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Youth theater: 'Heaven Can Wait'

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Palo Alto High School will present its adaptation of Harry Segall's "Heaven Can Wait" starting Friday, Nov. 3.

The story follows boxer Joe Pendleton (Derek Zhou), who is taken to heaven before his time and must return to earth. Complications arise when his boxing manager, Max Levene (Gil Weissman) has his body cremated, leaving Miss Jordan (Emily Zhang), an angel of sorts, to find another suitable body for Pendleton. High jinks ensue, especially as Joe, in another man's body, finds himself falling in love with the charming Bette Logan (Annie Tsui).

Director Kathleen Woods comments that she knows audiences "will have a delightful time and walk away with their spirits raised."

The story was adapted into a movie released in 1978 starring Warren Beatty. It received the Academy Award for Best Production Design and was nominated in numerous other categories.

The show runs this weekend, with additional showings on Nov. 9 and 11, at the Palo Alto High School Performing Arts Center, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. For more information, visit

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