Funny “First Date” musical at Ann Arbor Civic Theatre (review)

Drew Benson, Eric VanWasshnova, and Sarah Mazurek in First Date Photo courtesy Lisa Gavan During the opening number of “First Date” the ensemble sings it is about “meeting someone you don’t think is fuckin’ tragic”…and that is the starting and ending point for this one-act 2013 Broadway musical. In one funny lyric book writer AustinContinue reading “Funny “First Date” musical at Ann Arbor Civic Theatre (review)”

Emotion-filled “Cabaret” at Ann Arbor Civic Theatre (review)

I’d normally start this review by telling you to go get tickets now for AACT’s “Cabaret” this weekend at the Arthur Miller Theatre, but since the run only has a handful of tickets left for Sunday afternoon, I’ll just start by saying that director Kat Walsh, choreographer Tyler Stickel, and Musical Director Jennifer Goltz haveContinue reading “Emotion-filled “Cabaret” at Ann Arbor Civic Theatre (review)”

Very Funny “Criminal Hearts” at Ann Arbor Civic Theater (Review)

Cami Fussey has directed a very funny production of Jane Martin’s “Criminal Hearts” at Ann Arbor Civic Theater, and you have one more chance to catch it as it only plays this one weekend (the usual Ann Arbor Civic Theater dilemma). Telling you much about the plot would ruin the twists and turns, but asContinue reading “Very Funny “Criminal Hearts” at Ann Arbor Civic Theater (Review)”

Charming “Morning’s at Seven” – AACT (review)

There is a lovely production of Paul Osborn’s “Morning’s at Seven” (yes, that apostrophe is correct, the title comes from a Browning poem) at Ann Arbor Civic Theatre at the Arthur Miller Theatre on UM’s North Campus this weekend. Under the able direction of TJ Johnson, excellent veteran acting of the show’s older characters, gorgeousContinue reading “Charming “Morning’s at Seven” – AACT (review)”

Spring Awakening at Dexter Community Players

DCP is currently presenting Spring Awakening, the 2006 Steven Sater/Duncan Sheik alt-rock musical that won a slew of Tony awards and was recently revived to acclaim. This production breaks with traditional staging and as such is somewhat hard to review since the convention of having the singers/performers always on stage with the band entering scenesContinue reading “Spring Awakening at Dexter Community Players”

“Camelot” at Downriver Actors Guild is solid classic musical theater (review)

If you love the Lerner and Loewe musical “Camelot”, you can’t go wrong with the solid lovely production currently running at Downriver Actors Guild. Directed by Peter Sonnberg Schmidt, the production is faithful to the original. Running 2:45, it is one of the slower-moving classic musicals of the era. The original production opened on Broadway in 1960 andContinue reading ““Camelot” at Downriver Actors Guild is solid classic musical theater (review)”

“9 to 5” at Acting Out Productions – Taylor, MI

There’s a new kid in town, and they’re putting on a really entertaining production of “9 to 5 the musical”. Disclaimer: I usually review community theater productions only when they are something to rave about. In this case, while not a rave and far from technically proficient, I make the rare exception to talk aboutContinue reading ““9 to 5” at Acting Out Productions – Taylor, MI”

Acting Out (Taylor, MI) Presents 9 to 5, the musical

Acting Out Productions Presents  9 To 5:  The Musical, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, based on the seminal 1980 hit movie.  This entertaining show is being Directed by Kelly R. Lomas of Trenton, Assistant Directed by Mary Jo Hunt of Riverview, Vocal Directed by Sarah Leonard of AllenContinue reading “Acting Out (Taylor, MI) Presents 9 to 5, the musical”

Entertaining “Steel Magnolias” at Village Players Toledo (Review)

Robert Harling’s “Steel Magnolias” is a perennial in the theater circuit, and the production now on exhibit at The Village Players Theatre in Toledo is entertaining and solid. It features good performances by 5 of its leading ladies, and a master-class in acting by the sixth. The audience laughed (and later cried) its way throughContinue reading “Entertaining “Steel Magnolias” at Village Players Toledo (Review)”

Croswell Opera House presents “How I Became a Pirate”

The Croswell Opera House will hoist the Jolly Roger and sail off to adventure with “How I Became a Pirate,” a children’s musical that opens March 4. Based on the popular book series by Melinda Long, the musical is about a child who joins up with a band of friendly, bumbling pirates. Director Chris Sancho saidContinue reading “Croswell Opera House presents “How I Became a Pirate””