Review: ‘Beautiful’ is exactly that, in every way

Written by Marin Heinritz | Wednesday, 20 March 2019 16:30 |

“Sometimes when life doesn’t go the way you want, you find something beautiful,” declares Sarah Bockel as Carole King, singer and songwriter extraordinaire, from behind a grand piano.

There is theater that entertains, theater that makes you think, theater that touches the heart and stirs the soul, and every now and then, there’s a work of theater that achieves all of that, and in a way no other art form can.

Review: ‘Miss Saigon’ is a remarkable journey through war and love

Written by Dana Casadei | Wednesday, 13 March 2019 17:51 |

Boy meets girl, girl meets boy, they fall in love and go on to live happily ever after. End of story, right?

Review: RAD Fest is full of powerful, innovative, accessible dance

Written by Marin Heinritz | Saturday, 09 March 2019 16:10 |

The first of four performances of short works offered by the 10th anniversary Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival provided a little more than an hour of an eclectic variety of modern dance Friday night.

Review: You won’t want to leave ‘Once On This Island’

Written by Marin Heinritz | Saturday, 02 March 2019 15:57 |

It is hard to imagine a more perfect show for southwest Michigan at the beginning of March to stave off the dreary doldrums of winter than “Once On This Island.” Visually warm and lovely, with music and performances this delightful, it’s impossible to not be transported to the French Antilles for a little over an hour in The Kalamazoo Civic’s excellent production of this mystical, marvelous tale.

Lighting the Way: A light designer’s subtle work affects everything

Written by Kayla Sosa | Monday, 25 February 2019 15:18 |

Many moving parts work together to make a complete theatrical production, but one of the most subtle arts is the lighting. 

Family arguments are, for the most part, unavoidable. Bad Jews by Joshua Harmon, playing at Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids this month, portrays a small family dynamic that takes those arguments from zero to 100 in a matter of seconds. 

Just Getting Started: The life of a ballet trainee

Written by Michaela Stock | Monday, 25 February 2019 15:12 |

Life as a teenager can be tough enough without throwing a full-time commitment in the mix, but when it’s your passion, the effort is beyond worth it.

Review: ‘Mahalia’ is full of soul and touches the heart

Written by Marin Heinritz | Sunday, 24 February 2019 14:27 |

“Mahalia, A Gospel Musical” is so much more than a biographical musical about the great Mahalia Jackson, Queen of Gospel. Full of the gorgeous church hymns and old spirituals she sang with her tremendously soulful and powerful voice, it does, indeed, tell the story of her rise to fame in the 20th Century. But in so doing, it also elucidates a crucial piece of American history.

Rolling the Dice: Turning roleplaying games into theater

Written by John Kissane | Friday, 22 February 2019 15:29 |

Cari Scholtens and Jil Farheart look pretty much the same: they’re both tall, lean brunettes. But Farheart has a scar on her cheek. And while Scholtens owns a plastic sword and axe, Farheart’s sword and axe are necessarily steel; she’s a bounty hunter, and uses them when she has to. In a world of dark cults, vicious monsters, and the ever-present threat of violence, “when she has to” is pretty often.

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