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Exploring poetic form in Tennessee Williams' classic play

The Glass Menagerie
Puzzle Piece Theatre
March 13-29, 2015

As he searches for a life of adventure, Tom Wingfield is haunted by memories of the past that cast shadows on the present. This March, Puzzle Piece Theatre brings a fresh take to an American classic, The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. Guest artist Amanda Grace Ewing returns to Puzzle Piece to direct this New York Drama Critics Circle Award winner. This rhapsodic play weaves in and out of memory - investigating family dynamics buried in the reminiscence of long past choices. Continue..


One of the greatest rock 'n' roll jam sessions in history

Million Dollar Quartet
Fisher Theatre
March 6-8, 2015

The national tour of this Broadway musical, inspired by the electrifying true story, will return to Detroit's Fisher Theatre for a limited four-performance, three-day engagement. The international Tony Award-Winning musical, "Million Dollar Quartet" is set on Dec. 4, 1956, when an auspicious twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together. Sam Phillips, the "Father of Rock 'n' Roll" who was responsible for launching the careers of each icon, gathered the four legendary musicians at the Sun Records storefront studio in Memphis for the first and only time. Continue..


Satirical comedy about filmmaking set in Ireland

Stones in His Pockets
Performance Network
March 5 - April 5, 2015

This comedy by Marie Jones is directed by Artistic Director Suzi Regan and features Andrew Huff and Wayne David Parker who meet when working as extras on a big American movie being shot in Ireland. Charlie's video shop in Ballycastle has gone bankrupt and Jake has returned to Kerry after a futile few years in the US. The movie is a wonderful break from worrying about their futures, until the harsh realities of rural life break through. Continue..


Original play unites characters from Shakespeare works

Good Men and True
Planet Ant Theatre
March 6-28, 2015

What happens when characters from Shakespeare's "Merchant Of Venice," "As You Like It" and "Twelfth Night" come together during a violent tempest at sea? The answer will be found in the original Shakespearean play "Good Men and True" by Marty Shea and Ian Bonner. A violent tempest rages while occupants of a storm-weary boat debate their forthcoming fate. When a member of the crew suggests that a woman hiding aboard has angered King Neptune, causing him to create such a storm, the passengers begin to question each other, themselves, and the roles they play in society. Continue..



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A life in the theatre: one farce after another

by John Quinn

Art imitates life, and if life is full of absurdity, art is filled with farce. How does the playwright distinguish his work in a sea of improbable coincidences? In the immortal words of the experienced ecdysiasts in the musical, "Gypsy," "You gotta get a gimmick!" In his 1982 comedy, "Noises Off," British playwright Michael Frayn came up with a wonderful gimmick: his farce deals with a play within a play and therefore becomes a launching pad for all sorts of in-jokes about theater. It's a satire that skewers itself and all its kith and kin. The lively rendition at Riverbank Theatre in Marine City demonstrates the theater is not dead as long as it has a funny bone.



‘Communicating Doors’ takes wild trip through time

By Bridgette Redman

Alan Ayckbourn is a playwright who likes to play with the minds of his audience in a way most playful and fun. Once you know “Communicating Doors” is a play with time travel in it, you can sit back and enjoy the ride. He reveals things in this fairly fast-paced comedy-thriller at just the right speed to keep the audience interested without giving everything away. In fact, part of the fun of this show is in figuring out what is just beyond the doors and when a particular scene is taking place. It starts with the arrival of a prostitute - though she prefers the term sex specialist or dominatrix. Continue..


‘Business as usual’ becomes intrigue and betrayal

By John Quinn

David Mamet is an acquired taste. Regular visitors to this site know I'm more of a gourmand than a gourmet at theatrical feasts, but I'm confident that even the most educated palate will share my enthusiasm with the fare master Mamet serves when he’s fired up. It’s appropriate that The Ringwald Theatre, nestled amongst the trendy restaurants on Woodward in Ferndale, features Mamet’s 1984 Pulitzer Prize winner, "Glengarry Glen Ross," a searing drama of desperation and deceit. It is a scalding portrayal of pride, greed, and misdirected self-esteem. Continue..


With unprecedented progress, a considerable price

By Carolyn Hayes Harmer

Although racial profiling, civil unrest, and haves and have-nots remain in the news to this day, the movement for equal rights in the United States has in fact made great strides in the past half-century. For some Southern communities, such progress was hard fought, slow moving, and in at least one instance, achieved by unheard-of collaboration. Now at Matrix Theatre Company with direction by Kelly Komlen, playwright Mark St. Germain's "Best of Enemies" retraces an unholy alliance across the racial divide that developed into a fruitful and eventually amicable partnership. Continue..


When nobody wants to hear the truth

By Martin F. Kohn

In Henrik Ibsen's "An Enemy of the People," a dedicated physician discovers that his town's healthful mineral baths, its big tourist draw, are dangerously polluted. The town doesn’t want to hear about it. If it hadn’t been written in 1882, you might suspect the play was an allegory about today's science deniers, those people who won't acknowledge the perils of climate change, proclaiming disingenuously: "We’re not scientists, we can’t judge." Continue..



An Enemy of the People – Hilberry Theatre (updated 3/3/15)

Once on This Island – Meadow Brook Theatre (updated 2/19/15)

Leaving Iowa – Tipping Point Theatre (updated 2/8/15)

Steel Magnolias – Purple Rose Theatre Company (updated 2/5/15)

The Way of the World – Hilberry Theatre (updated 1/28/15)

Sweet Pea's Mama – Detroit Repertory Theatre (updated 1/18/15) Continue..


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This Week

Best of Enemies, Matrix Theatre Company, Detroit, Mar 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15
Enemy of the People, Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, Mar 26, 27, 28
Independence, Peneleope's Venue, Southgate, Mar 5, 6, 7
Leaving Iowa, Tipping Point Theatre, Northville, Mar 5, 6, 7, 8
Once On This Island, Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester, Mar 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Steel Magnolias, Purple Rose Theatre, Chelsea, Mar 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14
Sweet Pea's Mama, Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit, Mar 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15
The Modern Woman, A Host of People, Detroit, Mar 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Opening This Period

A Doll's House, Michigan Actor's Studio, Ferndale, Mar 8, 9, 11, 12, 15, 16, 18, 19, 22, 23, 25, 26, 29, 30, Apr 1, 2
Buyer & Cellar (Michigan Premiere), The Yellow Barn, Ann Arbor, Mar 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29
Cabaret 'La Vie De Boheme', The Earle Restaurant, Ann Arbor, Mar 8
Good Men and True, Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck, Mar 6, 7, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28
Million Dollar Quartet, Fisher Theatre, Detroit, Mar 6, 7, 8
Stones in His Pocket, Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor, Mar 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, Apr 2, 3, 4, 5

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