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...]

REVIEW: You’ve Got Mail! Avon Players’ ‘Forever Christmas: A Virtual Celebration’ is the Musical Christmas Card We All Need this Season

When I sat in the audience on March 6, 2020, for the opening night of the Avon Players’ production of Lend Me a Tenor, I, and I daresay those around me had any clue that this would be the last time we saw live theatre for the remainder of the year. Suddenly, ‘intermission’ took on a whole new meaning as the days stretched into weeks and months. Now, we find ourselves deep into December and in desperate need of holiday cheer. Avon Players chooses to close out their 2020 season with Forever … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Come Have the Time of Your Life at Avon Players’ ‘Mamma Mia!’

There is good news and bad news regarding Avon Players Theatre’s 2019-20 season-opening production of Mamma Mia! the smash-hit musical. First the good news: if you have tickets to see this show, you’re in for a fun time. The bad news? The entire run is completely sold out.* Last season I was extremely impressed with Avon Players musical production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. And I’ll be honest when I saw Mamma Mia! was on this season’s schedule, I wondered how it would compare. … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Avon Players’ ‘Wait Until Dark’ Electrifies with Intensity and Intrigue

Susy Hendrix: helpless victim or courageous heroine? That is the question the audience must ask as the action unfolds in Avon Players’ current production of Wait Until Dark. A thriller offering edge-of-your-seat anticipation that slowly builds, then explodes in the final scene. Wait Until Dark was written by Frederick Knott and first performed on Broadway in 1966. Many will be familiar with the film version released in 1967 starring Audrey Hepburn in the role of Susy Hendrix and Alan … [Read more...]

Danger Lurks Behind Every Corner in Avon Players’ ‘Wait Until Dark’

Heroine overcomes obstacles to fight a villainous trio    Audiences will delight to the mounting suspense of a classic thriller as Avon Players presents Wait Until Dark running March 8-23, 2019. Susy Hendrix (Marie Burchi) is a recently blinded Greenwich Village housewife who becomes the target of three con artists searching for doll which hides a valuable cache of drugs. Susy’s husband, Sam (Nicholas Frederick), unwittingly transported the doll from Canada as a favor to a woman who has … [Read more...]