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Actor Harry Lennix ("Man of Steel," "The Blacklist") has released a statement supporting the Michigan Shakespeare Festival and their new expansion to Wayne County. “The Michigan Shakespeare Festival's expansion to the Village Theater in Canton is as much a sign of a mandate as it is proof of a mission,” says Lennix. “It is proof that Shakespeare is forever our contemporary, and that a fresh vision of his masterful work can and will continue to sustain new generations in the living theater... Continue..
"Once," winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical and winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, returns to Detroit by popular demand and will play at the Fox Theatre for a limited engagement Friday, April 15 through Sunday, April 17. The musical, which was also named Best Musical by the New York Drama Critics’ Circle, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards, ran for more than 1,100 performances on Broadway with acclaimed international productions from London and Melbourne to Japan and South Korea... Continue..
by David Kiley
Encore Musical Theatre’s artistic founder Dan Cooney has been thinking of putting on "Into The Woods" for some seven years. He is finally fulfilling his plan this month as the show opens August 7 and runs through August 30. Cooney is taking a rare turn as director of the production as he and his wife, Broadway veteran Jessica Grove who is playing The Witch, have come back to Michigan to do local theater this summer. Cooney, who has recently been on the Broadway stage in “The Heathers" and "Mama Mia,” says “it’s been a treat” to invest more time in the Encore..." Continue..
Michigan Opera Theatre (MOT) President and CEO Wayne S. Brown announced today the company has appointed Richard Leech to the newly- created position, director of Resident Artist Programs. Effective immediately, Leech will head Michigan Opera Theatre Studio, a new program, launching with the 2015-16 season, which offers full-time engagement to artists in the early stages of a professional career in opera. Leech has relocated to Detroit from Binghamton, New York. In this key role, Leech will provide leadership for MOT's newest initiative of offering advanced training and professional performance opportunities to a select group of highly talented young artists... Continue..
by David Kiley
When I was cast as Caldwell Cladwell in Urinetown last Spring, I was thrilled. I am still thrilled as I get ready for opening night in West Park, Ann Arbor July 30 with the Penny Seats Theatre Company. As we have moved from rehearsal space to the park for the next three weekends, I have had two thoughts swimming through my head: outdoor theatre is a serious challenge with allowances needing to be made by both player and audience, and it is amazing how certain shows hold up over time and seem so incredibly relevant... Continue..
For the fifth year in a row, Metro Detroit will welcome the nation's biggest names in comedy as the Detroit Improv Festival hits the Motor City August 5-9 at several area venues. Headliners of this year's Festival include Saturday Night Live alumni Horatio Sanz and Tim Meadows. Meadows grew up in Highland Park and is best known for his 10 seasons on Saturday Night Live (1991-2000). Sanz was also a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1998-2006 and will tape a recording of his popular podcast, The Hooray Show during the Festival... Continue..
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by Marin Heinritz
Let’s face it: almost everything about the 1980s is better when we’re making fun of it. The narrator of “Rock of Ages” describes the Reagan Era as “a sexier time” and L.A.’s infamous Sunset Strip as “a majestic acid-washed epicenter.” And that’s exactly where the delightfully silly show, currently at The Barn, takes us. It’s a place where both men and women wear big hair, bold make up, glittery animal print and high-waisted denim of all varieties. They drink wine coolers and describe things as “rad” without irony... Continue..
by Marin Heinritz
In 2010 celebrated singer, actor, director, and gay icon Barbra Streisand released “My Passion for Design,” a coffee table book full of photos and text by her about her extravagant Malibu estate, or more precisely, her exceptional wealth and good taste. It was an invitation to mockery and jealousy, like so much of Babs’ career and public persona, but one over-the-top detail in the book captured the imagination of playwright Jonathan Tolins. Inspired by a decorative arts museum in Delaware, Streisand transformed a barn basement into a shopping mall full of her stuff. Tolins ran with this ridiculous fact and created a satire in which there is a clerk who organizes, dusts, prices and sells all the objects... Continue..
by Martin F. Kohn
You’ve heard the story of the grumpy recluse whose hardened heart melts when a winsome but equally lonely boy/girl/dog/cat/wild animal enters his life…but you’ve never heard the story quite the way Joseph Zettelmaier tells it in “Invasive Species.” To begin with, the agent of thaw is a particularly ugly fish. Moreover, “Invasive Species” is more comedic than sentimental--way more. Then, too, Zettelmaier’s latest work is the first play ever set in Gobles, Michigan. (That’s just a guess, but I’m pretty sure Euripides never got around to writing “Iphigenia at Gobles.”) Continue..
by Martin F. Kohn
Giving new meaning to the term “struggling actor,” Seattle playwright Yussef El Guindi presents a performer wrestling with an ethical dilemma: should he accept a lucrative, potentially star-making, role in a movie, or turn it down because he’d be promoting a loathsome stereotype of his own ethnic group. Take the money? Or run? Continue..
by Sue Merrell
A weekend in the country may sound blissfully relaxing, unless you have “Hay Fever,” which in the Noel Coward vocabulary is a hilariously over-blown reaction to the pollen of melodrama exuded by the self-absorbed Bliss family. Hope Summer Repertory Theatre’s final show of the season is a perfect example of a play that’s still sparking laughter 90 years after its debut. You know how some people can spin a personal problem into a cyclone, sucking in unsuspecting bystanders? Such high drama isn’t just a product of today’s minute-by-minute Facebook posts and media obsession with bad-mannered celebrities. It’s the sort of story Coward spins in his 1925 comedy... Continue..
by David Kiley
“Just one more thing,” is a phrase made iconic by actor Peter Falk in his Columbo TV detective character. In “The Art of Murder,” at The Williamston Theatre, there are no trench coats or police for that matter, but the taut, funny murder yarn always seems to have one more thing…one more twist to keep the audience guessing. "The Art of Murder,” a play by Joe DiPietro, who is perhaps best known for penning “Memphis” and the book and lyrics for “I love you, you’re perfect, now change,” had its first run in 2000. The plot seems heavily influenced by the real-life story of painter Margaret Keane, whose story about her and her slick, marketing-driven husband who secretly took credit for her work, was depicted in the 2014 film “Big Eyes...” Continue..