Review: ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ is stuck in the past

Written by Marin Heinritz | Thursday, 06 July 2017 15:48 |

When aging widow and retired school teacher Daisy Werthan — a stubborn, wealthy Jewish woman in 1948 Atlanta brought up to take care of herself — can no longer drive, her son Boolie hires “colored man” Hoke Coleburn to be her chauffeur, and what quietly unfolds could only be born of that particular time and place.

Madelaine Lane spends her days in an office tower overlooking Calder Plaza, defending people for Warner, Norcross & Judd.

Summer on the Stage: Escape to Whitehall for a slower pace and live theater

Written by Marla R. Miller | Monday, 03 July 2017 09:00 |

Entertaining tourists and locals for a century, the historic Howmet Playhouse in Whitehall lights up with live theater every Thursday, Friday and Saturday for eight weeks during the summer.

There are no program notes for Saugatuck Chamber Music Festival performances. Instead, musicians tell the stories behind the compositions directly to the audience before playing the piece.

A July celebration of African American art and culture in Kalamazoo's LaCrone Park is part of an ongoing mission to expose West Michigan residents to a culture rich in diversity.

Movement with a Message: DanceSpire offers hope while cutting a rug

Written by Kayla Tucker | Saturday, 01 July 2017 16:17 |

Deavondre Jones just wants to do two things: Dance and inspire others. With DanceSpire, the 23-year-old is doing just that, combining motivational speaking and dance routines to reach high-school and college students around the state.

Review: ‘Buddy’ is a stellar, thrilling portal to the past

Written by Marin Heinritz | Friday, 30 June 2017 10:38 |

Nearly 60 years after Buddy Holly’s tragic plane crash death Don McLean proclaimed “the day the music died” in his pervasive ’70s hit “American Pie,” The Barn Theatre has magnificently brought both Holly and his music back to life in “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story.

Review: ‘All in the Timing’ is an intelligent, funny breath of fresh air

Written by Marin Heinritz | Monday, 26 June 2017 10:04 |

In “All in the Timing,” David Ives’ 90-minute collection of six comic sketches, time circles back on itself, language is meaningless, monkeys as would-be Shakespeares overcome the death stare of the blank page, and the entire enterprise of human communication, not to mention the meaning of life and death, are called into question.

Review: Mason Street’s ‘Memphis’ epitomizes the magic of theater

Written by Marin Heinritz | Sunday, 25 June 2017 15:55 |

The word “magic” often gets thrown around in the theatre world, and rightfully so. When the right script and talent come together in the right time and place to positively transfix the right audience, there’s no doubt an extraordinary amount of work; but there’s also an indescribable element of magic. And when all those conditions collide at once it is a rare event indeed.

Review: ‘Working’ lacks relevance despite excellent performances

Written by Marin Heinritz | Friday, 23 June 2017 10:44 |

In 1974, America was post-Watergate; Nixon was out, and the disastrous economy under Carter was yet to come. The Vietnam War was over. Civil Rights had been won in the courts and the legislature, if not in the culture at large. Working class people had a political party that served their interests, and they could earn a living wage and be proud of the lives they could make from their labor.

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