Reviews are by Donald Munro; NR = not reviewed.
The Vagina Monologues: Visalia Players open the Eve Ensler show at the Ice House Theatre. (Opens Friday, Sept. 23.)
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Camelot: Good Company Players opens the classic King Arthur musical tale at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater. Through Nov. 6.
Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play: After a nuclear disaster wipes out the electrical grid, a theater troupe keeps episodes of “The Simpsons” alive for what’s left of civilization. The Selma Arts Center presents the central San Joaquin Valley premiere. Through Oct. 1.
Rock of Ages: Playhouse Merced presents the jukebox musical based on the hits of Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake and others. Closes Sunday, Sept. 25. (NR)
Witness for the Prosecution: In this Good Company Players production of the Agatha Christie classic at the 2nd Space Theatre, you’ll get an old-fashioned whodunit romp complete with stuffy English barristers (David Otero and Noel Adams) wearing wigs. They’re battling over the guilt of the amiable defendant (Alex Vaux in a nice performance) accused of killing an older woman he befriended. But where does his enigmatic German wife (Erica Riggs, mysterious and ambiguous) fit into this? Director Karan Johnson offers a brisk pace and a solid sense of courtroom intrigue, though the big “reveal” could have used more dramatic spark. Through Oct. 9.
NEXT WEEK’S OPENINGS
Hands Up: 7 Playwrights. 7 Testaments: Fresno State opens a production written by seven emerging African-American playwrights, exploring the harsh complexities of the relationship between black Americans and law enforcement. Thomas-Whit Ellis directs. (Opens Friday, Sept. 30)
Waiting for Lefty: Fresno City College opens the 1935 drama by Clifford Odets framed by the meeting of cab drivers who are planning a labor strike. Janine Christl directs. (Opens Friday, Sept. 30)