Review: ‘Beyond the Rainbow’ is beautiful, complex, tragic

Written by Marin Heinritz | Thursday, 04 October 2018 14:51 |

In the opening scene of Farmer’s Alley’s “Beyond the Rainbow: The Judy Garland Musical,” a dead ringer for the icon — ostensibly backstage before her 1961 concert performance at Carnegie Hall — wrings her hands, powders her nose, and anxiously pops pills, washing them down with a martini.

Behind the Curtain: The story of a local stage manager

Written by Jane Simons | Tuesday, 02 October 2018 14:08 |

Roger Burleigh has a leading role in every production staged at Farmer’s Alley Theatre, but audience members likely will never see him.

Untamed, Unbound: Grand Rapids Ballet premieres 'Wild Sweet Love' this fall

Written by Michaela Stock | Thursday, 27 September 2018 15:14 |

Satin pointe shoes, shimmering tiaras and embroidered tutus may seem like the most fundamental elements in ballet, but to the Grand Rapids Ballet, the art is not just its stereotypical image.

History Played Out: Ebony Road Players delivers impactful theater this month

Written by Kayla Sosa | Thursday, 27 September 2018 14:32 |

Ebony Road Players — Grand Rapids’ self proclaimed black theater — has two important, impactful shows for the community this month, Lines: The Lived Experience of Race and The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington.

Inner Child: Holland Civic takes its cast back to the start

Written by Marla Miller | Thursday, 27 September 2018 14:28 |

With adult actors playing tweens, Holland Civic Theatre takes on the comedy, awkwardness and anxiety of adolescence in its delightful fall musical.

Review: ‘School of Rock’ shreds hard with talent, fun and inspiration

Written by Dana Casadei | Wednesday, 19 September 2018 17:48 |

Be prepared for some face-melting before you go see School of Rock.

Go inside a teenage boy’s brain with the Michigan premiere of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” at Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids. With their unique use of set pieces and props, sound and talented acting, this play is not one you want to miss this month.

Review: ‘Steel Magnolias’ is full of laughter and immersive performances

Written by Kayla Sosa | Tuesday, 11 September 2018 17:30 |

Civic Theatre’s latest production, “Steel Magnolias,” highlights the eternal strength of women through life’s ups and downs. Set in Truvy’s Beauty Salon in late ’80s small-town Louisiana, the set, costumes and characters all reflect the time and place — from teased up hair held by hairspray, to blush pink carpets and strong southern accents.

Review: ‘On the Town’ is a beautiful fusion of dance and theater

Written by Marin Heinritz | Friday, 07 September 2018 14:46 |

The genius of the creative collaboration between composer Leonard Bernstein and choreographer Jerome Robbins, two legends in their own right, is perhaps more lasting than love. That is, if we are to believe the larger theme of “On the Town,” the grand 1940s musical they created together based on their previous ballet, “Fancy Free.”

Review: Barn Theatre’s ‘Disaster!’ is anything but

Written by Marin Heinritz | Thursday, 30 August 2018 13:34 |

If there’s one thing anyone who’s ever been to The Barn Theatre in Augusta knows, it’s that they know how to do a killer rock musical. And anyone who’s had the good fortune of seeing shows there this summer certainly knows the 72nd season company of Michigan’s oldest resident summer stock theater is well-versed in brilliant, campy comedy.

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