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Something Not So Rotten at GR Civic

Written by Zachary Avery | Monday, 17 April 2023 14:58 |

After other such entertaining productions as School of Rock, Mary Poppins, and Once On This Island, the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre is finishing out their mainstage season with yet another musical: “Something Rotten!”

Review: Face Off Theatre's New Show is an Immensely Powerful, Necessary Experience

Written by Marin Heinritz | Saturday, 15 April 2023 14:33 |

To say that What to Send Up When It Goes Down by Alesha Harris is a powerful piece of theatre—or even that it is theatre unlike anything you’ve likely seen before—is an understatement. 

Review: 'My Fair Lady' is a Grand, Transformative Experience

Written by Marin Heinritz | Friday, 14 April 2023 11:58 |

As a culture, we love transformation. We clamor for stories that involve improvement, of transition to a better place, makeovers of one variety or another.

Getting Indecent with Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids

Written by John Kissane | Monday, 10 April 2023 10:31 |

One hundred years ago, a play called God of Vengeance made its Broadway debut. Written by Sholem Asch, it told the story of a Jewish brothel owner looking to join respectable society.

Review: The New Vic Theatre Returns with Utterly Delightful 'Boston Marriage'

Written by Marin Heinritz | Tuesday, 04 April 2023 10:54 |

Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and celebrated screenwriter David Mamet is known for distinctive, brilliantly-crafted, fast-paced dialogue that more often than not characterizes contemporary men and their circumstances in a satirical way and doesn’t shy away from filth and other variations of real talk as audiences generally know it.

Cultivate: Building Community with Arts and Education

Written by Allison Kay Bannister | Monday, 20 March 2023 10:35 |

Before Cultivate was a space, it was merely an idea. One that had been budding in the mind of its Director and Founder, Mallory Shotwell, for about eight years.

Opera GR Gets Lit

Written by John Kissane | Monday, 13 March 2023 10:32 |

Last words tend to go unrecorded and, in time, forgotten. Those that long outlive their speakers often surprise through their wit or profundity, and Opera Grand Rapids understands this.

Review: 'Becoming Dr. Ruth' Dives Deep Into One Fascinating Woman's Life

Written by Marin Heinritz | Friday, 10 March 2023 13:13 |

The best storytellers invariably are those who are delighted by the stories they’re telling.

Review: You Won’t Want ‘Puffs’ To End

Written by John Kissane | Monday, 06 March 2023 12:04 |

Pity the background character. You know: the old guy sitting in a doorway in Cairo looking on as Indiana Jones walks by. Or the overworked bartender who hands Luke Skywalker a drink, never realizing what the fates (or the Force) have in store for the hayseed-looking kid. 

Review: Deos Contemporary Ballet is Poised to Move Dance Forward

Written by Marin Heinritz | Monday, 06 March 2023 11:37 |

The endeavor to create art, especially a fine art that requires great dedication and technical skill to master, is to be commended. Likewise, an organization dedicated to the development of those artists and opportunities for them to perform that art, especially in a new way, is a gift to its community.

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