Reviews are by Donald Munro; NR = not reviewed.
Arsenic and Old Lace: The Visalia Players opens the classic play at the Ice House Theatre. (Opens Friday, Aug. 5)
Heathers: The Musical: Selma Arts Center opens the central San Joaquin Valley premiere of the musical based on the cult-classic film. (Opens Friday, Aug. 5)
Shrek the Musical: Children’s Musical Theaterworks opens the musical based on the popular Disney film at the Fresno Memorial Auditorium. (Opens Friday, Aug. 5)
The Buddy Holly Story: Joseph Ham plays the title role in this River City Theatre Company jukebox musical saluting the famed rock ’n’ roller. Through Aug. 7 (NR)
Casa Valentina: StageWorks Fresno presents Harvey Fierstein’s play about a group of men who spend weekends in the Catskills dressed as women. Closes Sunday, Aug. 7.
I Hate Hamlet: Good Company Players presents Paul Rudnick’s comedy-drama about a TV star scared to play Hamlet on stage. This fresh summer hit at the 2nd Space Theatre is a witty and well-written romp, and director Elizabeth Fiester strikes a fine balance between insider Shakespeare jokes and general silliness. CJ Dion is a standout as the ghost of John Barrymore, who nurses TV actor Andrew Rally (an amusing Chase Stubblefield) through the angst of playing one of theater’s most challenging roles. The small ensemble cast is uniformly top-notch. Through Aug. 14.
My Fair Lady: Good Company Players presents the timeless story of a Cockney flower girl who takes London society by storm at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater. Through Sept. 11.
NEXT WEEK’S OPENINGS
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead: Woodward Shakespeare Festival opens Tom Stoppard’s absurdist comedy about two minor characters from “Hamlet.” (Opens Thursday, Aug. 11)