Ran­dom Acts

San Fran­cisco-based band Ve­tiver; pi­anist Con­rad Tao; Lil­lian Hell­man’s play The Chil­dren’s Hour; Heathers the Mu­si­cal

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A ru­mor can have dev­as­tat­ing ef­fects, even if the fab­ri­ca­tion is noth­ing but the work of an un­happy ado­les­cent girl in­tent on get­ting her own way. This is the plot of The Chil­dren’s Hour, Lil­lian Hell­man’s 1934 play t hat is un­for­tu­nately time­less in its de­pic­tion of how easy it is for gos­sip to de­stroy love and liveli­hoods. Mary Til­ford doesn’t like board­ing school, and be­cause she’s rather well con­nected, she’s able to bring down her head­mistresses with a lie, and rope other girls into her schemes. Larry Glais­ter di­rects Hell­man’s clas­sic at the Santa Fe Play­house (142 E. DeVar­gas St.) with a fi­nal week­end of per­for­mances on Fri­day, April 22, and Satur­day, April 23, at 7:30 p.m., and Sun­day, April 24, at 2 p.m. Tick­ets, $25, with dis­counts avail­able, can be pur­chased at www.santafe­play­house.org or by call­ing 505-988- 4262 — J.L.

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