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Williamston Theatre wins prized National Theatre Company grant

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..

 

Sesame Street Live welcomes 'a new friend'

Make a New Friend
Fox Theatre
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..

 

Reminder: It will be one 'Wilde' night at The Berman

By Staff

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..

 

Two Muses opens season with huge shoulder pads, big earrings and the heyday of the wealthy in Beverly Hills

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..

 

Thunder Bay Theatre announces 2014 fall season

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..

 

'Annie' supports Michigan Humane Society with special fundraiser

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! welcomes Kevin McDonald

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..

 

Take an unforgettable ride with Kevin Lepine

Hypnosis Unleashed
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..

 

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 9/11/14
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MORE STORIES, NEWS BRIEFS & PREVIEWS:

Other Voices - News & Previews (posted 9/18/14)

Other Voices - News & Previews (posted 9/14/14)

Other Voices - News & Previews (posted 9/11/14)


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Reviews

'Grey Gardens' presents complex moments

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..

 

'Angels' we have heard on high

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..

 

OTHER VOICES - REVIEWS:

The Value of Names The Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company (posted 9/19/14)

Grey Gardens Great Escape Stage Company (posted 9/14/14)

Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika The Ringwald Theatre (updated 9/18/14)


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This Week

Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches, The Ringwald Theatre, Ferndale, Sep 26, 27
Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika, The Ringwald Theatre, Ferndale, Sep 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29
Annapurna, The Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea, Sep 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, Oct 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, Nov 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 28, 29, 30, Dec 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20
Boeing Boeing, Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, Sep 20, 24, 25, 26, 27, Oct 3, 4
BoxFest Detroit Workshop, Matrix Theatre Company, Detroit, Sep 20
Buried Child, The Abreact Theatre Collective, Detroit, Sep 20, 26, 27, Oct 3, 4, 5, 10, 11
ComedySportz, Michigan Actors Studio, Ferndale, Sep 20, 26, 27, Oct 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31, Nov 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
Detroit Fringe Festival, 1515 Broadway, Detroit, Sep 20, 21
Grey Gardens, Great Escape Stage Company, Marshall, Sep 20, 21
Improv Mondays, Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck, Sep 22, 29, Oct 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov 3, 10, 17, 24
Laundry and Bourbon and Lone Star, The Snug Theatre, Marine City, Sep 20, 21
Michigan Burlesque Festival, Hastings Street Ballroom/Tangent Gallery, Detroit, Sep 20
Sleeping Beauty, Detroit Puppet Theater, Detroit, Sep 20, 27, 28
Spamalot, The Encore Musical Theatre Company, Dexter, Sep 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28, Oct 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12
The Big Story of Lazarus Small, Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck, Sep 20, 21, 26, 27
The Secret Garden, Farmers Alley Theatre, Kalamazoo, Sep 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28, Oct 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12
The Value of Names, Aaron DeRoy Theatre on the campus of the Jewish Community Center, West Bloomfield, Sep 20, 21, Oct 8, 9, 11, 12
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Tipping Point Theatre, Northville, Sep 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28, Oct 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19

Opening This Period

The Best of Enemies, Marygrove Theatre, Detroit, Sep 26, 27, 28, Oct 3, 4, 5
The Creation of The Sound of Music, The Acorn Theater, Three Oaks, Sep 21
The Pavilion, Flint Youth Theatre, Flint, Sep 21
The Tempest, Marlene Boll Theater inside the YMCA Detroit, Detroit, Sep 20, 21



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