Jason Potgieter’s passion for puppeteering will come in handy for Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher.

Review: “Ragtime” expertly captures multifaceted, timely story

Written by James Sanford | Monday, 27 February 2017 10:59 |

E.L. Doctorow's 1975 best-seller, “Ragtime,” probably would not rank high on anyone’s list of books that cry out to be turned into musicals. A portrait of America in the early 20th century, it follows an anonymous, well-to-do family from New Rochelle, N.Y., as they make “Forrest Gump”-ian connections with some of the major figures of the day, brushing up against a few controversies along the way.

Review: "The Sound of Music" offers a solid adaptation of the famous classic

Written by Troy Reimink | Wednesday, 22 February 2017 17:03 |

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” is so stacked with classic songs that even seeing them all listed together dizzies the head — “My Favorite Things,” “Maria,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Sixteen Going On Seventeen,” “So Long, Farewell,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” the title piece about the hills being alive with … well, you know.

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.

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