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Now Playing “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart. September 1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 22, 23 Inspired by the farces of the ancient Roman play- wright Plautus (251–183 BC), specifically Pseudolus, Miles Gloriosus, and Mostellaria, the musical tells the bawdy story of a slave named Pseudolus and his attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door. The plot displays many classic elements of farce, including puns, the slamming of doors, cases of mistaken identity (fre- quently involving characters disguising themselves as one another), and satirical comments on social class. The title derives from a line often used by vaudeville comedians to begin a story: “A funny thing happened on the way to the theater”. Pintello Comedy 8191 Swanston Lane • Gilroy “The Outgoing Tide” By Bruce Graham your production made people smile, cry or laugh, is what makes it all worth it in the end. The best part is, it’s not all up to one person to do that, it’s a team effort. Taking the final bow with people who you’ve gotten to know over the past few months, become friends with, is very moving to me.” You can catch Andrew, along with many other talented performers at PCT during the month of September. Written By Matthew Russell Hendrickson Matthew Russell Hendrickson has been involved with community theater for over 35 years. He is currently a designer’s assistant for Brotin Design, a founding member of a local film production company, Oscar Dante Motion, and is still heavily involved with local theater. GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN September 1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 15, 17, 22, 23 In a summer cottage on Chesapeake Bay, Gunner has hatched an unorthodox plan to secure his family’s future but meets with resistance from his wife and son, who have plans of their own. As winter approaches, the three must quickly find common ground and come to an understanding-before the tide goes out. This drama hums with dark humor and powerful emotion centered around one family’s journey with a diagnosis of Alzheimers. Limelight Actor’s Theater 7341 Monterey Street • Gilroy “Follies” By Stephen Sondheim September 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 29, 30 October 1, 6, 7 The time is 1971, and theatrical impresario, Dimitri Weissmann, hosts a reunion of ex-Follies performers in his crumbling theatre, setting the stage for a parade of brilliant pastiche numbers, including “Losing My Mind,” “I’m Still Here” and “Broadway Baby.” Amid the reminiscing, two middle-aged couples confront some unpleasant truths about their past and present, coming face-to-face with the future. SVCT • 17090 Monterey Road Morgan Hill • SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017 81