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On StageSan Francisco Mime Troupe: 'Ripple Effect'
The San Francisco Mime Troupe will perform its latest show, "Ripple Effect," a tale about an activist, immigrant and a techie aboard a tour boat in the San Francisco Bay. Music begins at 6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. August 21, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Mitchell Park, South Field, 600 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto.
On Stage'War of the Worlds'
This Stanford Repertory Theater production will re-create Orson Welles' 1938 radio broadcast of H.G. Wells' "The War of the Worlds," which tricked some listeners into believing there was an alien invasion. Aug. 14-23, Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. $25 general; $15 student/senior. Old Union, Nitery Theater, 520 Lasuen Mall, Stanford.
On Stage'Taming of the Shrew'
The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival will come to Redwood City with a performance of "The Taming of the Shrew," with twists, clowns, disguises and a challenging love story included. Aug. 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24; Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 4 p.m. Free. Sequoia High School, 1201 Brewster Ave., Redwood City.
On Stage'Moonlight and Magnolias'
Dragon Productions will perform "Moonlight and Magnolias," a play which dramatizes the making of the film "Gone with the Wind," during which the producer David O. Selznick fired his director and hired a screenwriter who didn't know the book. Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 14-Sept. 7, 8 p.m. $30. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.
On Stage'Water by the Spoonful'
TheatreWorks will put on a production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, "Water by the Spoonful," a story about a community of strangers who find refuge in an online chat room. Tuesday-Saturday, Aug. 20-Sept. 14, see website for specific times and dates. $19-$74. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
On Stage'The Great American Trailer Park Musical'
The Los Altos Stage Company will put on several performances of "The Great American Trailer Park Musical." Set in a mobile home community called Armadillo Acres, the campy musical involves a young stripper, an agoraphobic housewife and a tollbooth collector. Wednesday-Sunday, Sept. 4-28, 8 p.m. $18-$36. Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.