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Call for plays 'Activate: Midwest A New Play Festival' at WMU

Western Michigan University's inaugural "Activate: Midwest New Play Festival" is seeking un-produced full-length plays from playwrights living in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana or Wisconsin. Selected plays will be developed and presented as script-in-hand staged readings during June 2015 as part of a new play festival at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. The Festival will feature readings, workshops and responses from guest playwrights, literary managers and producers. Continue..


'Page to Stage Series' returns for another season at Macomb Center

Literature is brought to life by the Macomb Center for the Performing Art's "Page to Stage Series." Inspiring audiences of all ages since 2009 with such classics as Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451," Shakespeare's "Macbeth" and H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds," along with contemporary favorites such as "The Secret Life of Bees," "The Miracle Worker" and "The Kite Runner," "Page to Stage" offers first rate productions with world class actors. "The 'Page to Stage Series' allows you to get involved with the books in a way you wouldn't ever be able to," says Sandy Hazelton-Pianko, marketing manager at the Macomb Center. "With pre- and post-show discussions for many of the performances, you gain a new understanding of the works, and new insight and perspectives from the performers themselves. It's not only great opportunity for book clubs and students, but for anyone who enjoys literature." Continue..


Rod puppets bring Russian classic to life

Oct. 4-26, 2014

"Firebird," a traditional heroic tale, returns to PuppetART beginning Oct. 4. "Firebird" is a lush and elaborate production with rod puppets, created in the tradition of Russian folklore. It is full of vivid and colorful scenery. The first act contrasts the dark and mysterious underworld of the second act, with spellbinding music of Stravinsky's "Firebird" as well as folk songs of old Russia, which transports the audience to an enchanted and magical world - a world of fairy tales. Continue..


Artists blur boundaries between artistic disciplines

Kiss & Cry
Power Center
Oct. 10-12, 2014

A poetic piece that blurs artistic disciplines, "Kiss & Cry" brings together a diverse group of Belgian artists to create a sweeping, romantic work that explores the question, “Where do people go when they disappear from our life, from our memory?” Coming to Ann Arbor's Power Center Oct. 10-12, this is the question haunting a woman as she waits alone on the platform of a train station. Continue..


'Evil Dead' partners with credit union to support anti-bullying program

Although celebratory in nature, the fifth anniversary season of "Evil Dead: The Musical" at the City Theatre also serves to bring attention to the issue of bullying. Together with Genisys Credit Union, "Evil Dead The: Musical" is helping to spread the message of anti-bullying in support of the Don't Be A Monster program. Don't Be a Monster is an anti-bullying program that began in 2012 and is a joint effort between haunted houses and non-profit organizations around the country. Erebus, a four-story haunted attraction in Pontiac, is a proud participant in the program, as anti-bullying efforts are close to the heart of Ed Terebus, co-owner of Erebus. Continue..


Fall Benefit to honor restoration of Tibbits Opera House

The Michigan Historic Preservation Network has held its Annual Fall Benefit for 20 years in support of its statewide programming. The organization has also taken the occasion to present one or more of its prestigious preservation awards. This year on the evening of Saturday, Oct. 11, on the stage of the Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater, the 2014 Community Award will be accepted on behalf of the Community of Coldwater. Continue..


Encore LIVE! - The resurrection of 'Evil Dead: The Musical'

If it's October, then it must be time for what's become a bloody, but beloved tradition in Southeast Michigan. Yes, "Evil Dead: The Musical" returns to the City Theatre inside Detroit's Hockeytown Cafe beginning Oct. 1 - and Deadites (and other fans) everywhere couldn't be happier! Produced by The Ringwald Theatre and Olympia Entertainment for the fifth consecutive year, this year's run is helmed by a new director and features many new faces, but one thing remains the same: Theatergoers can expect plenty of laughs and thrills as the 1980s' cult-classic film series comes to life on stage - whether they sit in the splatterzone or not! Continue..



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Updated 9/11/14


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Other Voices - News & Previews (posted 9/28/14)

Other Voices - News & Previews (posted 9/25/14)

Other Voices - News & Previews (posted 9/21/14)



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'Annie' brings back good memories

By Jenn McKee

Sometimes when you do something just for your kids – like answer the call to review a touring production of "Annie" at Detroit's Fisher Theatre, though you've already seen the show plenty of times in the course of your career – you end up being rewarded. (Not all the time, God knows, but every now and then, the universe throws us poor parents a bone.) Yes, "Annie"'s back again, and fear not, moms and dads: This production's a winner. Continue..


Ixion opens with intense drama

By Bridgette M. Redman

Family relationships can get so intense and so heart-wrenching that they are hard to watch. There are few places outside a family where love and hate can incubate so deeply and with such passion. "Topdog/Underdog" by Suzan Lori-Parks is one of those stories that slashes at one's soul, because it is a portrait of everything that can go wrong – even when people are trying to make it go right. Ixion opens its first full season with this Pulitzer Prize-winning show, and the team of director Paige Dunckel and actors Rico Bruce Wade and Sineh Wurie hold nothing back in this tragic tale of two brothers who are trying to survive and find their place in a world that has no room for them. Continue..


