillo Stage

6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos; $20–$31. Two musicals run in repertory. 831.479.6154.

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change—June 26–July 26.

The Wizard of Oz—July 17–Aug 16.

California Theatre Center

Sunnyvale Community Center, 550 E. Remington Dr, Sunnyvale; $18–$25; 408.720.0873.

Rough Crossing—A Tom Stoppard play about the cast and crew of a Broadway musical stuck on an ocean liner. June 4–July 23. 

Dracula—A stage adaptation of Bram Stoker's timeless tale of blood-sucking angst. June 25–July 25. 

The Importance of Being Ernest—Barbed witticisms from Wilde. June 11–July 26.

Children's Musical Theater of San Jose

Montgomery Theater, 271 S. Market St, San Jose; $21–$23. 408.288.5437.

Candide—A Mainstage production. Ends May 17.

Tommy—The rock opera, a Mainstage production. July 24–Aug 2.

Honk! —A Rising Stars show. July 10–19.

Disney's 101 Dalmatians Jr. —A Rising Stars show. Aug 6–9.

City Lights Theater Company

529 S. Second St, San Jose; $15–$40. 408.295.4200.

Stop Kiss—A drama about a woman who leaves her boyfriend and finds herself loving another woman. May 14–June 14.

The Who's Tommy—The rock-opera juggernaut. July 16–Aug 23.

Dragon Theatre

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

A Girl's Guide to Chaos—A comic look at the dating life of a 1980s L.A. woman. July 17–Aug 9.

El Teatro Campesino

705 Fourth St, San Juan Bautista; $10–$20. 831.623.2444.

San Burgesa and the Pixie Chicks—A new cabaret-style musical. Runs through May 31.

Three Stories Tall—A one-man show by Hollister native Kirk Ward. June 11–28.

Foothill Music Theater

Smithwick Theater, Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Rd, Los Altos Hills; $10–$26. 650.949.7414.

The Lamentable Tragedy of Doctor Faustus—May 29–June 14.

The Producers—The stage version of the Mel Brooks movie. July 24–Aug 16.

Hillbarn Theatre

1285 E. Hillsdale Blvd, Foster City; $17–$34. 650.349.6411.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying—A satire of big business chronicles the rise up the corporate hierarchy of window-washer J. Pierrepont Finch. May 7–June 7.

Los Gatos Shakespeare Festival

Oak Meadow Park, Los Gatos; $14–$20. 800.838.3006.

The Merry Wives of Windsor—July 17, 25 and Aug 2, 7;

A Midsummer Night's Dream—July 18, 26, 31 and Aug 3, 9;

The Jungle Book—July 19 and 24 and Aug 1, 6.

Lyric Theatre of San Jose

Montgomery Theatre, Market and San Carlos streets, San Jose; $15–$35. 408.986.1455.

The Yeoman of the Guard—Gilbert and Sullivan in an unusually dark mood. June 20–28.

Floradora—Semistaged performances of an early musical comedy as part of the Discovery Series. Aug 1 at 8pm and Aug 2 at 2pm at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St, Mountain View.

Northside Theatre Company

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

Luv—Murray Schisga's satire of avant-garde theater. June 18–July 12.

Palo Alto Players

Lucie Stern Theater, 1305 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto; $20–$31. 650.329.0891.

Run for Your Wife—A London cab driver tries to keep his two wives apart. June 13–28.

The Pear Avenue Theatre

1220 Pear Ave, Unit K, Mountain View; $12–$30. 650.254.1148.

The Way of the World—An adaptation of Congreve's Restoration play about social striving. Runs through May 31.

Metamorphoses—A reworking of Ovid's tales of gods and mortals. June 26–July 12.

San Jose Repertory Theatre

The Rep, 101 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose; $15–$59. 408.367.7255.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee—A musical about the joy of spelling; directed by Timothy Near. Runs thru June 7.

As You Like It—New artistic director Rick Lombardo makes his debut with a Shakespeare comedy. Aug 29–Sept 27.

San Jose Stage Company

The Stage, 490 S. First St, San Jose; $25–$50. 408.283.7142.

The Great American Trailer Park Musical—Wild and eccentric characters inhabit a Florida trailer park. May 27–July 5.

Santa Clara Players

Triton Museum Hall Pavilion, Warburton and Don, Santa Clara; $15–$18. 408.248.7993.

True West—Sam Shepard's classical drama about two warring sons. June 5–14.

Santa Clara University Drama

Fess Parker Studio Theatre, Santa Clara University; $5–$16. 408.554.4015.

Songs for a New World—A musical revue. Runs through May 16.

