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The Four Bitchin Babes: Hormonal Imbalance
Miller Auditorium
Jan. 31, 2015

Coming to Miller Auditorium on Jan. 31 at 8 p.m., The Four Bitchin’ Babes are an original “Babes Brand” of musical theater with a 25 year career on-stage and in-studio, releasing multiple recordings and a full length DVD. These four seasoned musical comediennes come together on stage and fill it with whimsical songs and shtick, Continue..

 

Terrence McNally's Tony Award-winning play in Ypsilanti

Master Class
Arbor Opera Theatre
Jan. 29 & 31, 2015

La Divina... La Callas... provocative, alluring, and a master at her art. Terrence McNally's Tony Award-winning play is considered a masterpiece of 20th century theater. Carla Margolis will play Maria, supported by a cast of talented AOT performers and directed by Shawn McDonald. These two performances are presented in collaboration with and supported by the Eastern Michigan University (EMU) Music Department. Continue..

 

Get out of the cold for this classic comedy

Bus Stop
The Dio Theatre
Jan. 29 - Mar. 1, 2015

The Dio is thrilled to invite you to their upcoming production, "Bus Stop." In the middle of a howling snowstorm, a bus out of Kansas City pulls up at a cheerful roadside diner. All roads are blocked, and four or five weary travelers are going to have to hole up until morning. Cherie, a nightclub chanteuse in a sparkling gown and a seedy fur-trimmed jacket, is the passenger with most to worry about. Continue..

 

Four-time Tony award winning musical featured at Wharton

Pippin
Wharton Center
Jan. 27 - Feb. 1, 2015

Experience the thrilling 2013 Tony Award winning musical "Pippin," described as “an eye-popping, jaw-dropping, Visually stunning extravaganza. The thrill of the season!” by NY1. "Pippin," as part of the MSU Federal Credit Union Broadway Series at Wharton Center, will feature at Wharton Center from Jan. 27 – Feb. 1. "Pippin" is back on Broadway for the first time since it thrilled audiences 40 years ago. Continue..

 

Fugard's masterpiece plays in East Lansing

'Master Harold'...and the boys
Wharton Center
Jan. 30 - Jan. 31, 2015

With the metallic clink of a coin in a jukebox and the scratch of a needle on a record, the character Willie utters the conclusive words, “Let’s dream.” And so they do. Caught up in a whirlwind of post-World War II traumas and the suffocating tensions of racism in 1950s South Africa, the three actors of this masterpiece by Athol Fugard bang and clash against their fluctuating society in this tale of hope, escapism, dark secrets, and the cruel power of language Continue..

 

UPCOMING AUDITIONS, JOB OPPORTUNITIES & CLASSES:

Click the link below for a list of Equity, non-Equity, film & video auditions, industry job openings and industry-related classes and workshops throughout the state.
Updated 1/27/15
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MORE STORIES, NEWS BRIEFS & PREVIEWS:

Other Voices - News & Previews (posted Jan. 8, 2015)

Other Voices - News & Previews (posted 12/18/14)

Other Voices - News & Previews (posted 12/15/14)


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Reviews

Older actors shine in 'Pippin'

By Bridgette Redman

Broadway is often a stage for young actors, especially in a physically demanding production like “Pippin” that is filled with acrobatics, magic tricks, and circus-feats of tumbling and balance. The production of “Pippin” currently playing at East Lansing's Wharton Center, though, belonged to the older actors. In this complex coming-of-age play within a play where the young Pippin searches for meaning and fulfillment in his life, the brightest shining moments came from John Rubinstein's Charles, and from Priscilla Lopez’s Berthe. Continue..

 

'Steel Magnolias' - Shrinking violets need not apply!

By John Quinn

There are plays that get produced over and over - fortunately, those tend to be the best of the best. The critic, therefore, will be reviewing the same show many times in his or her career. It’s not a bore. It's like dropping in on an old friend from time to time; reliving old memories, learning what's new. And when an excellent company revives an excellent show, there’s ALWAYS something new. Continue..

 

'Yellowman' is a timely reflection on color of skin and content of character

by John Quinn

All drama, says Aristotle, should provoke an emotional response; some emotional responses will have an audience squirming in their collective seats. “Yellowman,” Pulitzer Prize finalist Dael Orlandersmith’s powerful one-act, exposes a caste system within the African-American community based on skin color, in which dark-skinned and light-skinned hold each other in mutual contempt bordering on hatred. For Performance Network’s patrons, who are overwhelmingly of European heritage Continue..

 

Pigeon Creek Asks Shakespeare’s Comedic Questions

by Bridgette Redman

It’s a premise that is sometimes hard to accept. Is all well that ends well if what happens along the way seems pretty unethical at best? In Shakespeare’s comedy, we have a young lady pining away for the love of a man. When the man ignores her because she is not of the right social class, and perhaps because he mostly sees her weeping and unhappy, she does a favor for the king and gets the king to force the man to marry her. Then, when the man runs away from her, she tricks him into sleeping with her and gets pregnant. But in the end, he is willing to be her husband and so “all is well,” even if it seems a rough foundation on which to build a life. Continue..

 

Hilberry Theatre takes up Restoration project

by John Quinn

Hold on. This really is a review, not an article in “News and Previews.” The above headline is a deception. Given the shabby state of journalism it’s not the first, nor the last you’ll encounter. The Hilberry isn’t renovating; it is, in fact, preparing to build a whole new theater. The project they’ve undertaken is a play driven by deception; full of characters who revel so joyously in self-serving manipulation and callous disregard for the holy state of Matrimony that they seem positively 21st Century. Continue..

 

OTHER VOICES - REVIEWS:

The Way of the World – Hilberry Theatre (updated 1/28/15)

Yellowman – Performance Network Theatre (updated 1/23/15)

Sweet Pea's Mama – Detroit Repertory Theatre (updated 1/18/15)

Tongues – Slipstream Theatre (posted 1/16/15)

Things My Mother Taught Me – Meadow Brook Theatre (updated 1/16/15)


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This Week

All in the Timing, Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, Jan 29, 30, 31
Fridays and Saturdays at Go Comedy!, Go Comedy! Improv Theater, Ferndale, Jan 30, 31
Pippin, Wharton Center for the Performing Arts, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Jan 29, 30, 31, Feb 1
Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend, Fox Theatre, Detroit, Jan 29, 30, 31, Feb 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16
Snow Queen, Detroit Puppet Theater, Detroit, Jan 31
Steel Magnolias, Purple Rose Theatre, Chelsea, Jan 29, 30, 31, Feb 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, Mar 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14
Sweat Pea's Mama, Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit, Jan 29, 30, 31, Feb 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, Mar 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15
The Boys in the Band, The Ringwald Theatre, Ferndale, Jan 30, 31, Feb 1, 2
Things My Mother Taught Me, Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester, Jan 29, 30, 31, Feb 1
Thursdays at Go Comedy!, Go Comedy! Improv Theater, Ferndale, Jan 29
Yellowman, Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor, Jan 29, 30, 31, Feb 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15

Opening This Period

All's Well That Ends Well, Beardsley Theater, Muskegon, Jan 31



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