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Newsletter Links and ‘God Sees Dog,’ a student production that may be under your radar. (It was under mine!)

My November What’s My Call Time Newsletter listing this month’s shows in the area went out this morning at 5:30 a.m. (Here it is, if you missed it!) After about 12 hours, I like to look at the report to collect some data. The data can often tell an interesting story, if you know how […]

2019 Rogue Festival Application Window is open until October 12th

If you’re a performing artist who says they want to see more of the original, more of the off-beat, more risks, and more opportunities on Fresno stages and haven’t applied to be in the Rogue Festival yet, WHY HAVEN’T YOU? Rogue Festival is a non-curated fringe festival, which means there is no one who decides […]

All-Female Shows in the Area

September is probably the first time in my life that I’ve seen three shows in a row that had all-female casts. And I don’t mean a one-woman show or a two-hander. Like, four or more women making up a full-sized cast. 

I’m feeling critical. Gimme tickets. (An experiment.)

So as not to bury the lede, let me just get to the announcing: I’m going to do an experiment in theater reviewing on this blog this year. I hope those of you who produce theater will help me out with it. For the next year, I will be open to reviewing your productions in […]

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 […]

Reviews, Good Faith, and “Daddy Issues”

It’s been a long time since I was this bothered by a review. I long ago came to many conclusions about critics and reviews and their place in the arts ecosystem. I’ve been reviewed many times. I’ve written many reviews. I believe that without arts writers and reviewers arts communities tend to struggle. I don’t […]

From the Archives: Giving audiences an experience

This edition of From the Archives is SOOOO 2007, talking about the “experience economy” and touching on “immersive theater” experiences. But while those phrases may be rather passe these days, there are still a few takeaways in here for consideration. It is still odd for me to think about how much I’ve evolved in the […]

Rant about actors being asked to flatten their voice inflections in first read-through. Why would you do that?

Today I was having an online discussion about typical practices of a first rehearsal read-through, and  this question came my way: re: off-book — a commentator on my blog told me that actors are typically asked to memorize their lines [for first read-through] without inflection of any kind so they are more directable in rehearsal […]

From the Archives: Rehearsal Notes to Myself

In 2007, I was working on my first Rogue Festival show – an original play written in iambic pentameter called “All’s Red that’s Riding Hood” written by Terrance Mc Arthur. It was the winner of an original playwrighting competition at Woodward Shakespeare Festival. I had a very game and supportive cast and a very philosophical turn of mind at that time.

From the Archives: The Hard Way

I still hold that all three of these are true for me, although I’d qualify: They are lessons I learn over and over again