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Now streaming: the February episode of The Munro Review on CMAC

The focus is on theater on Episode 29 of “The Munro Review on CMAC.” This month’s show brings you three major segments on local theater events:

• Fresno City College nabbed the rights to the local premiere of the fresh-from-Broadway “The Humans,” by Stephen Karam, which won the 2016 Tony Award for best play. My CMAC segment features cast members Brandi Martin, James Knudsen and Christy Hathaway. This family drama is set at a particularly problematic Thanksgiving dinner in which secrets are revealed, relationships fray and already complex characters face even more complications in their lives. The production opens Feb. 28. The story starts at the 3:38 mark.

• Producer Kyle Lowe and I took a road trip to the Selma Arts Center for fun preview piece of “Puffs,” a satire about a wizarding school that seems suspiciously similar to Hogwarts of “Harry Potter” fame. The production opens Feb. 14. Our field story starts at the 12:09 mark.

• Years ago, Denise Norwood wrote a play called “The Valentine” that was based on letters that her mother and father wrote to each other. Now she and her husband, Mark, will do a reading of this touching show at the Vista Theatre during Valentine’s weekend, appropriately enough. An added treat: In the CMAC segment, the Norwoods perform several letters. The story starts at the 21:24 mark.

Plus: This month’s show includes a recap of stories and reviews I covered on the website in January and I offer a preview of upcoming events in February.

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Covering the arts online in the central San Joaquin Valley and beyond. Lover of theater, classical music, visual arts, the literary arts and all creative endeavors. Former Fresno Bee arts critic and columnist. Graduate of Columbia University and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Excited to be exploring the new world of arts journalism.

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