Reviews are by Donald Munro; NR = not reviewed.
Males Order Bride: Oakhurst’s Golden Chain Theatre opens its summer melodrama. (Opens Friday, June 10)
To Kill a Mockingbird: Playhouse Merced opens the adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic novel. (Opens Friday, June 10)
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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike: Visalia Players opens Christopher Durang’s comedy about three single grown siblings at the Ice House Theatre. Through June 26. (Opens Friday, June 10)
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.
Hello, Dolly!: The classic Jerry Herman musical gets a solid but uneven production directed by Steve Souza, whose leading lady, Janet Glaudé, on opening night struggled to craft a consistent and cohesive Dolly. At times she played this larger-than-life character so softly she almost faded into the background. At others, she offered flashes of brashness that felt disjointed and sometimes even cranky. I wanted more flair and fun from her. Gordon Moore was a delight as the crabby Horance Vandergelder. There’s much to like about the show, including a small but mighty band of Dolly waiters welcoming her back town. Through July 17.
The Tonapah Bambi Show: A Variety Extravaganza: The Kings Players in Hanford brings back its “Throttlebottom” series. Through June 26. (NR)
NEXT WEEK’S OPENINGS
I Hate Hamlet: Good Company Players opens Paul Rudnick’s comedy-drama at the 2nd Space Theatre. (Opens Thursday, June 16)
Hamlet: Woodward Shakespeare Festival opens its season with the Shakespeare classic. (Opens Thursday, June 16)