Reviews are by Donald Munro; NR = not reviewed. For performance information, see calendar listings on Pages 17-19.
ART: The Curtain 5 TheatreGROUP and the Fresno Art Museum presents Yasmina Reza’s wry commentary on contemporary art as a museum fundraiser. (Opens Friday, Oct. 23)
Janka: Direct from New York, Janice Noga reprises her one-woman show about a Holocaust survivor in a fundraiser at the 2nd Space Theatre. (Opens Saturday, Oct. 24)
Night of the Living Dead: Playhouse Merced tells the story you recognize but with a slight comedic twist. (Opens Friday, Oct. 23)
Steel Magnolias: The Selma Arts Center presents the tale of the bond a group of women share in a small-town Southern community. (Opens Thursday, Oct. 22)
Dracula: College of the Sequoias’ Chris Mangels adapts and directs a production based on the Bram Stoker novel. Closes Saturday, Oct. 24. (NR)
Dracula: The Musical: Porterville’s Barn Theatre communes with everyone’s favorite vampire. Closes Sunday, Oct. 25. (NR)
Rocky Horror Show: Visalia Players at the Ice House Theatre serves up the Time Warp. (NR)
Shenandoah: Good Company Players travels back to the Civil War era for a musical based on the 1965 film about a Virginia widower and his large family. Mark Norwood gives a gruff and heartfelt performance in the leading role in this little-seen and tender production, which spins into a meditation on the nature of war and the difficulties in taking a pacifist stand when violence is exploding around you. Director Laurie Pessano gives the show a homespun gloss and a warm ensemble feel.
Wait Until Dark: Reedley’s River City Theatre Company presents a thriller about a blind woman terrorized by two men who break into her apartment. (NR)
NEXT WEEK’S OPENINGS
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Fresno State presents the Shakespeare comedy with an infusion of contemporary culture in the form of vampirelike and undead characterizations. (Opens Friday, Oct. 30)