Category Big Shout Out

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 […]

Donald Munro’s contribution to Fresno theater is immeasurable – clicks or no clicks.

It’s almost like the last few weeks of arts news have been setting me up for Tuesday’s local shocker: That McClatchy Newspapers has gutted coverage of the arts and culture from both print and online. . . and that Donald Munro, the region’s resident arts journalist, was also out of a job. After the announcements […]

To Fresno: The Bohemia of California

Just finished the Rogue Performance Festival, which means I’m slowly coming back to myself after going a bit mad. I have one more major event to finish through next weekend, then I refocus to some work with StageWorks Fresno and (one hopes) a few of my own creative projects over the summer. Jaguar is working […]

Ode to The Pole

The Pole is Gone. How do I even begin to put into paltry words how I feel about The Pole? I’m surprised that my feelings are actually mixed. MIXED. For THE POLE! I mean, I knew this was coming. I was told this would happen weeks ago. But now. . . I just don’t know. […]

BIG SHOUT OUT: PRODUCTION PHOTOGRAPHY!

Some may have noticed that in the Baptized to the Bone program at {the new ensemble}, we placed the Production Photography credit in with the rest of the production staff, rather than with the sort of “general staff” section.  And that is because I believe the production photography is among the most underrated – and […]

Applause: Fresno State and T.I.C.

  When theater makes me want to talk about it afterwards, it is always a good thing. When theater makes me stop and think, “Jeezus. . . I really don’t know anything about theater anymore,” it is an amazingly good thing. I caught the last night of Fresno State’s production of “T.I.C Trenchcoat in Common: […]

Spotlight’s HAMLET gets all-noir on Bakersfield– and succeeds.

As a theater practitioner, you know you’re watching someone else’s good production when you start thinking, “Yeah, I’m gonna steal that. .. “.     Not borrow.  Not “ be influenced by”. Full on STEAL. While sitting in the Sunday matinee of the Spotlight Theater’s production of HAMLET, the impulses to thieve became too many […]