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December 1, 2019

"If everything is the same, there are no choices."

The stage adaptation of the essential young adult novel, The Giver, marks the second selection for Pit & Balcony’s current season. This story, set in a dystopian future, tells the story of Jonas who discovers the joys a...

November 23, 2019

SVSU tackles some heady issues in it’s latest StudioXP production Emilie; La Marquise du Chatelet Defends Her Life by Lauren Gunderson. The production successfully creates an environment in which audience members are left to confront their own opinions on love and know...

September 29, 2019

I know I’m a little late to the game when it comes to seeing Mamma Mia! at the Midland Center For The Arts, in collaboration with Bay City Players and Pit & Balcony But I’m glad I made it.. This show feels like a celebration, and is so much fun. The elements - acting,...

May 13, 2019

A theatre wedding never goes as planned. Never. Something always shakes things up. Always. The question is “who,” “what,” and “how.” I’m not going to give much away in this review because Pit & Balcony’s production of It Shoulda Been You, with book and lyrics by Brian...

March 30, 2019

In The Goat, architect Martin Gray has fallen in love again. He still loves his wife Stevie deeply, but has found a profound love with Sylvia, whom he met in the country. The nature of this relationship brings about a frank discourse on love. The show presents no answe...

February 16, 2019

The Women Take Center Stage

Dr. Jeff List

I love when I am inspired by theatre. Performances of all sorts inspire me. Rarely, though, do I find the productions themselves inspiring. The Women at Midland Center For The Arts offers audience members a truly inspiring produc...

January 19, 2019

Passion Theatre Group begins its second season with the musical Ordinary Days by Adam Gwon. Director Chad William Baker chose to stage this intimate musical in three-quarter thrust (where the audience sits on three sides of the stage), adding to the intimacy. Staging a...

November 3, 2018

The Servant Of Two Masters: Stylized Fun

Dr. Jeff List


If you see SVSU’s production of The Servant of Two Masters in one of its remaining performances (and you should), be prepared for a show unlike anything else around the Great Lakes Bay Region. The bare stage as one...

October 6, 2018

The world of fairy tales comes together in Into The Woods at Pit & Balcony for a truly enjoyable evening. The hit musical sees the worlds of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Little Red Riding Hood in a re-telling that allows audience members to re-imag...

April 13, 2018

What could possibly go wrong during a family weekend in posh Martha’s Vineyard? Two very different brothers bring two very different romantic interests to meet the family. A demanding and highly successful father joins the mix for the weekend. In addition, the maid is...

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