Reviews are by Donald Munro; NR = not reviewed. For performance information, see calendar listings on Pages 17-19.
Albert Herring: Fresno State Opera Theatre opens the chamber opera at Wahlberg Recital Hall. (Opens Thursday, Nov. 5 and closes Friday, Nov. 6)
The Amish Project: A fictional exploration inspired by the 2006 killing of five girls in a hostage-taking at an Amish school. Presented by The New Ensemble at The Voice Shop. (Opens Friday, Nov. 6)
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Fiddler on the Roof: Oakhurst’s Golden Chain Theatre presents the classic musical. (Opens Friday, Nov. 6)
The Music Man: The Selma Arts Center offers 76 trombones and more. (Opens Saturday, Nov. 7)
Carmen: Visalia Opera Company presents the classic work by Bizet. Closes Sunday, Nov. 8. (NR)
Meet Me in St. Louis: In this Good Company Players production at the 2nd Space Theatre, the Smith family gets wrapped up in humor and consternation on the eve of the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. (See review in next week’s 7 section.)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Fresno State presents the Shakespeare comedy with an infusion of contemporary culture in the form of vampirelike and undead characterizations.
Shenandoah: Good Company Players travels back to the Civil War era for a musical based on the 1965 film about a 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. Closes Sunday, Nov. 8.
NEXT WEEK’S OPENINGS
Bad Jews: Three cousins fight over a family heirloom in this Fresno City College comedy. (Opens Friday, Nov. 13)
The Cemetery Club: Hanford’s Kings Players presents the Ivan Menchell play. (Opens Friday, Nov. 13)
A Christmas Story: Good Company Players opens a musical version of the popular title at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater. (Opens Thursday, Nov. 12)
The Producers: Lindsay Community Theater presents the Mel Brooks musical. (Opens Friday, Nov. 13)