REVIEW: Avon Players ‘A Few Good Men’ Inspires with Commanding Performances that Electrify

“A pushy broad, a smart Jew and a Harvard mouth" walk into a military courtroom to take on the United States Marine Corps in Avon Players’ powerful production of A Few Good Men, running from now until November 26, 2022, in Rochester, Mich. L to R: Lance Cpl. Harold Dawson (Matt Druminski), PFC William Santiago (Kyle Kiesler), and PFC Louden Downey (Jacob Rayl) find themselves caught up in deadly lies and deceit. Photo courtesy of Avon Players' Facebook. Thanks to the popularity of the 1992 … [Read more...]

Avon Players Presents Military Legal Drama ‘A Few Good Men’

The play that inspired the popular feature film will dare audiences to see the truth  Secrets will be uncovered in a contest of wills penned by a master of sharp dialogue as Avon Players presents A Few Good Men running November 11-26. From L to R: Joe Danz as “Lt. Daniel Kaffee,” and Marie Burchi-Skipinski as “Lt. Cmdr. Joanne Galloway.” Photo Credit: Bryan Clifford. A Few Good Men tells the story of naval officer and JAG attorney Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee (Joe Danz). When … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Avon Players’ Season Debut ‘Bright Star’ Radiates Optimism in the Face of Love, Loss, and Longing

Avon Players opens a new season with Bright Star, a musical that takes the audience on a sweeping emotional journey, now through September 24 in Rochester Hills, MI. Bright Star is set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina in the mid-1940s, with flashbacks to 1923. While there are dual storylines intertwining throughout the performance, the main plot point belongs to idealistic Alice Murphy (Caitlin O’Brien) and the trajectory of her life from an innocent teenager to a mature, but … [Read more...]

Avon Players’ Season Begins with the Heartfelt and Hopeful Musical ‘Bright Star’

From left to right: Jared Newton as “Billy,” Caitlin O’Brien as “Alice,” and Adam Wager as “Jimmy Ray.” Photo Credit: Bryan Clifford The buoyant bluegrass tunes of legendary entertainer Steve Martin and double-platinum recording artist Edie Brickell provide a country-style kickoff to a new season of theatre as Avon Players presents Bright Star running September 9-24 in Rochester Hills, MI. Inspired by a true story and featuring a Tony®-nominated score by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, … [Read more...]

REVIEW: ‘Evita’ is the Jewel in Avon Players’ Diamond Anniversary Season

Avon Players is closing out their 75th anniversary season with the sweeping biographical musical, Evita, running now until June 11, 2022, in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Directed by John (JD) Deierlein and with lyrics and music by the legendary duo of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, respectively, Evita chronicles the rise of Eva Duarte, from a poor teenage nobody to the glamourous and powerful second wife of Argentine president Juan Perón. The cast of 'Evita' at Avon Players Theatre. Photo … [Read more...]

Avon Players’ Season Ends with the Grandeur and Glamor of ‘Evita’

Epic musical chronicles the life of a political icon   Left to right: Daniel Romzek as “Juan Peron“ and Lori Smith as “Eva Peron.” Photo Credit: Bryan Clifford Avon Players’ 75th season closes with the sweeping biographical musical Evita running May 27 through June 11. The Tony Award-winning rock opera Evita dramatizes the true rags-to-riches story of Eva Perón (Lori Smith), who, through an indomitable will, rises from humble beginnings to become the First Lady of Argentina and a de … [Read more...]

Hurry to the Hilarity of Avon Players’ ‘Run for Your Wife’

Double spouses make for twice the laughter in this fast-paced romp Comic collisions and merry misunderstandings will provide plenty of amusement for Metro Detroit audiences as Avon Players presents Run for Your Wife running March 18-April 2. L to R: Jenna Russell as “Mary,” Luigi Murri as “John,” and Erica Gunaca as “Barbara.” Photo Credit: Bryan Clifford. Run for Your Wife is a classic farce by Ray Cooney full of secrets ready to collapse, misunderstandings piling up, and plenty of … [Read more...]

Sparring Coworkers Find Love Right under Their Noses in Avon Players’ ‘She Loves Me’

A charming shop in pre-war Budapest serves as the setting for this musical romp    Avon Players’ 75th anniversary season continues with the candy-colored romantic musical She Loves Me running February 4-19.  Adam Wager as “Georg” and Caitlin O’Brien as “Amalia.” Photo Credit Bryan Clifford Set in a 1930s European perfumery, She Loves Me follows shop clerks Amalia (Caitlin O’ Brien) and Georg (Adam Wager), who share a contentious working relationship: he thinks she’s stuck up; she thinks … [Read more...]

Get into the Holiday Spirit with Avon Players’ ‘It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play’

Gather the whole family for a fresh take on an old favorite    Avon Players’ 75th season continues with Joe Landry’s adaptation of the classic uplifting film, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, running November 26-December 11.  It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play is based on the classic holiday movie presented with a twist: the story is staged as a live radio broadcast for an added layer of nostalgia. Actors portray numerous characters, and sound effects are created live … [Read more...]

The Verdict Remains a Surprise to All in Avon Players’ ‘Night of January 16th’

Avon commences a landmark season with interactive drama    Live theatre returns to Avon Players in time for its 75th season as the company presents Night of January 16th running Friday, September 24 - Saturday, October 9, 2021.  Night of January 16th is a courtroom drama by Ayn Rand. The play depicts the trial of Karen Andre (Hosanna Phillips of Hazel Park), who is accused of murdering Bjorn Faulkner, her boss, and secret lover. Faulkner, a disgraced international … [Read more...]