Weekend picks: Sarah Stallman as Adele at Tower Theatre; UR Here Theatre gets uncomfortable with reading of ‘Nether’

Two quick last-minute weekend picks:

SOMEONE LIKE HER: Adele herself won’t be visiting Fresno anytime soon, but this might be the next best thing: The touring show “Always, Adele” plays for one performance only (9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, at the Tower Theatre).

The production is led by Sarah Stallman, a vocalist who has sung all over the world with credits at Universal Studios Singapore, Holland America Line, and Carnival Cruises in their Vegas-style production shows. She is backed by a band of six seasoned performers with credits that include working with such artists as The Supremes, Seal, Bette Midler, Mavis Staples, and Englebert Humperdinck in venues across the globe.

Stallman says “Always, Adele” is more than just a concert of Adele songs. “It’s a fully immersive Adele experience, more akin to performance art than a typical tribute band.”

Tickets range from $18-30.

ONLINE INTIMACY: If the virtual world seems like it’s getting more real for you every day, then Jennifer Haley’s play “The Nether” should speak to you. It’s set in a “virtual wonderland that offers complete sensory immersion. Here, users can log in, adopt new identities, and indulge in every desire.”


A staged reading of the play at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at the 2nd Space Theatre, continues the UR Here Theater’s Fall 2023 series. The cast includes James Knudsen, Alyssa Benitez, Terry Lewis, Stephanie Lucido and Vernon Lee Jones III.

In a news release, director Karina C. Balfour reflects on the production, stating, ” ‘The Nether’ is one of the most uncomfortable, yet thought-provoking pieces of theater I have encountered. As we conduct more of our lives in virtual forums, I think it’s important to consider how we handle morality, intimacy and the need for connection in a virtual world and how that affects others in the real world.”

Tickets are $10 in advance ($5 for students) and $15 at the door. Next in the series is “Southern Baptist Sissies,” directed by J. Daniel Herring. It will be performed Oct. 14.

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