Reviews are by Donald Munro; NR = not reviewed.
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.)
Steel Magnolias: Oakhurst’s Golden Chain Theatre presents Robert Harling’s play set in a Louisiana beauty salon. George Rich directs. (Opens Friday, May 6)
An Ideal Husband: Good Company Players presents the Oscar Wilde classic at the 2nd Space Theatre. See review, Page XX. Through June 12.
Closer: Fresno Soap Co. performs Patrick Marber’s play about modern love and betrayal. Through May 14. (NR)
Shrek: The Musical: The Selma Arts Center offers a solid and amusing (not to mention flatulently extravagant) musical version of the Disney tale with Daniel Sutherland offering a booming performance in the title role. Closes Saturday, 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. Through May 15.
NEXT WEEK’S OPENINGS
Next Fall: Visalia Players opens Geoffrey Nauffts’ play about two gay men in a committed relationship, one religious, the other an atheist. (Opens Friday, May 13)