Theater & Arts

Theater review roundup: Oct. 16-22

Jonathan Harker is played by Christopher Dorado and Dracula is performed (puppeteered) by Nika Valk in College of the Sequoias’ “Dracula.”
Jonathan Harker is played by Christopher Dorado and Dracula is performed (puppeteered) by Nika Valk in College of the Sequoias’ “Dracula.” Special to The Bee

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)


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.


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)