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Review: ‘Detroit ‘67’ is a crucial, powerful story

Written by Kayla Tucker | Tuesday, 10 October 2017 10:58 |

A family simply trying to make ends meet is at the center of “Detroit ‘67,” a drama written by Dominique Morisseau and being performed by Grand Rapids’ Ebony Road Players. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Detroit riots, and the community came out to see a show that strongly reflected the Motown era and, in many ways, eerily mirrored today’s society as well.

Review: ‘Gypsy’ amazes with complex characters, visuals

Written by Marin Heinritz | Monday, 09 October 2017 15:28 |

“Gypsy” is beloved as the pinnacle of mid-20th century musicals, and despite the increasing distance from the era of vaudeville, remains relevant for its complex female characters and depiction of the tumultuous nature of the mother-daughter relationship, a theme that will never die, as well as its enduring numbers (music by Jule Styne with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim), such as “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” and “Let Me Entertain You,” that have become standards.

Grand Awards celebrated the bonds created by theater

Written by Kayla Tucker | Monday, 09 October 2017 14:35 |

The night was magical at Civic Theatre as the Grand Rapids theater community came together to celebrate the Grand Awards, a local, annual event that awards outstanding actors and shows in the city.

Review: Visceral Dance is powerful, versatile, stunning

Written by Marin Heinritz | Tuesday, 03 October 2017 12:31 |

Visceral Dance Chicago’s company name could be perceived as intending to mean felt in the gut, or instinctive. One can’t help but walk away from a performance feeling the profound sense that this company’s work is all that and more.

Review: ‘Back County Crimes’ finds beauty in the darkness

Written by Marin Heinritz | Monday, 02 October 2017 12:41 |

Can anyone argue that there isn’t evil in this world? Where it comes from and how it moves through us are perhaps questions worth asking, but regardless of the answers, we all must carry on and make meaning of our lives despite the impossible task of making sense of the evil and darkness that surrounds us — and perhaps is perpetrated by us.

Remembering and Reflecting: ‘Detroit 67’ takes a look back

Written by Kayla Tucker | Monday, 02 October 2017 10:47 |

Fifty years ago, racial tension was at an all-time high and people were starting to get fed up with the government and police system (sound familiar?). Riots erupted in Detroit and lasted nearly four days, killing 43 people and injuring more than 1,000.

New Witches In Town: 'Witches of Eastwick' comes to Western Michigan University

Written by Jane Simons | Thursday, 28 September 2017 17:04 |

This month, The Witches of Eastwick will grace a college campus for the first time ever.

Something Wicked This Way Comes: Fiyero explains the magic of Wicked

Written by Kayla Tucker | Thursday, 28 September 2017 16:58 |

This month, the traveling troupe of Wicked is coming to Grand Rapids for a three-week round of performances — a dream come true for our mid-sized city. Not only are fans already buying out tickets for the shows, but the cast is excited to be here too.

Deaf and Deft: Holland Symphony Orchestra presents an evening of Beethoven

Written by Marla R. Miller | Thursday, 28 September 2017 15:53 |

As Beethoven’s hearing retreated, he retreated from society as well, unable to bear the thought of an incurable condition or asking people to speak louder.

For 50 years, Opera Grand Rapids has assembled the region’s finest vocal talents, animated timeless stories and characters onstage, and sustained a grand artistic tradition in the community.

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