Review: ‘Conviction of Lady Lorraine’ is inspirational, unique, multidimensional

Written by Marin Heinritz | Saturday, 20 January 2018 13:43 |

“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us,” is a bit of wisdom attributed to Alexander Graham Bell. “The Conviction of Lady Lorraine,” written and performed by Dwandra Nickole Lampkin, is evidence of what wonderful things can happen when a driven, curious and inventive artist, amid a dream project, gets told no.

Review: Stellar performances, direction make ‘Baskerville’ a hilarious ride

Written by Marin Heinritz | Monday, 15 January 2018 15:08 |

Our attraction to the Victorian super sleuth Sherlock Holmes shows no signs of waning, though the character’s resurgence in the form of various American and British film and television adaptations has been underway for a good five years.

Review: ‘All The Way’ takes us on the demanding, knotty path to progress

Written by Kayla Tucker | Saturday, 13 January 2018 15:20 |

Grand Rapids Civic Theatre’s “All The Way” opens with the three dramatic gunshots that killed President John F. Kennedy, the mood was set somber as Vice President Lyndon Baine Johnson was sworn in as president.

Review: ‘The Days are Shorter’ creates surreal, remarkable moments

Written by Marin Heinritz | Friday, 12 January 2018 13:47 |

Julia is extraordinary, and, at 53, she should be tired of hiding. This is what the voices in her head tell her, anyway. They’ve kept her from sleeping for more than a week, and everyone she encounters lets her know how terrible she looks.

Review: ‘Sunset Baby’ finds hope in revolution with talent and passion

Written by Marin Heinritz | Friday, 05 January 2018 15:53 |

The fierce protagonist in Dominique Morisseau’s brilliant play “Sunset Baby” was named after Nina Simone. She was able to turn “the madness that rages inside” into power, “and that’s what we wanted for you,” Nina’s estranged father tells her.

Pushing Frauenthal Forward: A chat with the center’s new executive director

Written by Marla R. Miller | Thursday, 04 January 2018 11:33 |

Though relatively new to working in Muskegon’s downtown entertainment scene, Eric Messing recalls it as the place where he was first exposed to the performing arts.

Me, My Anton and I: A one-man play about Chekhov comes to GVSU

Written by Kayla Tucker | Thursday, 04 January 2018 11:28 |

Russian playwright Anton Chekhov and his life will be recreated onstage this month in a one-man drama, Anton, Himself: First and Last.

No Limits: 'All The Way' reminds us not to take our rights for granted

Written by Kayla Tucker | Thursday, 04 January 2018 11:26 |

When we think of Lyndon Baines Johnson, 36th President of the United States, we tend to think of the Vietnam War. Not many know that just days after LBJ stepped in as president following the assassination of John F. Kennedy, he approached Congress with his first priority as president: the Civil Rights Act of 1965.

Nifty Fifty: Miller Auditorium celebrates its semicentennial anniversary

Written by Jane Simons | Thursday, 04 January 2018 11:20 |

“Miller.” For many residents of Southwest Michigan, that one word conjures up visions of an auditorium that has spent 50 years as a backdrop for performers, making them laugh, cry, ponder and cheer.

Review: ‘Finding Neverland’ fills the stage with magic

Written by Dana Casadei | Wednesday, 13 December 2017 17:17 |

There is a scene early on in Finding Neverland where playwright J.M. Barrie (Billy Harrigan Tighe) is talking about the play he’s working on with theater producer Charles Frohman (Matthew Quinn). Charles tells him that the play can’t be too short or too long. It also can’t be too funny or too serious. It needs to make people think but not think too hard. Finding that perfect balance isn’t always easy in a play, but Finding Neverland makes it look as effortless as lifting a feather.

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