It’s four songs into Anastasia before audiences are really introduced to Anya (Lila Coogan) the show’s female lead. Up until that point, a lot of years go by, and quickly too, jumping from 1906 to 1917 to our final destination, 1927.

Review: ‘And Then There Were None’ is a thrilling, captivating mystery

Written by Kayla Tucker | Sunday, 13 January 2019 14:11 |

A murder mystery took place at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre for the opening night of “And Then There Were None,” based on the novel and play written by Agatha Christie and locally directed by Bruce Tinker.

Designing Drama: How a costume designer brings Broadway plays to life

Written by Dana Casadei | Thursday, 27 December 2018 10:33 |

It takes some of us more than 20 minutes just to pick out an outfit, let alone design one from scratch — not Linda Cho.

Stage to Stage: Shane German has spent a lifetime performing

Written by Kayla Sosa | Thursday, 27 December 2018 10:23 |

Shane German, local WYCE music director and actor, moved to Grand Rapids three years ago. Since then, he has been in 14 shows, including Jewish Theatre’s Torch Song Trilogy Act III: Women and Children First, in which he just won the Grand Award this year for outstanding lead actor in a play. The play went on to win outstanding play, and other cast members took home awards as well. Coming off of the hype, German is both inspired and exhausted from the experience.

Long Story Short: Kalamazoo gives William Shakespeare a tight edit

Written by Jane Simons | Thursday, 27 December 2018 10:16 |

In just 90 minutes, three actors will perform all 37 plays and sonnets written by William Shakespeare in The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged).

Review: ‘Adult Christmas’ is a delightful homegrown holiday show

Written by Kayla Sosa | Saturday, 15 December 2018 19:16 |

The Grand Rapids all-women comedy group Funny Girls performed a sold-out show last night at Dog Story Theater, with their musical “Adult Christmas: Losing the Magic.” The comedy troupe took us on a journey at Halfway to Heaven Retirement home, through a variety of mediums and performances.

Review: Barn Theatre’s Christmas Cabaret brings you into the family gathering

Written by Marin Heinritz | Wednesday, 12 December 2018 11:03 |

You may think you've heard all the Christmas songs. And you may regret how many times you’ve heard them. But you also are more than likely wrong. On both counts.

Review: Sit back and soak in the hits with ‘Marvelous Wonderettes’

Written by Marin Heinritz | Monday, 10 December 2018 10:19 |

Some Christmas traditions have nothing at all to do with Christmas, and that’s just fine. In fact, it may make them all the more sweet.

Review: 'Fiddler on the Roof' is filled to the brim with life

Written by Dana Casadei | Wednesday, 05 December 2018 15:46 |

Eight minutes. That’s the amount of time it takes to fall for the latest production of the beloved Broadway classic Fiddler on the Roof.

Standing Out: Scott Mellema elevates the local theater community

Written by Kayla Sosa | Tuesday, 27 November 2018 13:41 |

After more than 25 years in the theater community, Scott Mellema got to play a dream role earlier this year: Shrek.

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