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Watching the Detectives: Our distaff duo takes a theatrical turn at the Ringwald Theater

By D'Anne, Laura Witkowski

Published: 6/9/2010

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

While rain poured down on (but hardly slowed down) the proud homos at Motor City Pride, the Wonder Twins ducked into the Ringwald, Ferndale's go-to spot for campy independent theater, to get an eyeful of some foxy ladies, specifically the ladies in Code Foxy: Man Down. Laura: I love the Ringwald Th...[MORE]

Scale the night(mare): A Holocaust retelling unlike any other

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 4/28/2010

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

On a recent weekend night in Detroit, the stairs leading down to the cavernous Studio Theatre on Wayne State University's campus might've appeared cinematically staged. Dank and dark, a chilly wind caressed theatergoers' necks the whole way down, with soggy moss patches bubbling from the cracked con...[MORE]

White lies: It's merely a question of color

By Khary Kimani Turner

Published: 3/24/2010

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

The noted multimedia engineer, choreographer and director Lumumba Reynolds had a considerable revelation last August. It struck when he noticed a noticeably dissatisfied-looking woman who'd come to see a production of Passing, the acclaimed play from Detroit-born playwright Dara Frazier-Harper. Insi...[MORE]

We're all mad here: Feed your head down in Wonderland

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 12/23/2009

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

It's true, in the world of party and event promotion — from abandoned warehouse to black-tie ballroom — skepticism abounds, and for good reason. Aside from the usual money, cop and safety issues, the hype rarely lives up to the evening's reality and a lame party is still a lame party, ev...[MORE]

Mobsters, music ... and magic: It’s Jersey Boys at the Fisher Theatre!

By Bill Holdship

Published: 12/23/2009

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

It took a long time for Jersey Boys, the Tony-winning Broadway musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, to finally hit Detroit — four years after its Broadway debut, to be exact, and three years after its first touring company hit the road. Often when a touring production is already t...[MORE]

From Russia with ill-fated love: WSU theater geeks bring Moscow to the Cass Corridor

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 12/16/2009

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

Comrades, we've good news coming out of the state education sector this week. For the past nine years, the rupturing of higher-learning institutions has progressed with budget cuts, tuition hikes and the elimination of programs such as the Michigan Promise Scholarship.  During this time, Wayne Stat...[MORE]

Groovy!: A musical version of Sam Raimi's sidesplitting horror flick bathes Ferndale in blood

By Corey Hall

Published: 10/28/2009

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

Be advised, things get messy in Evil Dead: The Musical, a wild night of theatrical chills and subversive musical thrills where the laughs are as plentiful as the gore. If the front three rows of patrons decked in plastic ponchos weren't a strong enough clue, several signs taped up in the Ringwald Th...[MORE]

Abreact Performance Space: 'There once was a little theater ...'

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 9/16/2009

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

Here's a Detroit story if there ever was one: It's the tale of a little theater that could, did, got booted, went nomad and, just recently, setup a new home. Founded in 2000, the Abreact Performance Space first existed on the second floor of Bricktown's Boydell Building, where co-founder Chuck Reyno...[MORE]

On track: Mainlining at the Ringwald

By Corey Hall

Published: 6/10/2009

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

Filth, depravity and addiction make for a fun date night, as readily proven by the Ringwald's infectious new production — a play adapted from the novel, made famous as a film. Trainspotting is caught in a loop of weird nostalgia — set in the '80s but trapped forever in our minds as the s...[MORE]

We got the keys: A black politician goes back to the hood to rise to power

By Michael Jackman

Published: 1/21/2009

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

In a bit of impeccable timing, August Wilson's last play, about an African-American running for office, is getting its first Michigan staging at the Detroit Repertory Theatre the week of the Obama inauguration. Wilson, who racked up Pulitzer, Tony and Drama Desk awards for his plays on the 20t...[MORE]

