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A still image from the Blue Room Theatres production of Measure for Measure.

Measure for Measure is a morbid tale of morality

Kati Morris // January 28, 2020

Blue Room Theatre hosted the performance of William Shakespeare’s dark comedy “Measure for Measure,” directed by Joe Hilsee, on Saturday. Although the play takes place in Vienna, Austria in the...

Owen Carlson, Sam Lucas (middle) and Shantae Stewar sit onstage during Act 2 of The Almond Orchard at Blue Room Theatre. 

Photo Credit: Joe Hilsee

‘The Almond Orchard’ poses important questions to Chico

Rayanne Painter // March 18, 2019

The opening night of “The Almond Orchard” debuted at downtown Chico’s Blue Room Theatre Thursday night. As an adaptation of Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard,” this rendition of the classic...

The cast of Dr. Doolittle Jr. sing together to close out an act. Photo credit: Jae Siqueiros

Blue Room Young Company performs ‘Dr. Doolittle Jr.’

Jae Siqueiros // September 27, 2016

      [masterslider id="6"] On Thursday, the Blue Room Young Theatre Group performed their highly anticipated musical “Dr. Doolittle Jr.” in Laxon Auditorium. "Dr. Doolittle...

Picture of Lee (Fred Stuart) forcing Austin (Joe Hilsee) to write his screen play Photo credit: George Johnston

Dark and rattling play ‘True West’ hits Chico

Tom Sundgren // February 15, 2015

Intense, true, and funny attributes arise in the brilliant play "True West." Two brothers who live completely opposite lifestyles from one another see each other for the first time in years. A play...

Married comedy duo Aaron Standish and Liz Merry travel Northern California performing their show and will be at the Blue Room Theatre on Friday. Photo courtesy of Merry Standish Comedy.

Q&A: Merry Standish to bring topical humor to Chico

Greta Gordon // February 5, 2015

This Friday the married comedy duo Merry Standish will be performing in Chico at the Blue Room Theatre at 8 p.m. Aaron Standish and Liz Merry have been doing stand-up in Northern California since 1990. Where...

Yusef Swafford, senior computer engineering major, is a comedian, singer, sailor and former Naval technician. His next standup show is Nov. 15 at 1078 Gallery. Photo credit: Veronica Hodur

Student pursues laughter throughout state

Jake Hutchison // October 31, 2014

From a young age, Yusef Swafford enjoyed creating laughter. "I've been doing it off and on for a while,” he said. “As a kid, I was always telling jokes.” When he got older, he became...

Local performance venue back on track to open in November

Local performance venue back on track to open in November

Jeffrey Fox // October 28, 2014

A collective of Chico artists and musicians will open a performance space in November with the intent of allowing concertgoers to see their favorite local musicians perform on stage. For free. The...

Pianist Roland Allen will sing and play original comedy songs for Unhireable: An Evening of Stand-Up Comedy Friday at Blue Room Theatre. Photo courtesy Aaron Standish

Comedy show to bring life lessons, laughs to stage

Emma Wood-Wright // September 27, 2014

Merry Standish Comedy will add an “NY” to next Friday's fun with a local comedy show featuring personal, political and topical stand-up bits. Aaron Standish of Merry Standish Comedy will host...

Blue Room Theatres adaptation of The Outsiders features, from left to right, Marcus Rutledge as Ponyboy Curtis, Jackson Indar as Johnny Cade and Garrett Miller as Dallas Winston. The show has its final performances 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25-27. Photo credit: Chelsea Jeffers

Local theater delivers raw, emotional performances in ‘The Outsiders’ adaptation

Jake Hutchison // September 25, 2014

Outcasts, freaks and misfits gained a voice through S. E. Hinton's classic novel first, then through Francis Ford Coppola's iconic film. Now the story of "The Outsiders" has evolved again, told through...

Photo Courtesy of Uncle Dads Art Collective

Youth camp focuses spring break on music

Maegan Webster // March 10, 2014

Music lovers will have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to get into the gritty details of music theory, songwriting and collaboration between artists with Uncle Dad's Art Collective's Let's Talk Music camp.The...

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