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Review: Overwhelming Beauty and Complex Choices in 'Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea'

Written by Marin Heinritz | Saturday, 04 February 2023 12:17 |

The title of Nathan Alan Davis’s 2014 play “Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea” suggests its poetry, and the current production in Kalamazoo at Western Michigan University, in collaboration with Face Off Theatre Company, fully brings to fruition the promise of this gorgeous and uniquely African-American story as an embodied lyric poem.

Review: 'The Great Leap' is a Brilliant Play Exploring History Through Sports

Written by Marin Heinritz | Monday, 30 January 2023 11:32 |

The conceit of Lauren Yee’s 2018 play The Great Leap, currently in production at Farmers Alley Theatre in Kalamazoo, is brilliant. Part fiction, part global history, part autobiography, it speaks to uniquely immigrant experiences through four characters and an imagined set of circumstances amid a very real, vivid historic moment.

Review: 'The Book of Mormon' at Miller Auditorium is Huge and Hilarious

Written by Marin Heinritz | Saturday, 28 January 2023 07:41 |

A community of Ugandans giving God the middle finger in a most exuberant and tuneful way in response to the poverty and AIDS that has befallen them is but one of many surprisingly delightful numbers in the musical The Book of Mormon.

Review: Talent and Joy Abound in 'Once On This Island'

Written by John Kissane | Monday, 23 January 2023 12:28 |

Anyone reading Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid” after watching the Disney film will find much that’s familiar. Its title character, who lives with her father and sisters, dreams of the world above her watery home.

January 2023 Arts Calendar

Written by Revue Staff | Monday, 16 January 2023 10:52 |

In 2023, arts organizations are ready and raring to go, with incredible lineups of concerts, symphonies, dance performances, art exhibitions, musicals, plays and more. Heading into the new year, we have art from around the world, theater classics, and a smorgasbord of music. Due to the ever-changing nature of the pandemic, we suggest checking websites or contacting organizations to learn about safety measures in place.

Review: 'Six' is a Boldly Dazzling Musical for Today

Written by Marin Heinritz | Wednesday, 11 January 2023 14:26 |

From all accounts, the six wives of King Henry VIII did not have a good time of it. Divorced, betrayed, beheaded, otherwise dead are just the headlines of their famous victimization. Or, as the rhyme that British school children learn to help them remember the fate of each wife goes: “Divorced, Beheaded, Died: Divorced, Beheaded, Survived.”

The Book of Mormon: Don't Judge By Its Cover

Written by John Kissane | Monday, 09 January 2023 11:10 |

Eleven years after its release, The Book of Mormon still seems more likely to have been a fever dream than something that really happened.

Grand Rapids Symphony: Sounds for the New Year

Written by Michaela Stock | Tuesday, 03 January 2023 11:18 |

From 1920’s jazz music to classical covers of pop tunes, The Grand Rapids Symphony is ready to give West Michigan an array of fresh musical experiences this year.

Review: Hope and Joy Abound in 'It's A Wonderful Life: The Radio Play'

Written by Marin Heinritz | Wednesday, 21 December 2022 14:18 |

With a story as beloved as that of George Bailey, it could be dicey to present in any other way than Frank Capra’s classic 1946 film “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

Review: Barn Theatre's Christmas Cabaret Overflows with Charm and Cheer

Written by Marin Heinritz | Monday, 12 December 2022 16:42 |

Most of us enjoy time-honored holiday traditions, and for many of us, it simply isn’t Christmas until The Barn Theatre School welcomes us to their annual Christmas Cabaret.

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