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'Gilda's LaughFest' announces 2015 festival dates

The nation's first-ever community-wide festival of laughter, "Gilda's LaughFest," announced this morning the festival will celebrate its fifth anniversary March 5-15, 2015. Also, announced today are preliminary results of an economic impact study from Grand Valley State University. The study indicates "LaughFest" created a $3.2 million economic impact on the region. "We are excited as we ramp-up efforts for our fifth year," said Joanne Roehm, festival director. Continue..


Introducing Performance Network's new 2014-15 season

After a short reorganizational hiatus, Performance Network Theatre is back with a new 2014-15 Season. Tickets will go on sale Aug. 4, and all current subscriptions will be honored. Season subscriptions will be available from $110-$165; single tickets per performance will range in price from $22-$41. As the theater resumes operation, a new ticketing system is being implemented and phone service resumed. Continue..


Dazzling musical revue celebrates best of Kander & Ebb

The World Goes 'Round
Great Escape Stage Company
July 24 - Aug. 3, 2014

Life - with its glories, indignities, hopes and quiet dreams - is the subject of "The World Goes 'Round," a stunning revue of the beloved songs of John Kander and Fred Ebb opening July 24 at Great Escape Stage Company. Featuring unforgettable gems from throughout Kander & Ebb's incredible 40-year career in theater, film and television, the work spotlights songs from "Cabaret," "Chicago," "New York, New York," "Funny Lady," "Kiss of the Spiderwoman" and more. Continue..


MSF opens current season, announces the next

The Michigan Shakespeare Festival opened its 20th anniversary season July 19 with an acclaimed production of Shakespeare's "The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark." The audience rose for a standing ovation for the production directed by MSF artistic director Janice L. Blixt and featuring Shawn Pfautsch as the brilliant and tormented prince. Continue..


Native Detroiter comes home for world premiere of new play

No Time for the Pain
1515 Broadway
July 25-27, 2014

5 Mo Artists Detroit, in association with Dishing Tea Entertainment, presents a La Troupe des Arts production of "No Time for the Pain," an original theatrical production written by native Detroiter and host of the hit Blog Talk Radio Network show "Dishing Tea with Big Meach" Demetris "Big Meach" Taylor. Family ties are shattered and destroyed when fraternal twins Danielle and Eric confront one another on the issues of betrayal, infidelity and HIV. Continue..


Open rehearsal and world premiere with AKT Theatre

So Long Until Tomorrow
The AKT Theatre Project
July 25 - Aug. 9, 2014

The AKT Theatre Project is opening a rehearsal to an audience as the second offering of a three-part series as the company develops the new play, "So Long Until Tomorrow" by Bradley Michael. The play is directed by Angie Kane Ferrante and will open the first weekend of August. Continue..



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 7/24/14


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Other Voices - News & Previews (posted 7/24/14)

Other Voices - News & Previews (posted 7/20/14)

Other Voices - News & Previews (updated 7/17/14)



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Quirky musical with oddball name pleases eye and ear

By John Quinn

Here's to the exciting life of the drama critic. This one drove five hours, round trip, to see a 90-minute musical. Driving into the sunset along I-94 to Kalamazoo (in my usual, white-knuckled fashion), I muttered through gritted teeth, "This better be good!" Well, the closing production of Farmers Alley Theatre's sixth season was worth the trip. The musical in question is titled Robert Weiner, show director and one of the founders of Farmers Alley Theatre, tentatively describes it as a "musical documentary," an appealing explanation for this unique work. Continue..


Showing and telling the secret to quirky musical's flourish

By Carolyn Hayes

Ever since there was a Broadway, there have been epic Broadway musicals ever topping themselves; to bring in top tourist dollars, producers need something that must be seen to be believed. But how does such a show even get to the stage, when investors must believe, but there's nothing to see? Such is the comic conundrum of "The Big Bang" (music by Jed Feuer; book and lyrics by Boyd Graham), the tiniest extravaganza that the theater world has ever seen. As directed by Rob Roznowski, Williamston Theatre's production capitalizes on the silliness of describing that which defies description, but also reaches into a different bag of theatrical tricks, wrapping up an absurd principle in sheer entertainment. Continue..


'Matchmaker' ends Hope season with laughs

By Sue Merrell

"The Matchmaker," the final show of Hope Summer Repertory Theatre's season, is a great match for the directing talents of HSRT founder John Tammi. Tammi, who retired in May after a 46-year career in the college's theater department, has done a remarkable job setting up all of the funny business in "The Matchmaker" so that it seems perfectly natural. A dropped wallet is a key plot point, for instance, and yet Tammi has staged the scene so perfectly that the falling of the wallet seems incidental to a humorous struggle to remove a coat. Continue..



