Meadow Brook Theatre Announces 55th Season

Meadow Brook Theatre’s (MBT) 2020-2021 season has a lineup that has a show for everyone! “We’re excited to have several Michigan premieres and a North American drama premiere during our 55th season,” said Cheryl Marshall, MBT managing director. “We’ve got a fabulous variety of shows and, of course, we’re kicking things off with a great event this summer!" On July 18, Meadow Brook Theatre will hold its sixth annual Concert & Cuisine benefit. Featuring a silent auction, live auction, … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Oakland University’s ‘Macbeth’ Delivers a Powerful Examination of the Carnage Caused by Desire and Deception

A little over five years ago I went to the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada to see a production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Once there I quickly learned through the grapevine that people either loved it or hated it; during some performances, people actually walked out. That is when it dawned on me there are two types of Shakespeare enthusiasts. First, the purists. Those who want only traditional costumes, settings, and no interpretation of the script. Second, are … [Read more...]

Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ Coming to Oakland University Stage

Come Experience 'Double, double, toil and trouble' February 6 - 9, 13 - 16 Something “wicked” is coming to the Oakland University (OU) stage as the Department of Theatre presents William Shakespeare’s Macbeth — a cautionary tale about the trappings of power and what happens when vaulting ambition takes priority over the people one is expected to govern — from February 6-9, 13-16 in the Varner Studio Theatre on the OU campus. “With Brexit on the horizon, we have set our play in an imagined … [Read more...]

Children’s Series begins with ‘Rosie Revere, Engineer & Friends’ at Meadow Brook Theatre

Ms. Greer's classroom includes three inquisitive out-of-the-box thinkers. Rosie Revere has big dreams. Iggy Peck has a relentless passion for architecture. And Ada Twist's curiosity can drive her teacher crazy. A fun new musical based on the books Rosie Revere, Engineer; Iggy Peck, Architect; and Ada Twist Scientist by Andrea Beaty, which spotlights the STEM curriculum (focusing on science, technology, engineering, and math). A Theatreworks USA Production brings Rosie Revere, Engineer … [Read more...]

See how America works in ‘Working: A Musical’ at Meadow Brook Theatre

Running February 12 through March 8 Based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book of interviews with American workers, the musical Working paints a vivid portrait of the men and women that the world so often takes for granted: the schoolteacher, the phone operator, the waitress, the mill-worker, the mason and the housewife, just to name a few. Nominated for six Tony Awards, this classic has been updated for a modern age. Working runs February 12 through March 8, at Meadow Brook Theatre (MBT) on … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Avon Players’ ‘Deathtrap’ Thrills Audiences with Shocking Betrayals, Mistrust, and Misdirection

It is rare these days to be truly surprised at the theatre. Especially by a play that is over 40 years old. And it’s also pretty rare for everything to come together in such a spectacular fashion on opening night. But that’s exactly what happens with Avon Players’ latest production Deathtrap. A heart-pounding thriller now playing until February 1. A thriller in two acts. One set, five characters. A juicy murder in act one, terror in act two, and an ironic and astonishing resolution. This is … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Mirth, Mischief, and Marriage Cast a Spell in ‘Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit’ at Meadow Brook Theatre

Later this year, Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit will once again occupy space in London’s West End. But the good news is you don’t have book a flight to see this comedic masterpiece. Just head over to Meadow Brook Theatre (MBT) on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester where it is playing through February 2, 2020. Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit begins on what seems to be a typical English evening. Unfortunately for dandy Charles Condomine (Timothy C. Goodwin), this is the night when his life … [Read more...]

Avon Players Presents Taut Thriller ‘Deathtrap’

There is no escaping the wicked charms of this play’s twists and turns Greed and desperation lead to a sinister plot in Avon Players’ surprise-filled thriller Deathtrap, running January 17-February 1 in Rochester Hills, MI. Living a seemingly comfortable life in his charming Connecticut home, playwright Sidney Bruhl (Jeff Stillman) is struggling to overcome a string of failures that have left him hurting for money. His luck seems on the verge of turning around when he receives a script … [Read more...]

‘Dialogues of the Carmelites,’ an opera, coming to Oakland University stage

Performances run Jan. 16-19, 2020 in Varner Recital Hall Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present the opera Dialogues of the Carmelites — Francis Poulenc’s moving tale of the martyrdom of Carmelite nuns during the French Revolution — from Jan. 16-19 in Varner Recital Hall. “The story follows the arc of a fictionalized character, Blanche de la Force, though the other nuns portrayed in the play were real-life individuals,” said Dr. Drake Dantzler, director and … [Read more...]

Smash classic comedy Noël Coward’s ‘Blithe Spirit’ haunts up laughs at Meadow Brook Theatre

Running January 8 through February 2, 2020 While researching an upcoming novel, Charles Condomine invites an eccentric medium, Madame Arcati, to his home to conduct a séance with his wife, Ruth, and some friends. He doesn’t know what to expect, but he certainly didn’t think it would be the ghost of his late wife, Elvira, whom only he can see. Elvira is nothing like Ruth, and Charles finds himself frantically caught in the middle. Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit runs January 8 through … [Read more...]