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David Hughey as Jake and Sumayya Ali as Clara in "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess."  Photo M.J. Lutch

Review: ‘Porgy And Bess’ At The Detroit Opera House

This production is not a tinkering, not even an adaptation in the conventional sense, but a reimagining of the opera.

CBS Detroit–03/06/2014

5 Grayson DeJesus on Topthorn and Michael Wyatt Cox on Joey in "War Horse" at Detroit’s Fisher Theatre.  Photo: BrinkhoffMogenburg

Review: It ‘Behooves’ You To See ‘War Horse’ In Detroit

There is simply nothing like “War Horse.”

CBS Detroit–12/20/2013

"Cirque Dream Holidaze" at the Fox Theatre is a great holiday treat for the entire family. (Credit: Olympia Entertainment)

Warning: Don’t Try These Amazing ‘Cirque’ Acts At Home

“Cirque Dream Holidaze” at the Fox Theatre is a great holiday treat for the entire family.

CBS Detroit–12/06/2013

Julia Louise Hosack, Connor Barth, Gordon Gray, Drew Pulver and Matt Kopec in "Elf The Musical.".  Photo: Joan Marcus.

Elf In Detroit: It’s A Candy Cane Of A Musical

If you’re looking for something different to take the kids to this Christmas season, “Elf” could be just the ticket.

CBS Detroit–12/05/2013

Frank Abagnale Jr.(left) with Dominic Fortuna, who plays Frank Abagnale Sr. in the national tour of "Catch Me If You Can." Photo: Courtesy, Broadway in Detroit

REVIEW: ‘Catch’ Michigan’s Dominic Fortuna At The Fisher ‘If You Can’

“Catch Me If You Can” tells the true story of Frank Abagnale, Jr., a young man who created a number of identities and conned millions of dollars.

CBS Detroit–05/03/2013

"White's Lies," will tickle your funny bone at Meadow Brook Theatre through Feb. 3  (Photo: Rick Smith)

‘White’s Lies’ Is Lying Sack Of Fun At Meadow Brook

Playwright Andron lays it on pretty thick in “White’s Lies,” which is something like a French romantic farce with 35 percent less door-slamming.

CBS Detroit–01/22/2013

Danielle Cochrane, David Sterritt, Vanessa Sawson, and Joe Plambeck in "Detroit."  (Photo: Hilberry Theatre)

‘Detroit’ Story Shines At The Hilberry Theatre

Importantly, it’s worth noting that good watching is not always easy watching: There is more strong language and vulgarity here than in your typical Hilberry production.

CBS Detroit–01/21/2013

Stefan Karl as The Grinch with Brooke Lynn Boyd as Cindy-Lou Who. Photo: paparazzibyappointment.com

‘How The Grinch Stole Christmas’ Not A Stingy Holiday Gift

You take risks when you make a 90-minute stage show out of a 30-minute TV cartoon. Some pay off, some are problematic. Like Santa’s sack, it’s a mixed bag And it is, ultimately, a gift for the holidays.

CBS Detroit–12/21/2012

What horrors await the children (l to r, Matthew Arrington, Suzan M. Jacokes, Julie Spittle, Vince Kelley) in the attic? Find out in the hilarious parody, "Flowers Up Her Attic" at Ferndale's Ringwald Theatre.  (Photo: Joe Plambeck)

Ringwald Parody: Low-Down, Dirty And Side-Splitting

At the Ringwald, sit back with the assurance that the artists think the source material is as tacky as you do.

CBS Detroit–10/20/2012

“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