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Purple Rose announces 2015-2016 season--its 25th

The Purple Rose Theatre Company (PRTC) announces its 2015 / 2016, 25th Anniversary season, which will feature a world premiere play by Purple Rose founder, Emmy Award- winning actor & award-winning playwright, Jeff Daniels, a world premiere by PRTC associate artist, Matt Letscher, and a Purple Rose take on two beloved classic comedies. The theatre company’s 25th professional season will include: "The Casting Session" by Jeff Daniels, "The Odd Couple" by Neil Simon, "Gaps in the Fossil Record" by Matt Letscher, and "Morning’s At Seven" by Paul Osborn... Continue..

 

A year makes big difference to Ann Arbor's Performance Network

by David Kiley

A little more than a year ago, the Peformance Network in Ann Arbor, a much loved theater venue, suspended operations amidst a production of "Richard III," removed the staff and announced a $250,000 deficit. What a difference a year can make. The PN’s board this week, as it winds up a solid season, released an open letter, updating its fiscal condition, its plans, reviewed the improvements it has made in operations, but also renewed its urgency for community support... Continue..

 

Van Singel Fine Arts Center 2015-2016 season will include "Driving Miss Daisy"

On Thursday, March 31, 2016, the Van Singel Arts Center will present "Driving Miss Daisy." Clarence Gilyard, from “Walker, Texas Ranger” and “Matlock,” and Sheree J. Wilson, from “Walker, Texas Ranger” and “Dallas,” star in this 1988 Pulitzer Prize and Outer Critics Circle Award-winning play. This much loved play is a warm-hearted, humorous and affecting study of the unlikely relationship between an aging, crotchety white Southern lady, and a proud, soft-spoken black man. With race relations in the news almost daily these days, this masterpiece of a play becomes ever more poignant... Continue..

 

"Clybourne Park" at Two Muses will spark debate on race issues

"Clybourne Park" by Bruce Norris is a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play sure to stimulate much debate on social issues past and present. It plays at Two Muses Theatre in West Bloomfield from June 5 through June 21. The provocative play deals with race, real estate, and the volatile state of each, now and in the past. It draws fascinating parallels between the two acts that are set 50 years apart, and one ensemble of actors plays two sets of characters... Continue..

 

Date announced for The 2015 Wilde Awards: Aug. 31

The 14th annual Wilde Awards will return to its pre-Labor Day roots when Michigan’s professional theater industry comes together Aug. 31 at The Berman Center for the Performing Arts in West Bloomfield to celebrate the best performances, technical achievements and productions of the 2014-15 season. Presented by EncoreMichigan.com, a web-based media company owned by New Roads Media, The Wilde Awards are the Mitten State’s only state-wide media-sponsored professional theater awards. The ceremony’s move back to late August is the direct result of feedback received from throughout the community, said co-creator and producer Donald V. Calamia. “Last year, we moved the show to September and changed the review season to August through July, which made sense when we were owned by the Michigan Equity Theatre Alliance.. 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 3/17/15
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OTHER VOICES - NEWS AND PREVIEWS for May 2015

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Reviews

Three new works explore female relationships at Ixion

by Bridgette Redman

A mother’s nature is far from predictable--if only because no two mothers are alike. In “Mother’s Nature” three very different scenes show different aspects of parenting and why women do the things they do, even when they sometimes seem outlandish. Directed by Jeff Croff, who was also in charge of set design, lighting, sound and costumes, the three plays take place in the intimate space of the AA Creative Corridor where the Ixion company performs... 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..

 

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..

 

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This Week

10 Naked Men, The Ringwald Theatre, Ferndale, May 29, 30, 31, Jun 1, 5, 6, 7, 8
A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, Tipping Point Theatre, Northville, May 29, 30, 31, Jun 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28
Bad Jews, in the DeRoy Theatre on the campus of the Jewish Community Center, West Bloomfield, May 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 30, 31, Jun 4, 6, 7
Improv Mondays, Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck, Jun 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Kinky Boots, Wharton Center for the Performing Arts, East Lansing, May 29, 30, 31
Mother's Nature, AA Creative Corridor, Lansing, May 30, 31
Outside Mullingar, Williamston Theatre, Williamston, May 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
The Bikinis, A New Musical Beach Party, Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester, May 29, 30, 31, Jun 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
White Ash Falling 9/11, Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit, May 29, 30, 31, Jun 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28

Opening This Period

A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, Fox Theatre, Detroit, May 30
I Am Here, Jackman Dramatic Art Center , Windsor, May 29, 30
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor, May 30, 31
Mamma Mia!, The Whiting, Flint, May 29, 30
Middletown, Flint Youth Theatre, Flint, May 31
The Comedy of Errors, Rose Playhouse at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Twin Lake, May 30



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