Review: 'Miz Martha' expertly speaks to the frustration of black oppression

Written by Kayla Sosa | Thursday, 11 October 2018 16:25 |

Seats were filled at the opening night Wednesday of “The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington” - or “Miz Martha” for short - produced by Ebony Road Players, Grand Rapids’ self-proclaimed black theater company.

Review: ‘Love Never Dies’ keeps the Phantom alive with stunning performances

Written by Dana Casadei | Wednesday, 10 October 2018 17:46 |

After nearly every song in a musical there’s a bit of an applause, normally a few seconds at most. At last night’s performance of Love Never Dies, its title song earned far more than just a few seconds, and rightfully so.

The Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra brought to life its second classical performance of the season on Friday night.

Review: ‘Hello, Dolly!’ is a classic feast for the senses

Written by Marin Heinritz | Thursday, 04 October 2018 16:34 |

Before Broadway musicals were spectacles full of pyrotechnics or made meaningful critiques through a social justice lens or turned popular jukebox hits into extended dance parties, they were pretty, lovely, dreamy, funny escapes for a certain theater-going audience who wanted such things. They were full of big dance numbers and pretty costumes and silly characters who sang songs that made patrons leave the theater humming to themselves, maybe even a little lighter in step.

Review: iLuminate is all about family-friendly fun

Written by Marin Heinritz | Thursday, 04 October 2018 15:46 |

To be audience to “iLuminate: the most fun you’ll ever have in the dark” is to know you’re in the presence of a gimmick. But as far as gimmicks go, it is pretty fun.

Review: ‘Beyond the Rainbow’ is beautiful, complex, tragic

Written by Marin Heinritz | Thursday, 04 October 2018 14:51 |

In the opening scene of Farmer’s Alley’s “Beyond the Rainbow: The Judy Garland Musical,” a dead ringer for the icon — ostensibly backstage before her 1961 concert performance at Carnegie Hall — wrings her hands, powders her nose, and anxiously pops pills, washing them down with a martini.

Behind the Curtain: The story of a local stage manager

Written by Jane Simons | Tuesday, 02 October 2018 14:08 |

Roger Burleigh has a leading role in every production staged at Farmer’s Alley Theatre, but audience members likely will never see him.

Last Call: Reserve Wine & Food

Written by Nick Macksood | Thursday, 27 September 2018 15:44 |

Reserve’s take on an original “Don the Beachcomber” cocktail, the Nui Nui, the Newy Nui departs from what you might expect of a tiki drink.

Halloween Haunts, Hangs and Happenings

Written by Eric Mitts | Thursday, 27 September 2018 15:33 |

Halloween has become more than just a time for tricks and treats. It’s the end of a season, when autumn leaves give way to the ominous chill of brisk winter air lurking around the corner — we’ve found it’s the perfect time to get freaked, freak out others and otherwise embrace your inner freak. In the spirit of the season, we’ve compiled a quick list of some of the most scream-worthy scares and other fiendishly fun events held in honor of All Hallow’s Eve. 

One of West Michigan’s most iconic haunted attractions, The Haunt, returns this year with a new location, new owners and new standards. 

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