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Pulitzer nominee next at Farmers Alley

Old Wicked Songs
Farmers Alley Theatre
April 25 - May 11, 2014

Presented in collaboration with the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, Farmers Alley Theatre is proud to present the haunting and musical play "Old Wicked Songs" by Jon Marans. In 1986 Vienna, a young Jewish pianist has come to study. But before he begins his piano instruction, he must first take singing lessons from the harsh, anti-Semitic Professor Mashkan. Continue..

 

Hey, kids! Set sail when pirates drop anchor April 25-27

How I Became A Pirate
City Theatre
April 25-27, 2014

Olympia Entertainment and Etico Productions present "How I Became A Pirate," a musical based on the book written by Melinda Long. Children will join the adventures of Jacob Jeremy as he jumps on board to join Capitan Braid Beard and his pirate crew. Buried treasure, sea chanteys, pirate talk - who wouldn't go along? "How I Became A Pirate" lands at the City Theatre Friday, April 25 through Sunday, April 27. Continue..

 

Michigan premiere brings USO tour to Michigan

The Andrews Brothers
Meadow Brook Theatre
April 23 - May 18, 2014

Songs from the fabulous '40s hit the stage when the USO heads for the South Pacific. The headline act is the Andrews Sisters, but what happens when they get stuck in quarantine? Luckily, three brothers, who also just happen to have the last name of Andrews, know all the tunes! Songs include "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," "Slow Boat to China," "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive," and "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" sung like you've never heard them before. Continue..

 

New flavor added to Shakespearean classic

Richard III
Performance Network
April 24 - June 1, 2014

From April 24 through June 1, William Shakespeare's famous history "Richard III" gets an innovative treatment in this boldly re-imagined tale of power, treachery, seduction and fate. Directed by Julia Glander, this revolutionary take on the age-old classic explores the themes and fate of gender, power and government set in the distant yet ominous future. This is an exciting first-time collaboration between student actors and faculty of Eastern Michigan University Theatre and the artists of Performance Network Theatre. Continue..

 

Wicked Green celebrates Shakespeare's 450th birthday with gender-twisting 'Twelfth Night'

By Bridgette M. Redman

Shakespeare's plays often lend themselves to modern treatments with some suggesting current themes more than others. When it comes to plays about gender identity as a social construct, it's hard not to think of "Twelfth Night," Shakespeare's comedy in which male actors play women pretending to be men, and both male and female characters fall in love with the same mixed gender character. Continue..

 

This spring, Go Comedy! leads winter-weary Detroiters to 'better living'

Better Living through Human Amusements
Go Comedy!
April 17 - June 13, 2014

Go Comedy! wants you to live better with its latest original comedy, "Better Living through Human Amusements," which opens April 17 and continues through June 13. In addition, the theater continues its annual show with the Ferndale Library's Ferndale Reads program, and Michigan's largest improv tournament, BITS, returns April 30. Tickets for all shows are available now. Continue..

 

UMS announces 2014-15 season

The University Musical Society announces its 2014-15 season, which runs from Sunday, Sept. 14 through Sunday, April 26, 2015. The season features 69 performances by 42 different artists/ensembles. In addition to presenting world-class performances, UMS is also committed to creating unique and engaging ways for audiences to connect with the artists on stage through a robust offering of education and community engagement activities. 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 4/15/14
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MORE STORIES, NEWS BRIEFS & PREVIEWS:

Other Voices - News & Previews (posted 4/17/14)

Other Voices - News & Previews (posted 4/13/14)


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Reviews

Pigeon Creek draws big laughs in playful 'Midsummer'

By Judith Cookis Rubens

To reach today's audiences, theaters often try hard to make Shakespeare "cool." Productions, Broadway and regional, have been known to add modern costumes, accents, or go wild with sets and production values. Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company has a different philosophy. The year-round touring company, based in Grand Haven, aims for original staging practices as in, the way it was done in the Bard's time period. Continue..

