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What a deal: 'Foreigner' tickets now $15 through May 4

The Encore Musical Theatre Company is offering significantly reduced ticket prices for the remaining 10 performances of Larry Shue's hilarious "The Foreigner." Garnering critical praise from the press and audiences alike, "The Foreigner" is the penultimate story of a stranger in a stranger land. Charlie and Froggy are two English friends staying at Betty Meek's Fishing Lodge and Inn in rural Georgia. Continue..

 

Theater co-founders return for police drama

A Steady Rain
Planet Ant Theatre
May 2-24, 2014

Planet Ant veterans Ryan Carlson and York Griffith return with the police drama "A Steady Rain" by "House of Cards" and "Mad Men" co-writer Keith Huff. This Detroit premiere will appear Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees May 2-24. "A Steady Rain" focuses on Joey and Denny, best friends since kindergarten and partners on the police force, whose loyalty to each other is tested by domestic affairs, violence and the rough streets of Chicago. Continue..

 

The Ringwald takes a step 'Into the Woods'

Into the Woods
The Ringwald Theatre
May 2 - June 2, 2014

Nearing the end of a season devoted to words and stories, it only makes sense to close with Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's seminal musical, "Into the Woods." The ultimate storybook musical gets mightily re-imagined by Ferndale's feisty theater, The Ringwald, in association with Two Muses Theatre and Kickham Hanley PLLC. The musical intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales and follows them to explore the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. Continue..

 

JET concludes 25th season with emotional blackmail

Other Desert Cities
The Jewish Ensemble Theatre
April 23 - May 18, 2014

The Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company's final main stage production of its "Share the Magic" 25th Anniversary 2013-14 season is "Other Desert Cities" by Jon Robin Baitz. Previews begin Wednesday, April 23, with opening night on Saturday, April 26. The production runs until Sunday, May 18. In "Other Desert Cities," Brooke Wyeth returns home after a six-year absence to celebrate a holiday reunion in the Palm Springs, California desert home of her parents, actor and former Ambassador Lyman and his wife Polly Wyeth. Continue..

 

America's premier figure skating production showcases our best skaters

Stars on Ice
Joe Louis Arena
April 27, 2014

When America's top figure skaters convened in Boston on Jan. 9 for the U.S. Championships, two things were at stake a trip to Sochi, Russia for the Winter Olympics and a coveted spot skating in the 2014 Tour of the Emmy-Award winning "Stars on Ice." The country's premier figure skating production, "Stars on Ice," is proud to announce that America's figure skating champions and top Olympic medal contenders at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia will headline this year's nationwide tour. Continue..

 

Ixion kickstarts 'The Four Disgracers'

Newly formed theater troupe Ixion is in the final stages of a Kickstarter campaign for its first production, "The Four Disgracers." The Kickstarter concludes April 25 at 5 p.m. The fundraiser has reached the midway point of its $3,500 goal. As in all Kickstarter projects, this project will not be funded if it doesn't reach the full goal by its deadline. Continue..

 

Shop Floor to conclude 2014 Staged-Reading Series

Seeds
Shop Floor Theatre Co.
April 26, 2014

Shop Floor Theatre Company is concluding its 2014 Staged-Reading Series on Saturday April 26 with a performance of "Seeds" by Annabel Soutar. This series of staged readings at Flint's Buckham Gallery is dedicated to exploring contemporary issues and promoting civic dialogue. Each play will feature local actors playing a variety of different roles. The three plays chosen for the 2014 Staged-Reading Series were all created in a similar "documentary" style and explore a variety of contemporary social issues... 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 4/21/14
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MORE STORIES, NEWS BRIEFS & PREVIEWS:

Other Voices - News & Previews (posted 4/24/14)

Other Voices - News & Previews (posted 4/20/14)

Other Voices - News & Previews (posted 4/17/14)


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Reviews

'Sister Act' makes a joyful noise

By Martin F. Kohn

Deloris Van Cartier (born Doris Carter), a sassy, brassy, none-too-successful nightclub singer, witnesses a gang murder, runs for her life and makes it to the police station. Needing a safe place to stow her until she can testify, the cops hide Deloris in a convent, disguised as a nun. There, she is put in charge of the convent's dismal choir with results that could justify "Sister Act" being called "The Miracle Worker" if that title weren't already taken. Continue..

