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6th season for What A Do, with a family focus

What A Do Theatre in Springfield/Battle Creek announces its sixth season, hand selected by artistic director Randy Wolfe and production staff. Featuring five productions, this line is sure to engage audience members with shows focusing on family dynamics. This season is meant to capture the human condition as told through family relationships using classical comedies and drama. Regular priced tickets are $18 general admission and $10 student tickets... Continue..


U.P. Shakes whips up "Tempest"

As July heats up, so does Upper Peninsula Shakespeare Festival’s inaugural production of "The Tempest" in Marquette’s scenic Presque Isle Park. Translated from the French, Presque Isle means, “almost island.” Surrounded by Lake Superior on all but one side, the ruggedly beautiful peninsula—replete with soaring cliffs, sandy beaches and lush hiking trails—is an ideal setting for Shakespeare’s island-bound play. “A location like that demands to be acknowledged...” Continue..


Lakeside Shakespeare's 12th Season

Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre returns to Benzie County this summer for their 12th season! LST’s summer season begins July 14 with performances of "Cymbeline" and "The Taming of the Shrew." Ensemble member Scott Cummings directs the beautifully written, rarely produced epic of the Briton King Cymbeline and his brave daughter Imogen, torn from her husband Posthumous by political intrigue and jealousy, their fight to return to one another and the redemption of the King and his country. “'Cymbeline' is about how being truly open and vulnerable can bring out the power of love..." Continue..


Open Book Theatre Company's summer show and second season

On the heals of their Wilde Award nominated first season Open Book Theatre Company is pleased to announce their upcoming productions. Expanding on their initial success, they will offer a family show at a new outdoor amphitheater in Southgate and a 5 show second season. In addition to expanding the season from 4 to 5 productions, each show will be offered 8 times over 3 weekends, instead of the 6 performances over 2 weekends offered their first season. Open Book expects the longer run to attract even larger audiences with more opportunities to come and more time for word of mouth to spread... Continue..


Encore LIVE! - Celebrating Guy Sanville's 20 years of artistic excellence

Encore LIVE! returns for its seventh season of fun and informative podcasts with an in-depth discussion with Guy Sanville, who recently celebrated his 20th anniversary as artistic director of The Purple Rose Theatre Company in the picturesque town of Chelsea, Michigan. Hired by company founder Jeff Daniels in 1995, Sanville got his start at the popular, award-winning theater in 1992 when he was cast in the world premiere of Daniels' "The Tropical Pickle." Continue..


4th Annual Purple Rose summer BBQ fundraiser August 2

The Purple Rose Theatre Company's 4th annual Backyard BBQ Fundraiser will be held on Sunday, August 2, beginning at 3:30 p.m. The BBQ will feature a farm-to-table dinner created by Zingerman’s Roadhouse with vegetarian options, cocktails, live music by The Ben Daniels Band and auction activities. The location will be Cornman Farms, located at 8540 Island Lake Road in Dexter, MI, only seven miles from The Purple Rose Theatre. Proceeds from the event provide operational support for The Purple Rose Theatre’s mission to present more than 300 professional performances annually... Continue..



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For the week of June 30--July 6 (updated:July 4, 2015)



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Interlochen's "As You Like It" a summer delight

Marin Heinritz

Though the temperatures drop as the sun goes down and mosquitoes nip at the heels, there can be no more enchanting setting for a pastoral comedy such as “As You Like It” than an auditorium en plein air. In fact, for Interlochen’s production, the surrounding woods create the setting as much as the scenic design, and the effect is profound. The audience not only witnesses the transformative power of nature on the characters, they experience it for themselves. Continue..


The Barn’s “Ghost” better than the film

by Marin Heinritz

"Ghost the Musical" is among a long line of musicals adapted from films that weren’t musicals—including Legally Blonde, Carrie, and Kinky Boots, to name a few. And in the alchemy necessary to turn a straight film into a musical, the worst can happen, especially when the original film is mediocre at best. However, "Ghost," the current production at The Barn, offers a surprising improvement upon the schmaltzy Academy Award winning 1990 film starring Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze. It features many scenes from the movie, perhaps because Bruce Joel Rubin authored both the screenplay and the book, and its plot is identical... Continue..


