Detroit theater

“Picking Palin” is Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company's season openers at The Abreact Performance Space on the fringe of Detroit's Corktown District.  (Photo: MGTC)

Review: ‘Picking Palin’ Poses A Political Puzzle

Those of us who are passionate about our politics, but don’t fit in the one-dimensional spectrum between “red” and “blue” don’t need superficial debates to appreciate playwright Stephen Padilla’s cautionary theme.

CBS Detroit–10/18/2012

Christopher Sieber and George Hamilton star in "La Cage aux Folles" at Detroit's Fisher Theatre.  (Photo: Paul Kolnik)

Sassy ‘La Cage’ Invites Detroiters To The Fisher Theatre

The word in question is “folle,” as in “La Cage aux Folles,” the award-winning musical beginning a run at the Fisher Theatre.

CBS Detroit–09/27/2012

"50 States of Grey" at Go Comedy! Improv Theater features, clockwise from top left, Dez Walker, Travis Pelto, Steve Forbes, Joe Hingelberg, Carrie Parmenter and Suzie Jacokes. (Photo: SMyers)

’50 States Of Grey’ Comedy In Ferndale

“50 States of Grey” is a swift poke in the ribs of the body politic.

CBS Detroit–09/24/2012

"God of Carnage" continues at Broadway Onstage in Eastpointe through Oct. 6.  (Photo: Dennis Wickline Productions.)

Darkness Reigns In ‘God Of Carnage’

We leave the theater both entertained and saddened by the despicable behavior we just observed.

CBS Detroit–09/12/2012

Lulu (Zee Bricker), Robbie (Robbie Dwight), Gary (Bailey Boudreau) and Mark (Matthew Turner Shelton) spend the day "Shopping & F***ing" at Ferndale's Ringwald Theatre. (Photo: Joe Plambeck.)

Principles Of Pleasure And Pain Play Out At The Ringwald

The well-designed program cover for the production issues this warning: “Contains nudity, violence, and adult situations.”

CBS Detroit–09/11/2012

Michigander Kylend Hetherington is one of the young stars in the role of Billy Elliot at Detroit's Fisher Theatre.  Photo: Kyle Froman

Tough Times Are The Right Time For ‘Billy Elliot’

In times like these, when so many are out of work, “Billy Elliot” hits some unfortunately all-too-familiar notes while also gently breaking your heart

CBS Detroit–09/07/2012


Wilde Awards Highlight Best Of Detroit Theater

“After the critics got together late last spring to determine the nominees and the winners, one of the things that really surprised us was how evenly distributed the winners were.”

CBS Detroit–08/24/2012

(Photo: Amelia Kanan) Planet Ant in Hamtramck is carrying on with improv theater.

Scene In Detroit: Improv At Its Best…or Worst?

However, this is what I love about Planet Ant: they don’t pretend to be anything they aren’t. They’re not Second City.

CBS Detroit–08/14/2012

Henry (Michael Brian Ogden) woos the French princess Katherine (Lauren Knox), while Alice (Erika Hoveland) looks on in Water Works Theatre Company's "Henry V."  Photo: Smyers

Royal Oak Hosts ‘Henry V’ In The Park This Weekend

“Henry V” is compelling on many levels. It is a war story, a coming-of-age story and the story of cultures clashing.

CBS Detroit–08/10/2012

Josh Campos in "When I Was," one of 10 short plays in "BoxFest 2012."  Photo: Molly McMahon

‘BoxFest Detroit 2012’: Hot Plays For Dog Days Of Summer

“BoxFest Detroit” is an annual theater festival that showcases the talents of women directors.

CBS Detroit–08/10/2012