Hamlet Michigan Shakespeare Festival (posted 7/24/14)

The Big Bang Williamston Theatre (updated 7/24/14)

Whatever, Baby Jane The Ringwald Theatre (posted 7/20/14)

[title of show] Farmers Alley Theatre (posted 7/20/14)

Suds Cornwell's Dinner Theatre (posted 7/17/14)

A Midsummer Night's Dream Shakespeare in Detroit (posted 7/17/14)

Carousel The Encore Musical Theatre Company (updated 7/22/14)

Coriolanus Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company (updated 6/29/14)

The Last Romance The Purple Rose Theatre Company (updated 6/30/14)



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This Week

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, DeWitt Studio Theatre, Holland, Jul 25, 28, 30, Aug 1, 4, 6, 8
Carousel, The Encore Musical Theatre Company, Dexter, Jul 24, 25, 26, 27, 31, Aug 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10
ComedySportz, Michigan Actors Studio, Ferndale, Jul 25, 26, Aug 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30
Crane Maiden, Detroit Puppet Theater, Detroit, Jul 26
Disney's High School Musical, Thunder Bay Theatre, Alpena, Jul 24, 25, 26, 27, 30, 31, Aug 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
Elektra, West Park Band Shell, Ann Arbor, Jul 24, 25, 26
Ernie, City Theatre, Detroit, Jul 24, 25, 26, 27, 31, Aug 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17
First Thursday Improv Nights, The Acorn Theater, Three Oaks, Aug 7
Fridays and Saturdays at Go Comedy!, Go Comedy! Improv Theater, Ferndale, Jul 25, 26
Guys and Dolls, Tibbits Summer Theatre, Coldwater, Jul 24, 25, 26, 30, 31, Aug 1, 2
Gypsy, The Snug Theatre, Marine City, Jul 24, 25, 26, 27
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, Baughman Theatre at Potter Center on the campus of Jackson College, Jackson, Jul 26, 31, Aug 1, 9, 10, 13, 16, 17
Hot Mikado, DeWitt Theatre, Holland, Jul 26, 28, 31, Aug 6, 9
Improv Mondays, Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck, Jul 28, Aug 4, 11, 18, 25
Jack and the Beanstalk, Tibbits Popcorn Theatre, Coldwater, Jul 25, 26
So Long Until Tomorrow, James R. DeSana Center for Arts and Culture, Wyandotte, Jul 25, Aug 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9
Stories in the Lounge, The Acorn Theater, Three Oaks, Aug 21
Suds, Cornwell's Dinner Theatre, Marshall, Jul 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, Aug 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16
Sundays at Go Comedy!, Go Comedy! Improv Theater, Ferndale, Jul 27
The Big Bang, Williamston Theatre, Williamston, Jul 24, 25, 26, 27, 31, Aug 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17
The Doll People, DeWitt Studio Theatre, Holland, Jul 25, 28, 30, Aug 1, 4, 6, 8
The Importance of Being Earnest, Baughman Theatre at Potter Center, Jackson College, Jackson, Jul 26, 30, Aug 2, 3, 7, 9, 15
The Last Romance, The Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea, Jul 24, 25, 26, 27, 30, 31, Aug 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30
The Matchmaker, DeWitt Theatre, Holland, Jul 25, 30, Aug 1, 5, 8
The Sound of Music, DeWitt Theatre, Holland, Jul 24, 29, Aug 2, 4, 7
Thursdays at Go Comedy!, Go Comedy! Improv Theater, Ferndale, Jul 24, 31
Wednesdays at Go Comedy!, Go Comedy! Improv Theater, Ferndale, Jul 30
Whatever, Baby Jane, The Ringwald Theatre, Ferndale, Jul 25, 26, 27, 28, Aug 1, 2, 3, 4
[title of show], Farmers Alley Theatre, Kalamazoo, Jul 24, 25, 26, 27, 31, Aug 1, 2, 3

Opening This Period

Coriolanus, Box Factory for the Arts, St. Joseph, Jul 26
Cymbeline, Baughman Theatre at Potter Center on the campus of Jackson College, Jackson, Jul 24, 25, 27, Aug 2, 6, 8, 14, 16
Deathtrap, Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Saugatuck, Jul 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31, Aug 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Exit Strategy, The Acorn Theater, Three Oaks, Jul 26, 27
Motor City Puppet Blast, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Jul 25, 26, 27
No Time for the Pain, 1515 Broadway, Detroit, Jul 25, 26, 27
Romeo and Juliet, Grand Circus Park, Detroit, Jul 26
The Kings of Unionville, Tipping Point Theatre, Northville, Jul 24, 25, 26, 27, 31, Aug 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24
The World Goes 'Round, Great Escape Stage Company, Marshall, Jul 24, 25, 26, 27, 31, Aug 1, 2, 3

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