Ring-a-ding-ding!: An excellent tribute to Frank, Dino, Sammy and Joey

By Bill Holdship

Published: 12/10/2008

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

How can one not at least appreciate a show that kicks off with the disembodied voice of late comedian Buddy Hackett (whose son co-produced this production) playing God and ordering the legendary Rat Pack — the quartet consisting of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Joey Bishop th...[MORE]

Curtains: Zeitgeist to close after 11 years

By Chris Handyside

Published: 11/5/2008

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

Along a desolate-looking strip of Michigan Avenue, off the beaten path of nearby Corktown, along a strip of industrial buildings, sits the Zeitgeist — a gallery and performance space that, for the last 11 years, has been a mecca for the aesthetically avant-garde, the challenging and the underground ...[MORE]

Stand-up biography: Native Detroit Elaine Stritch acts out a life well-lived

By Norene Cashen

Published: 10/29/2008

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

Pablo Picasso said, "It takes a long time to become young." And Elaine Stritch proves him right. At 82, the actor, singer and Broadway legend sees the world with wisdom, humor and simple wonder. And that's what makes her Emmy- and Tony Award-winning one-woman play, Elaine Stritch at Liberty, n...[MORE]

Power of Will

By Khary Kimani Turner

Published: 9/10/2008

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

Hip-hop culture : It's both phenomenal and homogenized, and its fans are jaded. But it may be that way because too few of us push hard enough to locate people like Will Power. The San Francisco-bred hip-hop head was raised in a gumbo of activism, art and education. And his performance style c...[MORE]

The greatest theorem ever told : London calling with a new multimedia performance in Ann Arbor

By Norene Cashen

Published: 9/10/2008

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

In a world of zeroes and infinities, where does one find unity and love? Certainly not in a lecture hall where mathematicians try to map the mystical dance of numbers behind string theory. This is no place for creativity and romance. Or is it?A lecture hall is the setting in the opening scene of...[MORE]

Survivors: When concentration camp prisoners become cannibals

By Michael Jackman

Published: 8/6/2008

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

In popular culture, perhaps no historical event gets as uniform a treatment as the Holocaust. From big-budget film to off-Broadway play, concentration camp stories carefully trace the grim outlines of Nazi brutality: the imprisoning, enslaving and butchering of mostly hapless prisoners. In thes...[MORE]

Acting up: Renaissance man Jeff Daniels on his plays, music and his upcoming appearance in Detroit

By Norene Cashen

Published: 7/23/2008

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

You may have seen him in recent television spots for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, touting the Mitten State as a good place to start a business. Or you may have caught him at a local venue, strumming his acoustic guitar and singing original folk-blues tunes. If not there, then surel...[MORE]

C'est cool!: Expect the unexpected at Windsor's first fringe fest ever

By Ron Stang

Published: 7/16/2008

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

For Sandra J of the Montreal folk-pop band You & Me, impressions of the Windsor-Detroit divide come from the film Bowling for Columbine. "It's funny, Michael Moore, I have him in my head. He's standing in Detroit looking over at Windsor saying, 'Let's go over to Windsor! People are so ...[MORE]

A Beckett scholar in Mexicantown: A chief inspiration for Matrix Theatre's Shaun Nethercott

By Norene Cashen

Published: 7/2/2008

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

For local dramatist Shaun Nethercott, the plot of a play — whether involving personal triumph or lost love — isn't necessarily what live theater is all about. She's less interested in what happens, per se, than the mechanics of how a play works or the real-life lessons audiences co...[MORE]

Growing up onstage: How Mosiac Youth Theatre connects young Detroiters to a bigger world through acting

By Norene Cashen

Published: 5/7/2008

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

It's a sunny Sunday afternoon in April. About two dozen young people between the ages of 12 and 18 are gathered in the gymnasium at the University Preparatory Academy in Detroit. They're dressed in casual clothes, T-shirts and sweats, as if lined up for a game of dodgeball in a phys ed class. S...[MORE]

