Reviews are by Donald Munro; NR = not reviewed.
Hamlet: Woodward Shakespeare Festival opens its season with the Shakespeare classic. Through July 16.
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.
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I Hate Hamlet: Good Company Players presents Paul Rudnick’s comedy-drama about a TV star scared to play Hamlet on stage at the 2nd Space Theatre. Through Aug. 14.
The Music Man: Sanger’s Blossom Trail Theatre presents the classic Meredith Wilson musical. Through Saturday, June 25. (NR)
Somebody’s Children: Jose Casas’ drama about five homeless teen-agers opens at the Fresno Soap Co. in a benefit for Shine! Theatre. Closes Sunday, June 26. (NR)
Males Order Bride: Oakhurst’s Golden Chain Theatre presents its goofy summer melodrama. Closes Sunday, June 26. Closes Sunday, June 26. (NR)
The Tonapah Bambi Show: A Variety Extravaganza: The Kings Players in Hanford brings back its “Throttlebottom” series. Closes Sunday, June 26. (NR)
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike: Visalia Players presents Christopher Durang’s comedy about three single grown siblings at the Ice House Theatre. Through June 26. Closes Sunday, June 26. (NR)
NEXT WEEK’S OPENINGS
The Who’s Tommy: StageWorks Fresno kicks off its 2016 season with a new production of the rock musical by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff. Joel Abels directs. (Opens Friday, July 1)