Review: ‘Dracula’ Is Alive And Well At The Civic Theatre

Written by John Kissane | Saturday, 24 October 2020 14:41 |

Just before sunset on Friday, October 23, I pulled my van into the parking lot of the DeltaPlex Arena, turned on my radio, and waited for the show to begin.

Grand Rapids Ballet Announces Reimagined Season

Written by Josh Veal | Monday, 21 September 2020 09:49 |

After months of uncertainty, the Grand Rapids Ballet has plans for a unique and exciting 2020-2021 season.

Backstage Bios: Lighting the Way

Written by John Kissane | Tuesday, 28 July 2020 15:18 |

Michael Baumgarten, the second star of our Backstage Bios series, has provided lighting design for many Opera Grand Rapids productions, including The Magic Flute, The Mikado and this year’s Scalia/Ginsburg.

Backstage Bios: Propping Up Community

Written by John Kissane | Monday, 20 July 2020 09:37 |

Don’t blame her; theater was in the family. Liz Merriman’s grandfather painted sets. Her grandmother helped with the painting and did props too. Liz’s father and sisters were all actors and her mother did costumes.

Making Home Work

Written by John Kissane | Monday, 29 June 2020 15:24 |

How performers are adjusting to the lack of a stage

Backstage Bios: Setting the Stage

Written by John Kissane | Monday, 29 June 2020 15:21 |

The talent onstage shouldn’t get all the love. Without the people working behind the scenes, they wouldn’t have a stage to stand on, much less a show to perform. 

Remembering Ted Kistler

Written by John Kissane | Thursday, 30 April 2020 12:45 |

A look back on the co-founder of The New Vic Theatre

Losing Paradise, Finding Experience

Written by John Kissane | Wednesday, 01 April 2020 17:33 |

Actors’ Theatre retells ‘Paradise Lost’ with a modern edge

Review: Despite everything, 'Lost in Yonkers' finds joy

Written by Marin Heinritz | Friday, 13 March 2020 12:48 |

Neil Simon is one of the most prolific and enduring American playwrights, beloved for his nostalgia, humor and witty one-liners, even winning a Pulitzer in 1991 for “Lost in Yonkers,” arguably his finest work. Farmers Alley Theatre chose that finest work as their first foray in Neil Simon material, and it’s a wonder to behold.

In an unpublished chapter of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, candy magnate Willy Wonka leads a group of wide-eyed children into the alarmingly named Pounding and Cutting Room. There, a machine slices fudge into small squares. A wire strainer serves to catch any children who might slip, preventing them from being similarly chopped up. “It always catches them,” he reassures the children. “At least it always has up to now.”

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