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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...

February 20, 2020

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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...

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 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...

November 30, 2019

In a not-too-distant future, people live in planned communities where secrets must be confessed, differences must not be pointed out, and choices are forbidden.  Jonas (Nick Pellegrino IV) is on the cusp of turning twelve and getting his typical job assignment for the...

October 5, 2019

At first glance, Play On! Draws immediate parallels to that king among stage farces, Noises Off.  Both are comedic depictions of doomed theatrical productions, and utilize plays-within-plays, British dialects, quick entrances and exits, and madcap chaos building toward...

May 11, 2019

It Shoulda Been You wasn’t the showiest musical when it debuted on Broadway in 2015, so you’re forgiven if you haven’t heard of it.  Pit and Balcony is dedicated to delivering fresh and contemporary shows as well as regional debuts, and they should be commended for tha...

April 11, 2019

Apart from the ridiculously catchy title tune, there may not be much you know about the 1980 comedy “9 to 5.”  Starring Jane Fonda, Lilli Tomlin, and Dolly Parton, the movie was a top grosser in 1980 but fell out of the zeitgeist along with the other buddy comedy/girl...

February 16, 2019

Midland Center for the Arts’ Center Stage offers up a fresh take on the 1936 classic comedy The Women.  While much ado is made of The Women having an all-female cast and production team, don’t enter the theater expecting it to pass the Bechdel test.  In fact, author Cl...

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