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ports guests into a mythical world where a
priestess, a witch and a community of spirits
awaken in different parts of the land after a
disaster divides them. Follow their journey of
self-discovery as they face their fears to return
home. Tickets $25–$30. Montgomery Theater,
271 Market St., San Jose. 408/986-1455.
A Brimful of Asha. Oct. 18–22, times vary.
Culture clash, Canadian-style, comes to life in
in this two-person play written by and starring
mother and son Asha and Ravi Jain. A firstgeneration
twentysomething wants to connect
with his Indian heritage—but not necessarily
all of it. How will his family handle the conflict?
Tickets $15–$50. Bing Concert Hall Studio,
327 Lasuen St., Stanford. 650/724-2464.
An Enemy of the People. Oct. 19–Nov. 11.
Dr. Stockmann has discovered terrible industrial
pollution in the town’s springs. Unwilling
to pay for decontamination, the mayor—the
doctor’s brother—accuses the scientist of fabricating
the story, turning most of the town
against him. Ibsen examines the moral dilemmas
inherent in whistleblowing, as well as
the often ephemeral nature of truth itself.
Pear Theatre, 1110 La Avenida St., Mountain
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare.
Oct. 20–23, 7:30 p.m. Can a few
teens cover 37 Shakespearian plays in less than
two hours? This fast-firing comedy does just
that as it parodies each of Shakespeare’s plays
and sonnets. This show will keep you guessing
on how they will pull off such a feat.Tickets
$17–$22. Mountain View Center for the Performing
Arts, 500 Castro St., 650/903-6000.
Disney’s Aladdin. Nov. 1–Jan. 7, times vary.
From the producer of “The Lion King” comes
the timeless story of Aladdin, a musical filled
with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and
breathtaking spectacle, where one lamp and
three wishes make the possibilities infinite.
Directed and choreographed by Tony Award
winner Casey Nicholaw of “The Book of Mormon.”
SHN Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market
St., San Francisco, 888/746-1799.
Longing Lasts Longer. Nov. 3–4, 8 p.m.
Penny Arcade’s hilariously iconoclastic monologue,
created by one of Andy Warhol’s underground
superstars, addresses political issues of
class and gender and everyday woes like gentrification.
Penny Arcade is a colorful counterculture
stalwart who shakes up our sentimentality
to clearly show the spirit of American activism
and creativity. Tickets $15–$35. Bing Concert
Hall Studio, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford.
Avenue Q. Nov. 4–19, times vary. This laughout
loud musical shows us that sometimes the
people on our street become family. Follow the
lives of people and puppets as they navigate
life in the big city and discover that children’s
television didn’t always prepare us for adulthood.
Tickets $15–$30. Sunnyvale Community
Center Theatre, 550 E. Remington Drive,
Down the Rabbit Hole. Nov. 11, 8 p.m.
“Mythbusters” alumni Kari Byron, Tory Belleci
and Grant Imahara hit the road using their
scientific sleuth skills, as they head “down the
rabbit hole” to investigate weird and wonderful
events from pop culture, science and
history. Tickets $38–$88. Center for the Performing
Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd., San Jose.
A Christmas Story: The Musical. Nov.
11–19, times vary. Ralphie Parker, desirous
of an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-
shot Range Model air rifle for Christmas, plots
ways to ensure that Santa will make his dreams
come true. The movie comedy and ’40s nostalgia
bonanza gets songs by Pasek and Paul,
the Academy Award–winning team from “La
La Land.” Tickets $18–$20. Mountain View
Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro
La Rondine. Nov. 11–26, times vary. Opera
San Jose stages the story of Magda, who realizes
that her life as a courtesan has no love at all.
Seeking to relive her poor but unhappy youth,