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Help a worthy cause beginning this holiday weekend

Equity and Friends Fight AIDS will commence its annual campaign to raise monies for Michigan AIDS and HIV organizations on Thanksgiving weekend. Equity and Friends Fight AIDS, or E.F.F.A., has been raising funds for non‐profits such as AIDS Partnership Michigan and Michigan AIDS Coalition since 1991. Continue..


Buy one get one free Black Friday offer at Performance Network

To celebrate the holidays and the revitalization of Performance Network, the theater is offering a special buy one get one free ticket offer on Black Friday, Nov. 28. The offer is good for any performance of any show in the season, including the two holiday shows opening next week that are co­produced by Detroit sports and entertainment executive, Tom Wilson. Continue..


Angels step up for benefit concert

Acorn Benefit Concert
The Acorn Theater
Nov. 29, 2014

Due to a financial shortfall, The Acorn Theater was planning on shutting down after the 2014 season. However, some angels offered assistance to keep the theater operating through 2015 and beyond. Acorn Theater veterans Anne Harris, Cathy Richardson and Katie Todd who have performed in the space since it opened have stepped forward and offered to perform a benefit concert on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. to help keep the doors open. Continue..


Shop Floor's newest project works with international students

As part of its 2014-15 programming season, Shop Floor Theatre Company is planning a new project that will expand its outreach and programming to encompass the international college student population. The title of this project is "Immigrant U: Our Story Our Way- An Original Play and Documentary about the Experiences of International Students in American Universities." In keeping with the organization's values and commitment to inclusion, this project constitutes a much-needed effort to engage diverse communities that may not have the resources to participate in arts and cultural activities offered by other local institutions. Continue..


'Robocop!' parody returns in 2015

Robocop! The Musical
City Theatre
Feb. 19 - March 1, 2015

Go Comedy! Improv Theater presents one of its most successful shows, "Robocop! The Musical" at the City Theatre from Thursday, Feb. 19 through Sunday, March 1, 2015. "Robocop! The Musical" first debuted at Go Comedy! in June 2010 when it was titled "RoGoCop! The Musical." Following the show's initial engagement, Go Comedy! began planning for the show's return, improving on the original production. Continue..


Novi mall partners with blockbuster musical for 'wickedly' spellbinding specials

A 'wicked' partnership is brewing between Twelve Oaks and Broadway's biggest blockbuster, "Wicked," now in its 11th year on Broadway. "Wicked" flies back to the Detroit Opera House Dec. 10 – Jan. 4, 2015. From Nov. 21 – Dec. 14, visitors to Twelve Oaks can delight in the "World of Wicked" museum display, special offers from retailers, weekend giveaways, and other "Oz-some" exclusive offerings to celebrate this worldwide theatrical sensation. Continue..


MBT to host rock legends for 50th anniversary benefit concert

Meadow Brook Theatre will host Tommy James and The Shondells on July 18, 2015 for the theater's fundraising event, "Black Tie on the Blacktop." The evening includes a pre-glow reception, strolling dinner and one-night-only concert with the band. The fundraiser will kick-off Meadow Brook Theatre's 50th anniversary celebration, and all proceeds will benefit the theater. Tommy James and the Shondells have sold over 100 million records and have been awarded 23 gold singles and nine gold and platinum albums. Continue..



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 10/30/14


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Other Voices - News & Previews (posted 11/23/14)

Other Voices - News & Previews (posted 11/20/14)



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A show NOT written by monkeys with typewriters

By Amy J. Parrent

So, Hilberry, it's pretty smart putting a sketch about a notorious contemporary composer in front of a reviewer who was a professional musician. For me, what is not to like as actors perform a spoken-parody of Phillip Glass's music, an absurd bit in which the composer buys a baguette and runs into an old flame. And that's not even the nuttiest premise in the medley of David Ives' one-acts now playing at the repertory company. Continue..


Variety is the spice of 'Caroled!'

By Carolyn Hayes Harmer

Gather 'round, children, for a bit of Christmas candor. In short, the parallels are scant between the world-premiere musical revue "Christmas Caroled!" (conceived and written by Daniel C. Cooney and Dayle Ann Hunt) and the classic Charles Dickens holiday tale – by this reviewer's count, there's an unpleasant grump agitated by seasonal cheer, a magical jump back in time, and a guy named Tim. Truly, the strengths of this Encore Musical Theatre Company production do not lie in adaptation. Continue..


Go Comedy! extends season's greetings #hohoho

By John Quinn

The Critic has no social media presence on the Internet #curmudgeon. In fact, I'm waiting for an anti-social media site to open so I can dislike everybody at once and save time and gas #bahhumbug. But we're well into the season to be jolly #deckthemalls, so a trip to Ferndale #fabulous for GO Comedy!'s #gocomedy annual romp #xmaspar-tay is in order. Continue..



Christmas Caroled – The Encore Musical Theatre (posted 11/23/14)

Jake's Women – Two Muses Theatre (updated 11/21/14)

The Rainmaker – Tipping Point Theatre (updated 11/21/14)

Stupid Fucking Bird – The Ringwald Theatre (posted 11/20/14)

Romeo and Juliet – Hilberry Theatre (posted 11/3/14)

Annapurna – The Purple Rose Theatre Company (updated 10/9/14)



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This Week

A Christmas Carol, Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester, Nov 28, 29, 30, Dec 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
All in the Timing, Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, Dec 3, 4, 5, 6, Jan 29, 30, 31
Annapurna, The Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea, Nov 26, 28, 29, 30, Dec 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20
Buzz, Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit, Nov 28, 29, 30, Dec 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28
Christmas Caroled, The Encore Musical Theatre Company, Dexter, Nov 28, 29, 30, Dec 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21
ComedySportz, Michigan Actors Studio, Ferndale, Nov 28, 29
Cornwell's Christmas Carol, Cornwell's Dinner Theatre, Marshall, Nov 25, 26, 28, 29, Dec 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
Fridays and Saturdays at Go Comedy!, Go Comedy! Improv Theater, Ferndale, Nov 28, 29, Dec 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20
Improv Mondays, Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck, Nov 24, Dec 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Jake's Women, Barnes and Noble Booksellers, West Bloomfield, Nov 28, 29, 30, Dec 5, 6, 7
Rapture, Blister, Burn, Matrix Theatre Company, Detroit, Nov 28, 29, 30, Dec 5, 6, 7
Romeo and Juliet, Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, Dec 11, 12, 13
Stupid Fucking Bird, The Ringwald Theatre, Ferndale, Nov 24, 28, 29, 30, Dec 1, 5, 6, 7, 8
Sundays at Go Comedy!, Go Comedy! Improv Theater, Ferndale, Nov 30, Dec 7, 14, 21, 28
The Motherfucker with the Hat, Doubletree Hotel Fort-Shelby, Terrace Level, Detroit, Nov 28, 29
The Rainmaker, Tipping Point Theatre, Northville, Nov 28, 29, 30, Dec 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14
Thursdays at Go Comedy!, Go Comedy! Improv Theater, Ferndale, Dec 4, 11, 18
Turtle Island, Detroit Puppet Theater, Detroit, Nov 29, 30
Wednesdays at Go Comedy!, Go Comedy! Improv Theater, Ferndale, Nov 26, Dec 3, 10, 17

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