Oakland University to Present ‘Orestes’ from September 6 – 8

Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will kick off its 2019-20 performance season with Orestes at 8:00 p.m. on September 6-7 and 2:00 p.m. on September 8 in Varner Studio Theatre. The play, a new version by Oakland University (OU) Theatre Professor Karen Sheridan and based on the original by Euripides, was also performed in June on the Greek island of Hydra by a group of 10 OU students who travelled to Greece to study, rehearse and perform the production in the island’s … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Oakland University’s ‘Lysistrata Remix’ is Rooted in History and More Relevant Than Ever

  After the season-opening success of Into the Woods, the Oakland University School of Music, Theatre and Dance closes out 2018 with another philosophical tale: the Greek comedy Lysistrata—with a few modern enhancements. Originally written by the Greek playwright Aristophanes in 411 BCE, Lysistrata takes the war Athens and Sparta are waging with each other and gives it a comedic tenor. The women want peace and their men back home on a full-time basis. Using salacious wit and a bit of … [Read more...]

Italian American Reconciliation

  This Weekend at OU The Epicenter Theatre Group offers its latest production, Italian American Reconciliation, to Rochester area theater fans. The comedy finishes its run this weekend at Oakland University’s Varner Hall Studio Theatre. The play is directed by Karen Sheridan. She is recognized in the Detroit theater scene, including Meadowbrook theatre, as an award winning actor as well. Called a “comic masterpiece,” Italian American Reconciliation, a play by John Patrick Shanley, will … [Read more...]