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Matrix theatre presents Kate Brennan in "LUVMusic"

Vocalist Kate Brennan and pianist Harvey Reed present their newest jazz cabaret show "LUVMusic" with Paul Keller on bass, Friday, May 15 at Matrix Theatre located at 2730 Bagley in the heart of southwest Detroit's Mexicantown. The show begins at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $50 or $100 for preferred seating with some fantastic added benefits guaranteed to make the evening extra special! Seating is limited... Continue..


Three Michigan premiers in PN's upcoming season

Performance Network of Ann Arbor is thrilled to announce their 2015­2016 Season. Surmounting a myriad of challenges since a temporary shutdown a year ago the company will be leading off their new season in October with "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" by Edward Albee. The second season by the new management team features three Michigan premieres­­ two of which are world premieres and a co-­production with Williamston Theatre. In addition to the five­play season, the Network is again offering two seasonal productions running in repertory over the holiday season... Continue..


UMS announces 2015-2016 season

The University Musical Society (UMS) today announces its 2015-2016 season, which runs from Friday, September 11, 2015 through Saturday, April 23, 2016. The season features 86 performances by 45 different artist/ensemble events. In addition to presenting world-class performances, UMS is also committed to creating unique and engaging ways for audiences to connect with the artists on stage through a robust offering of education and community engagement activities. During the 2015-2016 season, the UMS Education and Community Engagement department will be paying special attention to UMS Renegade Series performances... Continue..


Surprise at The Encore

Popular vocal group Three Men and a Tenor will make a surprise return visit to The Encore May 1-2, 2015, at 8:00. The men...and the tenor...just returned from a recent performance with comedy legend Jay Leno. The group opened for Leno in Phoenix, Arizona in March. Three Men and a Tenor performs a wide variety of music from the Mills Brothers, The Ink Spots, Elvis, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Bob Marley, Garth Brooks, The Zac Brown Band, original music.... Continue..


Tibbits seeks sponsorship for first annual golf par-tee

The Tibbits golf committee is excited to put a new spin on the traditional golf tournament. Tibbits First Annual, Golf Par-tee Fundraiser, scheduled for Friday, August 7 at 7pm at the Coldwater Golf Course will host up to 250 people for an evening of food and activities for both golfers and non-golfers. The evening on the course will include a hog roast dinner, live music, a cash bar, 9 holes of night golf, games and raffles... Continue..


Williamston Theatre receives grants from Ingham County

The Williamston Theatre has been awarded a grant from the Ingham County Hotel/Motel Grant Fund in support of its marketing initiatives to out-of-county residents. "This funding is very important to us," said Williamston Theatre’s Executive Director John Lepard. "Cultural tourism is a major economic driver, and we are a part of that. There is a thriving live theatre audience in the state, and it is vital that we tap into that base not just in Ingham County, but throughout the state. We’ll use this funding to expand our presence on NPR affiliates. We’re incredibly grateful for this support." Continue..



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Updated 3/17/15


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Anne Frank’s diary makes a compelling stage play

by Bridgette Redman

The story is well-known. “The Diary of Anne Frank” is the true tale of eight Jewish people in Holland who hid in a secret annex during World War II to avoid capture by the Nazis. Yet, no matter what is known about the story beforehand, the drama of it remains powerful and compelling. Flint Youth Theatre is producing a Wendy Kesselman adaptation of the play and the production is both beautiful and sad as it captures the hardships of living in such conditions and the hopes and dreams that each of the characters have about a future that they’ll never have... Continue..


The Passion Is everywhere in “The Cross and the Light”

by David Kiley

When one is working with the Gospels of the New Testament, it is an easy choice to stick close to the source material. After all, it is the “greatest story ever told.” "The Cross and the Light" Concert Experience, a scaled-down version of the familiar big musical that has performed previously in the Michigan and is preparing for an international tour, is a well-produced and performed faith experience that certainly lifts a lot of spirits... Continue..


The Blue Man Cometh

by Frank Anthony Polito

When I moved to New York City in 1995, a former classmate of mine enthusiastically recommended I go see a then-relatively new off-Broadway attraction made up of three bug-eyed, blue-faced, bald men. And each time I’d pass by the Astor Place Theatre, I could hear my friend’s voice exclaiming in my head: “You gotta see "Blue Man Group!” And yet, somehow, twenty years later I still hadn’t heeded his advice... Until now. I will admit, I’ve never been much a fan of in-your-face, audience-participation-required theater... Continue..


Spotlight on British Comedy

by Daniel Skora
New Monitor

Laughter, it’s often said, is the universal language. To prove the point, the show “British Heroes of Comedy,” currently being presented at the Mangiamo Italian Grill in Saline, begins with a series of amusing pranks and pratfalls that contain nary a spoken word. The fun goes on from there. Included are such comedic staples as a pie in the face and the equally classic tumble caused by a carelessly discarded banana peel. Continue..


"Marigolds" Wilted with Lack of Radioactivity

by Bridgette Redman

It's not easy to predict the effects of radiation on seeds, and whether it will prevent them from flowering or turn them into some sort of freaks. This is true for people as well as flowers. The Ixion Theatre Ensemble is presenting Paul Zindel’s 1964 play, "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds." Continue..


Two plays of particular Pinterest

by John Quinn

“Two Plays by Harold Pinter (with drinking in between).” The evening cannot be described much more simply than that. If there were a tad less consumed at intermission of the Abreact’s 14th season closer, it’s only that the first offering of the evening, ”One For the Road” is quite the shocker. Pinter’s 1983 provocative examination of the tools of a totalitarian society is more likely to spark an exchange of ideas than an exchange of toasts. A broken, tortured political dissident is hauled before the director of intelligence in some authoritarian sink-hole... Continue..



Violet – The Dio (posted 4/19/15)



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This Week

All Star Showdown, The Elizabeth Theater, Detroit, May 16
I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, Thunder Bay Theatre, Alpena, Apr 30, May 1, 2, 3
Improv Mondays, Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck, Apr 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25, Jun 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Meshuggah-Nuns, Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester, Apr 29, 30, May 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
Salvage, Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor, Apr 30, May 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24
See You Next Doomsday, Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck, May 1, 2
Sugarhill , Aaron DeRoy Theatre on the campus of the Jewish Community Center, West Bloomfield, Apr 29, 30, May 2, 3, 6, 8, 9, 10
Talley's Folly, The Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea, Apr 29, 30, May 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23
Tender Napalm, The Ringwald Theatre, Ferndale, Apr 27, May 2, 3, 4
The Diary of Anne Frank, Flint Youth Theatre, Flint, May 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10
The Kiss of the Sun For Pardon, Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit, Apr 30, May 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17
The Merchant of Venice, Michigan Actors Studio, Ferndale, Apr 28, 29, 30
The Outgoing Tide, Tipping Point Theatre, Northville, Apr 30, May 1, 2, 3
Two Plays by Harold Pinter (with drinking in between), The Abreact, Detroit, May 1, 2, 3, 8, 9
Violet, The Dio - Dining and Entertainment, Pinckney, May 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17
Yakety Yak -- A Fifties Tale, Cornwell's Dinner Theatre, Marshall, Apr 28, 29, 30, May 1, 2

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