Mitten-Made: UICA focuses on artists from around the state in summer

Written by Dana Casadei | Wednesday, 26 June 2019 15:06 |

If you go to the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts this month, you might see a familiar name or two.

Intensely Prepared: GR Civic readies teens for a life on the stage

Written by Kayla Sosa | Wednesday, 26 June 2019 15:01 |

This summer, teens at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre are taking the lead in putting on two very different, but equally challenging productions.

Backstage Heroes: Lakeshore Museum Center is shining the spotlight offstage

Written by Kayla Sosa | Wednesday, 26 June 2019 14:44 |

An interactive exhibit at the Lakeshore Museum Center in Muskegon is highlighting all the parts of a theater that make a production happen, especially the “backstage” roles like lighting, costuming and set design.

Review: ‘In the Heights’ soars with incredible vibrancy and talent

Written by Marin Heinritz | Saturday, 22 June 2019 08:42 |

In the second act of Grammy- and multiple Tony-award winning Broadway musical “In The Heights” (the show that launched Lin-Manuel Miranda, star creator of “Hamilton”) the Spanish word “alabanza” is introduced as a song.

Having the ability to look back on adolescence — because somehow we survived it — can be a tremendous joy, though one we may avoid to save us from reliving utterly cringe-worthy moments we’d prefer to forget.

There are reasons to see a show above and beyond the quality of the script. And in the case of the comedy “Love, Lies, and the Doctor’s Dilemma,” which runs one week only at The Barn Theatre in Augusta, those reasons are many. In this case, it’s actually a special treat to see how much an enormously talented resident company can do with their imaginations and skill to create wildly hilarious entertainment with so little.

Review: ‘Fun Home’ is a stunningly powerful amalgam of talent

Written by Marin Heinritz | Sunday, 09 June 2019 12:05 |

Every now and then, the perfect show comes at the perfect moment. The stunning production of “Fun Home” currently at Farmers Alley Theatre in Kalamazoo is that rare case.

Even though Natasha Paremski has played Chopin’s Piano Concerto no.2 around 100 times in concert, that doesn’t mean it’s gotten any easier.

A natural oasis for summer art students, Ox-Bow School of Art’s secluded campus on the shores of Lake Michigan has drawn artists for a century.

Summer Stages: A handy guide to this sunny season’s shows

Written by Josh Veal | Friday, 24 May 2019 09:00 |

There’s something different about summer theater.

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