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The Wizard of Oz
Tibbits Popcorn Theatre
Aug. 1-2, 2014
The popular L. Frank Baum story "The Wizard of Oz" gets a fresh telling when it's brought to life by Stevens Puppets in the next Tibbits Popcorn Theatre production playing at 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 1 and 2 at Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater. World leaders in the puppetry arts for over 80 years, Stevens Puppets bring this classic tale to life with artfully hand-carved wooden marionettes and a musical score audiences will be humming all the way home. Continue..
Aug. 5-17, 2014
The Barn Theatre proudly presents "Hair," the first and most famous of rock musicals, with music by Galt MacDermot and book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado. Barn Producer Brendan Ragotzy directs "Hair" for the fourth time, having made his directorial debut with the 1989 production, then reviving his hit for the 1995 and 2005 seasons. It will be the Barn's sixth time to offer this history-changing musical! This year's production of "Hair" features the entire Barn company and stars favorites Jamey Grisham as Claude, Kevin Robert White as Berger, Melissa Cotton as Sheila and Eric Tsuchiyama as Woof. Continue..
Sidewalk Festival of Performing Arts
Aug. 2, 2014
On Aug. 2, Sidewalk Festival of Performing Arts, an outdoor celebration of site-specific performance and installation art, will fill the courtyards, sidewalks, storefronts and gardens in and around Artist Village Detroit with engaging site-specific work from 3-9 p.m. Sidewalk celebrates the architecture, culture and artistry of Detroit places through site-specific performance and installation. Sidewalk Festival of the Arts is the brainchild of dance instructor and youth director Ryan Myers-Johnson, who brings together an avalanche of diverse cultural genres while keeping that Detroit flavor. Continue..
...poems we tell ourselves...
Aug. 1-2, 2014
On Friday and Saturday, Aug. 1 and 2, Satori Circus will perform a new original performance art piece titled "...poems we tell ourselves..." in front of two audiences, in two different spaces at the Tangent Gallery / Hastings Street Ballroom. "...poems we tell ourselves..." is an entirely new performance piece, with all original words, music and visuals. Different from other Satori Circus' performances, this delves into the dream world of a single person whose life is black and white, much like their dreams. In our dreams we can escape; we can maneuver freely; we can become something else. Continue..
It's no secret that Detroit has served as a splendid training ground for young thespians who studied their crafts, got their starts in show biz, and then moved east or west to pursue their dreams. While many leave and never come back - and oftentimes rarely acknowledge their roots - others return time and again to give back to the community that nurtured their talents. Continue..
Michigan Opera Theatre announces two additional venues, the Berman Center for the Performing Arts and Detroit Institute of Arts' Detroit Film Theatre, for performances of its co-production of "Frida" with the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts in March 2015. MOT's "Frida" will open at the Macomb Center March 7-8, followed by performances at The Berman Center on March 21-22 and Detroit Film Theatre on March 28. Continue..
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..
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..
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By Bridgette M. Redman
Sometimes you walk out of a theater and you know you've experienced something special. Something you're not likely to ever experience again. On Sunday, I walked out of the Jackson Community College's Potter Center where the Michigan Shakespeare Festival was presenting "Cymbeline," with the realization that I may never again see this play done so well. For starters, "Cymbeline" isn't done very often. It has a convoluted plot and lacks some of the poetry of Shakespeare's other works. It is neither comedy nor tragedy, and is one of his longer plays. Continue..
By John Quinn
This has been a very good season for original works locally, and Tipping Point Theatre ends its "Lucky 7" season with another winner. "The Kings of Unionville" is the brainchild of the company's producing artistic director, James R. Kuhl. The village of Unionville, Mich., "Gateway to the Thumb," was founded in the 1850s by a few stalwart fathers who formed a secret philanthropic society. Membership was passed down from father to son, but by 2014, membership has dwindled to six. Continue..
By Bridgette M. Redman
"There are no small roles, only small actors." Never is this more apparent than in the Michigan Shakespeare Festival's "The Importance of Being Earnest" in which the two butlers, played by Rick Eva and Brandon St. Clair Saunders, have antics that rival the leads in comic effect. Saunders anticipates every household need, and Eva mimics his masters with all of their silly demands. They're funny, amusing and nearly steal every scene they're in. Continue..
By Bridgette M. Redman
Whether they are aware of it or not, everyone knows "Hamlet." It is so much a part of our lexicon that people grow up hearing its words and phrases and memorize them even when ignorant of their origins. It is because it is so well known and so enmeshed in our culture that it becomes critical in this play even more so than in most others that actors and directors make strong choices. These choices differentiate each production and keep it from being a bunch of famous quotes strung together. Continue..
By Sue Merrell
What would you do to have a killer thriller? That's the question posed and answered by "Deathtrap," the latest show at Saugatuck's Mason Street Warehouse. As Saugatuck's Venetian Festival was getting underway Friday night and revelers were rocking under a bayside tent, across the street at Saugatuck Center for the Arts it was a dark and stormy night, and the stage was strewn with more bodies than a Shakespearean tragedy. Continue..
By Bridgette M. Redman
What make the world go around? Is it money? Is it love? Is it the planet's inertia and gravitational pulls? What makes us go from season to season, ever changing and ever predictable? Kander and Ebb covered many topics in their careers, often exploring what makes people do the things they do how they fall in love, how they leave each other, how they envy each other and how they laugh. Continue..
By Judith Cookis Rubens
"Classic" musicals generally endure the test of time, and, in the case of "Guys and Dolls," they've got the songs, substance and style to back up the label. Tibbits Summer Theatre's current revival of the 1950 "Guys and Dolls" proves right on the money, still. Showcasing bright, young talent and high production values, this show about 1940s New York City sinners manages to feel wistfully nostalgic and of-today at the same time. Continue..