Reviews are by Donald Munro; NR = not reviewed. For performance information, see calendar listings on Pages 17-19.
Meet Me in St. Louis: In this Good Company Players production at the 2nd Space Theatre, the Smith family gets wrapped up in humor and consternation on the eve of the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. (Opens Thursday, Oct. 29)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Fresno State presents the Shakespeare comedy with an infusion of contemporary culture in the form of vampirelike and undead characterizations. (Opens Friday, Oct. 30)
The Pirates of Penzance: The Fresno City College Opera Musical Theatre Workshop presents the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. (Opens Friday, Oct. 30, and closes Sunday, Nov. 1)
Night of the Living Dead: Playhouse Merced tells the story you recognize but with a slight comedic twist. Closes Sunday, Nov. 1 (NR)
Rocky Horror Show: Visalia Players at the Ice House Theatre serves up the Time Warp. Closes Sunday, Nov. 1. (NR)
Shenandoah: Good Company Players travels back to the Civil War era for a musical based on the 1965 film about a Virginia widower and his large family. Mark Norwood gives a gruff and heartfelt performance in the leading role in this little-seen and tender production, which spins into a meditation on the nature of war and the difficulties in taking a pacifist stand when violence is exploding around you. Director Laurie Pessano gives the show a homespun gloss and a warm ensemble feel.
Wait Until Dark: Reedley’s River City Theatre Company presents a thriller about a blind woman terrorized by two men who break into her apartment. Closes Sunday, Nov. 1. (NR)
NEXT WEEK’S OPENINGS
The Amish Project: A fictional exploration inspired by the 2006 killing of five girls in a hostage-taking at an Amish school. Presented by The New Ensemble at The Voice Shop.
Fiddler on the Roof: Oakhurst’s Golden Chain Theatre presents the classic musical. (Opens Friday, Nov. 6)
The Music Man: The Selma Arts Center offers 76 trombones and more. (Opens Saturday, Nov. 7)