Theater & Arts

Theater roundup: Performing arts shows March 3-10

Reviews are by Donald Munro; NR = not reviewed. For performance information, see calendar listings on Page 17-19.

OPENING

Don Quixote: Santa Barbara’s State Street Ballet partners with the Valley Performing Arts Council in a ballet production at the Saroyan Theatre featuring professional and student dancers. (Plays Saturday, March 5)

Rogue Festival: Fresno’s annual fringe festival kicks off its 15th anniversary run with dozens of productions. (Opens Thursday, March 3)

Anything Goes: Reedley’s River City Theatre Company presents the classic Cole Porter musical. (Opens Friday, March 4)

Through the Looking Glass: Playhouse Merced opens a musical adaptation of the Lewis Carroll classic. (Opens Friday, March 4)

ONGOING

9 to 5: The popular 1980 movie got a 2009 Broadway musical makeover, and the Good Company Players production at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater is anchored by strong performances by Alison Allwine, Emily Pessano and Abigail Nolte as they turn the tables on their sexist boss. Julie Lucido’s brisk directorial choices liven the proceedings, but the show is never able to transform its vintage slapstick revenge storyline into anything more than mild amusement. It isn’t sure whether to embrace its dated premise or make a wry comment on it. Through March 13.

The Glass Menagerie: Good Company Players performs the Tennessee Williams classic memory play at the 2nd Space Theatre about a family living in 1937 St. Louis. J. Daniel Herring directs. Look for a review in next week’s 7 section.

Mulan and the Battle on Black Mountain: Fresno City College opens an original show by Charles Erven. Closes Saturday, March 5.

NEXT WEEK’S OPENINGS

Malpractice, or Love’s the Best Doctor: Fresno State opens a play adapted from the comedies of Moliere. . (Opens Friday, March 11)

13: The Musical: Children’s Musical Theaterworks opens the musical by Jason Robert Brown at Fresno Memorial Auditorium. (Opens Friday, March 11)

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