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'Miss Daisy' cruises to a stop at City Theatre

Driving Miss Daisy
City Theatre
Oct. 31 - Nov. 2, 2014

Driving Miss Daisy is set to warm audience hearts for five performances at the City Theatre on Friday, Oct. 31 through Sunday, Nov. 2 as part of the Fifth Third Bank Fox Theatre Series. Direct from a successful run at Performance Network Theatre in Ann Arbor, this engagement reunites the award-winning team of director John Manfredi and actor James Bowen in the classic tale of an unlikely friendship that blossoms into one of respect. Continue..

 

Creative Many Michigan awarded $100,000 grant for statewide research and analysis

Creative Many Michigan (formerly ArtServe Michigan), the statewide economic development organization for the arts, culture and creative and design industries, announced that the U.S. Economic Development Administration has awarded the organization a $100,000 grant to continue its research and data analysis of Michigan's creative industries. Continue..

 

Beloved children's tale added to Farmers Alley schedule

The Tiger Who Came to Tea
Farmers Alley Theatre
Nov. 1-9, 2014

Farmers Alley Theatre's Children's Series is proud to announce a special event recently added to its 2014 schedule: "The Tiger Who Came to Tea." Based on the beloved picture book of the same name by Judith Kerr, "The Tiger Who Came to Tea" will run Nov. 1-9 at Farmers Alley Theatre. Continue..

 

Annual Black Tie Gala Nov. 15 at the Rep

Michigan's longest running, non-profit, professional theater, the Detroit Repertory Theatre, will hold its Annual Black Tie Awards Night and Homecoming Celebration and Performance on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. The Black Tie is the annual major fundraiser for the theater. Funds raised at the benefit go to the Rep's Working Capitol Fund. The Fund is used to help the theater meet its financial obligations in a timely and efficient manner and help set the table for the generations ahead. The Detroit Repertory Theatre's artistic commitment and accomplishments help keep Detroit's rebirth active and alive. Continue..

 

Absurdist classic comes to Power Center

Six Characters in Search of an Author
University Musical Society
Oct. 24-25, 2014

Luigi Pirandello won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1934 for his "bold and brilliant renovation of drama and the stage." His "Six Characters in Search of an Author," which dates from 1921, is an absurdist meta-theatrical play about the relationship between authors and their characters. The University Musical Society will present Theatre de la Ville's "Six Characters in Search of an Author" at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 and Saturday, October 25 at Power Center. Continue..

 

Century Bank and Trust donates Branch County flight for three to Tibbits auction

A scenic flight for three around Branch County and a $100 Century Bank &Trust Visa gift card, which may be used for a post-flight dinner of your choosing, will be auctioned off at Tibbits 35th Annual Auction on Saturday, Nov. 1. You will have your chance to bid on this adventure courtesy of Century Bank and Trust. "Grab that boarding pass and get ready for first class treatment as we bring back the romance of flying at this year's annual auction, Tibbits Takes Flight," Sarah Zimmer, special events development director at Tibbits Opera House, said. Continue..

 

Penny Seats announces more 'Tomfoolery'

Through the month of October, The Penny Seats enjoyed a sold-out run of the musical revue "Tomfoolery," celebrating the words and music of satirist, mathematician and cult favorite, Tom Lehrer, at Ann Arbor's Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub and Restaurant. The two companies have partnered to offer this cabaret-style show, with dinner seatings available starting around 6 p.m., and performances at 8 p.m. Due to high demand, a performance on Nov. 9 has been added to the schedule. Continue..

 

UPCOMING AUDITIONS, JOB OPPORTUNITIES & CLASSES:

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 10/23/14
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MORE STORIES, NEWS BRIEFS & PREVIEWS:

Other Voices - News & Previews (posted 10/23/14)

Other Voices - News & Previews (posted 10/19/14)

Other Voices - News & Previews (posted 10/16/14)

Other Voices - News & Previews (posted 10/14/14)


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Reviews

'Motown the Musical' comes to Motown the city

By Martin F. Kohn

The gala opening night of "Motown the Musical" at the Fisher Theatre found Berry Gordy, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and other luminaries watching themselves being portrayed onstage. Afterwards all three spoke to the audience, and Wonder even sang a bit of "I Wish." It was a thrill for first-nighters, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But what about second-nighters, third-nighters and everyone else who catches the touring version of Gordy's autobiographical musical (still running on Broadway)? Continue..

 

New work explores what it means to belong

By Bridgette M. Redman

Flint is a city that struggles. So it should come as little surprise that the artists who live there are drawn to that struggle and want to make art about what it is like to be a part of a city that continues to try to survive even while under intense economic, social and political pressures. "9 x Nourished" is a devised theater piece that explores these struggles while also celebrating a piece of Flint that is positive, exciting and growing. Continue..

