"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...

"Fun Home," show #845

It’s not often a graphic novel-memoir gets the stage adaptation treatment, let alone a musical stage adaptation, let alone a Tony-winning...

"Follies"

Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman were on to something when they wrote Follies. Often cited as among Sondheim’s top scores, Follies...

"The Little Mermaid," show #844

Sierra Repertory Theatre is a gem because they take on dramas, comedies, Shakespeare, and family musicals with the same gusto and...

"The SpongeBob Musical," show #843

Anyone who follows my blog regularly, or who knows me in general, has been made aware that I am not a fan of The SpongeBob Musical. I...

"Ragtime," show #842

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley is running an intimately cast but mightily performed production of the modern epic musical, Ragtime. I use...

"Rent" show #841

It’s never lost on me that when a theatre group chooses to take on Rent, there is a tall order to be filled. This Pulitzer-winning,...

"Company," show #838

When the recent London production of Company transferred to Broadway, complete with gender-swapping characters and new lyrics, some...

"Hadestown," show #837

I bookended my Best Musical winners with 2020’s title, Hadestown, Anaïs Mitchell’s triumph of musical theatre. The story of Eurydice and...

"Moulin Rouge!," show #836

Moulin Rouge! is a Broadway show that, once you’ve seen the 2001 film, just makes sense to put on stage. After sweeping the 2021 Tony...

"Six," show #835

There are certainly more than six reasons why Six is a fantastic show, but I’ll make it easy on you and just give one: the cast! Adriana...

"Wicked," show #834

The currently touring production of Wicked delivers the goods on the sweeping Schwartz score and Holzman book with energy and commitment...

"Hamilton," show #833

The tour of Hamilton is young, scrappy, and talented! I had the pleasure of seeing this outstanding cast deliver a fantastic performance...

"Sense and Sensibility"

The story is as old as its 1811 original publication, and still Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility is among the greats in the pantheon...

"Assassins" show #832

(Cast of Assassins; Photo credit: Steven Lam) Assassins is my second-favorite Stephen Sondheim show and here’s why: it balances the...