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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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

June 21, 2019

Michael Bartlett’s play, generally referred to as “The Cockfight Play” since the actual title is not as family or print friendly (think one syllable instead of four) presents a number of challenges in every aspect of production. It is the perfect kind of show for an “A...

June 21, 2019

The Cockfight Play by English playwright Mike Bartlett is the current offering from Pit and Balcony Theatre’s “After Dark” series.  The play was originally named after a one syllable slang term for a man’s genitalia, but with print issues in family friendly newspapers,...

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