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I just subscribed to Pear Theater and I can’t wait for the new season of plays to get started. I’ve been going to this wonderful little theater company for years. The theater seats about 95 people and every single person has a great view of the stage. All tickets are general seating.
Something special happens when you go to a play in a small theater… The intimate feeling of being able to hear the reactions of everyone else in the audience makes you feel connected to them. It’s powerful, like we’re all in this together.
The 2019/2020 season starts on August 22nd. This year they offer 5 and 7 ticket Flex Passes, which is great. I can use my 7 tickets all on one play, with 6 of my friends, or I can go to 7 different plays. It’s perfect and I like that I’m not being told the exact dates that I need to be in town. It’s the ultimate in flexibility. You have a year to use your Flex Pass tickets.
Plays often sell out, so don’t wait until the last minute to get your tickets.
My favorite production is Pear Slices. It’s always in May and it’s a showcase of original short plays by Pear Playwrights Guild. It’s a little bit of everything and each play is 15 minutes.
Pear Theater is relatively new and quite comfortable, plenty of room to wander around and get tea and cookies during intermission, nice restrooms, lots of parking, and a patio area in front of the building if you want to step outside during the break. It’s the perfect date!
I think it’s cool that there could be young 20-somethings on a first date or great-grand-parents next to you and that everyone reacts differently to whatever is happening on stage. It’s live theater, you just never know what’s going to happen.
I do recommend checking the concert calendar at Shoreline Amphitheater/Live Nation so you know whether of not you need to give yourself a little extra time to get there. Pear Theater is located at 1110 La Avenida Street, Mountain View. It’s across the street from Microsoft.
Here’s the upcoming season:
An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde - Fri, Aug 23, 2019 to Sun, Sep 15, 2019
Sweat by Lynn Nottage - Fri Oct 18, 2019 to Sun, Nov 10, 2019
You/Emma by Paz Pardo Fri, Dec 6 2019 to Sun Dec 15, 2019
Taking Steps by Alan Ayckbourn Fri, Jan 17, 2020 to Sun, Feb 9, 2020
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time Fri Mar 13, 2020 to Sun, Apr 5, 2020
Pear Slices by members of the Pear Playwrights Guild May 24, 2020
Side By Side By Sondheim by Stephen Sondheim Fri, Jun 12, 2020 to Sun Jul 12, 2020
It’s important to support awesome art in our community so it stays in our community!
See you at the Pear.
Hyatt Centric Mountain View is a gorgeous new hotel that is expected to open later this month. It is at 409 San Antonio Road. It’s a few doors down from Icon Movie Theater, across the street from We Work/Facebook, and overlooks a park, public art and a popular dog park. They invited me to go on a tour this week, even though everything wasn’t quite ready for photos, I did manage to take some. It’s so chic and I love it.
It’ll have 3 restaurants. The first floor restaurant and bar, Fairchilds Public House, has a patio and dogs are welcome. The chef specializes in casual, West Coast cuisine. It has plenty of outdoor comfy seating, couches, and a cool fire pit. The indoor seating includes a big “community table” with power outlets all the way around. There’s a private room that would be perfect for a rehearsal dinner or employee party.
Can I just take a second here to mention the seating… This hotel has the most comfortable seating ever. There are interesting, colorful, stylish chairs tucked everyplace you look, chairs of every imaginable shape and style. I predict lots of instagrammable moments will be happening. Whoever picked out seating for this new Hyatt Centric Hotel did a fabulous job.
The hotel has 167 guest rooms. I looked inside some of them and the view of the Santa Cruz mountains and the sunset was spectacular. Of course I had to take pictures of the dog park while I was out on the balcony. All of the rooms have refrigerators and HD Smart TVs.
I really enjoyed looking at the artwork and there will eventually be an Art Guide created. Much of the art pays homage to Silicon Valley.
The hotel has lots event space. The main Cloud Ballroom features floor to ceiling glass and it can be opened on 2 sides. The round banquet tables are so pretty that they don’t need table cloths. Trust me, I’ve seen a lot of banquet tables around here. There are other event areas, both indoor and outdoor, for seated or cocktail style functions, and they all seemed so glamorous and inviting.
The building is LEED Silver certified. And it also has a fitness center, pool, hot tub, business center, game room.
Hyatt Centric is right in the center of one of the best parts of our city. Have you heard the conversation about Mountain View eventually having 3 downtowns? It’s true, Castro Street, the San Antonio area, and the one that Google is building in North Bayshore. Hyatt Centric is in the heart of all the action in San Antonio area.
You’ll find about 20 restaurants within walking distance. I like Veggie Grill and The Counter. Safeway, just a few doors down, is open 24 hours. Whole Foods, Trader Joes and Sprouts are all very close, as are Walmart, Target and Kohl’s.
This place is going to do very well and we desperately needed more hotel rooms in our community. Welcome to Mountain View Hyatt Centric. You’re going to love it here!
