Reviews are by Donald Munro; NR = not reviewed. For performance information, see calendar listing on page 17-18.
“Beyond Karaoke”: A restaurant in an old airport hangar is converted into a space for an air band show in this musical comedy from Tulare’s Encore Theatre company.
“Monty Python’s Spamalot”: Playhouse Merced offers its version of the popular Broadway musical.
“Antigone”: Jean Anouilh’s adaptation of the classic Greek play, presented by Theatre Ventoux and Live Theatre Company. This production, directed by Lisa Taber, intriguingly sets up the contest between Antigone and Creon as one of equals. The premise is strong but the acting uneven.
“The Cripple of Inishmaan”: Good Company Players offers Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy about an unfortunate young Irishman living on an isolated island. This standout production, filled with a bracing wit and a full complement of quirky characters, is enlivened by Denise Graziani’s snappy direction and a hugely talented ensemble cast. Billy Anderson’s portrayal of the leading character of Billy is resilient, compelling and very human.
“The Marvelous Wonderettes”: Reedley’s River City Theatre Company’s musical revue takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom. (NR)
“Other Desert Cities”: Jon Robin Baitz’s 2011 play, presented by the Visalia Community Players, dives into the psyche of a troubled family over the Christmas holiday. (NR)
“The Playboy of the Western World”: Christy Mahon gets to strut his Irish stuff in John Millington Synge’s atmospheric early 20th century classic staged by Fresno State. Don’t miss this spiffy and atmospheric production, which is directed with comic finesse by Brad Myers.
“South Pacific”: Director Dan Pessano of Good Company Players takes a landmark title in American musical-theater history and gives it a brisk and loving spin. The familiar tale of Navy Seabees and nurses stuck on a remote island during World War II features such classics as “Some Enchanted Evening” and is anchored by strong performances by Jordan Litz as Lt. Joseph Cable and Janet Glaude as Bloody Mary.
“The Wardrobe”: A fugitive Jew from the Warsaw Ghetto is in search of a safe haven from Nazi persecution in this Golden Chain Theatre production. (NR)
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