Review: ‘School of Rock’ shreds hard with talent, fun and inspiration

Written by Dana Casadei | Wednesday, 19 September 2018 17:48 |

Be prepared for some face-melting before you go see School of Rock.

Go inside a teenage boy’s brain with the Michigan premiere of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” at Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids. With their unique use of set pieces and props, sound and talented acting, this play is not one you want to miss this month.

Review: ‘Steel Magnolias’ is full of laughter and immersive performances

Written by Kayla Sosa | Tuesday, 11 September 2018 17:30 |

Civic Theatre’s latest production, “Steel Magnolias,” highlights the eternal strength of women through life’s ups and downs. Set in Truvy’s Beauty Salon in late ’80s small-town Louisiana, the set, costumes and characters all reflect the time and place — from teased up hair held by hairspray, to blush pink carpets and strong southern accents.

Review: ‘On the Town’ is a beautiful fusion of dance and theater

Written by Marin Heinritz | Friday, 07 September 2018 14:46 |

The genius of the creative collaboration between composer Leonard Bernstein and choreographer Jerome Robbins, two legends in their own right, is perhaps more lasting than love. That is, if we are to believe the larger theme of “On the Town,” the grand 1940s musical they created together based on their previous ballet, “Fancy Free.”

Review: Barn Theatre’s ‘Disaster!’ is anything but

Written by Marin Heinritz | Thursday, 30 August 2018 13:34 |

If there’s one thing anyone who’s ever been to The Barn Theatre in Augusta knows, it’s that they know how to do a killer rock musical. And anyone who’s had the good fortune of seeing shows there this summer certainly knows the 72nd season company of Michigan’s oldest resident summer stock theater is well-versed in brilliant, campy comedy.

Livening the Lakeshore: Cultural venues debuting new facilities, amenities this year

Written by Marla R. Miller | Wednesday, 29 August 2018 16:28 |

When patrons visit the renovated Howmet Playhouse in Whitehall, not only can they expect new seats, carpets and restrooms, but they’ll see features of the building’s historic character unveiled. 

Performing Arts Preview 2018-2019

Written by Dana Casadei | Wednesday, 29 August 2018 09:55 |

A complete preview of West Michigan's theater and dance performances in the 2018-2019 season.

A group of talented actors and musicians took to the Dog Story Theater stage Monday night to perform the musical episode of the late ’90s cartoon “Daria,” which takes place on season three, episode one.

Review: ‘Once’ is a stunning fusion of passion, nuance, immersion and talent

Written by Marin Heinritz | Tuesday, 21 August 2018 16:08 |

Musicals born of film adaptations abound — perhaps even more so than truly remarkable love stories. But there’s nothing like “Once,” the 2012 Broadway adaptation of a beautiful little independent Irish film that practically swept the Tony Awards.

Review: ‘Leading Ladies’ will humor some, vex others

Written by Marin Heinritz | Friday, 17 August 2018 15:53 |

Some jokes never get old. Others grew tiresome long ago. And yet there’s also schtick that’s relatively new and yet feels immediately old and tired.

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