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...]

‘The Who’s Tommy’ is Ready to Rock at Oakland University

The Oakland University School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present the thrilling rock opera Tommy by legendary British rock icons The Who at Varner Studio Theatre from March 21 – 24 and March 27 – 31, 2019. Winner of five Tony Awards, the story is set over a period of 25 years. Tommy is a story about hope, healing and the human spirit; while also exploring issues of mental health, abuse, and celebrity. The Who’s Tommy is fast-paced, exhilarating rock opera featuring music and lyrics … [Read more...]

Meadow Brook Theatre welcomes guest director Benjamin Sterling Cannon for drama ‘Stick Fly’

Meadow Brook Theatre is pleased to welcome guest director Benjamin Sterling Cannon to helm the story of the affluent, African-American LeVay family. The LeVays are gathering at their Martha’s Vineyard home for the weekend, and brothers Kent and Flip have each brought their respective ladies home to meet the parents for the first time. As the two newcomers butt heads over issues of race and privilege, long-standing tensions bubble under the surface and reach a boiling point when secrets are … [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...]

Danger Lurks Behind Every Corner in Avon Players’ ‘Wait Until Dark’

Heroine overcomes obstacles to fight a villainous trio    Audiences will delight to the mounting suspense of a classic thriller as Avon Players presents Wait Until Dark running March 8-23, 2019. Susy Hendrix (Marie Burchi) is a recently blinded Greenwich Village housewife who becomes the target of three con artists searching for doll which hides a valuable cache of drugs. Susy’s husband, Sam (Nicholas Frederick), unwittingly transported the doll from Canada as a favor to a woman who has … [Read more...]

Meadow Brook Theatre Announces 54th Season

Meadow Brook Theatre’s 2019-2020 season has something for everyone with comedies, musicals, a drama and even a whodunit. “We’re excited not only to have Michigan premieres during our 54th season, but also to have the world premiere of a brand-new musical,” said Cheryl Marshall, MBT managing director. “We’ve got a wonderfully entertaining lineup and, once again, we’re kicking things off with a great event this summer!" On July 13, Meadow Brook Theatre will hold its fifth annual Concert & … [Read more...]

Zenith Brass presents Free Concert in Rochester

Zenith Brass will present its 24th Annual Winter Concert at 4:30 p.m., on Sunday, February 24 at the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church for the Harmony in the Hills Concert series. The church is located at 620 Romeo Rd, Rochester, MI 48307. The concert features several works of European classical music including Handel's Water Music Suite, the fanfare from Richard Strauss's Zarathustra, Russian symphonic music by Tchaikovsky and  Russian choral music by Tschesnokoff. An unusual selection … [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...]

‘The Spitfire Grill’ Warms Up Meadow Brook Theatre

Poignant musical runs February 13 through March 10, 2019 A newcomer has arrived in quiet Gilead. She raises her new neighbors’ suspicions, as strangers in small towns do, but Percy is a breath of fresh air in the small, Wisconsin town. The musical The Spitfire Grill tells Percy’s story, as well the Spitfire Grill’s. The owner wants to sell, but there are no takers. “That’s when Percy suggests to Hannah—the owner of the grill—that she raffle the grill off,” explains MBT director, Travis … [Read more...]

Soul Food Concert Series Returns January 27 to Oakland University

Feeding the Soul with Inspirational Music and Words The Soul Food Concert Series will return at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 27 to Varner Recital Hall on the campus of Oakland University (OU) for an event featuring inspirational music and words to nurture the soul and elevate the spirit. “The Soul Food program is designed to unite our often-fractured community and celebrate the oneness of humanity,” said Mark Stone, an associate professor of music at Oakland University who co-founded the … [Read more...]