“To Kill a Mockingbird” sings hope of change

by Bridgette Redman

Some stories are powerful no matter how they are told—whether on page, stage or screen. Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” is one of those stories. Hope Summer Repertory Theatre opened an adaptation by Christopher Sergel on Friday at its Dewitt Theatre on Hope College’s campus. This adaptation uses an adult Scout (Ashlee Elizabeth Bashore) as a narrator who stays on the stage and watches the action and brings in some of Lee’s more lush language to describe relationships and scenery. She also introduces us to her younger self.. Continue..


Mason Street Warehouse "Cabaret" funny, heartbreaking and terrifying

by Marin Heinritz

“Life is disappointing, yah?” asks the Master of Ceremonies at the beginning of the dark, sexy musical Cabaret. “Here, life is beautiful.” From start to finish of Mason Street Warehouse’s 13th season opener, the Kit Kat club is the place to be. It’s beautiful, yes, also seedy, funny, heartbreaking, and terrifying. It’s 1931 in Berlin, sexual liberation is the norm in this counter culture, money is scarce, and the Nazi Party has just begun to gain traction. There’s a whiff of fear in the air, but it hasn’t yet fully taken hold. Continue..


"Odd Couple" earns every laugh

by Bridgette Redman

When it comes to summer audiences, it’s hard to go wrong with a Neil Simon show. It’s even harder to go wrong with one of his best—“The Odd Couple.” Add to the mix that Tibbits Professional Summer Theatre hasn’t done the original show since 1969, it makes sense to bring it to their audiences to open the 2015 summer season. This production provides everything you might hope for from “The Odd Couple.” Felix (Isaac Jankowski) is fussbudgety. Oscar (Derek Mellor) is a slob. The poker buddies are a collection of archetypes and the Pigeon sisters (Allison Canning and Jaclyn Collins) are coo-coo adorable... Continue..


Dio heads down the aisle with a delightful cast of women

by Bridgette Redman

Here comes the bride…and again…and again…and again. Prolific writers are often able to achieve volume by finding a formula that works for them. It provides a framework within which they can achieve a success that their fans will appreciate and return for more. Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten have written 15 plays together and several more individually. Each of them draws on Southern comedy and most of them focus on Southern women and their friendships and relationships. They’re bigger than life, yet charmingly familiar... Continue..



Other Desert Cities – Performance Network (posted June 25, 2015)

Always a Bridesmain – Dio Dining and Entertainment (posted June 25, 2015)

2AZ – Purple Rose Theatre (updated June 25, 2015)

Grounded – Theatre Nova

White Ash Falling 9/11 – Detroit Repertory Theatre

South Pacific – The Encore Musical Theatre Company (updated June 25, 2015)



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This Week

2AZ, The Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea, Jul 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, Aug 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29
Always a Bridesmaid, The Dio - Dining and Entertainment, Pinckney, Jul 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31, Aug 1, 2
As You Like It, Upton-Morley Pavilion at Interlochen Center for the Arts, Interlochen, Jul 9, 10, 11
Cabaret, Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Saugatuck, Jul 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Ghost the Musical, Barn Theatre, Augusta, Jul 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Hatfield's & McCoy's, Cornwell's Dinner Theatre, Marshall, Jul 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, Aug 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22
Jingle ARRGH the Way!, DeWitt Theatre, Holland, Jul 8, 24, 27, 29, 31, Aug 3, 5, 7
Other Desert Cities, Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor, Jul 8, 9, 10, 11
Sheer Genius' Laugh Factory, Tibbits Summer Theatre, Coldwater, Jul 10
The Importance of Being Earnest, Slipstream's Summer Home, Hazel Park, Jul 7
To Kill a Mockingbird, DeWitt Theatre, Holland, Jul 8, 9, 16, 18, 22, 28, Aug 8

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