REVIEW: Join ‘The Addams Family’ for an Evening of Laughs

Avon Players began their 2016-2017 season with the musical drama Assassins and ends it on another high note with The Addams Family, a New Musical Comedy. That’s right. The Addams Family as a… musical. I was skeptical at first. What sorts of songs would be used—different variations of the theme song? Admittedly, I knew nothing about the play other than theatre legends Bebe Neuwirth and Nathan Lane originated the roles of Morticia and Gomez Addams on Broadway. So, as I joined the rest of the … [Read more...]

‘Wiley and the Hairy Man’ comes to Oakland University

This year, the Oakland University theatre program will present Wiley and the Hairy Man as its annual children’s theatre production. Adapted from an American folktale, Wiley and the Hairy Man tells a story of bravery, family and magic. Wiley is scared of the hairy man he believes lives in the swamp close to his house, but with the help of his faithful dog, a little magic from his mother and his own wits, he learns to stand up for himself and face his greatest fear head on. Taylor Katherine … [Read more...]

Still Time to Help the New Day Hope-A-Thon

The New Day Hope-a-Thon Matching Gift Challenge runs through Friday, May 19, 2017. Every dollar given to New Day Foundation for Families during this time will be matched by a donor. Donate today at www.foundationforfamilies.org/donate-now or by check to New Day Foundation for Families, P.O. Box 81252, Rochester, MI. 48308. One hundred percent of your donation will do to the New Day Foundation for Families, making it worth 200 percent. Gina Kell Spehn, executive director and … [Read more...]

Creepy, Kooky Fun for All as Avon Players Presents ‘The Addams Family’

The comedy snaps in this spooky and hilarious musical Avon Players will “Move Toward the Darkness” with its latest offering as it brings to life a beloved pop culture brood with The Addams Family: A New Musical, running May 19-June 3. Based on the iconic characters created by Charles Addams, The Addams Family features an original story and songs by Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party, Big Fish). Gomez Addams’ (Eric Rodman) happily macabre world is disrupted when his daughter Wednesday (Mackenzie … [Read more...]

‘I Love a Piano’ is a Hit!

The reviews are in and Meadow Brook Theatre's production of I Love a Piano is a hit! This magnificent Irving Berlin musical tells the story of a special piano as it travels through a hundred years of American lives. I Love a Piano is directed by Meadow Brook Theatre Artistic Director Travis W. Walter. Ryan Domres is the choreographer and Mathew Croft is the musical director. Terry Carpenter is the stage manager, with set design by Jen Price Fick, costumes by Corey Collins assisted by Maureen … [Read more...]

The Forgotten Traveler Art Exhibition April 1

The Pontiac Creative Art Center Celebrates National Arab-American Heritage Month The Pontiac Creative Arts Center (PCAC) invites the public to an artist reception to celebrate National Arab-American Heritage Month on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. “The Forgotten Traveler” exhibition embraces Ibn Battuta’s idea that we are all travelers on a journey guided by our faith towards an authentic life. The show runs April 1-29 and includes oil paintings, photographs, ceramics, … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Oakland University’s ‘A Chorus Line’ Hits the Mark with Hope, Heart, and High Kicks

When I first learned the next production from the Oakland University Department of Music, Theatre and Dance would be A Chorus Line, my interest was piqued. Since the Varner Studio Theatre is such an intimate setting, I was curious to see how they were going to pull off such an ambitious piece of American musical theatre. The answer? Sensationally! Upon entering the Theatre, you can’t help but be struck by the massive size of the stage. The usual side stage seating is gone, which creates a … [Read more...]

Go Behind the Scenes with Oakland University’s Production of ‘A Chorus Line’

A Chorus Line, perhaps the ultimate backstage musical, winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, will open at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, in Varner Studio Theatre at Oakland University. A Chorus Line, which is a stunning musical-vérité about dancers auditioning for the chorus of a Broadway show, is a powerful metaphor for all human aspiration. It highlights the achingly poignant ambitions of professional Broadway ‘gypsies’ to land a job. When it opened, the show’s … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Avon Players’ ‘The Mousetrap’ Will Catch Audiences by Surprise

Three blind mice. Three blind mice. See how they run. See how they run. The thespians at Avon Players Theatre are no strangers to the work of Agatha Christie, having staged her Witness for the Prosecution during their 2016 season. This time around they chose her murder mystery—The Mousetrap. Full disclosure: I love Agatha Christie and her astute sleuths. The unassuming Miss Marple and the methodical Hercule Poirot. However, The Mousetrap has neither. But that doesn’t mean it’s not vintage … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Are Your Oscar Predictions?

Dear Crabby, The Academy Awards is this Sunday, and while I know you’re not a big movie buff, I figured you’d probably have an opinion anyway. So, do you have any Oscar predictions? Thanks! Fred Noir Dear Mr. Noir, You are correct that I usually don't give two hoots about what’s playing in movie houses these days (are they even called that anymore?), but I can still give you my two cents because I never get tired of giving people my opinion. Here are my Oscar predictions. The host, … [Read more...]