Review: Mason Street Warehouse goes far above and beyond with ‘Mamma Mia!’

Written by Marin Heinritz | Saturday, 23 June 2018 15:21 |

What’s the big deal about Mamma Mia!, the fluffy jukebox musical built upon Swedish disco-pop group ABBA’s hits? With a 14-year run on Broadway and solidly placed in the top-10 longest running shows in both Broadway and West End history, and a movie adaptation with a sequel set to release this year, it’s a show people are downright wild about.

Review: Barn Theatre’s ‘Hairspray’ is the perfect summer lift

Written by Marin Heinritz | Friday, 22 June 2018 11:07 |

There is perhaps no more perfect musical than “Hairspray,” the multiple Tony Award-winning Broadway hit adapted from the John Waters’ 1988 cult classic film.

Review: Sutton Lee Seymour takes drag to another level

Written by Marin Heinritz | Saturday, 16 June 2018 13:07 |

People like to describe what Sutton Lee Seymour does as “old school drag,” though the opening night of her two-night engagement at Farmers Alley Theatre this weekend indicates an homage to camp, to Broadway, to Disney princesses from a performer who’s so skilled at singing, dancing, character work, improvisation, and innovative (not to mention lightning-quick changes in) costumes, s/he clearly owns whatever stage s/he inhabits.

At the exact moment when it seems as if not one more thing could possibly go wrong for the second-rate British touring company putting on the ill-fated sex farce “Nothing On,” its director, Lloyd, cries out in exasperation “This play is beyond a director’s hell.”

“It starts with the light,” says photographer Robert Kincaid, a stranger who’s blown into a small Iowa town on assignment from National Geographic to capture its rustic and iconic bridges. “It can change the way you see.”

For many of us in Southwest Michigan, it’s simply not summer until The Barn Theatre in Augusta kicks off its season. And Michigan’s oldest resident summer stock theater’s 72nd season was shot out of a canon Tuesday with “The Civil War,” a wonderfully well-chosen and poignant vehicle for the talent in this year’s company that’s surprisingly relevant.

Review: ‘The King and I’ is packed with talent, humor and chemistry

Written by Kayla Tucker | Wednesday, 06 June 2018 16:20 |

Broadway Grand Rapids presented opening night of “The King and I” at Devos Performance Hall Tuesday night. The full crowd was laughing and smiling all night at this hilarious musical with an exceptionally talented cast.

Review: ‘At the Table’ is exactly the art we need right now

Written by Marin Heinritz | Monday, 04 June 2018 11:43 |

Southwest Michigan is host to a variety of wonderful theater — professional light-hearted summer fare, often of the musical variety, and edgy, boundary-pushing new work from small, pop-up new companies abounds. However, it’s rare to find new, deeply relevant work of a professional quality, and to come upon such a production is to realize one’s hunger for it.

Stories of Power: ATGR holds local playwriting festival

Written by Kayla Tucker | Tuesday, 29 May 2018 13:03 |

Actors’ Theatre’s Living on the Edge playwriting festival is wrapping up this month with a final showcase of the top five scripts, written by local playwrights here in West Michigan. Each play, once fully staged, will last 8-15 minutes and they’re all written under one theme: (un)breakable.

Sitcom Onstage: 'Olive and the Bitter Herbs' is more than a rerun

Written by Kayla Tucker | Tuesday, 29 May 2018 13:00 |

Golden Girls, Mary Tyler Moore, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Cheers, The Jeffersons — if you’re suddenly feeling nostalgic, Olive and the Bitter Herbs is the show for you.

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