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Unique partnership between theater and biotechnology

A local collaboration between Ann Arbor’s Penny Seats Theatre Company and the University of Michigan's Environmental Biotechnology Group will feature the musical Urinetown: The Musical! and water conservation research in a creative way during the next three weekends starting July 30. This collaborative art and engineering collaboration will be featured on the radio show It's Hot In Here 88.3 WCBN FM ( on Friday July 31 at noon, with the recording to be posted shortly thereafter on the Penny Seats’ website and Facebook page. An Environmental Engineering research team from the University of Michigan is studying how human urine and products derived from it need to be processed to safely fertilize food crops... Continue..


Some tickets still available for "Ernie" at The Wharton

To celebrate the Detroit Tigers opening of the 2015 season, Wharton Center announces the play "Ernie" by Michigan’s own award–winning author, Mitch Albom as the opening show of its 2015-2016 season, running from August 19-22, 2015. "Ernie" is the smash hit play about the “Voice of Summer,” Ernie Harwell, and recounts the life of the beloved Tigers announcer. "Ernie," is set on Ernie Harwell’s last night at Comerica, when the Hall of Fame broadcaster is about to give a moving thank you to a grateful city... Continue..


"Blacklist" star Harry Lennix supports Michigan Shakespeare Festival

Actor Harry Lennix ("Man of Steel," "The Blacklist") has released a statement supporting the Michigan Shakespeare Festival and their new expansion to Wayne County. “The Michigan Shakespeare Festival's expansion to the Village Theater in Canton is as much a sign of a mandate as it is proof of a mission,” says Lennix. “It is proof that Shakespeare is forever our contemporary, and that a fresh vision of his masterful work can and will continue to sustain new generations in the living theater... Continue..


Group sale/subscription tickets for musical "Once" at the Fox Theatre on sale July 31

"Once," winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical and winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, returns to Detroit by popular demand and will play at the Fox Theatre for a limited engagement Friday, April 15 through Sunday, April 17. The musical, which was also named Best Musical by the New York Drama Critics’ Circle, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards, ran for more than 1,100 performances on Broadway with acclaimed international productions from London and Melbourne to Japan and South Korea... Continue..


Encore breathes new life "Into The Woods"

by David Kiley

Encore Musical Theatre’s artistic founder Dan Cooney has been thinking of putting on "Into The Woods" for some seven years. He is finally fulfilling his plan this month as the show opens August 7 and runs through August 30. Cooney is taking a rare turn as director of the production as he and his wife, Broadway veteran Jessica Grove who is playing The Witch, have come back to Michigan to do local theater this summer. Cooney, who has recently been on the Broadway stage in “The Heathers" and "Mama Mia,” says “it’s been a treat” to invest more time in the Encore..." Continue..


Famed tenor to lead MOT's New Studio Program for Young Artists

Michigan Opera Theatre (MOT) President and CEO Wayne S. Brown announced today the company has appointed Richard Leech to the newly- created position, director of Resident Artist Programs. Effective immediately, Leech will head Michigan Opera Theatre Studio, a new program, launching with the 2015-16 season, which offers full-time engagement to artists in the early stages of a professional career in opera. Leech has relocated to Detroit from Binghamton, New York. In this key role, Leech will provide leadership for MOT's newest initiative of offering advanced training and professional performance opportunities to a select group of highly talented young artists... Continue..



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Updated 7/30/15


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For the week of July 28--August 3 (posted:July 30, 2015)



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“Urinetown” fills park with satiric comedy

by Bridgette Redman

Make sure you pee before Penny Seats Theater Company’s show, otherwise halfway through the first act, you’ll be cringing with the actors—they do that good of a job of eliciting sympathy for having to pee and not being able to. The musical is “Urinetown” and it’s the place everyone is trying to avoid. But to do so, they have to pay to pee, and the fees keep going up. For those who just don’t have the money—they face exile to Urinetown. Penny Seats performs in West Park in Ann Arbor in the summery outdoors. You’re invited to bring a picnic lunch, lawn chairs or blankets... Continue..


The Harrowing: exhilarating performance art, but with technical challenges

by John Quinn

Theater defies stereotype. Metro Detroit has seen a wealth of productions impossible to pigeonhole, frequently because the concept is so original there is no comparison. Exploring beyond the confines of conventional theater is an exciting adventure, but be prepared. In the case of The Harrowing, both artists and audience are venturing into uncharted territory. It was not necessary, though, to physically travel in uncharted territory to find the Detroit performance company, A Host of People’s “interactive traveling piece,” “The Harrowing...” Continue..


