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Michigan Shakespeare Festival expands to Canton

by Bridgette Redman

The Michigan Shakespeare Festival is growing into its name this year. After 20 years of performing in Jackson, during their 21st year they are expanding to Canton, with shows in both locations. The Festival began as the Jackson Shakespeare Festival, but soon changed its name to the Michigan Shakespeare Festival. This year marks the second time they’ve expanded beyond Jackson’s borders to reach out to other parts of the state. Back in 2008, the festival spent a week in Grand Rapids... Continue..


Badly needed: new rules

by David Kiley

I should have gotten the name of the bartender. My bad. But I want to thank him in print for taking the M&Ms out of the bag I bought from him, and emptying them into a plastic cup before I went in to see “Dogfight” at Farmers Alley. Even when I have the bag in a theater, I am super-silent about accessing them. No “crinkle-crinkle” of the bag. I have seen this gesture by a concession seller before, but not in a long time. “Brilliant,” I said to the bartender. “I’m loving you right now.” I don’t know if it’s that my hearing of that which does not belong in the show is super-sensitive, or that people are just less and less and less considerate... Continue..


Tibbits spins the traditional golf tournament

Tibbits first annual Golf Par-tee fundraiser is scheduled for Friday, August 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the Coldwater Golf Course and will provide an evening of food and activities for both golfers and non-golfers. This evening fundraiser features a hog roast dinner, live music, a cash bar, nine holes of night golf, games and raffles. Sarah Zimmer, special events development director at Tibbits, “I am so glad the committee decided to add on to our traditional tournament. Community members, golfers and our sponsors are excited and that tells us people were ready for us to shake things up... Continue..


The Macomb Center For The Performing Arts announces Its 2015-2016 season

Emmy Award-winning comediennes; Grammy Award-winning musicians; a performance group that defies description; and an award-winning master storyteller, are among the highlights of the 2015-2016 season line-up. Eric Kerchner, the new Director of Cultural Affairs and Community Engagement at the Macomb Center, will announce the new season to Macomb Center donors, giving them a first glimpse of the line-up on Thursday, June 25... Continue..


Fox Theatre marquee revitalization to pair iconic design with up-to-date digital capabilities

Olympia Entertainment will renovate one of Woodward’s most-cherished illuminated gems, the marquee of the historic Fox Theatre. This multi-phase revitalization will preserve the historic integrity of the signature 1988 marquee design, while adding modern LED reader boards, animations for the Theatre’s griffins and new audio capabilities. “When my parents Mike and Marian Ilitch purchased the Fox Theatre in 1987, they had a vision of restoring the theatre to its original splendor and making it a Detroit destination that created pride for our entire community,” said Christopher Ilitch, President and CEO of Ilitch Holdings, Inc... Continue..



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Updated 6/16/15


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For the week of June 23-29 (updated: June 29, 2015)



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TBT show provides happy exercise in escapism

by Diane Speer
Alpena News

Based on opening night, Thunder Bay Theatre's "The Drowsy Chaperone" should do terrific at the box office. This energetic spoof of a fictional 1920's song and dance spectacle premiered on Broadway in May 2006 and was nominated for 13 Tony Awards, winning five. At TBT, director Jeffrey Mindock fills the stage with larger-than-life characters, a zany plot and a sprinkling of nostalgic moments... Continue..


“To Kill a Mockingbird” sings hope of change

by Bridgette Redman

Some stories are powerful no matter how they are told—whether on page, stage or screen. Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” is one of those stories. Hope Summer Repertory Theatre opened an adaptation by Christopher Sergel on Friday at its Dewitt Theatre on Hope College’s campus. This adaptation uses an adult Scout (Ashlee Elizabeth Bashore) as a narrator who stays on the stage and watches the action and brings in some of Lee’s more lush language to describe relationships and scenery. She also introduces us to her younger self.. Continue..


Mason Street Warehouse "Cabaret" funny, heartbreaking and terrifying

by Marin Heinritz

“Life is disappointing, yah?” asks the Master of Ceremonies at the beginning of the dark, sexy musical Cabaret. “Here, life is beautiful.” From start to finish of Mason Street Warehouse’s 13th season opener, the Kit Kat club is the place to be. It’s beautiful, yes, also seedy, funny, heartbreaking, and terrifying. It’s 1931 in Berlin, sexual liberation is the norm in this counter culture, money is scarce, and the Nazi Party has just begun to gain traction. There’s a whiff of fear in the air, but it hasn’t yet fully taken hold. Continue..


"Odd Couple" earns every laugh

by Bridgette Redman

When it comes to summer audiences, it’s hard to go wrong with a Neil Simon show. It’s even harder to go wrong with one of his best—“The Odd Couple.” Add to the mix that Tibbits Professional Summer Theatre hasn’t done the original show since 1969, it makes sense to bring it to their audiences to open the 2015 summer season. This production provides everything you might hope for from “The Odd Couple.” Felix (Isaac Jankowski) is fussbudgety. Oscar (Derek Mellor) is a slob. The poker buddies are a collection of archetypes and the Pigeon sisters (Allison Canning and Jaclyn Collins) are coo-coo adorable... Continue..


Dio heads down the aisle with a delightful cast of women

by Bridgette Redman

Here comes the bride…and again…and again…and again. Prolific writers are often able to achieve volume by finding a formula that works for them. It provides a framework within which they can achieve a success that their fans will appreciate and return for more. Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten have written 15 plays together and several more individually. Each of them draws on Southern comedy and most of them focus on Southern women and their friendships and relationships. They’re bigger than life, yet charmingly familiar... Continue..



Other Desert Cities – Performance Network (posted June 25, 2015)

Always a Bridesmain – Dio Dining and Entertainment (posted June 25, 2015)

2AZ – Purple Rose Theatre (updated June 25, 2015)

Grounded – Theatre Nova

White Ash Falling 9/11 – Detroit Repertory Theatre

South Pacific – The Encore Musical Theatre Company (updated June 25, 2015)



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This Week

2AZ, The Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea, Jul 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, Aug 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29
Always a Bridesmaid, The Dio - Dining and Entertainment, Pinckney, Jul 2, 3, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31, Aug 1, 2
Cabaret, Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Saugatuck, Jun 30, Jul 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Hatfield's & McCoy's, Cornwell's Dinner Theatre, Marshall, Jul 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, Aug 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22
Jingle ARRGH the Way!, DeWitt Theatre, Holland, Jul 1, 6, 8, 24, 27, 29, 31, Aug 3, 5, 7
Les Miserables, DeWitt Theatre, Holland, Jun 30
Other Desert Cities, Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor, Jul 2, 3, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11
South Pacific, The Encore Musical Theatre Company, Dexter, Jun 30, Jul 1, 2, 3
The Drowsy Chaperone, Thunder Bay Theatre, Alpena, Jul 1, 2, 3, 5
The Importance of Being Earnest, Slipstream's Summer Home, Hazel Park, Jun 30, Jul 5, 6, 7
The Odd Couple, Tibbits Summer Theatre, Coldwater, Jul 1, 2, 3
To Kill a Mockingbird, DeWitt Theatre, Holland, Jul 1, 8, 9, 16, 18, 22, 28, Aug 8

Opening This Period

As You Like It, Upton-Morley Pavilion at Interlochen Center for the Arts, Interlochen, Jul 2, 3, 9, 10, 11
Ghost the Musical, Barn Theatre, Augusta, Jun 30, Jul 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
PRTC 25th Anniversary Script Preview Tour, Cleary University's Johnson Center, Howell, Jun 30
Sheer Genius' Laugh Factory, Tibbits Summer Theatre, Coldwater, Jul 3, 10

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