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'The Mountebanks'
Lyric Theatre will present a production of "The Mountebanks," a comic opera by W.S. Gilbert and composer Alfred Cellier (instead of Gilbert's usual partner Sir Arthur Sullivan) about a group of thieves and a magic potion. The performances will be semi-staged with orchestra. Aug. 1, 8 p.m.; Aug. 2, 2 p.m. $26 adult; $10 youth. Cubberley Community Center Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

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'Into the Woods'
Peninsula Youth Theatre will next present a fully staged production of the whimsical Steven Sondheim musical "Into the Woods," a fairy tale with something for both kids and adults to enjoy. July 25-Aug. 2, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. $22 adult; $18 senior, child age 12 or under. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

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'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'
Los Altos Stage Company and Los Altos Youth Theatre will team up for a production of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," a musical about an inventor, his children and an upper-class woman and their efforts to save a magical race car. See website for specific dates. July 17-Aug. 2, Wednesday-Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $20 adult; $15 youth, senior. Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

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'Triangle'
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley will launch its 2015-2016 season with the world premiere of "Triangle," a contemporary musical about parallel romances that transpire a century apart. See website for specific dates and times. July 8-Aug. 2. $19-$74. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

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'A Gathering of Poets'
Five local poets -- Kalamu Chache, J. David Cummings, Leah Lubin, Charlotte Muse and Camincha Benvenutto -- will gather to share their art in a free program presented by the Menlo Park Library. Refreshments will be provided. Aug. 8, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Free. Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park.

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'H.M.S. Pinafore'
Lamplighters Music Theatre will give three performances of Gilbert and Sullivan's "H.M.S. Pinafore," a treasured and family-friendly comic opera about a romance between a captain's daughter and a common sailor. Aug. 8, 2 and 8 p.m.; Aug. 9, 2 p.m. $25-$53. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

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'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum'
Foothill Music Theatre will present a production of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," a fast-paced musical comedy set in Rome, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. July 23-Aug. 9, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $12-$32. Smithwick Theatre, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
 

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'Hay Fever'
For the main stage production of its 17th annual summer festival, Stanford Repertory Theater will perform "Hay Fever," Noel Coward's witty comedy about family life. July 16-Aug. 9, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $25 general; $15 student, senior, unemployed. Memorial Auditorium, Pigott Theater, 551 Serra Mall, Stanford.
 

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'West Side Story'
Broadway By The Bay will present a production of the monumental musical "West Side Story," a drama set in 1950s New York about two young lovers caught up in a conflict between street gangs, with a score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. See website for specific dates and times. Friday-Sunday, Aug. 14-30, 2 or 8 p.m. $47-$69. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City.
 

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Theatre in the Park
Elementary school-age students in Peninsula Youth Theatre's two-week summer classes will perform each week during the summer at local parks and venues. Picnics are welcome. See website for the full schedule and locations. Saturdays, June 20-Aug. 15, 6:30 p.m. Free. Parks and venues, including MVCPA Park Stage and Cubberley Auditorium, Mountain View and Palo Alto.

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'Snoopy!!! The Musical'
In this outdoor "Hot Dog" season production, Palo Alto Children's Theatre will present "Snoopy!!! The Musical," the musical sequel to "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" that finds the favorite Peanuts character singing and dancing in a series of comic vignettes. Wednesday-Sunday, July 29-Aug. 15, 6:30-7:30 p.m. $12 child; $14 adult. Palo Alto Children's Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

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TheatreWorks 2015 New Works Festival
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley will bring together playwrights and composers from across the U.S. for its 2015 New Works Festival, where community members can attend performances, offer feedback and participate in a panel discussion with the artists. See website for more info. Aug. 8-16, $19 single ticket; $65 festival pass. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

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Free Shakespeare in the Park: 'Romeo and Juliet'
For the 33rd season of Free Shakespeare in the Park, the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival will present the Bard's timeless romance and tragedy, "Romeo and Juliet." Aug. 8-23, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 4 p.m. Free. Sequoia High School, 1201 Brewster Ave., Redwood City.

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'Cowardy Custard: A Coward Cabaret'
For the second-stage production of its Noel Coward Summer Festival, Stanford Repertory Theater will offer "Cowardy Custard: A Coward Cabaret," a stylish cabaret directed by the company's veteran director Brendon Martin that celebrates the many talents of Noel Coward. Aug. 13-23, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. $15-$25. Nitery Theater, 514 Lasuen Mall, Stanford.
 

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'West Side Story'
Broadway By The Bay will present a production of the monumental musical "West Side Story," a drama set in 1950s New York about two young lovers caught up in a conflict between street gangs, with a score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. See website for specific dates and times. Friday-Sunday, Aug. 14-30, 2 or 8 p.m. $47-$69. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City.

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'The Country House'
In a Northern California premiere, TheatreWorks will stage a production of "The Country House," a recent Broadway hit by Donald Margulies about an acclaimed stage and film star who brings her show-biz family to the Berkshires for a summer stock season. There will be no show on Sept. 15; see website for specific times. Tuesday-Sunday, Aug. 26-Sept. 20, 2, 7 or 8:30 p.m. $19-$74. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.