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March 14, 2020

In a nice change of pace from it’s more youth-oriented programming, Pit and Balcony has staged 2016’s Meteor Shower, a more mature four-person comedy by Steve Martin (yes, that Steve Martin).  Of course, with the current Coronavirus fears running rampant, Pit was left...

March 14, 2020

A play about a cosmic force that descends upon humanity without warning was ironically a pleasant escape considering the week we have all faced. Managing Director Amy Spadafore had a very difficult decision when she determined that the show must go on, and I commend he...

March 8, 2020

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel is a troublesome musical because of the perception that it romanticizes domestic violence. The production performed in concert at the Midland Center for the Arts transforms this preconception by presenting a narrative that portrays tw...

March 8, 2020

In 1943, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein revolutionized musical theatre with Oklahoma! a musical theatre piece that relied less on spectacle, broad comedy and big dance numbers, and more on a realistic script full of complex characters and darker subject matter....

February 20, 2020

 Photo by Dave Rzeszutek

Full disclosure: this is going to be a tricky review to write. I don’t want to give too much of the plot away, this is a show that absolutely needs to be experienced in the moment, surrounded by fellow audience members. So before we dive in I ju...

February 20, 2020

 Photo by Dave Rzeszutek

There are certainly moments of brilliance in SVSU’s production of Jay Torrence’s 2006 play “Roustabout: The Great Circus Train Wreck.”  Ostensibly, the show is a fictionalized retelling of the Great Hammond Train Wreck of 1918; a circus tra...

February 16, 2020

Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize winning 2007 dramedy “August: Osage County” is the final production in Center Stage’s Cornerstone Collection, a 5-year project intending to tackle some of the greatest plays in American literature.  Taking place in a small-town Oklahoma farm...

February 8, 2020

They’re Playing Our Song; with book by Neil Simon, music by Marvin Hamilisch, and lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager; premiered on Broadway in 1979 and ran for almost two and a half years. It tells the story of the budding professional and personal relationship of composer V...