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Drive-Thru Interview: Renee Newlove and Measure for Measure

Adding an indoor show to its season is new endeavor for the company who performs primarily at the outdoor stage in Woodward Park.

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Drive-Thru Interview: Sergio Garza and “Dixie Swim Club” at Visalia Community Players

I first met Sergio Garza when I cast him as Arnold Epstein in Biloxi Blues at the Ice House Theater, home of the Visalia Community Players (VCP), nearly 20 years ago. (Although I have a vague notion that we knew each other before? Folks go back so far in Visalia, it is hard to say. […]

Drive-Thru Interview: Good Company Players’ Laurie Pessano

Something I only learned about Laurie Pessano because I read it in her bio: she holds the title of Creative Director of Good Company Players (GCP) in Fresno. It is not in the nature of GCP to shout their bona fides from the rooftops. They don’t list staff very prominently on their website and . . .

Just a Moment: “Titanic” at Playhouse Merced

There are no spoilers in Titanic, right?

Drive-Thru Interview: Haley White and “Real Women Have Curves”

If you don’t already know her, please allow me to introduce to you Haley White, easily one of the most bone-deep creative artists I know in our theatrical community. Haley is currently co-directing Real Women Have Curves at the Selma Arts Center and just got off a well-received stint as Alison Bechdel in StageWorks Fresno’s […]

BIG LIST OF FALL SHOWS 2018

Once again, here’s as big a seasonal theater list as I can compile with the information readily at hand. From Merced to Bakersfield, all of the areas are listed together this time so you can see everything that’s playing.  I make no distinction between smaller companies, independent productions, community theater, professional companies, and “semi-pro”. They tend […]

Understudying for Steel Magnolias, thinking about my mom.

Understudying this play helped me understand a bit about my late mother and a lot more about how a cast becomes a community.

Moments of Grief: Into the Woods and Little Women

I don’t know if it is because we live in such a loud world these days, but last weekend I was all about the quiet moment on stage. Or perhaps, I was really all about the grief.

All-female “1776” at Ovation Theatre in Bakersfield

In an incredibly busy July, I was excited to get the chance to make a run down to Bakersfield to check out an almost-new theatre company in the South San Joaquin Valley. Ovation Theatre is the new iteration of the Spotlight Theater, which years ago had me traveling down to see some stellar productions, including […]

Tipsy Theater Thoughts on StageWorks Fresno’s “Fun Home”

I’m a tad tipsy today due to my sewing project (don’t ask, long story!). But I’m happy to give you five slightly tipsy thoughts about StageWorks Fresno’s Fun Home, which runs two more weekends. (It’ll probably be sold out so get tix in advance.) In fact, I’ll think I’ll make a new blog category for it. […]