Reviews are by Donald Munro; NR = not reviewed. For performance information, see calendar listings on Pages 17-19.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: The Tulare County Office of Education Theatre Department presents the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical at the L.J. Williams Theatre in Visalia. (Opens Thursday, Nov. 19, and closes Saturday, Nov. 21.)
Mary Poppins: The musical version is based on the Disney film and the original book by P.L. Travers. Presented by Playhouse Merced. (Opens Friday, Nov. 20)
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. See review, Page 8. Closes Saturday, Nov. 21)
Bad Jews: Three cousins fight over a family heirloom in this Fresno City College comedy. See review, page 7. Closes Saturday, Nov. 21)
The Cemetery Club: Hanford’s Kings Players presents the Ivan Menchell play. Through Dec. 6. (NR)
Changes of Heart: Fresno Pacific University presents Pierre Carlet de Marivaux’s 18th-century drama about love and inconstancy. Closes Saturday, Nov. 21. (NR)
A Christmas Story: Good Company Players opens a musical version of the popular title at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater. See review in next week’s 7 section. Through Jan. 10.
Fiddler on the Roof: Oakhurst’s Golden Chain Theatre presents the classic musical. Through Nov. 29. (NR)
Meet Me in St. Louis: This gently nostalgic Good Company Players production at the 2nd Space Theatre wants to be a witty romp, but the acting and direction too often are bland. As the Smith family gets wrapped up in humor and consternation on the eve of the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, a sudden job promotion threatens to move the family to New York, irking four daughters. There are some fun supporting performances (including a winning Joy Smith in the double-cast show), but Christopher Sergel’s weak script contributes to the production’s flat feeling. Through Dec. 20.
The Music Man: The Selma Arts Center offers 76 trombones and more. Closes Sunday, Nov. 22. (NR)
The Producers: Lindsay Community Theater presents the Mel Brooks musical. Closes Saturday, Nov. 20. (NR)
Rumors: College of the Sequoias opens the Neil Simon comedy. Closes Saturday, Nov. 21. (NR)
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