Glam-rock radio hits wow them at The Barn

by Marin Heinritz

Let’s face it: almost everything about the 1980s is better when we’re making fun of it. The narrator of “Rock of Ages” describes the Reagan Era as “a sexier time” and L.A.’s infamous Sunset Strip as “a majestic acid-washed epicenter.” And that’s exactly where the delightfully silly show, currently at The Barn, takes us. It’s a place where both men and women wear big hair, bold make up, glittery animal print and high-waisted denim of all varieties. They drink wine coolers and describe things as “rad” without irony... Continue..


Channeling Streisand in a one-character play

by Marin Heinritz

In 2010 celebrated singer, actor, director, and gay icon Barbra Streisand released “My Passion for Design,” a coffee table book full of photos and text by her about her extravagant Malibu estate, or more precisely, her exceptional wealth and good taste. It was an invitation to mockery and jealousy, like so much of Babs’ career and public persona, but one over-the-top detail in the book captured the imagination of playwright Jonathan Tolins. Inspired by a decorative arts museum in Delaware, Streisand transformed a barn basement into a shopping mall full of her stuff. Tolins ran with this ridiculous fact and created a satire in which there is a clerk who organizes, dusts, prices and sells all the objects... Continue..


A fish called Toothy

by Martin F. Kohn

You’ve heard the story of the grumpy recluse whose hardened heart melts when a winsome but equally lonely boy/girl/dog/cat/wild animal enters his life…but you’ve never heard the story quite the way Joseph Zettelmaier tells it in “Invasive Species.” To begin with, the agent of thaw is a particularly ugly fish. Moreover, “Invasive Species” is more comedic than sentimental--way more. Then, too, Zettelmaier’s latest work is the first play ever set in Gobles, Michigan. (That’s just a guess, but I’m pretty sure Euripides never got around to writing “Iphigenia at Gobles.”) Continue..


To sell out, or not? That’s the question in ‘Jihad Jones’

by Martin F. Kohn

Giving new meaning to the term “struggling actor,” Seattle playwright Yussef El Guindi presents a performer wrestling with an ethical dilemma: should he accept a lucrative, potentially star-making, role in a movie, or turn it down because he’d be promoting a loathsome stereotype of his own ethnic group. Take the money? Or run? Continue..



Jihad Jones – Theatre Nova

The Rivals – Michigan Shakespeare Festival

Hay Fever – Hope Summer Repertory Theatre

The Art of Murder – Williamston Theatre

Henry IV – Michigan Shakespeare Festival Continue..


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This Week

A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Village Theater at Cherry Hill, Canton, Aug 8, 9, 12, 15, 16
Always a Bridesmaid, The Dio - Dining and Entertainment, Pinckney, Aug 2
Banana for Turtle, PuppetART, Detroit, Aug 8, 15
Beaches Be Trippin', The Ringwald Theatre, Ferndale, Aug 2, 3
Buyer & Cellar, Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Saugatuck, Aug 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Ernie, City Theatre, Detroit, Aug 2
Hatfield's & McCoy's, Cornwell's Dinner Theatre, Marshall, Aug 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22
Hay Fever, DeWitt Theatre, Holland, Aug 4, 6
Henry IV, The Village Theater at Cherry Hill, Canton, Aug 2, 5, 7, 13, 15
Invasive Species, Tipping Point Theatre, Northville, Aug 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23
Jihad Jones and the Kalashnikov Babes, by Yussef El Giundi - Michigan Premiere!, The Yellow Barn, Ann Arbor, Aug 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16
Jingle ARRGH the Way!, DeWitt Theatre, Holland, Aug 3, 5, 7
Junie B. Jones: The Musical, DeWitt Studio Theatre, Holland, Aug 3, 5, 7
Rock of Ages, Barn Theatre, Augusta, Aug 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Schoolhouse Rock Live, Thunder Bay Theatre, Alpena, Aug 2
Smokey Joe's Cafe, DeWitt Theatre, Holland, Aug 3, 5, 7
The Art of Murder, Williamston Theatre, Williamston, Aug 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23
The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Farmers Alley Theatre, Kalamazoo, Aug 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16
The Rivals, The Village Theater at Cherry Hill, Canton, Aug 6, 8, 14
The Taming of the Shrew, Slipstream Theatre Initiative, Hazel Park, Aug 2, 3, 4
To Kill a Mockingbird, DeWitt Theatre, Holland, Aug 8
Urinetown the Musical, West Park Band Shell, Ann Arbor, Aug 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15
Wiley and the Hairy Man, The Market Center Park in the Southgate Shopping Center, Southgate, Aug 2, 8, 9

Opening This Period

The Harrowing, Vedic Education Garden, Detroit, Aug 2

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