Palo Alto Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - June 29, 2012

Worth a look

Theater

'How to Succeed...'

The television show "Mad Men" has sparked more than one knock-off. Among the more successful is the revival of interest in the similarly set "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," the classical musical with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser.

The original musical, which satirizes the corporate world in the early '60s, opened on Broadway in 1961; a revival production ran from March 2011 to May 2012.

A new community version of the show will open July 20 at Foothill Musical Theatre, directed by Jay Manley. The story of J. Pierrepont Finch (played by Michael Rhone), a young window washer, begins with his adoption of a "how-to" book bearing the title of the play. Then comes his rise from the mailroom to chairman of the board at the World-Wide Wicket Company.

The show runs through Aug. 12, with performances at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, in the Smithwick Theatre, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. Tickets are $28 general, $22 for seniors and non-Foothill students, $20 for Foothill staff, $16 for Foothill students, and $10 for kids under 12. Go to foothillmusicals.com or call 650-949-7360.

'Mrs. Warren's Profession'

Ten years after she founded the Pear Avenue Theatre, Palo Alto resident Diane Tasca and her company are still going strong. The Pear is marking its 10th anniversary with a revival of the first play it ever put on, "Mrs. Warren's Profession," by George Bernard Shaw. Once more, Tasca plays the title character.

Directed by Equity actor Ray Renati, the play follows Mrs. Warren, a woman who tells a story of prejudice and financial struggles that led her to run a chain of brothels. Her daughter is properly shocked, and playwright Shaw runs a satirical blade through the double standards of society in his storytelling process.

The play runs through July 15 in the small Mountain View theater at 1220 Pear Ave., with performances at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $15-$30.

For details, go to thepear.org.

Art

'Think Large — Paint Small'

Good things may come in small frames. That's the concept behind a new show of work by members of the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society. Paintings are no larger than 14 inches by 14 inches, but somehow artists have managed to squeeze the Eiffel Tower, a giant rooster and other big ideas onto their papers and canvases.

The works of art have been juried into the exhibition by East Bay watercolorist Charlotte Huntley, a member of 34 art societies.

The show runs July 2-30 at the Pacific Art League at 668 Ramona St. in downtown Palo Alto, with an artists' reception scheduled from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 6. Admission is free. The gallery is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 to 4. Go to pacificartleague.org or call 650-321-3891.

Edna Shochat

A dog, a cat and a young toddler stand looking through a window. The words underneath read: "Waiting for Ta. The hours pass slowly. It is the years that go by much too fast."

This and other photographs by Edna Shochat line the walls of Philz Coffee as part of an exhibit titled "Notes From a Camera." Each picture is accompanied by several lines of verse. Shochat's musings on everyday experiences range from humorous to thoughtful, encouraging the viewer to take a closer look.

The photographs are deceptively simple, many capturing ordinary moments, such as ducks walking on wet pavement or a child reading a book, yet the poetry coupled with the photographs often illustrates a story.

Shochat's exhibit is on display until July 6 in Philz Coffee at 3191 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto. The cafe is open from 6 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. from Monday through Friday and from 6:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, contact Shochat at ednashochat@gmail.com or 650-740-1927.

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