American bull: Abreact stages the testosterone-soaked play that put Mamet on the map

By Michael Jackman

Published: 3/5/2008

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

Years ago, an older woman described seeing American Buffalo to me as: "Horrible. These two men just argue with each other and swear through the whole play! And I didn't understand what was going on! It was very unpleasant." For some reason, I imagine that response would have brought a glimmer t...[MORE]

Queer bait

By Matt Fortuna

Published: 2/20/2008

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

When Oscar Wilde wrote A Woman of No Importance back in 1893, he scrutinized and satirized the ethics of a Victorian English society that was all too eager to bring down its fellows. In Wilde's play, Hester Worsley was British high society until she had an affair that begat a bastard child. Henc...[MORE]

King me: Family melodrama with a funky flair at the Detroit Repertory Theatre

By Michael Jackman

Published: 1/30/2008

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

The Detroit Repertory Theatre, or "the Rep" as it's often known, is kicking off the first 2008 show by bringing audiences a play that bounces between classic warm American comedy and over-the-top melodrama. The play is Ceremonies in Dark Old Men by Lonne Elder III. It's Elder's first play, wh...[MORE]

‘Tell us your tale’: EMU’s Playback Theatre takes its scripts from the audience

By Angela Gagneur-Salamey

Published: 11/14/2007

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

On four dark-brown boxes sit four poised performers. On the floor to their right sit two additional performers surrounded by small instruments: handheld drums, shakers, jingle bells, harmonicas, kazoos and the like. An engaging "conductor" leads a jittery audience member to a special seat left ...[MORE]

Building a Rep: Hard-hitting and deep-thinking, the Detroit Repertory Theatre still spits fire

By Clare Pfeiffer Ramsey

Published: 10/31/2007

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

In his smart blue-checked shirt and everyday chinos, Bruce Millan doesn't fit the part of an original '50s beatnik. There's no stereotypical shaggy hair, finger-snapping or conversation peppered with hep phrases like "dig it" and "cool, man." "I never looked the part," Millan says. Maybe not, b...[MORE]

States of stage: Two totalitarian tales grip and goose local theatergoers

By Michael Jackman

Published: 10/3/2007

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

What does it say when the theater season opens with two plays about police states? That’s what’s happened this fall, with Breathe Art Theatre and the Abreact group allowing ticket holders to draw their own conclusions. From Breathe Art comes the local premiere of The Pillowman, an award-winning 200...[MORE]

New plays, new stages: From Tennessee Williams to fresh, local talents

By Michael Jackman

Published: 9/19/2007

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

Every week in this already notable season, theatergoers can see different small or independent shows, often by local playwrights, sometimes in newly opened theaters. And all this before the Detroit Repertory Theatre even embarks upon its landmark 50th season. Notable offerings include: • Performa...[MORE]

From bizarre to burlesque

By Michael Jackman

Published: 8/15/2007

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

Once up on a time, a group of design students turned a strip of vacant homes in Detroit into the dilapidated midway of a haunted carnival, opening up for festivities one night a year around Halloween. The resulting annual party was so huge, so consuming, so filled with insurrectionary spirit, th...[MORE]

Fun with the absurd: Beckett's glum masterpiece gets a youthful jolt.

By Kristin Palm

Published: 10/14/1998

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

Bleak is perhaps too cheery a word to describe Samuel Beckett's Endgame. Centered on the metaphor of a chess game's final phase, the playwright's most difficult work simultaneously addresses the power struggles inherent in all human relationships, the...[MORE]

Drama queens: Women shine in the black box

By Clare Pfeiffer Ramsey

Published: 8/8/2007

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

BoxFest ain't your mama's summer theater festival. Scratch that. The four-day-long festival at Hamtramck's Planet Ant Theatre is exactly your mama's theater fest, and your sister's and your auntie's too. The annual festival celebrates women in theater, namely women directors. It serves as a...[MORE]

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