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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...

March 8, 2020

In 1943, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein revolutionized musical theatre with Oklahoma! a musical theatre piece that relied less on spectacle, broad comedy and big dance numbers, and more on a realistic script full of complex characters and darker subject matter....

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

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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