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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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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

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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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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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Rogue Festival 2017

IN THE February 25 ISSUE

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This week we interviewed the 2017 Rogue Festival Director, Heather Parish, who oversees the various aspects of the Festival’s operations. “I’m very lucky that there’s a great all-volunteer team of staff and managers helping everything along.”

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by Terrance McArthur



A jukebox musical is a stage show put together from previously released material from a singer (Buddy: The Buddy Holly Musical), songwriter(s) (Mama Mia!—songs by ABBA), or era (Rock of Ages—80s glam rock). River City Theatre Company fills the Reedley Opera House with Ring of Fire: the Songs of Johnny Cash through February 26.

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by Sandra Murphy


Charlotte is the costumer for the Catskills Shakespeare Theater Company. It sounds like a peaceful job: sewing, repairing, and making sure costumes are ready for quick changes. Not so in real life. It’s hectic as this year it also involves a wedding. Once a year, the company performs for one night only as a fundraiser at Paula Van Dusen’s estate. This year her daughter, Belinda, is marrying Adrian, hardly her mother’s first choice as a husband.

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by Terrance McArthur



Before his death in a 1935 airplane crash, Will Rogers was the original King of All Media: stage (vaudeville and the Ziegfeld Follies), his newspaper column, radio, and film (silent and talkie), a combination of Dave Barry, Jeff Foxworthy, and Stephen Colbert. Even though he died more than 80 years ago, many of his political and social jokes still ring true.

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Blithe Spirit On Stage at 2nd Space

IN THE January 18 ISSUE

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by Terrance McArthur



Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote that, and Noel Coward borrowed it in 1941 for the title of his play Blithe Spirit. Now, Coward’s play is at the Good Company Players’ 2nd Space Theatre through February 26.

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5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche

IN THE January 17 ISSUE

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An inauguration night performance of 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche by Evan Holder and Andrew Hobgood will be staged by The Motley Fools at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Fresno this coming Friday evening.

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Doublewide, Texas On Stage in Visalia

IN THE January 4 ISSUE

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by Nancy Holley



Doublewide, Texas is a hilarious comedy by the writing trio of Jesse Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten. Jones Hope Wooten, as they are collectively known, are famous for their well written laugh-out-loud scripts. Other works include The Dixie Swim Club and Always a Bridesmaid.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Peter and the Starcatcher made its Fresno debut last weekend, presented by StageWorks Fresno at the Fresno Art Museum in the Bonner auditorium. I did not realize that it was based on a novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson–had I known that, I would have realized what a crazy and fun ride it would be!

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by Terrance McArthur



A young girl sings about bluebirds flying over the rainbow, and you know there’s a twister just around the corner. The Wizard of Oz has landed at the Reedley Opera House for the River City Theatre Company, and it’s a smooth landing for everyone but the Wicked Witch of the East (By the way, kudos to director Joseph Ham for staging a ruby slipper transfer worthy of a David Copperfield magic special.).

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