Review: Barn Theatre's 'Young Frankenstein' is Musical, Comedic Gold

Written by Marin Heinritz | Wednesday, 31 August 2022 16:34 |

“Oh, sweet mystery of life, at last I’ve found you!” sings the young Dr. Frankenstein’s adorable madcap fiancée in a most hilarious and profound climactic moment of passion.

Review: 'Little Shop of Horrors' is the Ultimate Way End to Your Summer

Written by Marin Heinritz | Friday, 26 August 2022 16:54 |

The musical “Little Shop of Horrors” originated 40 years ago as a quirky idea nobody but its creator thought would work.

Art, Banned Books + Coffee

Written by Claire Chapin | Monday, 22 August 2022 10:00 |

A coffee shop can be so much more than a place to drink coffee.

Summer Crop: Barn Theatre

Written by John Kissane | Monday, 22 August 2022 09:51 |

At first, to Penelope Baxter Ragotzy, Barn Theatre was just a name on a T-shirt. Ragotzy was a student at San Jose State University, where she studied under Donnamarie “Dusty” Reeds. Reeds wore the shirt, which advertised a theater near Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Review: Shakespeare is Downright Fun in ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’

Written by Josh Veal | Thursday, 18 August 2022 10:48 |

Gene Wolfe wrote that an exaggerated solemnity always indicates a lack of faith. Such solemnity can often be found among pilgrims traveling to the highest slopes of Mount Art. 

Review: Settle Into Life with ‘On Golden Pond’

Written by John Kissane | Monday, 15 August 2022 10:11 |

My sainted mother has advised that, when her time to die comes, she will wander off into the woods in order to spare us distress. Never mind that we won’t know where she is until a bear is found holding aloft the remains of her head.

Review: 'Rock of Ages' is the Jukebox Musical of the Summer

Written by Marin Heinritz | Thursday, 11 August 2022 09:29 |

There are a few jukebox musicals that actually improve upon the songs that make up the score. Rock of Ages transforms the hits of ‘80s rock with delightful cleverness, stringing them together with a silly story and terrific arrangements.

Review: Rebellious, Joyful ‘School of Rock’ Is Beyond Fun

Written by John Kissane | Monday, 08 August 2022 11:55 |

I’ll say this for children: They’re terrible at pretending to have a good time. At least, mine are. So when Gemma (9) and Heidi (6) began singing along from their seats, I knew School of Rock was working.

Review: 'The Color Purple' Is Nothing Less Than Divine

Written by Marin Heinritz | Monday, 25 July 2022 15:54 |

Alice Walker’s 1982 Pulitzer Prize winning novel “The Color Purple” begins as a series of letters written by its main character to God. She is repeatedly raped, beaten, emotionally abused, forced into domestic slavery, and her children and sister ripped from her. She has nowhere else to turn but to God.

The Summer of Symphony

Written by Zachary Avery | Monday, 25 July 2022 11:11 |

As the summer season brings Michiganders beautiful, warm weather, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming concert series is making its triumphant return to the stage. 

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