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Original dating comedy premieres in Hamtramck

Armchair Dating
Planet Ant Theatre
Jan. 30 - Feb. 14, 2015

Planet Ant offers an original romantic comedy by award-winning Michigan playwright Margaret Edwartowski. "Armchair Dating" will make its premiere at Planet Ant Friday, Jan. 30 for a three week engagement, ending on Valentine's Day. As Peter and Liz try to maneuver through the game of love, they find they can both benefit from a little side-coaching when their best friends Chuck and Anita do a little Monday morning quarterbacking of the couple's recent match-up. Continue..

 

Musical celebrates life, love, and ice fishing

Guys on Ice: The Ice Fishing Musical Comedy
The Encore Musical Theatre
Jan. 29 - Feb. 22, 2015

Suitable for the whole family, "Guys On Ice: The Ice Fishing Musical Comedy" by Fred Alley and James Kaplan, running from Jan. 29 - Feb. 22 at The Encore Musical Theatre, follows the exploits of Lloyd and his best friend Marvin in their shanty on Sturgeon Bay in Wisconsin. While waiting for a local cable TV crew to arrive for an interview, they share stories of life, love, ice fishing, and try to dodge their mutual nemesis, Ernie the Moocher. Continue..

 

Beloved Italian folktale about a magical pasta pot

Strega Nona an the Magical Pasta Pot
Wild Swan Theatre
Jan. 21 - 24, 2015

Wild Swan Theater continues its 35th season with the humorous children’s tale, "Strega Nona and the Magic Pasta Pot," running Jan. 21-24 at the Towsley Auditorium at Washtenaw Community College. The nationally recognized, award-winning company has created an original version of this traditional tale sure to please children and their families. Continue..

 

One-man fusion of theatre and stand-up starring Peter Story

Men are from Mars - Women are from Venus Live!
City Theatre
Jan. 21 - 25, 2015

"Men Are From Mars – Women Are From Venus Live!," the one-man fusion of theatre and stand-up starring Peter Story returns to the City Theatre from Jan. 21 - 25. The show, which had a sellout performance during its last engagement at the City Theatre, is a light-hearted theatrical comedy based on the New York Times #1 best-selling book of the last decade by John Gray. Continue..

 

Sesame Street Live celebrates 25 years in Detroit

Make a New Friend
Fox Theatre
Jan. 23 - Feb. 16, 2015

No matter where you’re from or where you’ve been, everyone is special - so join in! Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby, and their Sesame Street friends welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, to Sesame Street. Together, they explore the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities, from singing and dancing, to sharing cookies! Continue..

 

Thunder Bay Theatre Welcomes 2015 Spring Core Company

Thunder Bay Theatre opened up shop for it’s 2015 Spring season this past week, and welcomed a handful of new Core Company members to Northeast Michigan. This season, Thunder Bay Theatre will be producing four shows this Spring: "Winnie the Pooh," "Back to the 80’s," "God of Carnage," and "I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change." 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 1/24/15
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MORE STORIES, NEWS BRIEFS & PREVIEWS:

Other Voices - News & Previews (posted Jan. 8, 2015)

Other Voices - News & Previews (posted 12/18/14)

Other Voices - News & Previews (posted 12/15/14)


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Reviews

We have met the aliens and they are us!

by John Quinn

It's been an unusual season for The Critic, and I’ve been exposed to some unconventional theater. Unlike the flu virus, the shows are not sickening. Far from it - even for the terminally jaded like yours truly, these ventures to the fringes of conventional theater are mind-broadening experiences. It gives one a new perspective on the fundamentals of narrative art. Plus, they've been great entertainment. Continue..

 

'Yellowman' is a timely reflection on color of skin and content of character

by John Quinn

All drama, says Aristotle, should provoke an emotional response; some emotional responses will have an audience squirming in their collective seats. “Yellowman,” Pulitzer Prize finalist Dael Orlandersmith’s powerful one-act, exposes a caste system within the African-American community based on skin color, in which dark-skinned and light-skinned hold each other in mutual contempt bordering on hatred. For Performance Network’s patrons, who are overwhelmingly of European heritage Continue..

 

'Kinky Boots' - What a pair: enlivened substance and explosive style

by Carolyn Hayes Harmer

To bastardize a classic Steve Martin bit, “If I had two wishes that I could wish for, the first would be some crap about singing together in harmony and peace. The second would be to watch a flawless drag queen execute a perfect back handspring in stilettos without her wig slipping even a fraction of an inch.” Continue..

 

Pigeon Creek Asks Shakespeare’s Comedic Questions

by Bridgette Redman

It’s a premise that is sometimes hard to accept. Is all well that ends well if what happens along the way seems pretty unethical at best? In Shakespeare’s comedy, we have a young lady pining away for the love of a man. When the man ignores her because she is not of the right social class, and perhaps because he mostly sees her weeping and unhappy, she does a favor for the king and gets the king to force the man to marry her. Then, when the man runs away from her, she tricks him into sleeping with her and gets pregnant. But in the end, he is willing to be her husband and so “all is well,” even if it seems a rough foundation on which to build a life. Continue..

 

Hilberry Theatre takes up Restoration project

by John Quinn

Hold on. This really is a review, not an article in “News and Previews.” The above headline is a deception. Given the shabby state of journalism it’s not the first, nor the last you’ll encounter. The Hilberry isn’t renovating; it is, in fact, preparing to build a whole new theater. The project they’ve undertaken is a play driven by deception; full of characters who revel so joyously in self-serving manipulation and callous disregard for the holy state of Matrimony that they seem positively 21st Century. Continue..

 

OTHER VOICES - REVIEWS:

Yellowman – Performance Network Theatre (updated 1/23/15)

The Way of the World – Hilberry Theatre (updated 1/18/15)

Sweet Pea's Mama – Detroit Repertory Theatre (updated 1/18/15)

Tongues – Slipstream Theatre (posted 1/16/15)

Things My Mother Taught Me – Meadow Brook Theatre (updated 1/16/15)


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This Week

All in the Timing, Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, Jan 29, 30, 31
Fridays and Saturdays at Go Comedy!, Go Comedy! Improv Theater, Ferndale, Jan 30, 31
Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend, Fox Theatre, Detroit, Jan 28, 29, 30, 31, Feb 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16
Snow Queen, Detroit Puppet Theater, Detroit, Jan 31
Steel Magnolias, Purple Rose Theatre, Chelsea, Jan 28, 29, 30, 31, Feb 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, Mar 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14
Sweat Pea's Mama, Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit, Jan 29, 30, 31, Feb 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, Mar 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15
The Boys in the Band, The Ringwald Theatre, Ferndale, Jan 26, 30, 31, Feb 1, 2
Things My Mother Taught Me, Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester, Jan 28, 29, 30, 31, Feb 1
Thursdays at Go Comedy!, Go Comedy! Improv Theater, Ferndale, Jan 29
Tongues, Upstairs at Checkers Pub and Grille, Detroit, Jan 26, 27, 28
Wednesdays at Go Comedy!, Go Comedy! Improv Theater, Ferndale, Jan 28
Yellowman, Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor, Jan 29, 30, 31, Feb 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15

Opening This Period

All's Well That Ends Well, Beardsley Theater, Muskegon, Jan 31
Pippin, Wharton Center for the Performing Arts, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Jan 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, Feb 1



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