Palo Alto Players Staged Reading Companion Series. “Give It All Back.” Sept. 27. By Calamity West. Companion reading to “Million Dollar Quartet.” Free. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. www.paplayers.org or 650-329-0891. Palo Alto Players. “Million Dollar Quartet.” Through Oct. 1. Book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux. Inspired by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. www.paplayers.org or 650-329-0891.
After five years at HP, Kordestani wanted another challenge, so he earned a master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University and went on to work for a number of Silicon Valley startups, He joined Google in 1999, and employees who worked with him said he instilled confidence during the company’s rapid growth, Colleagues joked that Kordestani was “sandbagging,” or tempering expectations to make Google’s financial results look better. So he once stood on ballet shoes pictures a sandbag to read quarterly forecasts and targets..
Geisslinger, an Oregon Shakespeare Festival vet, subtly captures the strain Sylvia is under, translating for everyone around her even as she loses her grip on her sense of self. She also conveys the complexity of sign language as a ballet that invokes the whole body. Sylvia’s meet-the-parents scene is the heart of the play. If the romantic connection between Caverly and Geisslinger never seems palpable enough to ground Billy’s epiphany, the battles between Whitworth (best known as former head of Shakespeare Santa Cruz) and Geisslinger crackle with electricity. He belittles the subtleties of sign language while she defends her mother tongue. It’s a scintillating debate, lit with insights into the hierarchies and rituals of the deaf community.
Walnut Creek, Walnut Creek On Ice: Through Jan, 21, Civic Park, 1365 Civic Drive, Holiday ice skating, lessons and ballet shoes pictures more, $12-$15, http://walnutcreekonice.com/, ‘Tis the Symphony: 4 and 8 p.m, Dec, 22, Lesher Center, 1601 Civic Drive, The animated movie “The Snowman” comes to life on the big screen, with the soundtrack performed live by Pacific Boychoir and full orchestra, Hot cocoa and mulled wine will be served an hour before each performance, Prices vary, https://bit.ly/2Qkxdcm, Living Nativity: 4:30-7:30 p.m, Dec, 24, Sufism Reoriented Sanctuary, 11 White Horse Court, Seasonal choral music, live animals and refreshments, Free, http://sufismreoriented.org/francisinschools.html..
Having learned from and listened to audiences, Kenison says the 2016-17 season reflects his first year selecting all of the acts. (He entered midstream and had partial input in 2015-16.) There are more Friday-Saturday shows, fewer weeknight shows. Theater shows weren’t boom items last year, but they’ll continue because Kenison says, “those 200 people who came are engaged, vocal and devoted supporters.” Even in this endeavor, there’s deliberation in the crowd-pleasing selections and how they’re sprinkled throughout the season: Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Nile” (Nov. 15), Neil Simon’s “Last of the Red Hot Lovers” (Mar. 16) and L.A. Theater Works’ production of “Judgement at Nuremberg” (Apr. 19).