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The Ringwald takes a step 'Into the Woods'

Into the Woods
The Ringwald Theatre
May 2 - June 2, 2014

Nearing the end of a season devoted to words and stories, it only makes sense to close with Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's seminal musical, "Into the Woods." The ultimate storybook musical gets mightily re-imagined by Ferndale's feisty theater, The Ringwald, in association with Two Muses Theatre and Kickham Hanley PLLC. The musical intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales and follows them to explore the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. Continue..

 

JET concludes 25th season with emotional blackmail

Other Desert Cities
The Jewish Ensemble Theatre
April 23 - May 18, 2014

The Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company's final main stage production of its "Share the Magic" 25th Anniversary 2013-14 season is "Other Desert Cities" by Jon Robin Baitz. Previews begin Wednesday, April 23, with opening night on Saturday, April 26. The production runs until Sunday, May 18. In "Other Desert Cities," Brooke Wyeth returns home after a six-year absence to celebrate a holiday reunion in the Palm Springs, California desert home of her parents, actor and former Ambassador Lyman and his wife Polly Wyeth. Continue..

 

America's premier figure skating production showcases our best skaters

Stars on Ice
Joe Louis Arena
April 27, 2014

When America's top figure skaters convened in Boston on Jan. 9 for the U.S. Championships, two things were at stake a trip to Sochi, Russia for the Winter Olympics and a coveted spot skating in the 2014 Tour of the Emmy-Award winning "Stars on Ice." The country's premier figure skating production, "Stars on Ice," is proud to announce that America's figure skating champions and top Olympic medal contenders at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia will headline this year's nationwide tour. Continue..

 

Ixion kickstarts 'The Four Disgracers'

Newly formed theater troupe Ixion is in the final stages of a Kickstarter campaign for its first production, "The Four Disgracers." The Kickstarter concludes April 25 at 5 p.m. The fundraiser has reached the midway point of its $3,500 goal. As in all Kickstarter projects, this project will not be funded if it doesn't reach the full goal by its deadline. Continue..

 

Shop Floor to conclude 2014 Staged-Reading Series

Seeds
Shop Floor Theatre Co.
April 26, 2014

Shop Floor Theatre Company is concluding its 2014 Staged-Reading Series on Saturday April 26 with a performance of "Seeds" by Annabel Soutar. This series of staged readings at Flint's Buckham Gallery is dedicated to exploring contemporary issues and promoting civic dialogue. Each play will feature local actors playing a variety of different roles. The three plays chosen for the 2014 Staged-Reading Series were all created in a similar "documentary" style and explore a variety of contemporary social issues... Continue..

 

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. Join young Jacob Jeremy as he sets sail with Captain Braid Beard and his mates! 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 4/21/14
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MORE STORIES, NEWS BRIEFS & PREVIEWS:

Other Voices - News & Previews (posted 4/20/14)

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


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Reviews

All in the family

By Carolyn Hayes

Viciousness shouldn't be quite so funny, nor frailty quite so compassionate, but family's weird that way. For the final production of its season, Hilberry Theatre takes on playwright Tracy Letts's much-lauded and recently film-adapted "August: Osage County," an epic tragicomedy chronicling resounding disaster and slovenly catharsis in one fractious Oklahoma clan. Fittingly, this story of homecoming features the return of Hilberry alumnus James R. Kuhl as director and a hotly anticipated guest performance by faculty member Lavinia Hart, who join with the graduate student company in pushing the vast ranges of this exhaustive script as far as parameters allow. Continue..

 

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..

 

OTHER VOICES - REVIEWS:

August: Osage County Hilberry Theatre (posted 4/20/14)

The Foreigner The Encore Musical Theatre Company (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)


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This Week

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Dog Story Theatre, Grand Rapids, Apr 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 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
Sister Act, Fisher Theatre, Detroit, Apr 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, May 1, 2, 3, 4
Steel Magnolias, Great Escape Stage Company, Marshall, Apr 24, 25, 26, 27
Sundays at Go Comedy!, Go Comedy! Improv Theater, Ferndale, Apr 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 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

Opening This Period

How I Became a Pirate, City Theatre, Detroit, Apr 25, 26, 27
Motherhood Out Loud, Flint Youth Theatre, Flint, Apr 27
Nathan Gunn, The Berman Center for the Performing Arts, West Bloomfield, Apr 24
Old Wicked Songs, Farmers Alley Theatre, Kalamazoo, Apr 25, 26, 27, May 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11
Other Desert Cities, Aaron DeRoy Theatre on the campus of the Jewish Community Center, West Bloomfield, Apr 23, 24, 26, 27, May 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18
Richard III, Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor, Apr 24, 25, 26, 27, May 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31, Jun 1
Seeds, Buckham Gallery, Flint, Apr 26
Stars on Ice, Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Apr 27
The Andrews Brothers, Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester, Apr 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 30, May 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
Twelfth Night, Michigan Actors Studio, Ferndale, Apr 23



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