Shaggy dog story makes a howlin' good play

By John Quinn

It was Dorothy Gale of Kansas who remarked, "My! People come and go so quickly here!" Fortunately for Metro Detroit theater patrons, as some companies go, others come to take their places. After a season in which we said good-by to some stalwarts, this weekend we say hello to Open Book Theatre Company of Southgate. As noted by show director Topher Alan Payne in his curtain speech, not only is "Sylvia" the first production of the new company, it's the first theatrical work to play in Penelope's Venue, inside Penelope's Vintage consignment store on Dix Toledo Road. Continue..


Performance Network mines the magic of Uhry classic

By Bridgette M. Redman

"Driving Miss Daisy" by Alfred Uhry can seem like a simple play. It needs three actors, three set pieces, and few costume changes. The script is straightforward, only 90 minutes long, and is performed without an intermission. Its needs are seemingly few. Yet, it takes more than those things to bring out the magic in this story. It takes three actors committed to their craft and able to connect and disconnect at crucial moments. It takes a set that can work unobtrusively in simple yet complex ways. Continue..


A journey ends, a door opens, the past enters

By Martin F. Kohn

Name a main character Ulysses and unless he's a Civil War general, you've got "The Odyssey" on your mind. The Ulysses in "Annapurna" hasn't done much traveling to get back to his wife – he hasn't been to the Himalayan mountain that provides the title (more on that later) – but he has been lost for 20 years. It's his wife, ex-wife actually – her name is Emma, not Penelope – who makes the journey from somewhere to get back to him in nowhere, a lonely dump of a trailer in the Colorado Rockies. Continue..


'Here's to the ladies who lunch'

By John Quinn

It seems like just yesterday that local artists Diane Hill and Barbie Amann Weisserman, fed up with a theater lacking solid roles for women, founded Two Muses Theatre. Yet here they are, opening their fourth season, featuring a new musical with four strong, balanced parts for women. "At the Bistro Garden" is tres LA. The Los Angeles-based creative team, playwright Deborah Pearl and composer David Kole, are in town to bring the right touch of Beverly Hills to West Bloomfield. Continue..


Strange bedfellows change history (and each other)

By Donald V. Calamia

Discussions of race and racism in modern-day America are fraught with danger, as emotion and passion often trump civility and reason, and political correctness and the fear of being called the dreaded "r-word" stifle an honest and open discourse. Even reviewing a play about racism is like stumbling onto a minefield, as my interpretation of the production might set off an explosive debate with other attendees whose personal experiences and biases might differ from mine. Continue..



Annapurna – The Purple Rose Theatre Company (posted 9/28/14)

Driving Miss Daisy – Performance Network Theatre (posted 9/28/14)

Boeing Boeing – Hilberry Theatre (posted 9/25/14)

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike – Tipping Point Theatre (updated 9/29/14)

Spamalot – The Encore Musical Theatre Company (updated 9/25/14)

The Secret Garden – Farmers Alley Theatre (posted 9/21/14)

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



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This Week

Annapurna, The Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea, 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
Annie, Fisher Theatre, Detroit, Oct 1, 2, 3, 4
At the Bistro Garden, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, West Bloomfield, Oct 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19
Boeing Boeing, Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, Oct 3, 4
Buried Child, The Abreact Theatre Collective, Detroit, Oct 3, 4, 5, 10, 11
ComedySportz, Michigan Actors Studio, Ferndale, Oct 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31, Nov 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
Driving Miss Daisy, Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor, Oct 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26
Improv Mondays, Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck, Oct 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov 3, 10, 17, 24
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids, Oct 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Spamalot, The Encore Musical Theatre Company, Dexter, Oct 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12
Sylvia, Penelope's Venue, Southgate, Oct 2, 3, 4
The Best of Enemies, Marygrove Theatre, Detroit, Oct 3, 4, 5
The Gravedigger, A Frankenstein Story, Williamston Theatre, Williamston, Oct 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31, Nov 1, 2
The Secret Garden, Farmers Alley Theatre, Kalamazoo, 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, Oct 8, 9, 11, 12
Topdog/Underdog, AA Creative Corridor, Lansing, Oct 3, 4
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Tipping Point Theatre, Northville, Oct 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19

Opening This Period

Around the World in 80 Days, Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester, Oct 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26
Cheating Cheaters, Thunder Bay Theatre, Alpena, Oct 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19
Dracula The Musical, The Dio - Dining and Entertainment, Pinckney, Oct 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31, Nov 1
Evil Dead: The Musical, City Theatre, Detroit, Oct 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25
Firebird, Detroit Puppet Theater, Detroit, Oct 4, 11, 25, 26
Jekyll & Hyde, Miller Auditorium, Kalamazoo, Oct 3, 4
Snow Queen, Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Detroit, Oct 5
The Creation of Chicago, The Acorn Theater, Three Oaks, Oct 5
The Trial of the Catonsville Nine, Matrix Theatre Company, Detroit, Oct 3, 4
Tomfoolery, Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub and Restaurant, Ann Arbor, Oct 2, 9, 16, 23

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