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From Dec. 12 through Dec. 15, Performance Network Theatre will have the sale of the season, as the Second Annual Backstage Sale will make available for purchase props and costumes from the theater's award-winning productions. The sale will take place at Performance Network 10 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Saturday 1 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Continue..
The Michigan Shakespeare Festival is offering a 5-percent discount on tickets for all regular performances purchased through Dec. 31. The offer extends to a variety of ticket types, including Flex Passes, senior, student and group tickets. The offer doesn't extend to preview performance tickets. "We wish to say a thank you to all of our loyal patrons who purchase their tickets early in the season," stated artistic director Janice L. Blixt. Continue..
Performance Network Theatre's Fireside New Play Festival returns with its latest installment of four of the hottest new plays in the country, performed for the first time on a Michigan stage on Sunday, Dec. 15 through Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. Audiences can sample works by U.M. grad and Chicago playwright Steven Simoncic, Louisville playwright Diana Grisanti, Chicago playwright Reina Hardy, and Michigan playwright Linda Ramsay-Detherage (author of the March FNPF hit "Sugarhill.") Continue..
Wayne S. Brown, director of music and opera for the National Endowment for the Arts since 1997 and a native Detroiter, has been named president and CEO of the Michigan Opera Theatre effective Jan. 1, 2014. He succeeds Dr. David DiChiera who founded MOT in 1971 and has served as general director of the theater since its inception. DiChiera will remain as artistic director. "We are thrilled to have a man of Wayne Brown's experience and vision to take over the role that David has so capably carried out for so many years," said Rick Williams, MOT chairman. Continue..
The Purple Rose Theatre Company is thrilled to announce that Jeff Daniels' "The Meaning of Almost Everything" has been recommended for consideration for the American Theatre Critics Association's annual ATCA/Steinberg New Play Award, honoring new scripts produced outside of New York City in the calendar year 2013. Continue..
Dinosaur Zoo Live
March 12-16, 2014
Erth Visual & Physical, Inc., in association with TCG Entertainment, ArKtype and East Bank Entertainment, are pleased to confirm that you're not imagining things there's an undeniable rumble and a far off roar, which is indeed the arrival of Erth's "Dinosaur Zoo Live." Created in Australia, the immensely popular, international theater attraction will play Detroit's Fisher Theatre for 10 shows only, March 12 16, 2014. Don't miss this chance to experience what life was like amongst these giant creatures! Tickets will go on sale Dec. 6. Continue..
Children's author Michael Morpurgo once said "they must be mad" to try to make a play from his best-selling 1982 novel, "War Horse." While that might have been true, the result was anything but, as the 2007 debut of the stage play at the Olivier Theatre in London started a journey that earned the show numerous 2011 Tony Awards, including Best Play - and a special award to Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones of Handspring Puppet Company for their unique creations that have wowed audiences worldwide. Continue..
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By Bridgette M. Redman
When my son gets overwhelmed by emotions of any sort, he says, "I've got the feels." Williamston Theatre's "Over the River and Through the Woods" has got all sorts of feels for its audience. It's a show filled with emotion of the most authentic variety, along a whole spectrum of feelings: exasperation, affection, love, loss, laughter, fear, amusement, nostalgia and even hunger. In fact, whatever emotion you can associate with family, you can probably find it in this show. Continue..
By Carolyn Hayes
Continuing its retrospective final season, Dennis Wickline Productions has elected to deck the halls of Broadway Onstage with a reprise of its 2012 comedy, "Christmas Belles" (by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten). Directed by Beverly Dickinson, this calamitous kitchen-sink farce considers what would happen if everything went terribly wrong all at once, and then asks, but what if it were also Christmas? Continue..
By Judith Cookis Rubens
Scanning Irving Berlin's popular song catalog is like taking a journey through the history and pop culture of America's 20th century. The composer-lyricist, who lived to 101, produced relevant tunes from 1910 through the 1950s, filling the standards canon, not to mention Broadway shows and films. "White Christmas," of course, was his, along with "God Bless America." But there's also "Puttin' on the Ritz," "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm," and "There's No Business Like Show Business," among hundreds more. Continue..
By Jenn McKee
or those who need a LOT of Christmas, right this very minute, Two Muses Theatre presents Michael Carleton, James FitzGerald and John K. Alvarez's comedic mash-up, "Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some)." The show essentially roasts the very chestnuts sorry, I couldn't help myself that get trotted out every year around the holidays: "A Christmas Carol," Frosty, Rudolph, "It's a Wonderful Life," the Grinch, etc. The set-up has Pete Podolski dressed by costume designer Barbie Weisserman in a top hat and an uber-fussy cravat launching into a narration of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" when he's stopped by co-stars Jonathan Jones and Nancy Cooper, who long to break out of the relentless "Christmas Carol" loop. Continue..
By John Quinn
Although it turned 50 in April, you may not have heard of the musical "She Loves Me." Unless you've been living under a Petoskey stone, you probably have heard of another little musical by the creative team of Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock, "Fiddler on the Roof." Although filled with sweet tunes, the score for "She Loves Me" has no blockbuster hits, although the title song is a favorite among tenors showing off in musical revues. A simple story about a complicated romance, "She Loves Me" closes the first season of The Snug Theatre in Marine City. Continue..
By Martin F. Kohn
I suspect that in real life Matt Kopec can sit still, although his hyperkinetic performance in the touring musical "Elf The Musical" provides little evidence to support that hypothesis. As the title character, Buddy the Elf (who is really a human raised by Santa's helpers), Kopec sings and dances, mugs shamelessly, gestures broadly and scampers about the stage like a five-month-old Labradoodle. Continue..
By Dana Casadei
Twice a week I struggle through a basic yoga class trying to perfect the plank and downward facing dog. Some of my classmates are more advanced, making their bodies look far more graceful than mine, which shakes like the ground during a tornado. After seeing the flexibility, and sheer strength, of those in "Cirque Dreams Holidaze" at the Fox Theatre, my more advanced yoga classmates are not going to seem nearly as impressive next week. Continue..