Category Theater and Events Listings

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 […]

The Heiress closes this weekend at 2nd Space

I had the pleasure of seeing The Heiress at Good Company Players’ 2nd Space Theater last month and it is a beautifully rendered production of one of my favorite novellas. Henry James’ “Washington Square” is one of the best pieces of characterization and tight domestic plotting in 19th century literature, and The Heiress‘s adaptation does it justice. The […]

Big List of Summer Shows 2018

Here’s the Big List for the summer shows, as far as I can make it out! The Central SJV listings are for Fresno County and northward. The South Valley listings are Tulare/Kings Counties and southward. Shows are listed in order of their opening and closing dates. Central San Joaquin Valley. On The Road To Broadway. New […]

Big List of Spring 2018 Shows in the San Joaquin Valley – Month by Month

To see the list by region, go here.  JANUARY Sense And Sensibility. January 4 – February 25, 2018 Good Company Players – 2nd Space Theater – Fresno http://Gcplayers.Com/   Nevermore. January 5 – 21. Playhouse Merced http://Www.Playhousemerced.Com/   Boys of Broadway. January 12 – February 4. Visalia Community Players http://visaliaplayers.org/   Annie.  January 18 — […]

BIG LIST OF SPRING 2018 SHOWS BY SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY REGION – NORTH TO SOUTH

To see this list by month, go here.    Merced and Madera Counties Playhouse Merced Nevermore: The Imaginary Life And Mysterious Death Of Edgar Allan Poe. January 5 – 21. The Pillowman. January 31 – February 4. Suessical. February 9 – March 4. Next To Normal. March 16 – April 1. Jane Eyre. April 21 […]

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 […]

Just a Moment: The Drowsy Chaperone – GCP at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater

While there are so many terrific moments that come to mind after seeing The Drowsy Chaperone on Friday night, including drop-dead gorgeous Camille Gaston singing in a truly drool-worthy silver sequined bomber jacket (just let that image sink in), the moment both my husband and I have mentioned several times this weekend involves a PowerBar. […]

THE BIG LIST OF FRESNO AREA THEATER OPENINGS – AUTUMN 2017

If you receive my almost-monthly newsletter, you got this in your inbox early. Yay, you! To sign up for my newsletter in which I give recommendations and shout-outs for area theater, go here: http://eepurl.com/crErF5 In order of opening dates! RUNNING/OPENING IN SEPTEMBER StageWorks Fresno Mothers and Sons – Final Weekend, September 15 – 17. (Play, Drama) Playhouse […]

The Big List of Fresno Area Theater Openings – Summer 2017

And, now that The Fresno Bee is cutting all of its arts coverage, you may want to bookmark this.  Also, you’ll note that I make no distinction between smaller companies, independent productions, community theater, professional companies, and “semi-pro”. They tend to blend together here in Fresno. So, theater is theater. OPENING IN MAY Fresno Honk! Selma […]