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Children, adults and families are invited to celebrate Wild Swan Theater's 35th season at its annual benefit concert, "Wild Swan's Birthday Concert: 35 Years Young," which will be held at The Ark on Sunday, Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. An outstanding line up of family-friendly talent has been confirmed, including Gemini, David Mosher, Peter Madcat Ruth, and Kitty Donohoe. Each of these gifted artists has collaborated with Wild Swan in creating theater experiences that are magical, accessible and innovative. Continue..
For one-night on Nov. 1, a group of talented performers with Detroit connections and their famous friends will reunite at the Largo in Los Angeles for the "2nd Annual Detroit Party" hosted by Michigan native and star of "Key & Peele," Keegan-Michael Key. Produced by Laugh on Behalf, proceeds from the "2nd Annual Detroit Party" benefit The Detroit Creativity Project, an organization dedicated to giving back to Detroit by helping to preserve arts education in area schools. Continue..
Onstage & Unplugged
The Purple Rose Theatre
Dec. 26-31, 2014
The Purple Rose Theatre Company will present Jeff Daniels' "Onstage & Unplugged" for a limited seven-show engagement from Friday, Dec. 26 through Wednesday, Dec. 31. Two special benefit performances include a mid-performance Question & Answer opportunity with Daniels on Saturday, Dec. 27 and a New Year's-themed buffet dinner at the Chelsea Comfort Inn & Village Conference Center. Festive desserts by Laura O'Brien Sweets & Treats top off the 8 p.m. benefit in the theater's lobby. All performances will be at The Purple Rose Theatre. Continue..
The Michigan Theater Foundation reached not one, but two milestones this week as they finalized the purchase of the State Theatre and completed the first phase of the Barton Organ restoration project. Both developments come four months after these two initiatives began. After signing the purchase agreement on June 16, the Michigan Theater had to wait to become official owners after a period of due diligence that included master deed negotiations and an architectural and engineering examination of the State Theatre. Continue..
Just like the anticipation of flying off on a trip, excitement is building for Tibbits 35th annual auction on Saturday, Nov. 1 when "Tibbits Takes Flight." Local businesses and individuals have again come together to donate an array of auction items, many of which carry the theme of flying, travel, vacation escapes or other enticing experiences. Group dinner packages offer a vacation for the palate prepared by professional chefs and local culinary aficionados... Continue..
Living Faith – Fine Arts Apostolate and Nieto Productions LLC are hosting the Second Annual Cross and Light Fundraiser at Sacred Heart Seminary on Nov. 5 at 6 p.m. Meet and greet the actors from "The Cross and the Light," with special musical presentations by Kenny Watson, the man who played Jesus at Music Hall in 2013 and 2014; Brian LeDuc, who played Peter in 2013; and Beth Lackey, who played Mother Mary in 2014. Continue..
On Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 a.m., Gilda's "LaughFest," the nation's first-ever community-wide festival of laughter, will announce headlining artists performing at the 2015 10-day festival, which runs March 5 through 15, 2015. The public is invited to attend the announcement, which will take place at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, 101 Monroe Center NW, Grand Rapids. Admission is free. "LaughFest" is the nation's only 10-day community-wide festival of laughter and attracted 50,000 attendees from across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom during its fourth annual event. Continue..
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.
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By Martin F. Kohn
Take heart, would-be stars. If a kid with a ton of desire and a teaspoon of talent can make it, no matter how much his parents want him to go pharmacy school, maybe there's hope for us all. That's the message, one of them, anyway, of "Enter Laughing." The kid in question is Carl Reiner, who went on to fame and fortune as an actor, writer and director despite a less than auspicious beginning. Continue..
By Carolyn Hayes Harmer
William Shakespeare accomplished one of the most enduring romances, that of "Romeo and Juliet," in a scant handful of scenes. The two lovers hardly ever interact; the bulk of the play dwells not on the totality of their love, but rather on the mounting impossibility of it, and the desperate decisions that hasten the couple's tragic deaths. Continue..
By John Quinn
It can be an uncomfortable experience when a theater company holds a mirror before the face of society and reveals an unflattering image. When that company is intimately housed in The Abreact Performance Space, the revelation is literally "in your face." Thus, Puzzle Piece Theatre's "White People," a sobering meditation on fear and loathing of "Them," the "Others" and the "They're Not Like Us" gets very up close and personal. The first production of J.T. Rodgers' play was in 2000, and was a reminder that the new millennium was not an Age of Aquarius in terms of race and class relations. Continue..
By Bridgette M. Redman
Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" has always been a thinker. Miller had things he wanted to say in the Tony Award-winning play. The 1959 drama about the Salem witch trials was Miller's protest against McCarthyism and the hysteria that surrounded the anti-Communism movement of the 1950s. Directors continue to choose the play to explore how ordinary people find their goodness amid crowd-driven witch hunts. At Great Escape Stage Company, director Edward Kernish makes bold choices to ensure the audience knows this play is allegory and not limited to the Puritan times of 1692 to 1693. Continue..
By Martin F. Kohn
The gala opening night of "Motown the Musical" at the Fisher Theatre found Berry Gordy, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and other luminaries watching themselves being portrayed onstage. Afterwards all three spoke to the audience, and Wonder even sang a bit of "I Wish." It was a thrill for first-nighters, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But what about second-nighters, third-nighters and everyone else who catches the touring version of Gordy's autobiographical musical (still running on Broadway)? Continue..
By Bridgette M. Redman
Flint is a city that struggles. So it should come as little surprise that the artists who live there are drawn to that struggle and want to make art about what it is like to be a part of a city that continues to try to survive even while under intense economic, social and political pressures. "9 x Nourished" is a devised theater piece that explores these struggles while also celebrating a piece of Flint that is positive, exciting and growing. Continue..