Review: GR Ballet's Jumpstart 2020 lets dancers spread their wings

Written by Marin Heinritz | Monday, 09 March 2020 10:14 |

Jumpstart 2020 is an eclectic showcase of world premiere dances created and danced entirely by Grand Rapids Ballet dancers. It offers an eclectic mix of themes, moods, and styles, and the show is a hit among the company’s fans, judging by the spontaneous standing ovations opening night after several of the 10 pieces in this two-hour show.

Review: 'Race' is a rare play offering uncomfortably real conversations

Written by Marin Heinritz | Sunday, 01 March 2020 15:20 |

At the beginning of David Mamet’s fascinating 2009 drama “Race,” a black lawyer poses a bold question to a potential client, a wealthy white man accused of raping a black woman.

Review: 'Crowns' is a magnificent, rich celebration of endurance and expression

Written by Marin Heinritz | Friday, 28 February 2020 16:40 |

The great American writer James Baldwin’s quote “Your crown has been bought and paid for. All you must do is put it on” is interpreted in a biblical light, an acknowledgement of the suffering people of color endure.

Operatic Honors

Written by John Kissane | Tuesday, 25 February 2020 10:31 |

‘Scalia/Ginsburg’ sings the comedic story of an unlikely friendship

Complex Conversations

Written by Megan Sarnacki | Tuesday, 25 February 2020 10:26 |

‘Race’ asks the tough questions to build a stronger community

Review: With 'Eternal Desire,' GR Ballet transcends the expected

Written by Marin Heinritz | Saturday, 15 February 2020 16:47 |

The sold-out opening night crowd at Grand Rapids Ballet’s “Eternal Desire” received so much more than the grace and beauty of classical ballet that extols the virtues of romantic love more overtly than perhaps any other art form.

Review: 'The Cake' is a delightful dive into life's tough choices

Written by Marin Heinritz | Sunday, 09 February 2020 13:46 |

Among the seemingly infinite heartbreaking (for liberals) news stories since the last presidential election was the 2018 Supreme Court decision in favor of a Colorado baker who refused on religious grounds to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple.

Thirty five years after its West End premier, it remains clear why Les Misérables is the second-longest running musical in the world and continues to attract swarms of fans on a new, transformed national tour. Its run at Miller Auditorium in Kalamazoo is a hit.

And Eat It, Too

Written by Dana Casadei | Tuesday, 28 January 2020 14:25 |

At Farmers Alley Theatre, a Christian baker decides whether same-sex couples people can have her cake

Fair Play

Written by Dana Casadei | Tuesday, 28 January 2020 14:23 |

A thoughtful, inspired rendition of ‘My Fair Lady’ is coming to Wharton Center 

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