Category Reviews

Theater Recommendation: “Jane Austen’s Emma” at Fresno Pacific University

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 […]

More Rogue Recommendations: “Adventures While Black,” “Dammit, Jim” and “Blood Harmony”

Y’all know I don’t review shows. . . but I DO recommend them!

Rogue Recommendation: S’Will 2 with The Fools Collaborative

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 […]

Rogue Recommendation: Triptych from Mariah Bosche and EJ Hinojosa

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 […]

“Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley” or, Nerds in Love at Fresno State

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.

The Wolves at Fresno State: High-level teamwork for an engrossing production.

Funny, sharp, and at times searingly pointed, The Wolves at Fresno State is worth the time you spend.

Circle Mirror Transformation at ViSTA Theater

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: A festive night with students and Shakespeare

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 […]