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Huey (Michael Lopetrone) gets lectured by his best friend Aldo (Marco Zaccagnini) on the nature of women in America in Epicenter Theatre Group's production of "Italian American Reconciliation" by John Patrick Shanley.  Photo: Rachel Hull

Epicenter Brings ‘A Comic Folktale’

The problem, it seems, is this: Huey has come to believe his manhood was stolen three years ago by his ex-wife, Janice (Erin Edgerton), and he can’t move forward with his life until he woos Janice and gets her back.

CBS Detroit–06/07/2012

"Taking Care of Mimi" closes the Detroit Repertory Theatre's 2011-12 season.  (Photo: Bruce Millan)

Review: ‘Taking Care Of Mimi’ Is No Mini Task

The subtitle of “Taking Care of Mimi” is “A morality murder mystery.”

CBS Detroit–06/07/2012

Jon Ager and Karen Kron in "The Do Over" at Planet Ant Theatre.  (Photo: Kelly Komlen-Amadei.)

‘The Do Over’ In Hamtramck Gets It Right The First Time

“The Do Over” runs only about an hour, yet never seems rushed. The story has a beginning, a middle and an end, but just when you think it’s all wrapped up, along comes a sweet little coda.

CBS Detroit–06/06/2012

MBT. Xanadu Promo

‘Xanadu’: A Place You Should Totally Dare To Go

In the interest of full disclosure, I feel compelled to reveal, before critiquing Meadow Brook Theatre’s new production of “Xanadu,” that in 1980, a certain 9-year-old girl – ahem – fell wildly, stupidly in love with the much-maligned movie flop of the same name.

CBS 62–05/29/2012

"Beyond Therapy" continues at the Michigan Actors Studio in Ferndale through June 3.  Photo: Detroit Ensemble Theatre

Review: ‘Beyond Therapy’ Is A Madcap Romp

Written and set in the 1980s (although it takes a while to realize it), the play bears a certain resemblance to another funny holdover from back then: David Letterman’s Top 10 list.

CBS Detroit–05/25/2012

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