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Theater Review: MOT's 'Girl of the Golden West' is Gold Indeed

Michigan Opera Theatre has staged many favorites by Giacomo Puccini, but this spring season brings us a first - The Girl of the Golden West (la Fanciulla del West). Puccini delighted in setting his operas in novel or exotic settings and peopling them with unlikely characters, and when in 1907 he saw David Belasco's play in New York, he knew he had a story worth following Madame Butterfly. The setting is the California Gold Rush and his heroine is a charming woman named Minnie who runs the local saloon, is handy with a six shooter, and teaches Sunday School lessons to the gold prospectors who worship her. And yes - spoiler alert - she falls for the bad boy. READ MORE.

"Avenue Q" Closes Out Theatre Company's 46th Season At UDM

DETROIT--The 46th season of The Theatre Company of University of Detroit Mercy concludes with Avenue Q, running March 23 - April 9, 2017. With music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx and based on the book by Jeff Whitty, Avenue Q will be performed at The Marlene Boll Theatre at the downtown YMCA. READ MORE.

Gay Fan Fiction Wanted

Media Director Brandy Joe Plambeck and Artistic Director Joe Bailey of The Ringwald Theatre in Ferndale are sounding a call for new, original one-act plays (with the subject matter of furthering along the storyline to any movie or television series) to be performed at their 8th annual Gay Play Series. READ MORE.

'1984' At Williamston Theatre

WILLIAMSTON -- Williamston Theatre takes a turn at classic literature with the Michigan premiere of 1984 by George Orwell, adapted by Michael Gene Sullivan. READ MORE.

Critically Acclaimed 'The Encounter' At UMS March 30-April 1

ANN ARBOR--In 1969, Loren McIntyre, a National Geographic photographer, found himself lost among the people of the remote Javari Valley in Brazil. READ MORE.

Mind The Gap's 'The Lesson' More Relevant than Ever

In what feels to many like the winter of our discontent, small rays of sunshine are evident throughout the theater community via productions that lend perspective, optimistic or otherwise, on the current human condition. Monster Box Theatre and Mind the Gap Productions are to be commended for realizing, somewhat ironically, that context for understanding the present state of affairs in the USA (and beyond) lies in the Theatre of the Absurd canon and Eugene Ionesco's The Lesson.To be sure, generations of Parisians have embraced the lessons in this play, which has run for 60 years - without interruption and to full houses - at the Theatre de la Huchette. Although Ionesco was dramatizing a post-WWII sense of futility, rejecting the societal conventions of theatre, art and communication itself, his surrealist sensibilities remain archly relevant today. READ MORE.

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