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TASC Artistic Exchange at the MICA Gallery May 28

The American Shakespeare Collective (TASC), a Lansing-based theatre, is hosting a meet-and-greet with Artistic Director Tommy Gomez and cast members of the June 4-7 production of “Invierno,” a brave new interpretation of Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale.” Come meet National Theatre of Finland’s visiting artist Kristo Salminen, who in addition to working in theater has starred in a number of Finnish sitcoms and films... Continue..


Rarely performed Tennessee Williams play opens next week

"A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur," by Tennessee Williams, a lovely summer comedy for all ages, opens next week at The Tipping Point Theatre. Set in a cramped St. Louis apartment in the mid-1930s, where Dorothea, a high school civics teacher, rooms with Bodey, a plain but caring and kind-hearted German-American spinster. Dorothea, a hopeless romantic, dreams of marriage with the principal of the school, while her protective roommate, Bodey, hopes to match Dorothea up with her fat, cigar-smoking twin brother, Buddy... Continue..


BoxFest Detroit 2015 seeks submissions for August festival showcasing women directors

BoxFest Detroit is an annual theater festival that showcases and creates opportunities for women directors. It has served and continues to function as a springboard for many women and their directing careers. Directors who have participated in past festivals have gone on to pursue graduate studies at highly competitive universities, become directors at professional theaters, and form their own successful theater and production companies... Continue..


DeBruyne and Schramm reprise "The Last FIve Years" at Dio Memorial Day weekend

The Last Five Years
Dio Dining and Entertainment
May 23-25, 2015

"The Last Five Years" is an emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. The show's unconventional structure consists of Cathy, the woman, played by Thalia Schramm, telling her story backwards while Jamie, the man, played by Steve DeBruyne, tells his story chronologically. The two characters meet only once, at their wedding in the middle of the show. Continue..


The Barn Theatre School announces 69th season lineup

The Barn Theatre, Michigan’s oldest professional summer theatre, under the artistic leadership of Brendan Ragotzy, announced today the 69th season of plays and musicals to be presented for the 2015 summer season at the landmark theatre. The Barn Theatre, Michigan's oldest resident summer stock theatre company, is pleased to announce... Continue..


Kickshaw fundraiser and season teaser enjoyed at Cobblestone Farms

by David Kiley

Kickshaw Theatre, a newly formed Ann Arbor theater company, kicked off their season and fund raising this week, announcing that it will perform "The Electric Baby," a play by Stefanie Zadravec, as its first production this fall. Kickshaw is the brainchild of Julia Glander (pictured) and Lynn Lammers, who worked together at the Williamston Theater before opening their own company in Ann Arbor... Continue..



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Hallelujah! Actors help future priests amp up sermons (Detroit Free Press: May 18, 2015)



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Performers bare all for art

by John Quinn

If LGBT playwright Ronnie Larsen is to be believed, there are uncanny parallels between professional actors and professional "escorts." Both fields embody the adage, "Practice makes perfect." Both require ambition, self-promotion and a thick skin when promotion fails. In contrast, one is considered--at least in the modern era--a legitimate vocation, and the other a tawdry, illicit activity suitable only for social pariahs. To you gentle reader, I leave the determination of which is which... Continue..


Hamlet: to see it, or not to see it?

by John Quinn

With a wink and a nod, Theatre Initiative takes a creative leap beyond Peter Weiss’ experiment in insanity, “Marat/Sade,” as the company deconstructs William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” Note that when a five-act Elizabethan tragedy is cut to a little over ninety minutes, it is the first clue there’s a whole lot of deconstruction going on. But this “Hamlet”, rather than echo The Bard’s reflection, “. . . the play’s the thing . . .” accentuates process over performance. And that process is immensely effective... Continue..





"Bad Jews" crackles with comedy at the JET

by David Kiley

Death can bring out the worst in families, especially when one prominent member decides to miss the funeral. This universal fact, and all-too frequent happening in large religious families, is the plot device used in the Jewish Ensemble Theatre’s new production of Joshua Harmon’s "Bad Jews." A sharp and snappy cast of four deliciously deliver this throat grabbing, back-stabbing, Torah-tugging dramedy about a young generation of Jews struggling with how to honor, limit, excise, live and kill their Jewish heritage... Continue..


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This Week

10 Naked Men, The Ringwald Theatre, Ferndale, May 25, 29, 30, 31, Jun 1, 5, 6, 7, 8
Bad Jews, in the DeRoy Theatre on the campus of the Jewish Community Center, West Bloomfield, May 28, 30, 31, Jun 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 12, 13, 14
Fridays and Saturdays at Go Comedy!, Go Comedy! Improv Theater, Ferndale, May 29, 30
Hamlet, Slipstream Summer Home, Hazel Park, May 28, 30, 31, Jun 4, 6, 7
Improv Mondays, Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck, May 25, Jun 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Mother's Nature, AA Creative Corridor, Lansing, May 30, 31
Outside Mullingar, Williamston Theatre, Williamston, May 28, 29, 30, 31, Jun 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21
Sleeping Beauty, Detroit Puppet Theater, Detroit, May 30, 31
Sundays at Go Comedy!, Go Comedy! Improv Theater, Ferndale, May 31
Thursdays at Go Comedy!, Go Comedy! Improv Theater, Ferndale, May 28
Wednesdays at Go Comedy!, Go Comedy! Improv Theater, Ferndale, May 27

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