Theater & Arts

Theater roundup: Performing arts shows March 18-24

Daniel Barco, top center, playing Brett, rehearses with cast members in a scene from “13: The Musical” at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Fresno.
Daniel Barco, top center, playing Brett, rehearses with cast members in a scene from “13: The Musical” at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Fresno. ckohlruss@fresnobee.com

Reviews are by Donald Munro; NR = not reviewed.

OPENING

The Little Mermaid: Good Company Players goes under the sea with the Broadway adaptation of the popular Disney tale at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater. (Opens Thursday, March 17)

Top of the Evenin’ to Ye: This cabaret from the Visalia Players includes old Irish pub tunes and stories. (Opens Thursday, March 17)

The Wizard of Oz: Tollberry Theatre presents the musical classic at the Sierra High School Presentation Center in Tollhouse. (Opens Thursday, March 17)

ONGOING

13: The Musical: Children’s Musical Theaterworks brings back Jason Robert Brown’s musical about a 13-year-old boy forced to move from New York City to a small town in Indiana. Plays at Fresno Memorial Auditorium. Closes Sunday, March 20. (NR)

Anything Goes: Reedley’s River City Theatre Company presents the classic Cole Porter musical. (NR)

The Glass Menagerie: Amelia Ryan offers an excellent performance as a memorable Amanda Wingfield in this Good Company Players’ 2nd Space Theatre production of the Tennessee Williams classic memory play about a family living in 1937 St. Louis. Director J. Daniel Herring, using distinctive freeze-frame staging at times, weaves a freshness and subtlety throughout the production, drawing restraint and passion from his cast, including Alyssa Gaynor in an aching performance as Laura, the daughter who can’t even imagine small dreams being fulfilled. Highly recommended.

The King and I: College of the Sequoias in Visalia offers the classic musical. Closes Sunday, March 20. (NR)

Malpractice, or Love’s the Best Doctor: Fresno State’s theater department presents an adaptation of plays by Moliere poking fun at doctors and the medical profession. Closes Saturday, March 19.

Through the Looking Glass: Playhouse Merced presents a musical adaptation of the Lewis Carroll classic. (NR)

NEXT WEEK’S OPENINGS

None scheduled.

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