Actors Ensemble of Berkeley: “King Lear,” through Sept. 7; John Hinkel Park, Berkeley; free; www.aeofberkeley.org. Aurora Theatre Company: “Mud Blue Sky,” Marisa Wegrzyn’s slice-of-life dramedy about a middle-aged flight attendant, Aug. 28-Sept. 27; Aurora Theatre, Berkeley; “The Submarine Show,” physical comedy by Slater Penny and Jaron Hollander, Oct. 14-25; Harry’s Upstage at Aurora Theatre; “The Monster-Builder,” Amy Freed’s dramedy about a powerful architect with nefarious practices, Nov. 6-Dec. 6; Aurora Theatre, Berkeley; $36-$60; 510-843-4822, https://auroratheatre.org.
“Olive Kitteridge.” By Elizabeth Strout, Word for Word Performing Arts Company, Presented by indian bridal wedding shoes/bollywood women peach lehnga gold jutti shoes/gold wedding ballet flats/khussa punjabi shoes us size Stanford Lively Arts, 2:30 p.m, Jan, 9, Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University, $10-$42, 650-725-2787 or http://livelyarts.stanford.edu, “No Good Deed.” By Paul Braverman, World premiere, presented by Pear Avenue Theatre, Gin-soaked but not quite washed up, Detective Frankie Payne fights demons both inside and out to find redemption and solve a mystery, Preview, 8 p.m, Jan, 13, Opens Jan, 14, Through Jan, 30, 8 p.m, Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m, Sundays, Pear Avenue Theatre, 1220 Pear Ave., Mountain View, $15-$30, 650-254-1148 or www.thepear.org..
The team caught another break when Natalie Portman — who had been talking to Green about a possible remake of “Suspiria,” a Dario Argento horror movie set at a ballet academy — joined “Your Highness” as a Xena-like warrior named Isabel. (“Then she signed onto her other dark ballet movie,” Green says. “The rest is history.”). Portman, who was training for “Black Swan” when filming on “Your Highness” began, says she was initially hesitant about stepping into an environment that called for so much improvisational comedy and, in particular, about acting opposite McBride.
Peninsula Women’s Chorus: The chorus presents “A Winter Prelude,” a program featuring Diemer’s “O Viridissima Virga,” Debussy’s “Noël des enfants qui n’ont pas plus de maisons,” Carter’s “Maria Walks Amid the Thorn” and the Finnish song “Hanget Soi (Singing Snow).” A sing-along set is also on the bill, Dec, 12, 2:30 p.m, St, Mark’s indian bridal wedding shoes/bollywood women peach lehnga gold jutti shoes/gold wedding ballet flats/khussa punjabi shoes us size Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto, Dec, 18, 8 p.m, Mission Santa Clara, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, $30 general/$35 premium/$10 student, pwchorus.org, 650-327-3095..
Founded in 1984, the Mission Hospice Auxiliary is a group of dedicated volunteers who raise funds and increase awareness of the services provided by Mission Hospice & Home Care. Their support helps ensure that everyone in the community has the physical, emotional and spiritual support they need to spend their last days with dignity, and surrounded by loved ones. The Auxiliary organizes a Bridge Day & Luncheon (Jan. 31 this year) and an annual Fall Gala (scheduled for Oct. 11), along with other special events throughout the year. In 2013, the volunteers raised nearly $200,000 to support Mission Hospice patients and programs.
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