WEEKEND WARRIOR: A rundown of the weekend for theater nerds

Written by Barbara Jandernoa | Thursday, 05 December 2013 17:52 |

This week, Barbara the web minion is focusing in on all the great theater action going on around West Michigan. Whether you want to get into the Christmas spirit, or just enjoy some classical performances, she has you covered.

Oh, Mamma!: Mamma Mia! hits Miller Auditorium

Written by Allison Parker | Tuesday, 19 November 2013 15:19 |

Suppose your ex suddenly shows up at your door. Suppose there's a good chance this ex could be your child's father. Now suppose it's not just one possible baby daddy at your door, but three. Oh—one more minor detail here—suppose these men arrive just in time for your daughter's wedding.

Cangue League Changes Everything You Know About Opera

Written by Madeline McMahon | Wednesday, 06 November 2013 16:52 |

Push back all of the stereotypical operas and focus in on what an opera is not. Instead of singers bellowing out pitches from A flats to G sharps, Cangue League throws those stereotypes out with its performance, The Death of Schopenhauer.

November Theatre: SPANK!; A Streetcar Named Desire; West Side Story

Written by Allison Parker | Thursday, 24 October 2013 16:16 |

When Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey began their startling BDSM relationship, women everywhere couldn't stop cracking open the seductive silver cover of E.L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey.

Newer Isn't Always Better: GR Ballet Performs Dracula

Written by Shelby Pendowski | Wednesday, 16 October 2013 10:39 |

Before glittering diamond skin, vegetarianism and werewolf hatred came around to screw up classic lore, vampires owned the night, seducing countless victims. In 1897, Bram Stoker sculpted the first iconic vampire: Dracula.

In Stoker's novel, Dracula possessed all the legend qualities – lust for human blood, the ability to fly as a bat, repelled by garlic, allergic to the sun – to display this horror character.

Grand Rapids Symphony celebrates 25 years of Zelda magic

Written by Allison Parker | Friday, 20 September 2013 13:26 |

If we're talking video game heroes, few have stood the test of time quite like The Legend of Zelda's Link. Whether radiating pudgy, pixilated charm, or vanquishing foes in his new sleeker form, the pointy-eared warrior has left an indelible mark in gamers' hearts. Grand Rapids Symphony allows fans to relive the excitement of Link's oldest and newest adventures in the touring symphony concert, The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses.

Glengarry Glen Ross: A Perfect Storm

Written by Allison Parker | Monday, 26 August 2013 13:29 |

In Glengarry Glen Ross, the letters 'ABC' aren't Big Bird's pals or the cheesy accessories of choice on Teacher Appreciation Day. That's because in this dark psychological thriller, 'ABC' stands for 'Always Be Closing,' and if you're not closing a deal, then someone's closing you.

Farce Soars at Circle Theatre

Written by Allison Parker | Friday, 26 July 2013 12:44 |

For Boeing-Boeing’s Bernard, love has always been a smooth cruise through clear skies. As an adroit juggler of three stewardess fiancés, the suave Parisian thinks he knows how to handle women. But fasten your seatbelts, folks.

When a fast new jet changes timetables, the playboy’s plans take an unexpected nosedive and all three women arrive at his apartment at once. Uproarious chaos ensues as Bernard desperately attempts to keep the international beauties from discovering each other.

Game Craziness at Mason Street Warehouse

Written by Allison Parker | Thursday, 20 June 2013 13:16 |

Just in time for the summer slump, Mason Street Warehouse introduces a cool breeze of originality to Michigan’s theatre scene.

Grand Rapids Civic Goes Blonde

Written by Allison Parker | Thursday, 23 May 2013 12:27 |

A big personality is coming to the Grand Rapids Civic, and she's bold, beautiful and blond — very blonde.

Devoted slave to everything pretty, pricey and pink, Legally Blonde's Elle Woods is a celebratory spoof of all things young and girly. Accessorized by catchy pop tunes, bubblegum-colored sets and a divalicious Chihuahua, Elle couldn't be happier with her life as a sorority queen bee.

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