Mon, 12/09/2019 - 12:00pm by christopherporter
“Sometimes joy has a terrible cost" is a quintessential lyric in William Finn’s autobiographical musical, A New Brain.
Thu, 12/05/2019 - 9:00am by christopherporter
Comic operas usually live up their genre name: lively songs, light humor, and endings filled with satisfied characters.
Mon, 11/25/2019 - 11:15am by christopherporter
John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath is a great American classic.
Mon, 11/18/2019 - 12:30pm by christopherporter
Generally, when we’re suffering and in pain, we know the cause.
But when it comes to identifying what will heal us -- let alone knowing whether healing is even possible -- that’s another matter entirely.
Tue, 11/12/2019 - 9:27am by christopherporter
Theatre Nova has chosen, appropriately, a showbiz musical as a fund-raiser for the innovative professional theater that specializes in new plays and new playwrights.
Joseph Zettelmaier's "Dr. Seward’s Dracula" is a creepy, clever prequel to Bram Stokers' vampire legend
Tue, 10/29/2019 - 9:45am by christopherporter
Near the end of Joseph Zettelmaier’s play Dr. Seward’s Dracula -- now being staged by The Penny Seats Theatre Company, at Ann Arbor’s Stone Chalet Inn -- a character observes, “People need their monsters.”
Mon, 10/28/2019 - 10:00am by christopherporter
Four dancers in an eerie semi-darkness -- bald, torsos nude, bodies covered in white dust -- stand together in a circle. They stay fixed to the floor, seemingly rooted to the spot, as their bodies turn around in a unified, slow-motion gesture. Their feet rotate in place as their limbs twist together, until legs spiral around one another and the spine and neck swivel to bring the ghostly visages directly before the audience. On the faces, there is an open-mouthed image of silent, inexpressible anguish, a sort of inaudible scream whose riveting force stops your breath. For a moment, before the contorted and gnarled bodies reverse direction and rotate back, you have unshakable certainty that this is the face of a body in pain.
Thu, 10/17/2019 - 7:45pm by christopherporter
Part two of Theatre Nova’s semi-annual Michigan Playwrights Festival has an added evening that gives more opportunities to shine the spotlight on new playwrights. In addition to staged readings of four full length plays, the festival will set aside an evening for the presentation of six 10-minute plays.
Wed, 10/16/2019 - 12:00pm by christopherporter
Fri, 10/11/2019 - 10:36am by christopherporter
It is the very model of a modern musical comedy.
The University of Michigan Department of Music’s production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s ever-popular The Pirates of Penzance moves along faster than the celebrated major-general’s patter song. The tiny Lydia Mendelssohn stage is alive with color, movement, and music.