Reviews are by Donald Munro; NR = not reviewed. For performance information, see calendar listings on Page 17-19.
13: The Musical: Children’s Musical Theaterworks opens the musical by Jason Robert Brown at Fresno Memorial Auditorium. (Opens Friday, March 11)
Malpractice, or Love’s the Best Doctor: Fresno State opens a play adapted from the comedies of Moliere. (Opens Friday, March 11)
Ragtime: The national tour of the musical adaptation of E. L. Doctorow’s novel makes a stop at the Saroyan Tour. (Opens Tuesday, March 15)
9 to 5: The popular 1980 movie got a 2009 Broadway musical makeover, and the Good Company Players production at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater is anchored by strong performances by Alison Allwine, Emily Pessano and Abigail Nolte as they turn the tables on their sexist boss. Julie Lucido’s brisk directorial choices liven the proceedings, but the show is never able to transform its vintage slapstick revenge storyline into anything more than mild amusement. It isn’t sure whether to embrace its dated premise or make a wry comment on it. Closes Sunday, March 13.
Anything Goes: Reedley’s River City Theatre Company presents the classic Cole Porter musical. (NR)
The Glass Menagerie: Good Company Players performs the Tennessee Williams classic memory play at the 2nd Space Theatre about a family living in 1937 St. Louis. J. Daniel Herring directs.
Rogue Festival: Fresno’s annual fringe festival runs through Saturday, March 12.
Through the Looking Glass: Playhouse Merced presents a musical adaptation of the Lewis Carroll classic. (NR)
NEXT WEEK’S OPENINGS
The Little Mermaid: Good Company Players goes under the sea with the Broadway adaptation of the popular Disney tale at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater. (Opens Thursday, March 17)
Top of the Evenin’ to Ye: This cabaret from the Visalia Players includes old Irish pub tunes and stories. (Opens Thursday, March 17)
The Wizard of Oz: Tollberry Theatre presents the musical classic at the Sierra High School Presentation Center in Tollhouse. (Opens Thursday, March 17)