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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...

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 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...

November 23, 2019

Emilie La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight, by Lauren Gunderson begins with Emilie in the afterlife where she retells her life story in an effort to determine whether her life was fulfilled or whether she dies with work left unfinished. 

Directed by SVSU al...

July 26, 2019

Cabaret, set in Berlin in 1930, may be more relevant today than when it first premiered in 1966. Act one is a thrill ride as the audience is asked to leave their troubles behind, yet there is an undercurrent of menace as we are reminded of what is to come. Act two is a...

May 11, 2019

Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice for an all boys school in 1968, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has a hodgepodge of musical styles from a cowboy ballad to French accordion music. It’s a fast paced romp that follows the Biblical story of Joseph,...

May 4, 2019

First produced on Broadway in 1965, Man of La Mancha has enjoyed four revivals since. In each reimagining, this musical is still relevant because of the themes raised by the tragedy of a man whose values and perceptions are a fantasy worth preserving in a cruel world....

April 11, 2019

Three Wonder Womyn

by Jason Applegate

Based on the 1980 film starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton, 9 to 5 the Musical tells the same zany story of three women who overthrow their misogynistic boss and finally get the recognition they deserve. While firmly s...

February 21, 2019

Director Tommy Wedge opens his director’s note stating that The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is an intimidating play. The script is masterful. The acting requirements are challenging from the emotionally complex main characters to an ensemble that not...

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