Sensory Sensation: Pilobolus is a dance company that doesn't hold back

Written by Dana Casadei | Thursday, 26 September 2019 13:43 |

Pilobolus wants to help you come to your senses. The East Coast dance company knows you can watch performances on your phone, but that doesn’t at all compare to seeing a dance show live.

Sparking the Flame: ‘Firebird’ aims to show what the Grand Rapids Ballet can do

Written by John Kissane | Thursday, 26 September 2019 13:38 |

Having gotten lost in a great forest, Prince Ivan finds himself in the realm of Koschei the Immortal, a terrible villain whose soul lies hidden inside an egg. The prince falls in love with a princess, triggering Koschei’s wrath. It is only through the intervention of a firebird, who has herself fallen for the prince, that the egg is destroyed and happiness gained.

Ebony Road Players’ new show tells stories all about the experiences of women of color, and the theater group says the stories are for everyone to hear.

A local comedy club is teaching people the skills of comedy writing, performance and improv, but not all of those people end up onstage. Many of them simply want to apply the skills in their everyday life, whether it’s as a writer, an actor or just in social settings.

Review: Actors' Theatre proves ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ was ahead of its time

Written by Marin Heinritz | Tuesday, 17 September 2019 12:36 |

It’s a very different world today than the one in which “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” burst onto the Off-Broadway scene in 1998. This critic was tits-deep in queer theory and Judith Butler’s ideas about gender identity formation as a wide-eyed undergraduate, and mainstream culture wasn’t in any way ready for a rock musical/cabaret featuring a heart-broken, foul-mouthed, East German, gender fluid rock star who suffered from botched sex reassignment surgery. But the theater world was — as it always is for a brilliant character with righteous dramatic flair.

One of the most beautiful aspects about live theater is its ability to take people back to a moment in their own lives, a memory that’s ingrained in their brain from long ago or an event that recently happened. With the Wharton Center’s season opener, Come From Away, most members of the audience will probably have at least one memory or two of the event at the center of the musical: 9/11.

Review: Barn Theatre’s ‘Evil Dead’ is an instant cult classic

Written by Marin Heinritz | Friday, 30 August 2019 18:53 |

The Barn Theatre has a way of playing to its strengths, which turns out to be all kinds of things, from big sweeping musicals to off-color farces to classic dramas to rock operas to family friendly comedies and beyond. They’ve offered much of that this year in their 73rd summer stock season, but to bring this excellent season to a close they’re offering something completely different—that yet also plays to their strengths as comedians, character actors, as well as phenomenal singers and dancers.

Performing Arts Season Preview, 2019-2020

Written by Dana Casadei | Thursday, 29 August 2019 09:00 |

A guide to all the plays and musicals coming to West Michigan theaters in the 2019-2020 seasons.

If you think there’s anything sexier and funnier than murder, you’ll think again after seeing the phenomenal musical “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” at Mason Street Warehouse.

Review: Barn Theatre takes 'Mamma Mia!' to a whole new level

Written by Marin Heinritz | Thursday, 15 August 2019 13:49 |

On their own, Swedish disco-pop group ABBA’s insanely catchy hits are sexy, silly, and sometimes all but nonsensical; but strung together with a light-hearted storyline and a handful of lovable characters, they become better than they have any right to be.

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