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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...

January 25, 2020

Considered by many to be The Great American Novel, Fitzgerald’s jazz age classic gets a new interpretation at Saginaw’s Pit & Balcony Theatre. If any of you somehow missed your high school required reading, The Great Gatsby follows Midwestern naif Nick Carraway in the...

January 12, 2020

      Picasso at the Lapin Agile, by the one and only Steve Martin, imagines a night where Albert Einstein meets Pablo Picasso in a bar at the dawn of the 20th century. The show is full of whimsical nonsense and dabbles in philosophical intellectualism. Picasso is a bl...

January 11, 2020

          “Albert Einstein walks into a bar,” sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but it’s actually the premise of a delightful little script with top-notch credentials being produced at the Midland Center for the Arts this weekend and next.  Picasso at the Lapin...

December 8, 2019

  If your family is looking for a fun and fantastical retelling of Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale about love and friendship, look no farther than Bay City Players’ latest offering. The Snow Queen, directed by Jessica McFarland, is a children’s play in every...

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