The Great Escape: Eat a Pear, Go to the Pear

After taking care of everyone else, it’s time to take care of you. This week, we suggest the famous pear-infused tapas from Aldo’s in Los Altos, followed by a night out at the Pear Avenue Theater.

Your teens are holding a car wash at the high school on Saturday. The grandparents volunteered to take your young children to a movie on Sunday afternoon. Your 'tweens take tap dance on Wednesday evening.

However it works out, it’s your time. Take it.

In “The Great Escape,” each week, we’ll tell you about one great idea to give you a much-deserved break and make your life a little easier. Maybe a whole lot easier.

The Great Escape: Eat a Pear, Go to the Pear

How long has it been since you dressed up a bit and went out for a night at the theater? Too long, we would guess. Therefore, we suggest you grab your credit card and purchase a couple of tickets to the Pear Avenue Theatre Company’s latest production of Arthur Miller’s timeless classic, Death of A Salesman.

Director Ray Renati says, “This iconic and moving work, widely regarded as the defining American drama, is the heartbreaking story of an ordinary man with extraordinary—and ultimately self-destructive—expectations. Called a "working-class Oedipus Rex," Miller’s play led all others in a recent nationwide survey of playwrights, scholars, and educators asked to name the 10 most important American plays.”

This play runs through March 20. Performances start at 8 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and a matinee is offered at 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets range in cost from $15-25 and can be purchased online at thepear.org or by calling 650-254-1148. The Pear Avenue Theatre is at 1220 Pear Ave., Unit K, in Mountain View.

In keeping with the spirit, stop by one of Los Altos’ most beloved restaurants before the show for some pear-infused goodness. Italian restaurant , downtown at 388 Main St., is famous for its Prosciutto, Pere e Gorgonzola small-plate appetizer. More than 120 “Yelpers” give this restaurant an average of four out of five stars and call this dish of pears soaked in wine sauce and paired with prosciutto and gorgonzola cheese “tasty,” “yummy” and, overall, “quite good.”

So, as we offer you this pair of ideas—eat a pear, go to the Pear—remember, most importantly, take some time for you.


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