 

'Breaking Legs' brings an end to Broadway Onstage

By Dana Casadei

Chaucer once said, "All good things must come to an end." So is the case with Broadway Onstage, making its most recent show, "Breaking Legs," the last for not only the theater, but Dennis Wickline Productions as well, which produced 33 seasons of local professional theater. After Broadway Onstage's 20 years in Eastpointe, it seems fitting that its last show is one they've done before, "bringing together some of the funniest moments and actors from its past," according to the show's press release. Continue..

 

A 'foreigner' finds a new home

By Dana Casadei

For some, going to a place completely new would be exciting. They could check out the local attractions, absorb the culture, and mingle with different people. For "The Foreigner"'s Charlie Baker (Adrian Diffey), being around new people in a new place isn't a thrilling thought; it's a panic-inducing one. Some might also think that a theater known for its staging of musicals might also be a bit panic stricken not knowing how its patrons might react to its rather unusual dip into the comedy pool for its latest endeavor. Continue..

 

A spring breeze of comedy blows through Chelsea

By John Quinn

The arrival of spring brings a fresh outlook to winter-weary Michigan, and a little levity is as welcome as a bed of crocuses. The Purple Rose Theatre Company is happy to oblige. Guy Sanville directs six top-notch performers in "Lovers, Liars & Lunatics," a Spring Comedy Festival of new one-act plays. Like the opening night cocktail buffet The Purple Rose sets out for ink-stained wretches and legitimate patrons alike, the plays offer quite a variety. Some are sweet, some are spicy, and a couple of them are downright surreal. But the entire selection is delectable. Continue..

 

Steel Magnolias wilts with unprepared actors

By Bridgette M. Redman

The Great Escape Stage Company works hard to provide a good experience for its audience. The volunteers are friendly, ushers are introduced by name, the environment is convivial both before the show and during intermission. The shows selected are ones that are audience pleasers, such as the current "Steel Magnolias." There is a feeling of community as the audiences are engaged with one another and enthusiasm permeates the place. Continue..

 

OTHER VOICES - REVIEWS:

The Foreigner The Encore Musical Theatre Company (posted 4/17/14)

Dark Night Planet Ant Theatre (posted 4/17/14)

Steel Magnolias Great Escape Stage Company (posted 4/12/14)

Lovers, Liars & Lunatics The Purple Rose Theatre Company (updated 4/17/14)

Love is Strange Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company (posted 4/10/14)

Old Love Tipping Point Theatre (updated 4/17/14)

Country Roads: A Musical Journey The Dio (updated 4/10/14)

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune Williamston Theatre (updated 4/5/14)


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This Week

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Dog Story Theatre, Grand Rapids, Apr 20, 24, 25, 26, 27
August: Osage County, Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, Apr 23, 24, 25, 26, May 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10
Breaking Legs, Broadway Onstage Live Theatre, Eastpointe, Apr 25, 26, May 2, 3, 9, 10
ComedySportz, Michigan Actors Studio, Ferndale, Apr 25, 26
Country Roads: A Musical Journey, The Dio - Dining & Entertainment, Pinckney, Apr 25, 26, 27, May 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11
Fridays and Saturdays at Go Comedy!, Go Comedy! Improv Theater, Ferndale, Apr 25, 26
Improv Mondays, Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck, Apr 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26, Jun 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Life Is Happening To Us Again, Play House, Detroit, Apr 24, 25, 26
Love is Strange, The Abreact Performance Space, Detroit, Apr 25, 26
Old Love, Tipping Point Theatre, Northville, Apr 24, 25, 26, 27, May 1, 2, 3, 4
Steel Magnolias, Great Escape Stage Company, Marshall, Apr 20, 24, 25, 26, 27
Sundays at Go Comedy!, Go Comedy! Improv Theater, Ferndale, Apr 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25
The Foreigner, The Encore Musical Theatre, Dexter, Apr 24, 25, 26, 27, May 1, 2, 3, 4
The PRTC Spring Comedy Festival: Lovers, Liars & Lunatics, The Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea, Apr 20, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 30, May 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24
Thursdays at Go Comedy!, Go Comedy! Improv Theater, Ferndale, Apr 24, May 1, 8, 15
Wednesdays at Go Comedy!, Go Comedy! Improv Theater, Ferndale, Apr 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28

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