Twelfth Night—Shakespeare. May 29–31 and June 3–6 at Mayer Theatre.

New Playwrights' Festival—June 1–2.


Shady Shakespeare

Sanborn Park, 16055 Sanborn Rd, Saratoga. 408.569.0360.

Richard III and As You Like It—Aug 7–

Sept 13, Friday–Sunday, 7pm; free.


Shakespeare in the Park

vA traveling production by the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival.

The Comedy of Errors—Aug 8–23 at Cupertino's Memorial Park Amphitheater.


Shakespeare Santa Cruz

UC–Santa Cruz campus; three plays in repertory, July 21–Aug 30. See for ticket and schedule details.

A Midsummer Night's Dream; Julius Caesar; Shipwrecked! An Entertainment.


Shen Yun Performing Arts

May 15 at 7:30pm, May 16 at 2:30 and 7:30pm and May 17 at 2:30pm; Flint Center, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino; $30–$90; 888.JOY.2009.

Chinese performing arts extravaganza.


South Bay Musical Theatre

Saratoga Civic Theater, 13777 Fruitvale Ave, Saratoga; $20–$30. 408.266.4734.

Chicago—A musical set in the Roaring 20s, with choreography by Bob Fosse. May 16–June 6.


South Valley Civic Theatre

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

Annie Get Your Gun—With music and lyrics by Irving Berlin. Runs through June 6.


Teatro Visión

Mexican Heritage Plaza Theater, 1700 Alum Rock Ave, San Jose; $75. 408.272.9926.

Gala Celebration—To mark 25 years, the theater trouple presents Flaco Jiménez and Dolores Huerta—May 30, 4–8pm.



Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St, Mountain View; and the Lucie Stern Theater, 1305 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto; $24–$64. 650.903.6000.

Tinyard Hill—A new musical set in 1960s small-town Georgia. July 15–Aug 9 in Palo Alto.

Yellow Face—A comedy by David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly) about cultural ferment and finding one's identity. Aug 26–Sept 20 in Mountain View.


West Valley Light Opera

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

My Fair Lady—June 27–July 25.


Western Stage

Hartnell Performing Arts Center, 165 Homestead Ave, Salinas; call for ticket prices. 831.375.2111.

The American Clock—June 5–28.

Bye Bye Birdie—Aug 15–Sept 5.

Anna in the Tropics—Aug 21–Sept 13.  







CET Theater, 701 Vine St, San Jose; $10–$25;

Student Arangetram—May 23 at 5pm.

Spring Concert Recital—Visions of the Goddess, with senior students. May 24 at 3pm.


Arya Dance Academy

Parkstage, Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St, Mountain View; free. 650.903.6000.

Dance Concert—Various styles of South Asian dance. June 20 at 3pm.


Ballet San Jose

California Theatre, 345 S. First St, San Jose; $21/$42. 408.288.2800.

The Little Mermaid—Showcase for students at Ballet San Jose school. May 30–31 at 1:30pm.


Flamenco Society of San Jose

Historic Hoover Theatre, 1635 Park Ave, San Jose; $8–$14. 510.673.6979.

Juerga—A concert with Koko de la Isla, Pamela Martinex and others. June 13 at 7pm.


Pacific Ballet Academy

Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St, Mountain View; $12–$17. 650.903.6000.

Spring Showcase—June 6 at 1 and 6pm and June 7 at 1pm.

Peninsula Youth Theatre and City of Mountain View

Parkstage, Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St, Mountain View; $15/$35. 650.903.6000.

Sleeping Beauty—Flamenco drama created by Fanny Ara. June 26 at 6:30pm.



Mexican Heritage Plaza Theater, 1700 Alum Rock Ave, San Jose; $15–$30. 415.333.9000.

Presented by Chhandram School of Kathak Dance; directed by Pandit Chitresh Das.


Smuin Ballet

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St, Mountain View; $38/$53. 650.903.6000.

Suite From St. Louis Woman: A Blues Ballet, The Naughty Boy!, Bouquet—May 27–May 31.


Stanford Drama and Dance

Prosser Studio Theater, Stanford campus; free. 650.725.ARTS.

Vacuum Seal—Senior project directed by Paz Hilfinger-Pardo. May 28, 8pm.


Visual Rhythm Dance Company

Montgomery Theater, 271 S. Market St, San Jose; $15/$25.

My Darkness, My Gift—A choreographic drama about a vampire. June 5–6 at 7:30pm.


Western Ballet

Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St, Mountain View; $22/$25. 650.903.6000.

Spring Gala—Choreography by Alexi Zubiria and Yanis Pikieris. June 4 at 7pm.


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