Reviews are by Donald Munro; NR = not reviewed. For performance information, see calendar listings on Pages 21-23.
Dracula: College of the Sequoias’ Chris Mangels adapts and directs a production based on the Bram Stoker novel. (Opens Friday, Oct. 16)
Rocky Horror Show: Visalia Players at the Ice House Theatre serves up the Time Warp. (Opens Friday, Oct. 16)
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Dracula: The Musical: Porterville’s Barn Theatre communes with everyone’s favorite vampire. (NR)
The Mousetrap: Golden Chain Theatre in Oakhurst presents the Agatha Christie whodunit. Closes Sunday, Oct. 18. (NR)
Shenandoah: Good Company Players travels back to the Civil War era for a musical based on the 1965 film about a Civil War-era 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.
Squabble: Tulare Encore Theatre presents Marshall Karp’s comedy in which in-laws move in with a married couple and constantly bicker. Closes Saturday, Oct. 17.(NR)
Venus in Fur: Live Theatre Co. at the Cal Arts Severance Theatre opens David Ives’ complex drama about a theater audition that goes awry. Closes Saturday, Oct. 17.
NEXT WEEK’S OPENINGS
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)