CURTAIN 5 TheatreGROUP and Soap Co. Fine Arts & Film present Just a Book Club by Fresno Pacific University drama student, Jesse Parr. FIRST TRY, Parr's previous work, opened the 2017 Season in January and played to full houses. Just a Book Club is our final production for 2017 and plays December 1-2 and 8-9 at 7:30 p.m. and December 3 and 10 at 2:00 p.m. on the Fresno Soap Co. Stage, 1470 North Van Ness Avenue in the Tower District.
Prepare for the genesis of “reality theater.” Unlike reality TV, this genre is not “dumbed down,” as demonstrated in the original play Us & Them by Deshad Cato being presented through August 6 by the Fresno Soap Co. Instead, it raises our consciousness and offers us the insight we often lack in real-life situations. Ultimately, the audience is challenged to think, open up to experience, and change the status quo.
CURTAIN 5 TheatreGROUP in Fresno has two original plays opening this weekend-The Elephant in the Room and Martinis and Malice. We spoke with CURTAIN 5's artistic director Jerry Palladino this week about the shows.
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.
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.
I have been a fan of Oscar Wilde ever since I saw The Importance of Being Earnest, so when I heard that the Curtain 5 Theatre Group was doing a play based on Wilde's novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, I was very excited.