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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...

February 8, 2020

Neil Simon’s “They’re Playing Our Song” is a semi-autobiographical story of the relationship between Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager from the time of their earliest collaboration. The fact that the music for the show is by Hamlisch and the lyrics by Sager makes...

January 25, 2020

I must precede this review by confessing that The Great Gatsby  by F. Scott Fitzgerald has always been one of my favorite novels. I love the poetic prose of the novel that encapsulates the Jazz era. I love the flawed characters who ironically believe the lie that their...

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