Stage under the sun (or stars)Local theatergoers have several free outdoor options this summer as well.
The Mid-Peninsula Shakespeare Festival makes its annual entrance at Mid-Peninsula High School at 1340 Willow Road in Menlo Park. "The Taming of the Shrew" plays June 5, 6, 13 and 27, with Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island" on June 11, 12, 20 and 25, and Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest" on June 18, 19 and 26. Shows are at 8 p.m.; go to festivaltheatreensemble.org.
Peninsula Youth Theatre presents family-friendly stagings of classic tales, June 25 through Aug. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in Palo Alto, Mountain View and Saratoga. Shows include "Three Oranges" on June 25 at Cubberley Amphitheatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto; and "Hansel and Gretel" on July 2 at the ParkStage adjacent to the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts at 500 Castro St. Go to pytnet.org.
In August, the San Francisco Mime Troupe gives free Palo Alto performances of its satirical "Posibilidad, or Death of the Worker." Shows are at Mitchell Park, 600 E. Meadow Drive, on Aug. 27 (6:30 p.m. music, 7 p.m. show) and Aug. 28 (3:30 p.m. music, 4 p.m. show). Go to sfmt.org .