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An advice columnist named Sugar dispenses sweet and salty counsel in 'Tiny Beautiful Things'

Advice columnist Sugar (Judith Miller, center) imagines conversations with the many people who write to her seeking help, including characters played by ensemble members Rosanna Wyant, left, and Zaya Kolia in Los Altos Stage Company's production of "Tiny Beautiful Things." Courtesy Los Altos Stage Company

Los Altos Stage Company opens its season with an intimate play about a writer who has numerous personal dramas to help solve — and most of them aren't even her own problems.

"Tiny Beautiful Things" brings to life the correspondence between an advice columnist and her readers. As a columnist called Sugar (Judith Miller) considers letter writers' various quandaries, a trio of actors (Francisco Rodriguez, Rosanna Wyant and Zaya Kolia) takes on multiple roles as the different people who have written asking her advice. And as we see Sugar respond to letters, more and more is revealed about her own background and personal experiences.

"Tiny Beautiful Things" was adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos ("My Big Fat Greek Wedding") from a book of the same title by Cheryl Strayed — the book itself taken from a series of Dear Sugar advice columns that Strayed wrote anonymously for two years for The Rumpus.

In addition to opening the season at Los Altos Stage Company, the show marks the company's return to in-person performances, with shows running through Oct. 3 at the Bus Barn Theatre, 97 Hillview Ave, Los Altos.

Tickets are $20-$40 per person. For more information, visit losaltosstage.org.

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An advice columnist named Sugar dispenses sweet and salty counsel in 'Tiny Beautiful Things'

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Fri, Sep 17, 2021, 6:46 pm

Los Altos Stage Company opens its season with an intimate play about a writer who has numerous personal dramas to help solve — and most of them aren't even her own problems.

"Tiny Beautiful Things" brings to life the correspondence between an advice columnist and her readers. As a columnist called Sugar (Judith Miller) considers letter writers' various quandaries, a trio of actors (Francisco Rodriguez, Rosanna Wyant and Zaya Kolia) takes on multiple roles as the different people who have written asking her advice. And as we see Sugar respond to letters, more and more is revealed about her own background and personal experiences.

"Tiny Beautiful Things" was adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos ("My Big Fat Greek Wedding") from a book of the same title by Cheryl Strayed — the book itself taken from a series of Dear Sugar advice columns that Strayed wrote anonymously for two years for The Rumpus.

In addition to opening the season at Los Altos Stage Company, the show marks the company's return to in-person performances, with shows running through Oct. 3 at the Bus Barn Theatre, 97 Hillview Ave, Los Altos.

Tickets are $20-$40 per person. For more information, visit losaltosstage.org.

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Donna Anderson
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Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Sep 21, 2021 at 3:07 pm
Donna Anderson, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
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on Sep 21, 2021 at 3:07 pm

This first offering caught us off guard. We had not read the book but as we remembered the movie Wild. by the same author, we should have realized the language and storyline. It is definitely for adults and those not offended by adult language.
Your review did not mention this ... why not?


Heather Zimmerman
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Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Sep 21, 2021 at 5:44 pm
Heather Zimmerman, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
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on Sep 21, 2021 at 5:44 pm

Hi Ms. Anderson, Thank you for reaching out. I'm sorry you were taken by surprise. Our publications cover a variety of local arts and entertainment, which does include some works that may feature adult language. For online previews like this, we provide a brief description to give an overview of a play or event and a link to the presenting company or organization to provide more information. 


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