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Back in the Hive


I’m back after a glorious three-week break, most of which I spent in Costa Rica. Amazing country. I dragged my camera, three lenses and tripod all over the country and was in amateur-photographer bliss. (Above, one of many tropical flower pics I took. I’ll post a selected online gallery soon.)

I was able to get off the grid — and completely out of the Fresno groove. I love our local arts scene, but it’s nice to take a break once in a while. My one regret: not getting to write about Audra McDonald’s big Tony win for “Porgy and Bess.”

Now that I’m back, I’ve been catching up. This coming weekend I plan to see “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” the first show in the Woodward Shakespeare Festival’s summer season. On the arts scene, I hope you didn’t miss Mike Oz’s story about the “Occupy Zeitgeist” exhibition at Gallery 25, which continues through July 1. And I didn’t have a chance to plug my Sunday Spotlight story on the big Clement Renzi exhibition at the Fresno Art Museum, which ran after I left for vacation.

Oh, and my award for Most Annoying Letter to the Editor while I was gone is an easy pick. It was this gem from Janet Lynn Ballinger:

Congratulations to Audra McDonald and her new Tony. It amuses me that Fresno still takes credit for her. We are just fortunate that she drifted by on her way to the top. Well done!

So spending her formative years at Good Company Players and the Roosevelt School of the Arts was just drifting by?

In the meantime, I’m getting back in the groove. “Spring Awakening” opens in just a week and a half!

Responses to "Back in the Hive"

Heather P says:

Glad to have you back!

As for the Letter to the Editor: McDonald has said countless times in interviews that her formative years at GCP and Roosevelt school- not only performing in shows, but in solo cabarets and such – gave her a wide-ranging repertoire in terms of style and skill and that that foundation served her well at Juilliard and in her career. It seems clear that Ms. McDonald didn’t consider herself “drifting by” Fresno, so neither should anyone else.

And speaking of GCP- Donald, will you also be catching up on reviews with The Sound of Music, or did I miss it already?

Donald Munro says:

Hi Heather, I haven’t yet seen “The Sound of Music,” and I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to fit it into my schedule. I’m curious to hear from other readers what they thought of the show.