Review: Dixie's Tupperware Party is comedy, catharsis for the modern era

Written by Marin Heinritz | Saturday, 23 September 2017 18:43 |

Dixie Longate embodies everything brilliant about drag. She’s beautiful, buxom and bawdy; she throws shade at everyone in the room and makes them laugh so hard they nearly pee their pants; her entire show is a wildly satirical cultural critique of heteronormativity and capitalism — while simultaneously capitalizing on both; and yet, in the end, she’s really just a big ball of love who makes everybody feel good for having been in her company.

Review: Vegas Rat Pack is a showcase of true talent, hampered only by its jokes

Written by Marin Heinritz | Wednesday, 06 September 2017 15:35 |

On the Tuesday night after Labor Day weekend, three actors and seven musicians transformed a giant barn in Augusta, Michigan into an outrageously energetic yet intimate and beloved Vegas lounge act. Just as The Barn Theatre morphed into the Sands Hotel and Casino, 2017 became 1960 as tribute artists The Vegas Rat Pack took the stage for the summer stock theater’s final week of performances this season.

Brave and Bare: 'Calendar Girls' encourages standing up to the norm

Written by Kayla Tucker | Wednesday, 06 September 2017 14:20 |

Sometimes it pays off to put yourself out there.

Keeping Fresh: 'Dixie’s Tupperware Party' is a new experience every night

Written by Jane Simons | Thursday, 31 August 2017 16:38 |

Dixie Longate is quite the character, in every sense of the word.

Performing Arts 2017-2018 Season Preview

Written by Dana Casadei | Tuesday, 29 August 2017 17:07 |

Performing Arts 2017-2018 Season Preview

Review: ‘Hockey - The Musical’ scores big with fun songs, true comedy

Written by Dana Casadei | Friday, 25 August 2017 15:09 |

At the start of the show, the house lights go down and the curved screen at the back of the stage lights up with the face of a man named Lee Rifield. See, Rifield is the man who got Mitch Albom — yes, the guy who has written stories for the Detroit Free Press and novels like Tuesdays with Morrie — to finally write a musical about hockey, an idea Albom had brought up years prior.

Review: ‘Rent’ offers Barn Theatre’s greatest performances this season

Written by Marin Heinritz | Friday, 25 August 2017 14:49 |

Twenty years, four Tonys, a Pulitzer, a film, a cult following, innumerable national tours and regional and high school productions later, the musical that took Broadway by storm and opened up possibilities within the rock musical genre still has the power to move its audiences to laugh, cry, think and feel real empathy.

Review: ‘It Shoulda Been You’ is the fantastic time weddings are meant to be

Written by Marin Heinritz | Monday, 21 August 2017 11:02 |

Who among us doesn’t love a good summer wedding? Sweating in your best clothes to celebrate the holier-than-thou aggrandizement of heteronormativity, complete with behind-the-scenes jealousies tearing families apart, shelling out for gifts you didn’t really want to give, eating overpriced catered food and getting blisters in stiff shoes dancing to bad music.

Review: ‘Newsies’ goes leaps and bounds beyond its source material

Written by Marin Heinritz | Thursday, 17 August 2017 15:57 |

The Barn Theatre’s Newsies is everything a musical should be — and more than one might expect. It’s a wonderful vehicle for the very talented ensemble cast who’ve been hard at work all summer long, and yet they enthusiastically leap, twirl, tap, sing their hearts out, and otherwise powerfully tell a fictionalized account of the newsboy strike of 1899 — a tale very much worth telling.

Staging a Change: The life of Fred Sebulske, Grand Rapids’ godfather of theater

Written by Kayla Tucker | Thursday, 03 August 2017 15:02 |

Hate letters. State government threats. Mayoral involvement. Armed police in the theater. Fred Sebulske had no idea what he would one day be getting himself into when he founded Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids in 1980, or even when the group decided to stage one specific show in 2003.

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