Reviews are by Donald Munro; NR = not reviewed.
“Gypsy”: Playhouse Merced opens the classic musical. (Opens Friday, Feb. 3)
“The Treasure of Shiver River”: Tulare’s Encore Theatre Company presents a melodrama by Flip Kobler and Cindy Marcus. (Opens Friday, Feb. 3)
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“Blithe Spirit”: Good Company Players offers the jaunty Noel Coward classic about a novelist who hires a medium at the 2nd Space Theatre. Mary Piona grabs hold of her role as a psychic with relish, but the rest of the show never emerges as a comic powerhouse. Things feel a little creaky and expected. Through Feb. 26.
“The Will Rogers Follies”: The life and times of America’s famed humorist gets an impressionistic Broadway treatment in this appealing production from Good Company Players at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater. Ted Nunes gives an amiable performance as the title character that opening weekend seemed a bit tentative, but he has room to grow in confidence as the run continues. Abigail Nolte is a standout as Will’s wife, and the number “My Favorite Son” is a choreographic hit. Through March 12.