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Review: WMU's Winter Gala Dance Concert is Utterly Captivating

Written by Marin Heinritz | Saturday, 10 February 2024 13:49 |

Western Michigan University’s dance program has a national reputation for very good reason. Described as “a hidden gem”, their annual Winter Gala Dance Concert is a reflection of the best of what they can produce in any given year. 

Review: Life Is Like a Sitcom in 'Native Gardens'

Written by Marin Heinritz | Monday, 29 January 2024 10:39 |

Often formulaic, sitcoms continue to be irresistibly palatable to us, largely because of their big characters and the ways in which a problem is always resolved in a satisfying, pithy way.

Review: 'Aladdin' is a Magical, High-Flying Adventure

Written by John Kissane | Wednesday, 17 January 2024 13:52 |

Aladdin, the musical based on the 1992 animated film (which in turn was based on a story whose origins have been lost to the sands of time), is a cave of wonders.

Disney's Aladdin: Bringing Magic to the Stage

Written by John Kissane | Monday, 08 January 2024 11:07 |

In the 10 years between the release of The Little Mermaid (1989) and Tarzan (1999), Disney experienced what’s now considered a renaissance: a run of funny, exciting films brimming with fine animation and gorgeous music.

The Nutcracker: Magic, Beauty and Collaboration

Written by Michaela Stock | Friday, 08 December 2023 12:39 |

While The Nutcracker is a winter tradition for most, Grand Rapids Ballet’s creative director James Sofranko starts thinking about the shows as early as August. 

A Legacy Lives On: Oil & Sugar

Written by Zachary Avery | Friday, 01 December 2023 11:56 |

On May 10 of this year, a beloved theatre arts practitioner, professor and director passed away. His name was Randy Wyatt, and besides acting as an indescribable force for positive good in his local community, he had also received renown as a regional playwright.

Every Dog Has Its Day: Dog Story Theater Returns

Written by John Kissane | Monday, 06 November 2023 11:44 |

On June 27th, 2020, Dog Story Theater closed its doors. COVID-19 had pushed the organization, which operated with thin margins at the best of times, past its breaking point. At the time, there was no clarity as to when live theater might resume or when audiences would feel safe returning. “We will feel its loss keenly,” the group announced.

Review: 'Mean Girls' on Broadway Puts a Fun Twist On a Cult Classic

Written by Marin Heinritz | Wednesday, 25 October 2023 16:26 |

Amid the sea of musicals adapted from film, some work better than others. And in the case of “Mean Girls”, now on tour at Miller Auditorium in Kalamazoo, based on the cult classic 2004 film written by Tina Fey, the musical in many ways improves upon the film.

Review: Face Off Theatre Makes a Deep Impact Once Again with 'Exit Strategy'

Written by Marin Heinritz | Monday, 23 October 2023 15:20 |

It’s the final year for a failing Chicago high school, just one of many that graduates fewer than half their students and is therefore slated for the sledgehammer. Not only do they have 20 computers for 3,000 students, they can’t sufficiently stock the bathrooms with toilet paper.

Review: 'Murderess' at The New Vic is a Dreadfully Good Time

Written by Marin Heinritz | Monday, 16 October 2023 16:47 |

Given how few and far between women killers have been in history, as a culture we can’t look away when a murderess emerges. We’re fascinated—so much so that an up-close-and-personal story of women who murdered more than 100 years ago is exceptionally gripping.

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