Reviews are by Donald Munro; NR = not reviewed.
Animal Farm: College of the Sequoias offers a musical version of George Orwell’s dystopian novel. Closes Saturday, April 30. (NR)
An Ideal Husband: Good Company Players presents the Oscar Wilde classic at the 2nd Space Theatre. Look for a review in next week’s Seven section. Through June 12.
Shrek: The Musical: The musical version of the Disney tale sets the famed ogre loose on the Selma Arts Center stage. Through May 7.
The Little Mermaid: The new Good Company Players production is a tsunami of visual fun that can make you feel as if you’re truly under the sea. Director Dan Pessano is able to latch onto the human aspect of the well-known story of a mermaid who longs to be human while still creating a stirring sensory experience. Emily Pessano is strong in the leading role of Ariel, with sweet vocals and just a hint of feminist backbone, and Brianne Janae Vogt delivers a memorable performance as Ursula the Sea Witch – all eight tentacles of her. But the real standouts are Ginger Kay Lewis-Reed’s ingenious costume design, Andrea Henrickson’s spiffy lighting design and David Pierce’s standout sets. Through May 15.
NEXT WEEK’S OPENINGS
Big Fish: Playhouse Merced opens a musical based on the 2003 movie about a man whose impossible stories of his epic adventures frustrate his son. (Opens Friday, May 6.)
Blue Willow: Fresno State presents a world premiere of a play that could be considered Fresno’s own “Grapes of Wrath,” with the focus on two migrant worker families during the Great Depression. (Opens Friday, May 6.)
Dead Man Walking: Fresno Grand Opera performs an adaptation of the famed book about capital punishment by Sister Helen Prejean. (Opens Saturday, May 7.)
Of Mice and Men: Reedley’s River City Theatre Company opens the play based on the John Steinbeck novel. (Opens Friday, May 6.)