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'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.

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'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.

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'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.
 

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'Curtains'
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.

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'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.

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'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.

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'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.

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'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.

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'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 of today's headlines. The production includes coarse, adult language. Nov. 723, 7:30 p.m. $18 general; $14 student, senior; $10 Thursday show. Foothill College, Lohman Theatre, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
 

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Gunn 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.