Review: 'An American in Paris' is a transcendent escape full of astounding talent

Written by Marin Heinritz | Saturday, 18 November 2017 18:57 |

Christopher Wheeldon, the British-born Royal Ballet trained dancer and one of the world’s most innovative and celebrated choreographers, created a ballet based on An American in Paris, the iconic multiple Oscar-winning 1951 Vincente Minelli film starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, in 2005 for New York City Ballet, but he had never before directed actors.

Review: Wellspring stretches boundaries and looks to the future with its fall concert

Written by Marin Heinritz | Saturday, 18 November 2017 18:45 |

Between the two acts of Seeing/Seen, Wellspring/Cory Terry & Dancers’ Fall Concert of Dance, the audience is invited onto the stage to interact and make noise with drumsticks on the Singing Wall Sculptures, an enormous set of suspended gongs and other metalwork created by Lisa Renee Coons and Steven E. Pierce that is prettier to look at than to hear.

Review: ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ is heart wrenching and incredibly important

Written by Marin Heinritz | Saturday, 11 November 2017 15:54 |

Regardless of the form it takes or how much time has passed since a now-famous adolescent girl documented her life in a red checkered notebook while in hiding from the Nazis during World War II in Amsterdam, “The Diary of Anne Frank” remains powerfully moving.

Review: ‘Passing Strange’ is an evocative, emotional experience

Written by Kayla Tucker | Friday, 10 November 2017 12:58 |

“Passing Strange,” by Stew, is a beautifully raw story of a young African American boy searching for more out of life and the whirlwind of emotions he faces along the way.

Review: ‘All About a Table’ is focused, meaningful

Written by Marin Heinritz | Wednesday, 01 November 2017 11:11 |

In H2 Dance Company’s current modern dance program, “All About a Table,” the same sturdy rectangular table appears in all three pieces composed by Hope College dance department faculty members. The company of 11 select pre-professional student dancers move around, atop, beneath the table, at turns, as desperate housewives, birds, and tragicomic men in control of the world’s fate — all at the Knickerbocker Theatre in Holland.

From Shadow to Stage: Muskegon Civic Theatre’s new managing director

Written by Marla Miller | Monday, 30 October 2017 14:49 |

Besides directing Muskegon Civic Theatre’s latest production, Jason Bertoia is settling in to what he considers his dream job.

Sibling rivalry and timeless family dynamics set the stage for laughs and bickering in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, the Tony Award-winning comedy on its way to Beardsley Theater.

Turn On the Lights: 'An American in Paris' explores love, healing after tragedy

Written by Kayla Tucker | Monday, 30 October 2017 14:43 |

Full of romance, dancing and drama, An American in Paris is set in the city of love at the end of World War II. The city is coming back to life, and so are the people and the romances between them.

Review: ‘Wicked’ is an unforgettable showcase of extraordinary talent

Written by Josh Veal | Friday, 27 October 2017 15:22 |

If there’s a Hall of Fame for Broadway, Wicked will absolutely be in it. Since debuting in 2003, the musical has become the second-highest-grossing Broadway show of all time and is nearly the 6th longest-running Broadway show.

Review: ‘The Brothers Size’ is powerful, essential viewing

Written by Marin Heinritz | Friday, 27 October 2017 12:40 |

Face Off Theatre Company is only in its third season as part of Kalamazoo’s Black Arts and Cultural Center, but its unwavering commitment to excellence is clear. By consistently producing powerfully relevant and necessary work that no one else in the region is doing, they’re raising important questions and dialogue about race in America — primarily generated by people of color. And it’s perhaps the only company in the state fully committed to this work.

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