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Live radio show captures timeless magic

It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
UDM Theatre Co.
Dec. 5-7, 2014

The Theatre Company at University of Detroit Mercy invites you to recall the enduring charm and heartwarming message of Frank Capra's 1946 film "It's a Wonderful Life" with its special holiday production of "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" by Joe Landry. Seven actors share in recreating the beloved characters of this classic story as it unfolds on a sound studio set during the Golden Age of Radio, complete with zany sound effects, colorful 1940s glamour and a few fresh surprises. Continue..

 

Black Friday sale at Miller Auditorium

Miller Auditorium is proud to offer amazing savings again this year with its annual Black Friday sale. Keeping tradition with great sales the day after Thanksgiving, on Friday, Nov. 28, tickets for our remaining PNC Broadway in West Michigan, Broadway Plus and Lake Michigan Mailers Spotlight Series performances will be two for $55 or two for $30 while supplies last. The Miller Auditorium Ticket Office will open for in-person sales from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and phone sales from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 28. Continue..

 

Cyber Monday sale on select shows

Give the gift of entertainment this year as Olympia Entertainment announces its Cyber Monday buy one, get one ticket offer on select shows. From holiday hits to award-winning Broadway productions, attending an event creates memories that last a lifetime. The Cyber Monday offer is available for one day only on Monday, Dec. 1 from 3 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Continue..

 

Theatre Nova brings new life to Ann Arbor's historic Yellow Barn

Three Ann Arbor community groups - The Greenroom; The Yellow Barn Events and Classes; and Theatre Nova, Ann Arbor's newest professional theater - will share The Yellow Barn, a 2,500 square foot space located at 416 West Huron, in an innovative space-sharing partnership that will bring 42 weekends of cultural programming to Ann Arbor's bustling downtown, along with workshops for playwrights, yoga, tai chi, chi gong and other classes, and a Monday night church geared toward artists. Continue..

 

Riverbank Theatre debuts with lavish musical

Mame
Riverbank Theatre
Dec. 5-21, 2014

"Mame" opens the new Riverbank Theatre as a preview to the 2015 season! Come and get a look at the newly remodeled state-of‐the-art space. "Mame" is a lavish musical set in New York during the Great Depression. It tells the story of Mame Dennis, an eccentric bohemian woman of wealth whose life is interrupted when the son of her late brother comes to live with her. Continue..

 

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..

 

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 11/26/14
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MORE STORIES, NEWS BRIEFS & PREVIEWS:

Other Voices - News & Previews (posted 11/27/14)

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

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


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Reviews

'George Bailey, I'll love you 'til the day I die'

By John Quinn

o what can we attribute the enduring popularity of "It's a Wonderful Life"? It was the only movie finished by Liberty Films under its founder, director-turned-auteur Frank Capra. To cover production delays on another project, RKO, the distributor, rushed it into theaters and smack into competition with Goldwyn Pictures "The Best Years of Our Lives." That film walked away with the Academy Award for Best Picture for 1946 and six other Oscars; "Lives" didn't break even in its first run. Some critics found the plot too sappy. So what would motivate playwright Steve Murray to reinvent Capra's film as a stage piece, "This Wonderful Life"? Continue..

 

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..

 

OTHER VOICES - REVIEWS:

This Wonderful Life – Performance Network Theatre (posted 11/27/14)

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 11/27/14)

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 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, Dec 6, 13, 20, 27
Cornwell's Christmas Carol, Cornwell's Dinner Theatre, Marshall, Nov 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, 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 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
This Wonderful Life, Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor, Dec 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18
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, Dec 3, 10, 17

Opening This Period

Elf the Musical, DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids, Nov 28, 29, 30
Gift of the Magi, Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor, Nov 28, 29, 30, Dec 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21
Home for the Holidays, The Dio - Dining and Entertainment, Pinckney, Nov 28, 29, 30, Dec 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23
Invasion!, Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck, Nov 28, 29, Dec 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20
Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol, Thunder Bay Theatre, Alpena, Nov 28, 29, 30, Dec 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14
Miracle on South Division Street, Williamston Theatre, Williamston, Nov 28, 29, 30, Dec 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28



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