M-A High presents 'Stage Door' Nov. 3-12


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Would you follow your dream or sell out? Go for it or give up? Coming to grips with big life decisions is at the heart of the Menlo-Atherton High School production of "Stage Door," which runs on five dates from Nov. 3 through Nov. 12 at the Performing Arts Center on campus.

The fast-paced, dramatic comedy by Edna Ferber and George Kaufman is set in the 1930s at a New York City boarding house. It's a classic story of aspiring actresses struggling to make it big on Broadway, and the men they become involved with along the way.

Debra Zwicker-Sobrepena is the M-A High drama teacher and director of the play.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 3 and 4, and on two Saturdays, Nov. 5 and 12, and matinee shows at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, and 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10.

The Performing Arts Center is at the Ringwood Avenue entrance to the school, just off Middlefield Road.

Ticket prices range from $8 to $12. Both Thursday shows have a special student price of $4 for both the matinee and evening performance.

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Posted by Sandy Napel
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Nov 4, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Last night I saw the Opening of "Stage Door" at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center. It was truly fantastic. The set design, lighting design, and costumes complement the wonderful acting and directing. The story is riveting, and the cast really pulls it off. There are 5 performances left. Don't miss it!

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Posted by R.Gordon
a resident of another community
on Nov 5, 2011 at 6:19 am

What an odd choice for a play.
I think it was chosen to get the attendance as an homage and a "postcard" for the cross section of the citizens' age group and it is a thoughtful idea. The problem is that it is dated and no amount of good acting can resucitate long gone youth.
It definitely is not a draw for anyone under Andy Rooney's age.

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Posted by M. Betsock
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Nov 5, 2011 at 10:53 pm

Judging by the loud laughter, giggling and general interest by teens at the performance tonight (Saturday 11/5) I'd say that the play appeals to broad range of ages.

Classic themes such as money vs. integrity, high risk (theatre career) vs. safety (marriage and a "six-room cottage") and love speak directly to the issues that teens weigh as they approach adulthood. The plot details are occasionally a bit dated, but I think the teenagers related to the messages nonetheless. Adults seemed to get the ideas as well.

Performances were outstanding, by the way.

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