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It's no secret that Detroit has served as a splendid training ground for young thespians who studied their crafts, got their starts in show biz, and then moved east or west to pursue their dreams. While many leave and never come back - and oftentimes rarely acknowledge their roots - others return time and again to give back to the community that nurtured their talents. Continue..
Michigan Opera Theatre announces two additional venues, the Berman Center for the Performing Arts and Detroit Institute of Arts' Detroit Film Theatre, for performances of its co-production of "Frida" with the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts in March 2015. MOT's "Frida" will open at the Macomb Center March 7-8, followed by performances at The Berman Center on March 21-22 and Detroit Film Theatre on March 28. Continue..
The nation's first-ever community-wide festival of laughter, "Gilda's LaughFest," announced this morning the festival will celebrate its fifth anniversary March 5-15, 2015. Also, announced today are preliminary results of an economic impact study from Grand Valley State University. The study indicates "LaughFest" created a $3.2 million economic impact on the region. "We are excited as we ramp-up efforts for our fifth year," said Joanne Roehm, festival director. Continue..
After a short reorganizational hiatus, Performance Network Theatre is back with a new 2014-15 Season. Tickets will go on sale Aug. 4, and all current subscriptions will be honored. Season subscriptions will be available from $110-$165; single tickets per performance will range in price from $22-$41. As the theater resumes operation, a new ticketing system is being implemented and phone service resumed. Continue..
The World Goes 'Round
Great Escape Stage Company
July 24 - Aug. 3, 2014
Life - with its glories, indignities, hopes and quiet dreams - is the subject of "The World Goes 'Round," a stunning revue of the beloved songs of John Kander and Fred Ebb opening July 24 at Great Escape Stage Company. Featuring unforgettable gems from throughout Kander & Ebb's incredible 40-year career in theater, film and television, the work spotlights songs from "Cabaret," "Chicago," "New York, New York," "Funny Lady," "Kiss of the Spiderwoman" and more. Continue..
The Michigan Shakespeare Festival opened its 20th anniversary season July 19 with an acclaimed production of Shakespeare's "The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark." The audience rose for a standing ovation for the production directed by MSF artistic director Janice L. Blixt and featuring Shawn Pfautsch as the brilliant and tormented prince. Continue..
No Time for the Pain
July 25-27, 2014
5 Mo Artists Detroit, in association with Dishing Tea Entertainment, presents a La Troupe des Arts production of "No Time for the Pain," an original theatrical production written by native Detroiter and host of the hit Blog Talk Radio Network show "Dishing Tea with Big Meach" Demetris "Big Meach" Taylor. Family ties are shattered and destroyed when fraternal twins Danielle and Eric confront one another on the issues of betrayal, infidelity and HIV. Continue..
So Long Until Tomorrow
The AKT Theatre Project
July 25 - Aug. 9, 2014
The AKT Theatre Project is opening a rehearsal to an audience as the second offering of a three-part series as the company develops the new play, "So Long Until Tomorrow" by Bradley Michael. The play is directed by Angie Kane Ferrante and will open the first weekend of August. Continue..
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By Judith Cookis Rubens
"Classic" musicals generally endure the test of time, and, in the case of "Guys and Dolls," they've got the songs, substance and style to back up the label. Tibbits Summer Theatre's current revival of the 1950 "Guys and Dolls" proves right on the money, still. Showcasing bright, young talent and high production values, this show about 1940s New York City sinners manages to feel wistfully nostalgic and of-today at the same time. Continue..
By John Quinn
Here's to the exciting life of the drama critic. This one drove five hours, round trip, to see a 90-minute musical. Driving into the sunset along I-94 to Kalamazoo (in my usual, white-knuckled fashion), I muttered through gritted teeth, "This better be good!" Well, the closing production of Farmers Alley Theatre's sixth season was worth the trip. The musical in question is titled Robert Weiner, show director and one of the founders of Farmers Alley Theatre, tentatively describes it as a "musical documentary," an appealing explanation for this unique work. Continue..
By Carolyn Hayes
Ever since there was a Broadway, there have been epic Broadway musicals ever topping themselves; to bring in top tourist dollars, producers need something that must be seen to be believed. But how does such a show even get to the stage, when investors must believe, but there's nothing to see? Such is the comic conundrum of "The Big Bang" (music by Jed Feuer; book and lyrics by Boyd Graham), the tiniest extravaganza that the theater world has ever seen. As directed by Rob Roznowski, Williamston Theatre's production capitalizes on the silliness of describing that which defies description, but also reaches into a different bag of theatrical tricks, wrapping up an absurd principle in sheer entertainment. Continue..
By Sue Merrell
"The Matchmaker," the final show of Hope Summer Repertory Theatre's season, is a great match for the directing talents of HSRT founder John Tammi. Tammi, who retired in May after a 46-year career in the college's theater department, has done a remarkable job setting up all of the funny business in "The Matchmaker" so that it seems perfectly natural. A dropped wallet is a key plot point, for instance, and yet Tammi has staged the scene so perfectly that the falling of the wallet seems incidental to a humorous struggle to remove a coat. Continue..