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Just a Moment: The Full Monty at StageWorks Fresno

One of the things about making comedy work is that to get to the truthful emotion beneath the comedy, you have to play it straight. You can’t goop up the joke with obvious pandering and knowing winks to the audience. You have to commit. My favorite moment in Stageworks Fresno’s production of the hilarious The […]

Drive-Thru Interview: THE NORMAL HEART – Chris Mangels and Terry Lewis

StageWorks Fresno has made a name for itself producing fantastically high-quality musicals for the Fresno area, but in recent seasons their choices of language plays have made just as big an impact. This season, “The Mountaintop” dazzled audiences with its unconventional, but ultimately loving portrayal of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s last night on earth. For […]

Sondheim Teaches

 I believe that Sondheim will be musical theater’s Shakespeare.  In 400 years, they will still be mounting his productions everywhere, all over the world.  There will be Sondheim Festivals. There will be music and drama classes dedicated just to the Sondheim canon. There will be jokes in sci fi movies about how “Sondheim is good […]