Reviews are by Donald Munro. For performance information, see calendar listing on page 17-18.
“Antigone”: Jean Alouilh’s adaptation of the classic Greek play, presented by Theatre Ventoux and Live Theatre Company.
“ The Cripple of Inishmaan”: Good Company Players offers Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy about an unfortunate young Irishman living on an isolated island. It has a bracing wit and a full complement of quirky characters.
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“The Henriad”: Chris Mangels and the Experimental Theatre Company at College of the Sequoias offer a Shakespeare adaptation.
“ The Music Lesson”: In StageWorks Fresno production, featuring live music, a couple flee the horrors of the Bosnian War for a new life in Pittsburgh but can’t escape the memories.
“Young Frankenstein”: The Selma Arts Center tackles the popular Broadway musical based on the cult-favorite Mel Brooks 1974 film.
“ Always a Bridesmaid”: Four women pledged decades ago in high school that they’d be bridesmaids in each other’s weddings. Because of divorce (and one longtime holdout), the tradition continues even as they approach 50. The Good Company Players production boasts a few good laugh lines, but mostly it’s a recycle of warmed-up Southern witticisms, inoffensive one-liners and gags. (DM)
“Fantastic Mr. Fox”: Visalia’s Enchanted Playhouse presented the children’s classic about a very smart fox family. (Not reviewed)
“Other Desert Cities”: Jon Robin Baitz’s 2011 play, presented by the Visalia Community Players, dives into the psyche of a troubled family over the Christmas holiday. (Not reviewed)
“ South Pacific”: Director Dan Pessano of Good Company Players takes a landmark title in American musical-theater history and gives it a brisk and loving spin. The familiar tale of Navy Seabees and nurses stuck on a remote island during World War II features such classics as “Some Enchanted Evening” and is anchored by strong performances by Jordan Litz as Lt. Joseph Cable and Janet Glaude as Bloody Mary. (DM)
NEXT WEEK’S OPENINGS
“Beyond Karaoke”: A restaurant in an old airport hanger is converted into a space for an air band show in this musical comedy from Tulare’s Encore Theatre company.
“The Marvelous Wonderettes”: Reedley’s River City Theatre Company’s musical revue takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom.
“The Playboy of the Western World”: Christy Mahon gets to strut his Irish stuff in John Millington Synge’s atmospheric early 20th century classic staged by Fresno State.
“The Wardrobe”: A fugitive Jew from the Warsaw Ghetto is in search of a safe haven from Nazi persecution in this Golden Chain Theatre production.