Puppet Therapy: “Hand to God” deals with grief through humor

Written by Kayla Tucker | Wednesday, 01 February 2017 09:00 |

With “Hand to God,” Actor’s Theatre Grand Rapids will tackle arguably the greatest pain imaginable with a strange blend of dark humor and serious emotions. The show, created by Robert Askins, focuses on 16-year-old Jason, who just lost his father. 

The Actor Doth Protest Too Much: I Hate Hamlet takes Muskegon Civic Theatre’s stage

Written by Marla Miller | Wednesday, 01 February 2017 09:00 |

The cast and crew in Muskegon Civic Theatre’s production of I Hate Hamlet laughed out loud when they first read the script, and they’re betting theatergoers will too. 

Breaking the Cycle: Menopause The Musical humorously explores titular life stage

Written by Jane Simons | Wednesday, 01 February 2017 09:00 |

Linda Boston said she remembers when discussions about menopause used to happen in whispered tones.

ESME: A String Group for the Age of Musical Omnivores

Written by Josh Veal | Wednesday, 01 February 2017 09:00 |

In an age of effortless access to music of all kinds, exploring the commonalities between seemingly disparate music styles is one way to make sense of it all. Violinist Gene Hahn and cellist Jeremy Crosmer are doing just that, deconstructing the stigmas associated with different genres through their acoustic string group, ESME. 

David Shannon’s work has appeared in publications like The New York Times, Time and Rolling Stone, but he found a true calling by going back to his childhood roots.

Supermarket stationary aisles are rife with cards cheekily announcing 40th birthdays as the harbinger of old age, the demise of youth, and the decline of usefulness. Meanwhile, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) is choosing instead to celebrate its 40th birthday as a milestone of achievement, with two massive exhibits celebrating diversity and representation.

For emerging artist Michelle Martin, events like Wine About Winter provide confidence, exposure and even some commission work.

Aspiring playwrights will find themselves face-to-face with audience feedback once again during Theatre Kalamazoo’s 7th Annual New Play Festival.

The Family That Plays Together, Stays Together

Written by Kayla Tucker | Monday, 02 January 2017 10:00 |

Most teenagers spend their high school years as far away from their parents as possible. Not so for the Bagin family.

Nobody could accuse the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre of opting for safe, reliable productions after its decision to stage Side Show — a musical based on the true story of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton who became famous in the 1920s for performances that highlighted their unique lives.

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