Reviews are by Donald Munro; NR = not reviewed.
Hello, Dolly!: Good Company Players opens the classic Jerry Herman musical with Janet Glaudé in the title role. Steve Souza directs. (Opens Thursday, May 19)
Tape: Charlene Cano makes her directorial debut with Stephen Belber’s play at the Fresno Soap Co. about three high-school classmates reunited after 10 years. (Opens Saturday, May 21)
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An Ideal Husband: Crisply directed by Laurie Pessano, this Good Company Players production of the Oscar Wilde classic at the 2nd Space Theatre captures the playwright’s engaging wit and boasts a gorgeous production design. Casey Ballard is a standout as a trouble-making member of society who tries to blackmail the up-and-coming junior politician Sir Robert Chiltern (a sonorous Sterling Chase Stubblefield). Alex Vaux adds sparkle as Lord Goring, Sir Robert’s steadfast friend. While there are some wobbles, including an ending that feels rushed and a bland portrayal of Lady Chiltern (Alyssa Gaynor), the production offers lots of pleasant giggles at the excesses of the upper class and harrumphing at the hypocrisy of situational morality. Through June 12.
Big Fish: Playhouse Merced presents a musical based on the 2003 movie about a man whose impossible stories of his epic adventures frustrate his son. Closes Sunday, May 22. (NR)
Next Fall: Visalia Players opens Geoffrey Nauffts’ play about two gay men, one religious, the other an atheist, in a committed relationship. Through May 29.
Of Mice and Men: Reedley’s River City Theatre Company presents the play based on the John Steinbeck novel. Closes Sunday, May 22. (NR)
Steel Magnolias: Oakhurst’s Golden Chain Theatre presents Robert Harling’s play set in a Louisiana beauty salon. George Rich directs. Closes Sunday, May 22. (NR)
NEXT WEEK’S OPENINGS
Young Frankenstein: Visalia’s Theater Arts Alliance stages a one-weekend run of the Mel Brooks musical at the Main Street Theater. (Opens Thursday, May 26)