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Theatre

by Joshua Ryan Taylor


The Selma Arts Center is one of the Valley’s brightest new voices in the live theatre scene, taking major artistic risks that pay off in wonderful an unexpected ways. For the third show of their 2017 season, they present Honk!, a musical adaptation of Hans Cristian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling by Anthony Drewe and George Stiles.

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The Amish Project Presented by the Visalia Players

IN THE April 12 ISSUE

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by Nancy Holley



The Amish Project asks the question “How could the Amish forgive such a thing?” Playwright Jessica Dickey was deeply affected by the shooting that occurred on October 2, 2006, at a one-room Amish schoolhouse in Nichol Mines, PA. Dickey determined to answer the question, asked by so many at the time of the incident. Her journey began with the many news reports, but continued and ended with deeply researching the Amish themselves.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


This Valley is blessed with an incredible amount of talented performers, artists, and writers, and one of those talented performers is local actor Amalie Larson. While she is currently a full time grad student at Fresno State working toward her Masters in geology, and a mom, she has also appeared in many productions in the area over the years.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


When you walk into the Bonner Auditorium the set makes you feel as though you have stepped into a church. When the show begins with the choir singing, and the pastors walk down the aisle shaking hands, then you feel even more like you have accidentally walked into a church service. But instead, you are at the StageWorks Fresno production of the play The Christians.

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by Terrance McArthur



Did you ever wonder how Peter Pan, Captain Hook, and Tinkerbell got to be what they were, and how they all got to Neverland? Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson did, and they wrote Peter and the Starcatcher. Rick Elice adapted it, with music by Wayne Barker, for the stage as Peter and the Starcatcher, and it now sails into Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theatre as a Good Company Players production, helmed by Emily Pessano as director.

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Defying Gravity On Stage at FPU

IN THE March 29 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


The first thing many people think of when they hear the term “defying gravity” is the song from the musical Wicked. However, in the play Defying Gravity, now on stage at Fresno Pacific University, the term means exactly what it says–actually defying gravity by going into space.

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HMS Pinafore: On Stage at 2nd Space

IN THE March 20 ISSUE

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by Terrance McArthur



Political crony rewards and class division: the stuff of which today’s headlines are made. Who would expect to find these themes in an operetta that’s almost 150 years old?
Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore—or—The Lass That Loved a Sailor has sailed into port at the Good Company Players’ 2nd Space Theatre, 928 E. Olive Avenue, docking there through April 23. Director J. Daniel Herring has recruited a crew of powerful leads to set forth on the familiar waters.

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Gypsy On Stage At Selma Arts Center

IN THE March 16 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


The 1959 musical Gypsy, by Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim, opened at the Selma Arts Center this last weekend. For a musical that I had never seen before, there were a lot of songs that I already knew by heart!

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In The Heights: On Stage at COS in Visalia

IN THE March 15 ISSUE

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by Destiney Warren



In The Heights (Lin Manuel-Miranda’s first musical before Hamilton) is on stage again in the Central Valley, this time by the College of the Sequoia’s drama department. This story about family and community is sure to make you laugh (and cry) as you follow one neighborhood in New York City through the everyday lives and struggles of its members. I had heard a lot about this play and COS did not disappoint. I immediately fell in love with the characters—and yes I actually cried, it was THAT good.

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by KRL Staff



Throughout the week we will be posting reviews here of Rogue shows! Check back several times a day! And then go out and enjoy the Rogue Festival! To check out our Rogue preview article & some Rogue performer preview articles go to our Arts & Entertainment section. We will also be posting some performer video interviews on our YouTube Channel. So far we have reviews of Joy Compactor, Tidal Surge, Dances to Heal the Soul, Poetry and Prose From Fresno State, Too Old To Be This Young, Delirium, The Magic of Elder, Discrete Packets of Song, My Cat Thinks It’s A Pig, The Wallaby Way, Joan of Sn’arc, Moonlight After Midnight, A Fatal Step, Thanks For Coming, Healing Stories, Chelsea > Blake, and Stalking Grace.

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Rogue 2017: Somebody’s Children

IN THE March 4 ISSUE

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by Mallory Lutz


In our era of “fake news,” it is refreshening to find an online article that actually serves only to enlighten and educate its audience. New Hope for Motel Kids by Bianna Golodryga, Yahoo News and Finance Anchor, was a wonderful expose on families living in motels in the shadow of The Happiest Place on Earth. The piece spoke not of welfare cases, but rather, of families with two parents working full-time and still not being able to afford better housing. It spoke of entire families packed into single bed units. It spoke of living conditions so dire that motel management forbid the children to play outside in the parking lot. Most of all, it spoke to my heart.

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Rogue 2017: The Wallaby Way

IN THE March 2 ISSUE

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by Gemma Wilcox


Gemma Wilcox returned literally just last week from her 91 year old maternal grandmother’s funeral in London, UK. This makes performing this show about her maternal lineage–where she plays her grandmother amongst many other characters and creatures–particularly pertinent, alive, and potent!

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by L. Nicol Cabe,
Anna Sell, & Peter Aguero


I am a 90s kid. I get nostalgic about Ring Pops and Hammer-pants and grunge music and Goosebumps. But the 1990s were also a time of intense science reporting. I don’t think many people my age remember that, but some incredible discoveries were made that decade. We found the first exo-planet: a gas giant orbiting close to its star, so we saw its shadow. We also found a huge hole in the ozone layer above Australia.

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Wit On Stage in Visalia

IN THE March 1 ISSUE

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by Nancy Holley



Wit, Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama, is the next offering by the Visalia Players at the Ice House theatre. Wit, through its leading character Vivian Bearing, describes a journey of questioning a lifetime of decisions when there is literally no redemption from the path set. Fortunately, for most of us, if we take the time to reflect on our humanity or lack thereof, we have the opportunity to make changes in our lives.

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by Jerry Palladino


When I selected Cyrus Kinzel’s first comedy as one of four original works the Curtain 5 Theatre Group sponsored in 2014 Roosevelt School of the Arts Student Playwriting competition, I knew I had found a talented writer with a flair for articulate comic scripting and clever scenarios. Cyrus was a senior at Roosevelt.

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Rogue 2017: Demidicus Rex

IN THE February 25 ISSUE

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by Brendon Mustaciola


Husband. Father. Wrestler. Drill sergeant. Presidential candidate. Vampire. Non-smoker. Demidicus Rex, the new satirical slice of life from Andrew Champagne and Brendon Mustaciola, examines the lighter side of populist demagogues, modern mental illness, dysfunctional sixth marriages, the increasing disregard for public well being by the media, faith, terrorism, blood sucking, live impalement, and mother in laws. All in The Family, but with dementia.

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