Every other year, Fresno State’s theatre department mounts a Shakespearean production (they also do a musical every other year) and this As You Like It is a fine example of how to keep Shakespeare in the repertory. It’s fun, elegant, and doesn’t get in its own way. The story: It’s complicated, but at its heart As […]
Jane Austen’s Emma, adapted from Austen’s novel by Michael Bloom and directed by Brooke Aiello for Fresno Pacific University, is a lovely production that will satisfy “Janeites” everywhere. Shannon Brewington’s alley stage “covered” in parchment with lines from the novel scratched in like 19th century letters captures Emma’s machinations as if they’re indeed written straight […]
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by Emily Kearns. “Drink, sir, is a great provoker of three things,” notes Shakespeare. I would contend that in the case of S’Will, those things are engaged hilarity, colloquial wit, and bubbling chatter. I had the pleasure of seeing The Fools Collaborative’s second reincarnation of S’Will at the Rogue Festival this past weekend and thoroughly […]
by Emily Kearns. Stepping into Wishon Avenue’s Vista Theater on Friday evening, a certain air of transcendence ushered me into a crowded room. Dark and misty sounds of tuning instruments dripped down twinkly lights and pulled a warm audience close and out of the rain as people filed in and took their seats. I knew […]
As a Janeite, I walked in to Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley at Fresno State with a predisposition to be generous. But also, I walked in with OPINIONS.
Funny, sharp, and at times searingly pointed, The Wolves at Fresno State is worth the time you spend.
Fresno’s ViSTA Theater is a little-known fledgling company connected to the Fresno Music Academy. Owner-operators John Alden and Debi Ruud have enlisted local theater veteran Kate McKnight to spearhead their theatrical endeavors in the small, black-box space next to the music school. In so many ways, Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker is designed for […]
Twelfth Night at Fresno Pacific University is definitely a festive production. There’s Feste, the fool, various choristers called “Festivities”, a festive title, and a festively decorated mantle piece front and center. It is only missing a Festivus for the Rest of Us, although Malvolio’s litany of complaints in the final act would definitely qualify as […]