 

All in the family

By Carolyn Hayes

Viciousness shouldn't be quite so funny, nor frailty quite so compassionate, but family's weird that way. For the final production of its season, Hilberry Theatre takes on playwright Tracy Letts's much-lauded and recently film-adapted "August: Osage County," an epic tragicomedy chronicling resounding disaster and slovenly catharsis in one fractious Oklahoma clan. Fittingly, this story of homecoming features the return of Hilberry alumnus James R. Kuhl as director and a hotly anticipated guest performance by faculty member Lavinia Hart, who join with the graduate student company in pushing the vast ranges of this exhaustive script as far as parameters allow. Continue..

 

Pigeon Creek draws big laughs in playful 'Midsummer'

By Judith Cookis Rubens

To reach today's audiences, theaters often try hard to make Shakespeare "cool." Productions, Broadway and regional, have been known to add modern costumes, accents, or go wild with sets and production values. Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company has a different philosophy. The year-round touring company, based in Grand Haven, aims for original staging practices as in, the way it was done in the Bard's time period. Continue..

 

OTHER VOICES - REVIEWS:

August: Osage County Hilberry Theatre (updated 4/24/14)

The Foreigner The Encore Musical Theatre Company (posted 4/17/14)

Steel Magnolias Great Escape Stage Company (posted 4/12/14)

Lovers, Liars & Lunatics The Purple Rose Theatre Company (updated 4/17/14)

Love is Strange Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company (posted 4/10/14)

Old Love Tipping Point Theatre (updated 4/17/14)

Country Roads: A Musical Journey The Dio (updated 4/10/14)


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This Week

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Dog Story Theatre, Grand Rapids, Apr 25, 26, 27
August: Osage County, Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, Apr 25, 26, May 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10
Breaking Legs, Broadway Onstage Live Theatre, Eastpointe, Apr 25, 26, May 2, 3, 9, 10
ComedySportz, Michigan Actors Studio, Ferndale, Apr 25, 26
Country Roads: A Musical Journey, The Dio - Dining & Entertainment, Pinckney, Apr 25, 26, 27, May 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11
Fridays and Saturdays at Go Comedy!, Go Comedy! Improv Theater, Ferndale, Apr 25, 26
Improv Mondays, Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck, Apr 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26, Jun 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Life Is Happening To Us Again, Play House, Detroit, Apr 25, 26
Love is Strange, The Abreact Performance Space, Detroit, Apr 25, 26
Old Love, Tipping Point Theatre, Northville, Apr 25, 26, 27, May 1, 2, 3, 4
Other Desert Cities, Aaron DeRoy Theatre on the campus of the Jewish Community Center, West Bloomfield, Apr 26, 27, May 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18
Richard III, Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor, Apr 25, 26, 27, May 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31, Jun 1
Sister Act, Fisher Theatre, Detroit, Apr 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, May 1, 2, 3, 4
Steel Magnolias, Great Escape Stage Company, Marshall, Apr 25, 26, 27
Sundays at Go Comedy!, Go Comedy! Improv Theater, Ferndale, Apr 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25
The Andrews Brothers, Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester, Apr 25, 26, 27, 30, May 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
The Foreigner, The Encore Musical Theatre, Dexter, Apr 25, 26, 27, May 1, 2, 3, 4
The PRTC Spring Comedy Festival: Lovers, Liars & Lunatics, The Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea, Apr 25, 26, 27, 30, May 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24
Thursdays at Go Comedy!, Go Comedy! Improv Theater, Ferndale, May 1, 8, 15
Wednesdays at Go Comedy!, Go Comedy! Improv Theater, Ferndale, Apr 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28

Opening This Period

How I Became a Pirate, City Theatre, Detroit, Apr 25, 26, 27
Motherhood Out Loud, Flint Youth Theatre, Flint, Apr 27
Old Wicked Songs, Farmers Alley Theatre, Kalamazoo, Apr 25, 26, 27, May 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11
Seeds, Buckham Gallery, Flint, Apr 26
Stars on Ice, Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Apr 27



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