After conducting hundreds of interviews around town, these are our favorite places to spread the favorite picnic blankets, and soak up some sun.
6. Rengstorff Park is where the new Community Center is located. There’s a nice big picnic area, reservations required. You’ll find benches along the path that circles the park, and plenty of quiet little corners to spread your picnic blanket. This park has it all, a pool, skateboard park, pickleball, tennis, dog training area, even a preschool. It’s the perfect place for people watching. Everyone loves this park and I feel like it’s the heart and soul of our community.
5. Pioneer Park can sometimes be rather soggy, so spread your blanket on the tops of the hills. There are no official picnic tables, but there are plenty of benches, and I love that the city recently added even more of them. Fun fact: This park used to be a cemetery.
4. Eagle Park has picnic tables, no reservations required.
3. The Kite Flying Area in on the right side, as soon as you enter Shoreline Park and go through the ranger station. Most people sit in their cars here and watch the kite flyers. There are a few benches, but I’ve never seen them being used. This is the place to go if you want to stay inside and enjoy the view from the comfort of your drivers seat. I took that photo of the Canada Goose here. They’re pretty to watch, and they sound nice, but they poop all over the place. It’s not too much of a problem, unless you’re sitting on the ground without a blanket, which I would never recommend doing.
2. Shoreline Park. Go to the area at the back of the park, by the wind surfers. It’s so gorgeous here. People from all corners of the world are here, enjoying the view, and the bay breeze, with their families. This is definitely one of those place that you should bring your out-of-town guests.
1 . Cuesta Park is my favorite place to go for a picnic. It’s not nearly as packed as Shoreline Park is and it’s big enough that you can easily find yourself a quiet spot. Even though there are picnic tables, and a barbecue area (reservations required for the BBQ area) , I’ve always just brought along a blanket and found my own little shady spot under a tree. There are cool old log benches at Cuesta Park.
Here’s an official brochure to all of our city parks. Here’s where you can make reservations (but only if you’re a Mountain View resident or business). You’ll have to create an account first. You can also make those reservations in person at the Mountain View Community Center, 201 S Rengstorff Avenue, or fax (omg… really?) to (650) 963-3027.
Have a great picnic!
Showplace ICON just opened in Mountain View. I saw ‘First Man’ yesterday and loved the experience. My favorite things about this new theater: the 6 feet of leg-room and the electric recliners with seat heaters that guests control, the 74 foot RealD Ultimate Screen, the adult drink menu and the outstanding food prepared by a real chef.
I also had a bag of popcorn, because the smell of it hit me as soon as I walked in the door and it was all I could think about, even through there were all kinds of tempting up-scale menu items, like Ponzo Salmon Toast and other items that are designed to be easy to enjoy during a movie.
And now that I have a heater in my seat, I don’t have to bring a coat to the movies. This is fabulous news!
ICON has 6 other locations and will be opening in Valley Fair soon. I would say that they are more sophisticated than the average movie theater and perfect for a date night. They say that their “admission policies and ticketing structure caters to adult audiences.” That sounds good to me.
The company is Kerasotes and they’re family owned and have over 100 years of experience in the movie industry and are the oldest operating theatre exhibitor in the country.
It has 3 floors, 10 auditoriums, and seats 1103 people. It is in The Village at San Antonio Center, so there are plenty of nice places to go out to dinner before your movie.
The top floor is the Lobby Lounge, which holds 150 people, 21 and older. I loved the view of Mountain View at dusk, the neighboring city lights, and the comfortable bar seating and tables made me want to stay for a while, instead of running into the theater to grab a seat. I noticed that they have one auditorium that has seating for 40, in case you want a private screening.
We didn’t have any trouble parking. If you live within walking distance, or can use ride-sharing that would be ideal, once everyone figures out how awesome ICON is.
This place is going to fit in perfectly in Mountain View and I’m so happy to have had the chance to experience it and meet their friendly team. Icon, welcome to Mountain View!
“Pear Slices” opens today and runs through May 28th, 2017. If you’ve never been to the Pear Theatre, you really need to go see it and this production is their most popular every year. Everyone can’t wait to see what their favorite playwrights have come up with.
"Pear Slices" is 8 original short plays by members of the Pear Playwrights Guild. From Anasazi to Aboriginals, private detectives to proposals, this year's crop of plays promises to engage, delight, and inspire. All eight plays will be performed in the same evening, with a cast of seven actors performing all the roles. “Pear Slices 2017,” is directed by Troy Johnson and Robyn Ginsburg Braverman. The show runs Thursdays through Sundays, through May 28. All performances are held at the Pear Theatre, 1110 La Avenida St., Mountain View. Tickets ($10-$35) can be purchased by visiting www.thepear.org or calling (650) 254-1148.
