True to its Name, Croswell’s Forum is A Funny Thing (Review)

Guest Review by Devon Barrett To the uninitiated, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, the 1962 musical comedy by Stephen Sondheim, currently playing at the Croswell Opera House in Adrian, sounds like something that would be anything but funny. Because, honestly, the list of characters looks like a laundry list ofContinue reading “True to its Name, Croswell’s Forum is A Funny Thing (Review)”

Memphis lives in me (Thoughts on closing)

  This isn’t a review. And it isn’t a random entry. This is truly an article about what “Memphis” means to me. Yesterday, we played our final performance of MEMPHIS the Musical at The Croswell Opera House in Adrian, MI. It was a show that earned rave reviews (two were published right here!) and almostContinue reading “Memphis lives in me (Thoughts on closing)”

A Midsummer Night’s Dream…Michigan Shakespeare Festival 2015 Off to a Great Start

Okay, truth be told, I should not review shows at the Michigan Shakespeare Festival, since I am the Vice Chair on the Board of Directors of the MSF. But that doesn’t mean I can’t tell you about it anyway. And its my blog. So if it happens to be a great production I can mention that,Continue reading “A Midsummer Night’s Dream…Michigan Shakespeare Festival 2015 Off to a Great Start”

Wedding-filled “Always a Bridesmaid at the Dio (review)

Watching a Jones Hope Wooten comedy is a bit like sitting back and binge watching four episodes of your favorite new television sitcom. Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, collectively know as Jones Hope Wooten, have written many comedies, including the Dio’s current offering “Always a Bridesmaid” (one of their most performed shows, afterContinue reading “Wedding-filled “Always a Bridesmaid at the Dio (review)”

Michigan Shakespeare Festival 2015 — Ready to go!

Hello fellow Shakespeare lovers! You know me as the owner/reviewer of my blog —…but I wear other hats as well…I own and work as a neuropsychologist at BrainTrainers Brain Injury Day Program…I direct (coming up: Bonnie & Clyde for Encore Musical Theatre Company)…I perform (this summer as Mr. Simmons in Memphis the musical atContinue reading “Michigan Shakespeare Festival 2015 — Ready to go!”

Lead Performances drive this “Parade” (Peppermint Creek) Review

Love it or hate it, any theater company takes a risk when producing the Alfred Uhry/Jason Robert Brown musical “Parade” — it is a hard sell to get an audience to empathize with a jewish factory manager who may or may not have committed the murder and rape of a 13-year old factory worker in 1912Continue reading “Lead Performances drive this “Parade” (Peppermint Creek) Review”

Extraordinary “Cabaret” at the University of Michigan (review)

  The University of Michigan’s Musical Theater program in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance is generally known for producing the best local musical theater presentations. Every now and again, even they outdo themselves and their production of the revisal version of Kander and Ebb’s Cabaret is one of those musicals. Every aspect ofContinue reading “Extraordinary “Cabaret” at the University of Michigan (review)”

10 Reasons you need to get to the Michigan Shakespeare Festival this summer

With only a couple weekends left, it has come to my attention that some of you have yet to get out to the Michigan Shakespeare Festival this summer…so what are you waiting for? Here are the top 10 reasons you should get out there now, before its over for another season…. 1. Shawn Pfautsch in HamletContinue reading “10 Reasons you need to get to the Michigan Shakespeare Festival this summer”

Hamlet – Michigan Shakespeare Festival – Shawn Pfautsch

I just got home from this afternoon’s performance of Hamlet, in repertoire at the Michigan Shakespeare Festival. While I don’t usually review non-musicals, I have to give two shout outs… First, this is an excellent production under the guidance and direction of MSF Artistic Director Janice Blixt. Set in modern era clothing, it resounds asContinue reading “Hamlet – Michigan Shakespeare Festival – Shawn Pfautsch”