In the canon of American musical theater, “West Side Story,” utterly groundbreaking in its time, remains close to perfection. And the opportunity to see a truly excellent production, such as the one currently running at Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, should not be missed.

Intensely Prepared: GR Civic readies teens for a life on the stage

Written by Kayla Sosa | Wednesday, 26 June 2019 15:01 |

This summer, teens at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre are taking the lead in putting on two very different, but equally challenging productions.

Backstage Heroes: Lakeshore Museum Center is shining the spotlight offstage

Written by Kayla Sosa | Wednesday, 26 June 2019 14:44 |

An interactive exhibit at the Lakeshore Museum Center in Muskegon is highlighting all the parts of a theater that make a production happen, especially the “backstage” roles like lighting, costuming and set design.

Review: ‘In the Heights’ soars with incredible vibrancy and talent

Written by Marin Heinritz | Saturday, 22 June 2019 08:42 |

In the second act of Grammy- and multiple Tony-award winning Broadway musical “In The Heights” (the show that launched Lin-Manuel Miranda, star creator of “Hamilton”) the Spanish word “alabanza” is introduced as a song.

Having the ability to look back on adolescence — because somehow we survived it — can be a tremendous joy, though one we may avoid to save us from reliving utterly cringe-worthy moments we’d prefer to forget.

There are reasons to see a show above and beyond the quality of the script. And in the case of the comedy “Love, Lies, and the Doctor’s Dilemma,” which runs one week only at The Barn Theatre in Augusta, those reasons are many. In this case, it’s actually a special treat to see how much an enormously talented resident company can do with their imaginations and skill to create wildly hilarious entertainment with so little.

Review: ‘Fun Home’ is a stunningly powerful amalgam of talent

Written by Marin Heinritz | Sunday, 09 June 2019 12:05 |

Every now and then, the perfect show comes at the perfect moment. The stunning production of “Fun Home” currently at Farmers Alley Theatre in Kalamazoo is that rare case.

Summer Stages: A handy guide to this sunny season’s shows

Written by Josh Veal | Friday, 24 May 2019 09:00 |

There’s something different about summer theater.

For anyone who's ever felt different, cast out or judged by society, they’ve always been able to find a home and comfort in the theater. There’s something unique and special about the camaraderie and the feeling that it doesn’t matter who you are, what you look like or who you love.

Unseparated: 'Church and State' aims to bring both sides together

Written by Kayla Sosa | Friday, 24 May 2019 09:00 |

A Republican running for re-election in Virginia is about to face a uniquely tough decision in this month’s Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids production.

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