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It’s slightly jarring to see the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre mainstage completely exposed as director Todd Espeland’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” begins: At first, there is nothing on the stage except a dozen or so empty chairs.

At first glance, you might wonder how the work of S.E. Hinton could possibly connect with today’s teens. Something of a trailblazer in the 1960s, Hinton was barely out of high school when she sold “The Outsiders,” a strikingly honest look at high school life and gang rivalries that her publishers feared would be overlooked if critics knew it was written by a woman (the initials stand for Susan Eloise).

Review: The Vagina Monologues prove to be fun, emotional experience

Written by Kayla Tucker | Saturday, 04 February 2017 14:06 |

Last night, Grand Rapids community members crowded into an apartment-turned-venue off South Division Avenue to see “The Vagina Monologues.”

From One ‘Cult’ to Another

Written by Kayla Tucker | Wednesday, 01 February 2017 09:00 |

Poet. Writer. Activist. Storyteller. Grand Rapids native Rachel Gleason is all of these and many more.

Puppet Therapy: “Hand to God” deals with grief through humor

Written by Kayla Tucker | Wednesday, 01 February 2017 09:00 |

With “Hand to God,” Actor’s Theatre Grand Rapids will tackle arguably the greatest pain imaginable with a strange blend of dark humor and serious emotions. The show, created by Robert Askins, focuses on 16-year-old Jason, who just lost his father. 

The Actor Doth Protest Too Much: I Hate Hamlet takes Muskegon Civic Theatre’s stage

Written by Marla Miller | Wednesday, 01 February 2017 09:00 |

The cast and crew in Muskegon Civic Theatre’s production of I Hate Hamlet laughed out loud when they first read the script, and they’re betting theatergoers will too. 

Breaking the Cycle: Menopause The Musical humorously explores titular life stage

Written by Jane Simons | Wednesday, 01 February 2017 09:00 |

Linda Boston said she remembers when discussions about menopause used to happen in whispered tones.

Aspiring playwrights will find themselves face-to-face with audience feedback once again during Theatre Kalamazoo’s 7th Annual New Play Festival.

The Family That Plays Together, Stays Together

Written by Kayla Tucker | Monday, 02 January 2017 10:00 |

Most teenagers spend their high school years as far away from their parents as possible. Not so for the Bagin family.

Nobody could accuse the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre of opting for safe, reliable productions after its decision to stage Side Show — a musical based on the true story of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton who became famous in the 1920s for performances that highlighted their unique lives.

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