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'Annie' supports Michigan Humane Society with special fundraiser

Broadway in Detroit has announced that it is partnering with the Michigan Humane Society on a special fundraiser for the non-profit organization through the upcoming engagement of "Annie" at the Fisher Theatre. Those who are familiar with the iconic Tony Award-winning musical know that it stars a red-headed girl named Annie and her best friend, Sandy the dog. To celebrate the friendship of Annie and Sandy, Broadway In Detroit is hosting a special MHS fundraising night at "Annie" on Saturday, Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Continue..


Go Comedy! welcomes Kevin McDonald

Go Comedy! is excited to announce the return of "Kids In The Hall" Co-Founder Kevin McDonald for a one-night-only performance and improv workshop on Sunday, Sept. 21. Improvisers, comedians and writers from across Metro Detroit will converge at Go Comedy! for a full-day comedy workshop intensive at Go Comedy! from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. McDonald will then take the stage that night at 7:30 p.m. for a special performance featuring work and students from the intensive. "We are very excited to have Kevin McDonald return to Go Comedy! after a very successful visit last summer," stated Pj Jacokes, co-owner of Go Comedy! Improv Theater. Continue..


Take an unforgettable ride with Kevin Lepine

Hypnosis Unleashed
Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle
Sept. 23, 2014

"Hypnosis Unleashed" returns to Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. Transparent in every show, hypnotist Kevin Lepine is very passionate about his chosen craft. Raised by two loving adopted parents in Detroit, Lepine discovered hypnosis at a young age. Continue..


Festival expands the possibilities

Detroit Fringe Festival
1515 Broadway
Sept. 16-21, 2014

The Detroit Fringe Festival returns beginning Sept. 16 with a mission to expand the possibilities of Michigan theater. This year's festival will feature musicians, actors, playwrights, dancers, poets and comedians performing at 1515 Broadway Theatre and Cafe in downtown Detroit. The essential question for this year's Detroit Fringe Festival is this: "If young people will spend $100 to see Rihanna perform, what about the theater industry is preventing them from spending $10 to see a play?" Continue..


Matrix provides a venue for the venue-less

Matrix Theatre Company is introducing Hostel Theatre to provide a venue for those independent theater makers that don't have one of their own. The schedule for Hostel Theatre runs from Sept. 19 – Oct. 12 and features BoxFest Detroit, Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company, and Rumpusroom, three of Detroit's professional theaters, and Jasmine Rivera, an award-winning filmmaker. "We are very excited about this new addition to our regular theater season," said Megan Buckley-Ball, artistic director of Matrix Theatre. Continue..


Region's top burlesque performers set to appear at largest burlesque festival in Michigan

Michigan Burlesque Festival
Hastings Street Ballroom
Sept. 19-20, 2014

Burlesque performers from across North America, acrobats, jugglers, aerialists, clowns, singers, magicians, bawdy comedians and more will entertain at the second annual Michigan Burlesque Festival, which will take place Sept. 19-20 at Detroit's Hastings Street Ballroom/Tangent Gallery. Michigan's largest burlesque festival has doubled in size, moving from a one-day, sold-out event to a two-day event filled with the best burlesque from the Midwest and beyond. Continue..


Special VIP Theatre Lover Package announced for 'Angels in America'

The Ringwald Theatre, in coordination with The Emory Restaurant, announces a special VIP evening of great theater and great food for one night only, on Saturday, Sept. 27. After a highly successful run of Tony Kushner's "Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches," The Ringwald Theatre opened its eighth season with both parts of this epic play, "Millennium Approaches" and "Perestroika" in repertory, working from a newly-revised script that includes new material. Continue..


PBS show comes alive in Kalamazoo

Sid the Science Kid Live: Let’s Play
Miller Auditorium
Oct. 9, 2014

The popular PBS KIDS television show "Sid the Science Kid" is coming to the live stage. "Sid the Science Kid Live: Let’s Play!" will be at Miller Auditorium on Thursday, Oct. 9 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale beginning Friday, Sept. 12. "Sid the Science Kid Live: Let’s Play!" cast and crew will be in Kalamazoo and at Miller Auditorium for a week to put final touches on the production in advance of launching the new North American tour on Oct. 9. Continue..



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Updated 9/11/14


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Other Voices - News & Previews (posted 9/14/14)

Other Voices - News & Previews (posted 9/11/14)



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'Grey Gardens' presents complex moments

By Bridgette M. Redman

The Great Escape Stage Company is taking on a complicated musical with "Grey Gardens." "Grey Gardens" centers around two real people, though the autobiographical elements are ever servants to the plot and theme. Edith Bouvier Beale and Edie Bouvier Beale are the aunt and cousin respectively of Jackie Kennedy. They were eccentric characters who went from society paragons to reclusive women who lived with 52 cats in squalor in what was once the 28-room gorgeous mansion. Continue..


'Angels' we have heard on high

By John Quinn

"Putting the cart before the horse" is a familiar old saw. It describes reversing "the accepted or logical order of things." The Critic finds himself reviewing The Ringwald Theatre's production of "Angels in America, Part One" after reviewing Part Two last weekend. So have I emerged "bewitched, bothered and bewildered?" That would be a "no" on all three counts – "entranced" is a better description of my experience than "bewitched." Just to bring you up to speed: "Angels in America" is an epic drama crafted by playwright Tony Kushner. It's set in 1985, when the grim reality of AIDS finally began working its way into the national conscience. Continue..



Grey Gardens – Great Escape Stage Company (posted 9/14/14)

Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika – The Ringwald Theatre (updated 9/14/14)



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This Week

Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches, The Ringwald Theatre, Ferndale, Sep 19, 26, 27
Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika, The Ringwald Theatre, Ferndale, Sep 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29
ComedySportz, Michigan Actors Studio, Ferndale, Sep 19, 20, 26, 27, Oct 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31, Nov 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
Detroit Fringe Festival, 1515 Broadway, Detroit, Sep 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
Grey Gardens, Great Escape Stage Company, Marshall, Sep 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
Improv Mondays, Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck, Sep 22, 29, Oct 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov 3, 10, 17, 24
Laundry and Bourbon and Lone Star, The Snug Theatre, Marine City, Sep 18, 19, 20, 21
Sleeping Beauty, Detroit Puppet Theater, Detroit, Sep 18, 20, 27, 28
The Big Story of Lazarus Small, Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck, Sep 19, 20, 21, 26, 27
The Value of Names, Aaron DeRoy Theatre on the campus of the Jewish Community Center, West Bloomfield, Sep 17, 18, 20, 21, Oct 8, 9, 11, 12

Opening This Period

Annapurna, The Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea, Sep 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, Oct 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, Nov 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 28, 29, 30, Dec 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20
Boeing Boeing, Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, Sep 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27, Oct 3, 4
BoxFest Detroit Workshop, Matrix Theatre Company, Detroit, Sep 19, 20
Buried Child, The Abreact Theatre Collective, Detroit, Sep 19, 20, 26, 27, Oct 3, 4, 5, 10, 11
Michigan Burlesque Festival, Hastings Street Ballroom/Tangent Gallery, Detroit, Sep 19, 20
Spamalot, The Encore Musical Theatre Company, Dexter, Sep 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28, Oct 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12
The Secret Garden, Farmers Alley Theatre, Kalamazoo, Sep 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28, Oct 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12
The Tempest, Marlene Boll Theater inside the YMCA Detroit, Detroit, Sep 20, 21
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Tipping Point Theatre, Northville, Sep 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28, Oct 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19

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