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George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion" is the third and final production to open at this summer's Michigan Shakespeare Festival.  Photo: MSF

Michigan Shakespeare Festival: A ‘Pygmalion’ Masterpiece

The result of the passionate acting and fine direction is the presentation of a classic work free of any cobwebs, one whose story offers as much to ponder now as it did when Shaw first presented it a century ago.

CBS Detroit–07/26/2012

Stephen West and Marlene Inman-Reilly as Tevye and Golde in "Fiddler on the Roof."  Photo: The Encore Musical Theatre

REVIEW: ‘Fiddler’ Brings Down The House

Even though the meaning of tradition changes throughout “Fiddler On The Roof,” the love Tevye feels for his family doesn’t and neither does the audiences love for this show.

CBS Detroit–07/20/2012

D.B. Schroeder left Chicago to create Detroit's newest professional theater company.  Photo: Courtesy Puzzle Piece Theatre

Puzzle Piece Theatre Will Be Anything But Ordinary

With storytelling that re-imagines what is possible in live performance, Puzzle Piece Theatre doesn’t plan on being run-of-the-mill.

CBS Detroit–07/20/2012

Mrs. Garrett (Joe Bailey, center) is surrounded by her Eastland girls: (from left to right) Jo (Jamie Richards), Blair (Richard Payton), Tootie (Jerry Haines) and Natalie (Joe Plambeck) in The Facts of Life: The Lost Episode playing at Ferndale's Ringwald Theatre from July 14-August 13, 2012. Photo by Colleen Scribner.

‘Facts Of Life: The Lost Episode’ At Ringwald Is Classic Burlesque

Playing a testosterone-charged Jo with five-o’clock-shadow and bare, unshaven legs, the character’s sexual ambiguity – on top of cross-dressing – is parody at its best.

CBS Detroit–07/20/2012

Dennis Wickline is founder of Eastpoint's Broadway Onstage Live Theatre.  Photo: Courtesy Dennis Wickline Productions.

Broadway Onstage Begins Season With Wickline Original

“This show’s a lot of fun,” Oakley said. “It’s 90 minutes of comedy and farce, and it moves quick.”

CBS Detroit–07/19/2012

Jan Radcliff and John Peakes in "On Golden Pond" at The Purple Rose Theatre.  Photo: Sean Carter Photography

Summertime Blues? ‘Resort’ To ‘On Golden Pond’

If a healthy dose of life, love and nostalgia is your antidote to the long, hot summer, sit back with a simple dose of “On Golden Pond.”

CBS Detroit–07/04/2012

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Review: Sex And Science Duke It Out ‘In the Next Room’

Crammed with ideas about the domination of women, never condescending to any of our foibles as humans, quirky and, finally, touching, this play in this production is a must see.

CBS Detroit–06/29/2012

Barton Bund and Jonathan West in the Blackbird Theatre's production of "Macbeth."  (Photo: Brian Carbine)

What’s Better Than One Macbeth? Two!

In this swift act, the players seem to come to life, or rather come to grips with death: It is as if death, murder, blood, battles were an aphrodisiac.

CBS Detroit–06/22/2012

Barbie Weisserman plays Sylvia the dog who looks lovingly at her new adoptive parent played by John DeMerell (Greg) in "Sylvia," a Two Muses Theatre production partnering with the Michigan Humane Society. (Photo: Steve Hill)

Review: ‘Sylvia’ Is A Doggone Good Time

“Sylvia” is one of the most intelligent scripts in the catalogue. It is light, witty and yet probes the complex emotional bond between people and pets.

CBS Detroit–06/14/2012

Center Stage Entertainment completes its return June 7 & 10 with "Smoke on the Mountain" at The Box Theatre in Mount Clemens. (Photo: Center Stage Entertainment)

Mt. Clemens Company Celebrates Revival With A Gospel Musical

There’s a wealth of beauty in the simple lyrics and tunes of rural America, and the music of its small churches is profoundly uplifting. Say what you will about Christianity, but its message is hope.

CBS Detroit–06/08/2012

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