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The Williamston Theatre is pleased to announce that the American Theatre Wing, best known as the creator of the Antoinette Perry "Tony" Awards, is awarding the Williamston Theatre with one of the 2014 National Theatre Company grants. Created by American Theatre Wing to recognize and support the most promising emerging theater companies, the 2014 grants are being presented to 12 companies from around the country. Companies chosen to receive the grants have articulated a distinctive mission, cultivated an audience, and nurtured a community of artists in ways that strengthen and demonstrate the quality, diversity, and dynamism of American theater. Continue..
Make a New Friend
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..
It will indeed be one "Wilde" night when Michigan's professional theater community comes together Sept. 22 for The 13th Annual Wilde Awards. "Although the number thirteen may be considered by many to be unlucky, it will prove to be anything but for more than a couple dozen thespians who are competing against their peers from across the state for honors at this year's ceremony," said Donald V. Calamia, co-creator and host of The Wilde Awards. "Michigan is blessed with an abundance of talent, and it's a privilege to help the community celebrate and acknowledge the excellence found in theaters big and small and from one side of the Mitten State to the other." Continue..
By Roy Sexton, guest contributor
"You aren't inventing the wheel, but you are putting in the spokes. And you hope that wheel will carry the show," observes Los Angeles-based theatrical director Jules Aaron, currently in Metro Detroit to helm Two Muses Theatre's Midwest premiere of the new musical "At the Bistro Garden." It's an apt metaphor for the Motor City and an even more appropriate one for such a collaborative effort as launching a new theatrical work. Written by fellow Angelinos, the book by Deborah Pearl and music and lyrics by David Kole, the show, which runs Sept. 26 through Oct. 19, promises to surprise and delight Michigan audiences. Continue..
Coming off a wonderful summer season, Thunder Bay Theatre is about to begin rehearsals for its 2014 fall season. Thunder Bay Theatre's fall lineup includes "Cheating Cheaters" by John Patrick, "Nunsense Jamboree" by Dan Goggin, and "Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol" by Tom Mula. Thunder Bay Theatre operates as Northern Michigan's only year-round professional theater company, producing shows in three time slots throughout the year: spring, summer and fall. Continue..
Broadway in Detroit has announced that it is partnering with the Michigan Humane Society on a special fundraiser for the non-profit organization through the upcoming engagement of "Annie" at the Fisher Theatre. Those who are familiar with the iconic Tony Award-winning musical know that it stars a red-headed girl named Annie and her best friend, Sandy the dog. To celebrate the friendship of Annie and Sandy, Broadway In Detroit is hosting a special MHS fundraising night at "Annie" on Saturday, Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Continue..
Go Comedy! is excited to announce the return of "Kids In The Hall" Co-Founder Kevin McDonald for a one-night-only performance and improv workshop on Sunday, Sept. 21. Improvisers, comedians and writers from across Metro Detroit will converge at Go Comedy! for a full-day comedy workshop intensive at Go Comedy! from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. McDonald will then take the stage that night at 7:30 p.m. for a special performance featuring work and students from the intensive. "We are very excited to have Kevin McDonald return to Go Comedy! after a very successful visit last summer," stated Pj Jacokes, co-owner of Go Comedy! Improv Theater. Continue..
Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle
Sept. 23, 2014
"Hypnosis Unleashed" returns to Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. Transparent in every show, hypnotist Kevin Lepine is very passionate about his chosen craft. Raised by two loving adopted parents in Detroit, Lepine discovered hypnosis at a young age. Continue..
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By Bridgette M. Redman
The Great Escape Stage Company is taking on a complicated musical with "Grey Gardens." "Grey Gardens" centers around two real people, though the autobiographical elements are ever servants to the plot and theme. Edith Bouvier Beale and Edie Bouvier Beale are the aunt and cousin respectively of Jackie Kennedy. They were eccentric characters who went from society paragons to reclusive women who lived with 52 cats in squalor in what was once the 28-room gorgeous mansion. Continue..
By John Quinn
"Putting the cart before the horse" is a familiar old saw. It describes reversing "the accepted or logical order of things." The Critic finds himself reviewing The Ringwald Theatre's production of "Angels in America, Part One" after reviewing Part Two last weekend. So have I emerged "bewitched, bothered and bewildered?" That would be a "no" on all three counts – "entranced" is a better description of my experience than "bewitched." Just to bring you up to speed: "Angels in America" is an epic drama crafted by playwright Tony Kushner. It's set in 1985, when the grim reality of AIDS finally began working its way into the national conscience. Continue..