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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

"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

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

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

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

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

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

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