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Fifty Shades parody comes to City Theatre

Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody
City Theatre
Feb. 4-8, 2015

"Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody" is the whip-smart comedy that takes on the naughty fun of the best-selling book and highly-anticipated movie, and brings it to outrageous life onstage at the City Theatre for six performances, Feb. 4-8. Featuring musical numbers, steamy performances highlighting the famous hunk and his grey tie, and lots of hilarious surprises. Continue..

 

3rd Annual Festival changes the forecast in West Michigan

Lake Effect Fringe Festival
Dog Story Theatre
Feb. 6 - Mar. 1, 2015

The Lake Effect Fringe Festival kicks off its 3rd year of bringing new theatre to West Michigan on Friday, Feb. 6, with a performance by No Outlet Improv at 8 p.m. Troupe members Katie Fahey, Lizzy Sulkowski, Eirann Betka, Mackenzie McElroy, Ryan Hinkle, Nick Milbratz, Cleo Patra, Mike Nichols, Colleen Watt, and TJ Corbett to bring short-form, fast-paced, interactive fun to audiences of all ages. Continue..

 

Meadow Brook Theatre awarded grants from MCACA

Meadow Brook Theatre has been awarded grants totaling $87,000 from the State of Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs (MCACA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The grants were awarded through the MCACA peer review process and were among 494 applications to compete for MCACA fiscal year 2015 funding. Grant monies will provide operating and capital support to Meadow Brook Theatre and will make sound and light technology upgrades possible throughout the theatre. 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 1/27/15
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MORE STORIES, NEWS BRIEFS & PREVIEWS:

Other Voices - News & Previews (posted Jan. 30, 2015)

Other Voices - News & Previews (posted Jan. 8, 2015) Continue..

 

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Reviews

Older actors shine in 'Pippin'

By Bridgette Redman

Broadway is often a stage for young actors, especially in a physically demanding production like “Pippin” that is filled with acrobatics, magic tricks, and circus-feats of tumbling and balance. The production of “Pippin” currently playing at East Lansing's Wharton Center, though, belonged to the older actors. In this complex coming-of-age play within a play where the young Pippin searches for meaning and fulfillment in his life, the brightest shining moments came from John Rubinstein's Charles, and from Priscilla Lopez’s Berthe. Continue..

 

'Steel Magnolias' - Shrinking violets need not apply!

By John Quinn

There are plays that get produced over and over - fortunately, those tend to be the best of the best. The critic, therefore, will be reviewing the same show many times in his or her career. It’s not a bore. It's like dropping in on an old friend from time to time; reliving old memories, learning what's new. And when an excellent company revives an excellent show, there’s ALWAYS something new. Continue..

 

'Yellowman' is a timely reflection on color of skin and content of character

by John Quinn

All drama, says Aristotle, should provoke an emotional response; some emotional responses will have an audience squirming in their collective seats. “Yellowman,” Pulitzer Prize finalist Dael Orlandersmith’s powerful one-act, exposes a caste system within the African-American community based on skin color, in which dark-skinned and light-skinned hold each other in mutual contempt bordering on hatred. For Performance Network’s patrons, who are overwhelmingly of European heritage Continue..

 

OTHER VOICES - REVIEWS:

Steel Magnolias – Purple Rose Theatre Company (updated 1/30/15)

The Way of the World – Hilberry Theatre (updated 1/28/15)

Yellowman – Performance Network Theatre (updated 1/23/15)

Sweet Pea's Mama – Detroit Repertory Theatre (updated 1/18/15)

Things My Mother Taught Me – Meadow Brook Theatre (updated 1/16/15)


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This Week

All in the Timing, Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, Jan 31
Fridays and Saturdays at Go Comedy!, Go Comedy! Improv Theater, Ferndale, Jan 31
Master Harold... and the boys, Wharton Center for the Performing Arts, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Jan 31
Pippin, Wharton Center for the Performing Arts, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Feb 1
Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend, Fox Theatre, Detroit, Jan 31, Feb 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16
Snow Queen, Detroit Puppet Theater, Detroit, Jan 31
Steel Magnolias, Purple Rose Theatre, Chelsea, Feb 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, Mar 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14
Sweet Pea's Mama, Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit, Jan 31, Feb 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, Mar 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15
The Boys in the Band, The Ringwald Theatre, Ferndale, Jan 31, Feb 1, 2
Things My Mother Taught Me, Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester, Jan 31, Feb 1
Yellowman, Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor, Jan 31, Feb 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15

Opening This Period

All's Well That Ends Well, Beardsley Theater, Muskegon, Jan 31



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