Review: Theatre Nova’s “The Legend of Georgia McBride”

Review: Theatre Nova’s “The Legend of Georgia McBride”

by Patricia Lesko Theatre Nova’s founding artistic director Carla Milarch is no stranger to transformations. The one-time executive director of the Performance Network, Milarch left that venue in 2014 amid problems with the non-profit’s income taxes, finances and mounting debt. Now, three years later, Milarch is at Theatre Nova aiming to recreate the theatrical successes that marked her tenure […]

All Through June It’s Shakespeare in the Arb

All Through June It’s Shakespeare in the Arb

The Ann Arbor Independent Editorial Team The 17th season of Shakespeare in the Arb begins June 8 with weekly performances of “The Tempest,” directed by Kate Mendeloff of the University of Michigan Residential College and performed by students and local actors. Shakespeare in the Arb came into existence in the summer of 2001, when Residential […]

Theatre NOVA Kicks Off “The Legend of Georgia McBride” June 9

Theatre NOVA Kicks Off “The Legend of Georgia McBride” June 9

“The Legend of Georgia McBride” by Matthew Lopez Theatre NOVA, 410 W. Huron, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 Box office: 734-635-8450, www.theatreNOVA.org Tickets: $20 (Pay-what-you-can tickets available) Theatre NOVA presents “The Legend of Georgia McBride” by Matthew Lopez. He’s young, he’s broke, his landlord’s knocking at the door, and he’s just found out his wife is going […]

Theatre NOVA Presenting Premiere of “Clutter” Beginning March 24

Theatre NOVA Presenting Premiere of “Clutter” Beginning March 24

Theatre NOVA, an Ann Arbor nonprofit company that focuses exclusively on new and recent plays, recently announced it plans to present the world premiere of “Clutter” by Brian Cox. Cox is a newspaper editor in Detroit and the founder and artistic director of Pencilpoint Theatreworks in Ypsilanti. His one-act play “Stuck” was produced by Oakland Community […]

More than 20 Venues Participating in June 5 Ypsi First Friday

More than 20 Venues Participating in June 5 Ypsi First Friday

First Friday Ypsilanti is a self-guided monthly art walk hosted throughout downtown Ypsilanti at multiple venues.  Each month on the first Friday participating venues offer free art activities involving local artists, musicians, and/or tastings.  The goal of the First Fridays Ypsilanti is to invite community members into the downtown area to support local talent and businesses […]

The Pointless Brewery and Theatre: Ann Arbor Couple Connect Small Batch Brewing With the Stage!

The Pointless Brewery and Theatre: Ann Arbor Couple Connect Small Batch Brewing With the Stage!

by Christian Usera “IT ALL STARTED with an oatmeal stout,” said Jason Tomalia recalling his days as an undergraduate at Gustavus College in Saint Peters, Minnesota.  “I got really interested in craft beers and eventually wanted to get into brewing. In 2008 I asked for a beer making kit for Christmas. Then, there was no […]

Theatre Review: “Henry V”

Theatre Review: “Henry V”

Updated: The review now clarifies ownership of the studio space in which the play was produced. by Christian Usera SHAKESPEARE. A NAME that strikes fear into both the hearts of high school freshman and the teachers who grade their essays. For those who’ve never read the play and need a short brush up on the […]

Purple Rose Theater Play Review: “Tally’s Folly”

Purple Rose Theater Play Review: “Tally’s Folly”

by Christian Usera “THIS IS A waltz!” exclaims an exuberant Matt Friedman (Robert Najarian) as water vapor drifts through the air and reflects the stage lights.  The theatrical “fourth wall” is shattered within the first three seconds of Lanford Wilson’s classic “Talley’s Folly” by Najarian’s funny and impassioned speech—spoken directly to the audience. (He even […]

Matthaei Botanical Garden Exhibition Marks 15th Anniversary of Shakespeare in the Arb

Matthaei Botanical Garden Exhibition Marks 15th Anniversary of Shakespeare in the Arb

by Joe Mooney SHAKESPEARE IN THE Arb turns 15 this summer, and Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum are celebrating with the upcoming exhibition, “Shakespeare’s Garden.” The week-long celebration kicks off March 27 and continues through May 4, 2015, 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. daily (until 8 p.m. Wednesdays). Throughout the conservatory at Matthaei and in the […]