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As a kid, Grand Rapids native Mary Tuuk found herself in the audience of the Grand Rapids Symphony often. Now, the Calvin College alumna will be taking a different seat, one behind the desk labeled “GRS President and CEO.” She’ll be bringing a unique combination of skills to the job, including her business experience, such as her most recent role as chief compliance officer/senior vice president of properties and real estate with Meijer, Inc.

Designing Drama: How a costume designer brings Broadway plays to life

Written by Dana Casadei | Thursday, 27 December 2018 10:33 |

It takes some of us more than 20 minutes just to pick out an outfit, let alone design one from scratch — not Linda Cho.

Stage to Stage: Shane German has spent a lifetime performing

Written by Kayla Sosa | Thursday, 27 December 2018 10:23 |

Shane German, local WYCE music director and actor, moved to Grand Rapids three years ago. Since then, he has been in 14 shows, including Jewish Theatre’s Torch Song Trilogy Act III: Women and Children First, in which he just won the Grand Award this year for outstanding lead actor in a play. The play went on to win outstanding play, and other cast members took home awards as well. Coming off of the hype, German is both inspired and exhausted from the experience.

Long Story Short: Kalamazoo gives William Shakespeare a tight edit

Written by Jane Simons | Thursday, 27 December 2018 10:16 |

In just 90 minutes, three actors will perform all 37 plays and sonnets written by William Shakespeare in The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged).

Review: ‘Adult Christmas’ is a delightful homegrown holiday show

Written by Kayla Sosa | Saturday, 15 December 2018 19:16 |

The Grand Rapids all-women comedy group Funny Girls performed a sold-out show last night at Dog Story Theater, with their musical “Adult Christmas: Losing the Magic.” The comedy troupe took us on a journey at Halfway to Heaven Retirement home, through a variety of mediums and performances.

Review: Barn Theatre’s Christmas Cabaret brings you into the family gathering

Written by Marin Heinritz | Wednesday, 12 December 2018 11:03 |

You may think you've heard all the Christmas songs. And you may regret how many times you’ve heard them. But you also are more than likely wrong. On both counts.

Review: Sit back and soak in the hits with ‘Marvelous Wonderettes’

Written by Marin Heinritz | Monday, 10 December 2018 10:19 |

Some Christmas traditions have nothing at all to do with Christmas, and that’s just fine. In fact, it may make them all the more sweet.

Review: 'Fiddler on the Roof' is filled to the brim with life

Written by Dana Casadei | Wednesday, 05 December 2018 15:46 |

Eight minutes. That’s the amount of time it takes to fall for the latest production of the beloved Broadway classic Fiddler on the Roof.

Last Call: MeXo GR

Written by Nick Macksood | Wednesday, 28 November 2018 12:02 |

It must be getting cold, because the tiki drinks are out in full force. In this version of another Don the Beachcomber classic, MeXo brings its trademark Mesoamerican flavors to the typically rum-heavy cocktail. 

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