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Janka Presented by the Visalia Players

IN THE December 29 ISSUE

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by Nancy Holley



Portraying a person you have known is an opportunity and challenge afforded few actors. Janice Noga is one of the select few as she embodies Janka Festinger in the Visalia Players’ production of Janka, which opens at the Ice House Theatre on January 11, 2019.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Fresno State University Theatre is offering a lovely show to enjoy for the holiday season, Miss Bennet: Christmas At Pemberley. Having enjoyed several variations of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, I looked forward to this new play and I was not disappointed. It was written by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon.

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by Terrance McArthur


It started as a Christmas card for friends. It found its way to Hollywood, where Frank Capra turned it into a movie that didn’t make much money. Years later, it was picked up by television stations, and it suddenly became a Christmas classic, one of America’s most-beloved films…..It’s a Wonderful Life. Reedley’s River City Theatre Company has mounted an adaptation on the Reedley Opera House stage through December 16. It’s light fun and some great moments.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


I couldn’t have seen two more polar opposite shows in one weekend if I had tried! Falling at Fresno Pacific, while amazing, was very serious (review also up tonight). Picasso at the Lapin Agile on the other hand was just plain crazy fun! It will have you laughing all evening—which I suppose is what you would expect from a show written by Steve Martin.

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Falling On Stage at Fresno Pacific University

IN THE November 13 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


FPU seems to pick plays that make you think-which is something I really like. This fall’s play, Falling, does just that.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Recently we discovered a fun little theatre company called Tollberry Theater, located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains between Prather and Tollhouse, California.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


StageWorks Fresno’s production of Fun Home opened this past weekend and is the regional premiere of this amazing show! It will be playing at the Dan Pessano Theatre through July 15. Fun Home is a musical adapted from cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s 2006 graphic memoir of the same name.

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A Few Good Men Presented by Visalia Players

IN THE June 13 ISSUE

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by Nancy Holley



A Few Good Men may be remembered best as an iconic movie, but it was originally an outstanding play which has been translated into many languages and performed world-wide. The Visalia Players are closing their sixty-first season with this powerful courtroom drama.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Last weekend was a weekend of contrasts for me-I saw the farcical comedy Noises Off in Reedley, and the very dark and serious play, The Crucible, in Visalia at the College of the Sequoias.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


If you are looking for a show that will have you laughing all the way through, check out Noises Off on stage at the Reedley Opera House, presented by the River City Theater Co., until May 12.

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Too Soon For Daisies Presented by the Kings Players

IN THE February 21 ISSUE

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by Cyndie Maxwell


This English comedy follows the adventures of three elderly English ladies who have escaped from a retirement/detention home in a rowboat. They drift down the coast and finally reach the shore near a coastal village in Suffolk.

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Sense and Sensibility On Stage at 2nd Space

IN THE January 17 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


I have seen many different versions of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, but I had never seen Sense and Sensibility until I went to the Good Company Players’ production at 2nd Space a couple of weeks ago.

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by Terrance McArthur


Reedley’s River City Theatre Company has the perfect Christmas present for you. You don’t have to wrap it, and you can order it with dinner. Get yourself to Reedley to see a stage version of Miracle on 34th Street, based on the novelization of the 1947 screenplay.

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Twelfth Night On Stage at Fresno Pacific

IN THE November 14 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Twelfth Night is one of my favorite plays by William Shakespeare. It is a comedy that is believed to have been written around 1601-02 as a Twelfth Night’s entertainment for the close of the Christmas season. So it seems appropriate that it be the fall play presented by Fresno Pacific Theater.

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