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Previews, reviews & profiles of local musicals, plays, literary events & concerts posted Wednesday evenings at 7.Click on article titles to see full articles.

Comedy of Errors At 2nd Space

IN THE August 27 ISSUE

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by Terrance Mc Arthur



Two sets of separated twins, a death sentence, a gold chain, cross-dressing, mistaken identities, a seductive courtesan, a duke, and a mysterious Abbess. It smells like Shakespeare.

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Bonnie & Clyde On Stage in Visalia

IN THE August 13 ISSUE

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by Jessica Runnels



Everyone knows the story of Bonnie & Clyde and how they died. But add music and the story becomes even more compelling and meaningful. Frank Wildhorn, who wrote the music of another great musical called Jekyll & Hyde, also wrote Bonnie & Clyde, so of course the music is wonderful.

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Little Mermaid Jr. Presented by CMT

IN THE August 13 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham




This weekend we went to see Little Mermaid Jr. presented by Children’s Musical Theaterworks (CMT) in Fresno. I had never seen a Jr. production of a show before, nor had I seen one of CMT’s productions where the cast ranges in age from 13 to 18 (I have only seen their Underground shows), so I didn’t know what the expect. What followed was a lovely evening with a show presented by some very talented kids.

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by Nancy Holley



Bonnie & Clyde: A New Musical premiered in La Jolla, CA in 2009 and since that time has literally taken the world by storm with performances in Japan, South Korea, London, and Broadway. The Visalia Players are proud to present its Valley premiere at the Ice House Theatre beginning August 8.

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by Heather Parish



Have you watched beautiful costume dramas like Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice and wondered what it would be like to go to a dance back then? Well, there is a terrific opportunity to do just that at Mrs. Parks’ Regency Rout on Saturday, August 2. The event is hosted by Period Entertainments and Recreational Costuming, Fresno.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



If you love big, old-fashioned musicals, you will want to go see CenterStage Clovis Community Theatre’s production of The Music Man.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



One would expect a musical named after a beauty product to be silly and fluffy, and while the musical Hairspray is filled with a lot of fun, energy, and laughter, it also has an amazing message–this is why it is one of my favorite shows. Hairspray opened this past weekend at the Reedley Opera House, presented by the Reedley River City Theatre Co., and I must say they have definitely done this show justice!

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



This weekend I saw [title of show] presented by StageWorks Fresno. StageWorks first produced this show as their debut show in Fresno a few years ago. I loved it then, and loved it now.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


We have families. We love them…and they drive us crazy. Isn’t that wonderful? Over the River and Through the Woods, a play by Joe DiPietro, is now onstage at the Good Company Players’ 2nd Space Theatre. It’s about families. Isn’t that wonderful?

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


It comes across a black expanse fissured with jagged cracks of blood red, peopled with refugees from a Halloween Haunt and a martial arts studio. It is a violent, unsettling version of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the first play in the Woodward Shakespeare Festival’s tenth season in Fresno’s Woodward Park.

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by Nancy Holley




Zany and hilarious describes Moonlight and Magnolias, a delightful romp through the screen play rewrite of Gone with the Wind. Strange as it may seem, the production of Gone with the Wind so familiar to many of us almost did not happen. The original screen play was deemed too long and underwent several revisions. The original director was fired and replaced.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



This August another Valley premiere will be hitting the stages! The Bonnie and Clyde musical will be on stage at the Visalia Ice House presented by the Visalia Players. They are currently in rehearsals and we thought it would be fun to take some time to chat with the show’s director, Corey Ralston, and give our readers a heads up on this great show headed our way. Watch for some behind the scenes video interviews coming your way next month!

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