Detroit theatre

Joe Bailey stars as the Mother Superior in Charles Busch's hilarious send-up of Hollywood's classic nun films, "The Divine Sister," playing at Ferndale's Ringwald Theatre through June 4.  Photo: Colleen Scribner.

The Ringwald Brings Heavenly Comedy Down To Earth

There’s trouble lurking behind closed doors of the convent.

CBS Detroit–05/18/2012

Sandra Birch, Julia Glander and Connie Cowper in "The Cemetery Club" at Tipping Point Theatre.  Photo: Ivan Menchell

Chemistry Sizzles At Tipping Point Show

Tipping Point Theatre’s production of Ivan Menchell’s “The Cemetery Club” features a leading ensemble that has that chemistry down; what they lack is a script that feels like more than an occasionally funny, warmed-over sitcom.

CBS Detroit–05/17/2012

Michigan Opera Theatre's "I Pagliacci" continues through May 20.  Photo: John Grigaitis

‘I Pagliacci’ Continues Through May 20 At Detroit Opera House

MOT, even in the toughest of financial times, continues to produce singular opera, beautifully cast, a dynamic orchestra and one of the best choruses one could ask for – at the top of Michigan’s cultural pyramid.

CBS Detroit–05/17/2012

"Avenue Q" continues at The Box Theater through May 19.  Photo: What's That Smell?

Heart’felt’ ‘Avenue Q’ Is Risque Fun, ‘Fur’ Sure!

“Avenue Q” is a counter-cultural poke at its inspiration’s incessant optimism. Regardless of the puppetry involved, this ain’t kid’s stuff. Both in song and story, the musical is profane, bawdy, and occasionally raunchy.

CBS Detroit–05/11/2012

Song and Kurogo perform at the Peking Opera (Chin Yang, Tae Hoon Yoo, Aejay Mitchell).  Photo: Jan Cartwright

Review: JET’s ‘M. Butterfly’ Takes Wing, But Could Use More Heat

The scenes between him and Yoo play out like the sentimental melodrama of opera – deliberately, since it is through this medium that they meet, and Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly” acts as a cultural blueprint for the whole play.

CBS Detroit–05/11/2012

Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company's "The Altruists" continues at The Furniture Factory through May 26.  Photo: Chuk Nowak.

Theater Asks: Morals, Morals, Who’s Got The Morals?

Written more than a decade ago but reminiscent of today’s Occupiers, “The Altruists” unfolds in three bedrooms scattered across New York City. It’s Sunday, and yet another protest is on the agenda – although no one is quite sure what the subject-du-jour might be.

CBS Detroit–05/10/2012

Alexander Elisa, Will Lee-Williams and Tyrick Wiltez Jones in "From My Hometown" at Meadow Brook Theatre.  Photo: Rick Smith

Glorious Rhythm & Blues ‘From My Hometown’ At Meadow Brook

“From My Hometown” is about three vocalists – each seeped in the musical traditions of his hometown, lured from their roots to seek fame as recording artists in New York City.

CBS Detroit–04/27/2012

Shaylyn Kiely as Ilse and Peter Giessl as Moritz in The AKT Theatre Project's "Spring Awakening."  Photo: Angie Kane Ferrante

Hit Musical In Wyandotte Brings Love In Bloom, ‘Spring Awakening’

If “Spring Awakening” is a cautionary tale, reminding us that ignorance is dangerous, it also holds out hope that one can stand up to tragedy and emerge battered, but not beaten.

CBS Detroit–04/21/2012


Opera Theater Dives Deep And Comes Up With ‘Pearl Fishers’

But, oh, the music – delicate, rousing and lyrical make this opera a must hear, a splendid showcase for singers. And this production a feast for the eyes.

CBS Detroit–04/20/2012

"Mother Superior's Habits" continues at Eastpointe's Broadway Onstage through May 12.  Photo: Broadway Onstage

Broadway Onstage Brings Habit-Forming Fun

If there’s one truism in Metro Detroit’s theater community it’s this: Put a nun on stage, and tickets miraculously fly out of the box office.

CBS Detroit–04/19/2012