Cari Scholtens and Jil Farheart look pretty much the same: they’re both tall, lean brunettes. But Farheart has a scar on her cheek. And while Scholtens owns a plastic sword and axe, Farheart’s sword and axe are necessarily steel; she’s a bounty hunter, and uses them when she has to. In a world of dark cults, vicious monsters, and the ever-present threat of violence, “when she has to” is pretty often.
When John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer and Tony Award winning drama “Doubt: A Parable” came out amid the first of Catholic priest sex abuse revelations 15 years ago, it was powerful and shocking.
In the final moments of Grand Rapids Ballet’s MOVEMEDIA: Handmade, dancers onstage transform into an underwater human merry go round. With linked arms, an outer circle moves clockwise, while an inner circle moves in the opposite direction in Nicolas Blanc’s world premiere “Aquatic Hypoxia.”
For 20 years, Mamma Mia! has been unavailable to local theater companies. But the time has come for troupes like Grand Rapids Civic Theatre to bring the hit musical to the stage with showstopping tunes, creative sets and lots of talent.
For Jake and Pete Twitchell, it’s the 10-year anniversary of their father’s tragic death in a 1952 mining accident. The Pickaway Coal Company’s South Mountain in rural West Virginia — locally nicknamed “The Burnt Part” — is where the death of those four miners occurred, three of whom left behind children.
It’s four songs into Anastasia before audiences are really introduced to Anya (Lila Coogan) the show’s female lead. Up until that point, a lot of years go by, and quickly too, jumping from 1906 to 1917 to our final destination, 1927.
A murder mystery took place at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre for the opening night of “And Then There Were None,” based on the novel and play written by Agatha Christie and locally directed by Bruce Tinker.
It takes some of us more than 20 minutes just to pick out an outfit, let alone design one from scratch — not Linda Cho.
Shane German, local WYCE music director and actor, moved to Grand Rapids three years ago. Since then, he has been in 14 shows, including Jewish Theatre’s Torch Song Trilogy Act III: Women and Children First, in which he just won the Grand Award this year for outstanding lead actor in a play. The play went on to win outstanding play, and other cast members took home awards as well. Coming off of the hype, German is both inspired and exhausted from the experience.
In just 90 minutes, three actors will perform all 37 plays and sonnets written by William Shakespeare in The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged).
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