Pear Theatre is one of the only theatres in the Bay Area to host its own playwrights development group, known as the Pear Playwrights Guild. Playwrights meet regularly to share their writing, whether short plays or full-length works. Newer playwrights get the benefit of the more experienced writers' knowledge of plot development, character development, and action that sounds good on paper but may not translate well to the stage. Short plays from the Guild are considered for each year's Pear Slices, and longer plays often see full productions at the Pear, such as 2013's production of “A King's Legacy” (Elyce Melmon) and this season's upcoming premiere of “What You Will” (Max Gutmann).
From Pear veteran Paul Braverman comes Deuce Cooper: The Bloomfield Case, a noir send-up set in the 1940s. Private detective Deuce Cooper struggles with a case that may or may not prove his career success to date is a fluke. It's 10:45 p.m., and his new assistant Donna has scheduled meetings at eleven with an informant, a police officer, a client/lover, his mother, all three of his ex-wives, and Donny No-Sleeves who plans to kill him “a lot.” Before the night is over, there will be a double-cross … a triple-cross … and finally, justice will be done.
In For Art's Sake by Elyce Melmon, the playwright lovingly examines the differing perspectives of mother and son, an art historian and a tech captain, a passionate feeler and a rational thinker. What will happen when a classic work of art finally insists upon the young man's attention? Will his neat and tidy viewpoint be utterly undone by the mystery of who she truly is?
Two sisters sort through the remains of their deceased older brother's life in Meantime In Between Time by Leah Halper. When a family member lives a life of substance abuse, the resentment of wrongs done can outweigh and overshadow the love that still exists — but sometimes, the remnants of a life lived can finally bring understanding and acceptance to those who have spent too long seeking it.
Stella Wind by Bridgette Dutta Portman is a lively spoof on the teen superhero genre (Sailor Moon, Kim Possible) that features a high school superhero forbidden by her mother to continue saving the city from evil aliens until her grades improve. Young Stephanie — aka Stella Wind, leader of the Cosmonaut Quartet — will face the greatest struggle of her superpowered existence, convincing her mother that fighting for justice is more important than graduating with a decent GPA.
In The Proposal by Max Gutmann, feminism gets a lighthearted treatment when an independent woman gets wind of her boyfriend's marriage proposal “ambush” and determines to break the whole thing off for good. While comic in nature, the short piece also raises valid points about the cultural traditions of proposals, and offers at least one modern solution to those offended by them.
Susan Jackson's short play Aboriginal is a fascinating look at adoption, based on true stories. A panel of individuals sharing their personal stories and responses to adoption at an International Adoption Symposium at NYU raise a multitude of questions. Why were these particular children up for adoption? Who adopted them, and for what reasons? Were those lives better than the lives they might have been expected to have, otherwise? What of their extended adopted families? And as adults, do they seek out their birth parents? Why or why not?
Old ways versus new ways, interdependence versus independence, mythic tradition versus proven science all come to a conflict in Anasazi Breakdown by Douglas Rees. Set in a desert in 1946, a woman waits by a broken-down car for her sister to return with a charged battery. As she waits, a stranger approaches to help – but his help may be exactly what the sisters don'tneed.
In Mirror to Face by Leah Halper, a beloved performer in the Yiddish theatre in 1903 is offered an opportunity, finally, to perform on Broadway – but as the hated figure of Shylock. Can he bring humanity to the role, or will audiences simply see his performance confirm their worst prejudices? Meanwhile, his talented daughter has her own theatrical future in mind, one which may not be possible under her father's watchful eye.
All the roles in all the plays of Pear Slices 2017 will be performed by one cast: Ariel Aronica, Tess Middlebrook, Briana Mitchell, Bryan Moriarty, Kyle Smith, Michael Weiland, andAlison Whismore. Keeping sets, lights, and props to a minimum, the production features the work of Norman Beamer as Set Builder, James Kopp as Lighting Designer, and Kelly Weber Barraza as Stage Manager. Troy Johnson and Robyn Ginsburg Braverman created the sound and visual design for the production.
Pear Theatre began as the Pear Avenue Theatre in June 2002, under the leadership of Artistic Director Diane Tasca, by a group of theatre artists who believe that audiences are eager for plays that challenge as well as delight and move them. Pear Theatre produces intimate theatre by passionate artists, whether classic works or cutting-edge plays. Now in its fifteenth season, The Pear attracts theatre artists and audience from all over the Bay Area for its award-winning and high-quality productions; and last year The Pear’s ongoing commitment to excellence was recognized by the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle with the Paine Knickerbocker Award, an annual special award for a Bay Area company contributing to the high quality of theatre in the region.
Pear Theatre moved in 2015 from its original 40-seat warehouse space to a new, state-of-the-art black box theatre close by, with capacity of 75-99 seats depending on the configuration of the production. The old location felt like you were watching a play and sitting on an airplane at the same time. I loved how tiny and intimate the setting was and I love the new theatre even more. This exciting move allows The Pear to continue its tradition of intimate theatre while taking on new challenges and opportunities. Pear Theatre is a very special place in our community and I highly recommend buying tickets to Pear Slices. I love Mountain View.