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REVIEW: Life, Love, and the ‘Company’ You Keep is at the Heart of Avon Players’ Latest Production

How do you solve a problem like Bobby’s? That’s the question on the minds of his married friends and the women in his life. And what is Bobby’s problem? He’s 35 and still single (gasp!). Welcome to composer Stephen Sondheim’s Company; an eccentric look at modern love in 1970's Manhattan and the closing production of Avon Players’ diverse 2018-2019 season, running now through June 1. When Company debuted on Broadway in 1970, it earned a record-setting 14 Tony Awards® nominations, of which … [Read more...]

REVIEW: ‘James and the Giant Peach’ Is an Enchanting Odyssey Sure to Enthrall Audiences

Tassels have been turned, but the Oakland University School of Music, Theatre and Dance is busy putting the finishing touches on their latest production — a delightful adaptation by Richard George of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach coming to the Varner Recital Hall stage on the campus of Oakland University (OU) on Friday, May 17, Sunday, May 19, and Friday, June 7. This particular telling of the tale is directed by Lynnae Lehfeldt, along with recent OU theatre grad Mannon McIntosh … [Read more...]

Meadow Brook Theatre Announces Children’s Series

Tickets are on sale now for Meadow Brook Theatre’s (MBT) 12th annual Children’s Series, kicking off in February 2020 “These shows are a great chance for families to come and experience a live show in an intimate setting that’s close to home,” says Cheryl Marshall, MBT managing director. “We love seeing the kids enjoying and interacting with what’s going on onstage.” First is Rosie Revere, Engineer & Friends on Saturday February, 29, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. This Theatreworks USA … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Meadow Brook Theatre’s ‘Stick Fly’ Dissects the Complexities of Families and Class Privilege

Life is inconvenient. It is also quite messy – especially in families where years of secrets and snubs that have been simmering under the surface come gushing topside like a geyser. Who cleans up the mess others make? What happens when we don’t like ourselves – when we’re too focused on other’s opinions of us? Meadow Brook Theatre’s current production Stick Fly endeavors to answer these questions through humor, powerful interactions, and by allowing the characters space to have frank … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Equal Parts Rock Concert and Theatre, Oakland University’s ‘Tommy’ Takes the Audience on an Emotional and Rewarding Aural Adventure

This year marks the 50th anniversary of The Who’s original concept album Tommy – an album that became the catalyst for the 1993 Tony Award®-winning rock opera of the same name. Next month it’s playing at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. with a bunch of big-name stars. But why wait when you can see it now thanks to the Oakland University School of Music, Theatre and Dance? And I highly recommend you take advantage of this opportunity – especially since … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Avon Players’ ‘Wait Until Dark’ Electrifies with Intensity and Intrigue

Susy Hendrix: helpless victim or courageous heroine? That is the question the audience must ask as the action unfolds in Avon Players’ current production of Wait Until Dark. A thriller offering edge-of-your-seat anticipation that slowly builds, then explodes in the final scene. Wait Until Dark was written by Frederick Knott and first performed on Broadway in 1966. Many will be familiar with the film version released in 1967 starring Audrey Hepburn in the role of Susy Hendrix and Alan … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Meadow Brook Theatre Serves Up Hilarity and Hope with ‘The Spitfire Grill’

Often the best recipes are born when a chef is faced with the dilemma of creating a dish using only the ingredients on hand. The same principle applies to the characters in Meadow Brook Theatre’s current production, The Spitfire Grill. The result? A dish that not only warms the soul, but also gives you a little kick in the pants. The Spitfire Grill first came to life in 1996 as a Sundance Festival award-winning film written and directed by Lee David Zlotoff. If you’ve watched the movie, know … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Oakland University’s ‘Seagull’ Dives Deep Into Human Nature

I am sure at one point on my journey to obtain my English degree years ago that the works of Anton Chekhov (1860 - 1904) and I crossed paths. To be honest, I really don’t remember, which is why I welcomed the opportunity to attend the opening night performance of the Oakland University School of Music, Theatre and Dance’s production of one of his seminal works, Seagull, under the direction of Lynnae Lehfeldt and translated by Curt Columbus. Divided into four acts, the story unfolds in the … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Avon Players’ ‘Marvin’s Room’ Embodies Hope and Healing

After ending 2018 on a high note with the musical The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Avon Players Theatre kicks off the second half of their season with the emotional Marvin’s Room. Written by Scott McPherson and inspired by his own experiences as a caregiver, most people are probably more familiar with the 1996 film adaptation by John Guare starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Diane Keaton, and Meryl Streep. While I never saw the movie, I had a vague notion of what the story was about, and as I sat in the … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Avon Players’ ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ Inspires and Enthralls on an Epic Scale

At first blush, The Hunchback of Notre Dame seems like an odd choice for a holiday play. Especially when you consider past Avon productions such as A Christmas Story, Forever Christmas, and Miracle on 34th Street have much more overt seasonal messages. However, as the story unfolds it becomes clear that this play is absolutely perfect for this time of year with its message about kindness, love, and the need for refuge in an all too chaotic world. And if that’s not enough to sway you, then … [Read more...]