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Feld Entertainment Inc., producers of "Disney On Ice" and "Disney Live!," is taking top-performing cable TV series for preschoolers to the stage in "Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate and Princess Adventure." Featuring characters from the smash hits "Sofia the First" and "Jake and the Never Land Pirates," this brand-new production launches a 90-city national tour in July 2013. Tickets for the performances at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Nov. 1 go on sale May 28. Continue..
The Purple Rose Theatre Company is looking for love stories. In conjunction with its summer comedy, "Miles & Ellie" by Don Zolidis, the PRTC is organizing a community engagement project to collect love stories from local couples. "The Miles & Ellie Project" will showcase real life love stories on video and in written anecdotes. Continue..
Join Hope Summer Repertory Theatre for its 42nd summer season as it embarks on a journey to define love. The season is laced with a variety of dramatic works that explore the universality of love. The main stage productions include the musicals "All Shook Up" and "The Light in the Piazza," the plays "The 39 Steps" and "Romeo + Juliet," and finally the bonus show, a world premiere musical revue, "I Am Woman." The Childrens Performance Troupe series will include "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" and "The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful (and Her Dog)!" Continue..
The Barn Theatre, Michigan's oldest professional summer theater, announces its exciting 67th season lineup! Under the artistic leadership of Brendan Ragotzy, the 2013 summer season of plays and musicals to be presented at the landmark theater includes an array of family-friendly endeavors, seat-gripping dramas, and fun and fresh new musicals! Continue..
Broadway In Detroit and its participating restaurant partners have cooked up some very saucy Girls' Night Out dinner and show packages for performances of "50 Shades! The Musical" on June 14 and 15 at 8 p.m. The "Fifty Shades of Grey" trilogy has shattered sales records around the globe with more than 32 million copies sold in the United States alone and a 2013 Universal Pictures feature film release is sure to be a cinematic blockbuster. Continue..
PART 6: For a few cumulative hours last weekend, Lavender 52 was my best friend. Lavender isn't a real person, a fictional character, or even alive. She's the stage light pointed at my corner of the set of "Brimstone and Treacle," who I've spent enough time gazing into that I grew fond of her and assigned her vaguely human characteristics. She isn't the only device in my arsenal, but Lavender is thus far my favorite touchstone to help me through the cyclical repetition of performances. Continue..
In celebration of its 10-year anniversary on Memorial Day Weekend, The Acorn Theater in Three Oaks presents an amazing hat-trick of music: favorite rock 'n' roller Cathy Richardson (Friday, May 24); James' brother folk musician Livingston Taylor (Saturday, May 25); and the amazing Rickie Lee Jones, Up-Close and Personal (Sunday, May 26). Oh, and in case these names make you salivate - free anniversary cake will be served each night for all! And enjoy the cake in The Acorn's new front lounge. Continue..
Jamie and Jordan
May 25, 2013
The Children's Theatre Network of Performance Network Theatre invites audiences to gather on Saturday, May 25 at 1 p.m. for the perfect family summer kickoff, "Jamie and Jordan," a baseball-themed musical about health and friendships with book and lyrics by Kim Carney and music by Gene Gaunt. This hilarious musical tale teaches children about the importance of a healthy lifestyle and healthy friendships. Continue..
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By Martin F. Kohn
Night after night a woman camps out in a hospital waiting room, easing her mind with coffee and television, stretching high to reach the volume control or change the channel. Night after night in the hallway behind her the same man comes and goes, getting on or off the elevator. Eventually they're going to have to say something to each other, because life without connection is no life at all. And sometimes you have to stretch, and sometimes you have to stop stretching. Continue..
By John Quinn
"Life is very long" T. S. Eliot. "August: Osage County" is also very long and worth every minute. Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play, it demonstrates that sometimes they do make things like they used to. Playwright Tracy Letts, a regular at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, takes hints from the playbooks of masters Eugene O'Neill and Edward Albee as he writes on one of the great classic motifs of tragedy, the dysfunctional family. Continue..
By John Quinn
It is the nature of the job that theater critics work odd hours. At Encore Michigan, we also work an arbitrary "year," which ends today. I am experiencing a Zen-like completion, as my Metro Detroit wanderings bring me full circle to where my season began Planet Ant Theatre in Hamtramck. But "The Do Over," Margaret Edwartowski's little comedy of love's labor lost, is a polar opposite from Dennis Potter's "Brimstone & Treacle." But that's the Ant for you: a black box full of surprises. Continue..