Reviews are by Donald Munro; NR = not reviewed. For performance information, see calendar listing on page 17-18.
“Island of the Blue Dolphins”: Shine! Youth Theatre celebrates its 20th anniversary with two performances at the Tower Theatre of this adaptation of Scott O’Dell’s children’s novel.
“Oliver”: Good Company Players offers the beloved Charles Dickens musical about a London orphan who falls in with a group of pickpockets. Dan Pessano directs a cast that includes Marty Margolin as Oliver and Juan Danner as Fagin. (Opens Thursday, May 21)
“Beyond Karaoke”: A restaurant in an old airport hangar is converted into a space for an air band show in this musical comedy in its final weekend 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.
“Monty Python’s Spamalot”: Playhouse Merced offers its version of the popular Broadway musical that includes such characters as the Knights of Ni and the Killer Rabbit. (NR)
“Saving Planet Poochie”: An original play at Visalia’s Creative Center about a planet that believes all beings must act, think and look alike. It closes Friday, May 22. (NR)
NEXT WEEK’S OPENINGS
“Death of a Salesman”: Arthur Miller’s scathing critique of the American Dream gets a production from Porterville’s Barn Theater.
“Venus in Fur”: Visalia’s Fourth Wall Theatre Company tackles David Ives’ 2011 Broadway play about a woman’s unforgettable audition.