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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...

October 31, 2019

The title of David Auburn’s Proof is the perfect microcosm of play itself: an elegant, clever, double entendre that superficially refers to math, but upon closer examination reveals something much more complicated. Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony A...

October 31, 2019

David Auburn’s play Proof was a massive Off-Broadway hit in early 2000 which took Broadway by storm later that year, going on to win three Tony Awards including Best Play as well as the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It has fallen off the theatrical radar a bit since i...

October 10, 2019

Collaborations of any kind are challenging. Each of these area theatres has their own resources, processes and cultures and you can imagine the kind of train wreck a huge production like this could have been. Managing Director of Pit & Balcony, Amy Spadafore, Director...

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...

October 5, 2019

Play On! takes us behind the scenes of a nearby community theatre’s latest production. They have the good fortune, or misfortune, of having the playwright present during rehearsals for constant rewrites, right up to the opening night performance. “The show must go on”,...

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,...

September 21, 2019

When I saw Mamma Mia, I was seated in front of a group of sequin-clad women who had clearly pre-gamed the show, and were having a joyous time at the ABBA jukebox musical.  When you see Mamma Mia! (and you really should), don’t expect the weightiness of “Hamilton,” or t...

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...

July 26, 2019

When theatre is well-performed, it entertains us.  When theatre is emotionally resonant, it makes us examine our deepest selves.  The greatest theatre is able to do both: to draw an audience in with a thoroughly absorbing story, and then sucker-punch us with a reminder...

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