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News - April 18, 2014

'Harold and Maude' come to Los Altos stage

by Nick Veronin

The Los Altos Stage Company is currently staging a production of "Harold and Maude," based on the 1971 dark romantic comedy about a young, death-obsessed man, and the wild and fun-loving 79-year-old woman he befriends and becomes romantically involved with, and who teaches him to celebrate life.

The play, which opened last week and runs through early May, features Belmont resident Warren Wernick as Harold and Lillian Bogovich of San Jose as Maude.

Dan Wilson, Los Altos Stage Company's associate artistic director, is directing the show, which he said has required some creative fixes in order to work on the theater company's small stage. Originally written for Broadway, the story involves seven separate locations. To convey a change in location without relying on physical set changes, Wilson turned to his friend, videographer Christopher Peoples of Allegory Productions in San Jose.

Peoples created a variety of still and video projections that help establish location, and Wilson said he is pleased with the outcome. "He did a great job in helping me to realize my vision."

For those unfamiliar with the story, the production deals with dark and some mature themes, such as death and romance. Wilson said the play is likely suitable for children 12 and older.

"Harold and Maude" runs Wednesday to Sunday, at 8 p.m., through May 2, at the Los Altos Stage Company, located at 97 Hillview Ave. in Los Altos. Tickets are $32. For more information, visit losaltosstage.org or call 650-941-0551.

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