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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 […]

From the Archives: Easily the best bad review I’ve ever gotten.

“It was the most horrible experience because the actors . . .”

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 […]

The critical series: Advantages

Quick List: Advantages to being reviewed 1. As an artist, it gives you an outward, tangible veneer of legitimacy. I’m not talking about your intrinsic feeling as a legitimate artist, I’m talking about public perception. Being reviewed by someone unconnected with the production/producer means you’re putting your work out there for public response and not […]