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Theater Edge 'Alice' Stands Convention On Its Head

Some theatrical experiences defy description. But a few adjectives come to mind that are applicable to "Alice," the performance organization Nerve's immersive journey through Wonderland. "Unconventional?" Without a doubt. "Unique" - that too. Unsettling? More than a little. READ MORE.

Connections Made On Thursday Nights

Go Comedy! continues on Thursdays with an assortment of scripted experiences with more on-the-edge improv. Despite its billing as a filmmaking experience, the early evening show "Missed Connections: The Movie (Live on Stage)" is mostly a series of live vignettes (yes, there's a term someone could do an entire sketch about). READ MORE.

Script Carries 'Birth' As Performances Labor To Match

Throughout its history, Planet Ant Theatre has proudly straddled the improvisational comedy and scripted theater worlds, and that partnership is at peak visibility during the company's Colony FestLate-Night Series crossovers. For each of the biannual Colony Fest competitions, the winning improv troupe is given its very own late-night time slot to script and star in a one-act play. The latest in this tradition is "The Birth of Chad," written by the cast and director Michael Hovitch in a months-long process. READ MORE.

World-Premiere Parody Puts The Horror In Puberty

In 1970, an emerging writer published a seminal young-adult novel of a preteen girl figuring out school, fitting in, boys, religious faith, and her developing body. The book was groundbreaking for its forthright discussion of sexual development, particularly the topic of menstruation. In 1974 came another writer's first published novel, which told the story of a different schoolgirl grappling with some bloody similar religious, social, and pubertal troubles. Although thematically comparable, that book was notable for...different reasons. Then in 2014, a pair of Michigan playwrights decided these two just had to get together. READ MORE.

A Spirited Romp At Go!

Thursday nights in October at Go Comedy! Improv Theater end with the two-person improv, "The Die Centennial." A duo of jovial, off-the-wall spirits are celebrating 100 years of death with a look back at some of the highlights, lowlights and lowlifes they have observed from their incorporeal state. READ MORE.

A Bloody Fun Night Of Theater

Yom Kippur - which began Friday night, when I was driving to Detroit's City Theatre to see "Evil Dead: The Musical" - is a day of atonement, so I'll just come clean: I've never seen any of Sam Raimi's three "Evil Dead" movies, though they're comedyhorror cult classics. This gaping hole in my cultural education made me wonder if I'd still find things to enjoy in The Ringwald and Olympia Entertainment's fifth annual production of "Evil Dead: The Musical." But really - do I need to have seen the source material to laugh at a man's possessed hand throwing him around a stage? READ MORE.

Special Section: Automotive
A Driving Force

Travis Parman predicted the future. As the current director of Corporate Communications at Nissan, Parman oversees all sorts of relationships within the automotive industry. But it wasn't that long ago that he wrote a 333-page thesis for his master's degree that specifically examined the relationship between corporations, their media marketing strategies and the LGBT community at large.

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