Reviews are by Donald Munro; NR = not reviewed. For performance information, see calendar listing on page 17-18.
“Oliver”: Good Company Players offers the beloved Charles Dickens musical about a London orphan who falls in with a group of pickpockets. (Opens Thursday, May 21)
“Saving Planet Poochie”: An original play at Visalia’s Creative Center about a planet that believes all beings must act, think and look alike. (Opens Tuesday, May 19)
“An Actor Prepares”: Theatre Ventoux performs an encore of the comedy by Joshua Ryan Taylor. (NR)
“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. (NR)
“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 Jungle Book Kids”: California Arts Academy offers an adaptation of the musical based on Rudyard Kipling’s book. (NR)
“The Marvelous Wonderettes”: Reedley’s River City Theatre Company’s musical revue takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom. (NR)
“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. This familiar tale (in its final weekend) 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, which is in its final weekend. (NR)
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