Review: GR Ballet’s ‘Extremely Close’ is a soaring medley of range and power

Written by Marin Heinritz | Saturday, 13 April 2019 14:49 |

With house lights up, white feathers float, twirl, glide, dive, and crash onto the black floor during the intermission. So begins the invitation into the hypnotic movement of Grand Rapids Ballet’s “Extremely Close,” the titular and closing piece of their current production, an elegant mixed bill of classical and contemporary dramatic ballet that draws inspiration from literature, Americana and inventive forms.

Review: ‘Gaslight’ is a captivating, relevant return to a classic thriller

Written by Marin Heinritz | Sunday, 07 April 2019 14:00 |

The term “gaslighting” has gotten a lot of play lately, with regard to personal relationships as well as the behavior of public figures. It’s used to describe a form of psychological manipulation or abuse in which a narcissist or sociopath plants seeds of doubt to destabilize the victim, causing them to question themselves, perhaps even their sanity.

When the building housing What A Do Theatre was no longer an option for the organization, its executive director didn’t have to wonder what to do.

Serving Up Friendship: A chat with Maiesha McQueen of Waitress

Written by Kayla Sosa | Tuesday, 26 March 2019 13:44 |

The new hit musical Waitress is coming to West Michigan through Broadway Grand Rapids this month. The musical is based on the movie by Adrienne Shelly and has original music and lyrics by singer Sara Bareilles. On top of that, it was created by an all-female creative team. 

Pack Mentality: Women come together onstage and off in The Wolves

Written by Kayla Sosa | Tuesday, 26 March 2019 13:41 |

Zoom in on a suburban girls indoor soccer team, navigating difficult conversations through the lens of being a teenage girl. The Wolves is a modern take on the adolescent coming-of-age experience, showing just how much young people care about world issues and the obstacles they face day to day. 

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.

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