 

All in the dysfunctional family

By John Quinn

'Tis the season for houses of horror to appear all over Metro Detroit, but who would have expected that one of the goriest would be the Detroit Opera House? Given the venue, however, we are once again reminded that horror implied is more visceral than horror depicted. Michigan Opera Theatre opens its 44th season with Richard Strauss' "Elektra," a little monster of an opera so fearsome that it can eat music directors and sopranos alive. Continue..

 

'Once' creates magic with romantic tale

By Bridgette M. Redman

"Sometimes in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives you a fairy tale," is a quote that floats around the Internet on wedding sites and other such places. What the pithy quote doesn't tell you is that sometimes the fairy tale doesn't end with the protagonists swearing "I do" and riding off into the sunset together. Even in the magical world of musicals, it is possible for a love story to be told without a kiss, and for the demands and responsibilities of life to trump the longings of the heart and the passion of individuals. Continue..

 

OTHER VOICES - REVIEWS:

Motown the Musical Fisher Theatre (posted 10/23/14)

Elektra Michigan Opera Theatre (updated 10/23/14)

Are You There God? It's Me, Carrie The Ringwald Theatre (posted 10/16/14)

Once Wharton Center (posted 10/16/14)

1984 What A Do Theatre (posted 10/14/14)

Alice Nerve (posted 10/14/14)

Dracula The Musical The Dio (updated 10/14/14)

The Gravedigger, A Frankenstein Story Williamston Theatre (updated 10/9/14)

Around the World in 80 Days Meadow Brook Theatre (updated 10/16/14)

Annapurna The Purple Rose Theatre Company (updated 10/9/14)

Driving Miss Daisy Performance Network Theatre (updated 10/9/14)


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This Week

1984, What A Do Theatre, Springfield, Oct 24, 25
9 x Nourished, Flint Farmers' Market, Flint, Oct 24, 25, 26, 31, Nov 1, 2
Alice, Drayton Avenue Presbyterian Church, Ferndale, Oct 24, 25, 31
Annapurna, The Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea, Oct 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
Are You There God? It's Me, Carrie, The Ringwald Theatre, Ferndale, Oct 25, 26, 27, Nov 1, 2, 3
Around the World in 80 Days, Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester, Oct 24, 25, 26
ComedySportz, Michigan Actors Studio, Ferndale, Oct 24, 25, 31, Nov 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
Dracula The Musical, The Dio - Dining and Entertainment, Pinckney, Oct 24, 25, 26, 30, 31, Nov 1
Driving Miss Daisy, Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor, Oct 24, 25, 26
Elektra, Detroit Opera House, Detroit, Oct 25, 26
Enter Laughing, Aaron DeRoy Theatre on the campus of the Jewish Community Center, West Bloomfield, Oct 25, 26, 30, Nov 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16
Evil Dead: The Musical, City Theatre, Detroit, Oct 24, 25
Firebird, Detroit Puppet Theater, Detroit, Oct 25, 26
Fridays and Saturdays at Go Comedy!, Go Comedy! Improv Theater, Ferndale, Oct 24, 25
Improv Mondays, Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck, Oct 27, Nov 3, 10, 17, 24
Motown the Musical, Fisher Theatre, Detroit, Oct 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, Nov 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16
Poltergeist: A Musical Parody, Dog Story Theatre, Grand Rapids, Oct 24, 25, 26
Story Time, Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor, Oct 25
The 39 Steps, The Snug Theatre, Marine City, Oct 24, 25, 26
The Birth of Chad, Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck, Oct 24, 25
The Crucible, Great Escape Stage Company, Marshall, Oct 24, 25, 26, 30, 31, Nov 1, 2
The Gravedigger, A Frankenstein Story, Williamston Theatre, Williamston, Oct 24, 25, 26, 30, 31, Nov 1, 2
Thursdays at Go Comedy!, Go Comedy! Improv Theater, Ferndale, Oct 30, Nov 6
Tomfoolery, Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub and Restaurant, Ann Arbor, Nov 9
Wednesdays at Go Comedy!, Go Comedy! Improv Theater, Ferndale, Oct 29

Opening This Period

Aelita: Queen of Mars, The Acorn Theater, Three Oaks, Oct 24
Do You See It Coming?, Liberal Arts Theatre, Marygrove College, Detroit, Oct 25
Exorcise Routine, Farmers Alley Theatre, Kalamazoo, Oct 24, 25
Pinkalicious the Musical, Miller Auditorium, Kalamazoo, Oct 26
Post Comedy Theatre, Wharton Center's Pasant Theatre, East Lansing, Oct 26
Romeo and Juliet, Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, Oct 24, 25, 29, 30, 31, Nov 1, Dec 11, 12, 13
Six Characters In Search of an Author, Power Center for the Performing Arts, Ann Arbor, Oct 24, 25
White People, The Abreact Performance Space, Detroit, Oct 24, 25, 26, 30, Nov 1, 2, 7, 8, 9



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