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"Next to Normal," show #865

In Laramie Dawn Woolsey’s director’s note, she writes, “My hope is that our audiences find pieces of themselves reflected in this show…”...

"Men on Boats" show #864

Jaclyn Blackhaus’s Men on Boats re-imagines the 1869 government-sponsored expedition to the Grand Canyon by putting a female lens on the...

"Hairspray" show #863

The current touring production of Hairspray packs a mighty punch of energy and talent, led by a dynamite Niki Metcalf as Tracy Turnblad,...

Rogue 2023 Round-Up

I had one day to enjoy as much Rogue Festival 2023 as I could, so I loaded up the schedule and took in five stellar shows. Below are some...

"She Kills Monsters," show #860

An epically enjoyable campaign is happening at Selma Arts Center in the form of Qui Nguyen’s poignant and entertaining play, She Kills...

"The Phantom of the Opera," show #856

The reason for the trip. When I started going to New York (2012) I was always asked, “Why haven’t you seen Phantom… yet?” My reply was...

"Picasso at the Lapin Agile," show #858

I went into Los Altos Stage Company’s production of Picasso at the Lapin Agile completely cold to the script. I’d heard about it, I...

"Cult of Pedagogy" podcast review

The first pedagogical podcast I listened to was Cult of Pedagogy, hosted by Jennifer Gonzalez. It was recommended in passing during my...

"A Strange Loop" show #855

In easily the most vulnerable piece of musical theatre writing I’ve witnessed grace a Broadway stage, Michael R. Jackson’s Pulitzer and...

"MJ: the Musical," show #854

I’ll be honest: I was not totally looking forward to seeing MJ: The Musical. I’m, at best, a moderate appreciator of the late pop icon’s...

"Dear Evan Hansen," show #857

Dear Evan Hansen, your show is one complicated piece, and here’s why: there’s so much to love and so much to cringe at. I want to love...

"Kimberly Akimbo," show #853

Kimberly Akimbo lives with progeria, a rare disease which ages you four-and-a-half times faster than is typical. Victoria Clark is...

"2:22-A Ghost Story," show #850

A quartet of terrific actors have entered the horror genre of theatre with Danny Robins’ 2:22-A Ghost Story. The play surrounds two...

"There's Always Questions..."

Finals are just around the corner and, thankfully, I’ve mostly avoided the triggering, “so what can I do to get my grade up?” question....

"Harvey," show #848

Fresno Pacific University theatre is currently running an absolutely charming production of Mary Chase’s Pulitzer-winning comedy, Harvey....

"Every Brilliant Thing," show #847

The Fools Collaborative have gifted Fresno audiences with a sincerely poignant play in Duncan MacMillan and Jonny Donahoe’s Every...

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