Tag Archives: theater

shared.

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on the day before thanksgiving

school was out

 kids had energy to burn

so I borrowed the big car

to round everyone up

and

enjoy an afternoon with

two grandies

 four neighborhood friends

and a lot of smuggled-in candy

while settling into

comfy seats

at the local theater.

one tried pre-filling his Santa hat

to the top with treats

before we left his house

but the group voted and decided

it was unsteady, looked suspicious,

and would quickly reveal our scheme.

it’s all about teaching life skills.

“the magic of film isn’t just because of the big screen,

or the acoustics,

but he ineffable shared experience of going to the movies.”

-fernando perez

next to normal.

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Diana Turner sings her heart out

as the name would imply

this was not your ordinary theater performance

a story told in song

next to normal

is a tale that will touch your every emotion

when a family lets you into their living room and their lives

as they try to navigate their way

through the relentless storms that mental illness can bring

with a story and score that won a pulitzer and numerous Tony awards

I was not be able to turn my eyes or ears away from what was in front of me

with larger than life heartbreaking voices

pouring out their souls

on a tiny stage in this tiny 32-seat theater.

 it was a very potent cocktail.

 

 

“make them laugh, make them cry, and back to laughter.

what do people go to the theatre for?

an emotional exercise.

I am a servant of the people.

I have never forgotten that.”

-mary pickford 

credits: slipstream theater initiative, barbie weisserman, music theater international

in the barn.

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what a lovely way to spend an early autumn afternoon

watching a play unfold in the barn

‘if a farmer fills his barn with grain, he gets mice.

if he leaves it empty, he gets actors.’

-walter scott

 

image credit: *barn – farmingtonplayers.org

*“The Barn” has become an icon in the Farmington Hills community. What started in a real dairy barn is now an equally intimate theater experience in a modern, state-of-the-art, handicap-accessible “Barn.” We look forward to seeing you at The Barn.

the essential is to excite the spectators. If that means playing hamlet on a flying trapeze or in an aquarium, you do it. – orson welles

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‘l laughed, i cried, i peed.’ – b. k.

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had such a great night in the park

enjoying live theater

picnic-ing and laughing

while watching

 fellow wp blogger,

http://reelroyreviews.com

roy sexton (aka ‘officer lockstock’)

and his merry band of castmates

sing and dance their hearts out

in this fabulous and clever musical

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Urinetown is a satirical comedy musical from 2001, with music by Mark Hollmann, lyrics by Hollmann and Greg Kotis, and book by Kotis. It makes fun of capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, and musical theatre itself.

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help support local theater

and have a great night in the process

only one weekend left

 presented by our local non profit theater company

dedicated to bringing affordable quality entertainment to the community

get your tickets now

West Park, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Last Weekend Showtimes:
Thu Aug 13- Sat. Aug 15 | 7:00PM

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http://www.pennyseats.org

‘We believe no one should pass up live theater due to its cost. We rely on  donations–not ticket sales–to fund our seasons, so we can provide a first-rate live theater experience for the price of a movie ticket.’


once a person has all the things they need to live, everything else is entertainment.
– neal stephenson

 

once. again.

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one of my all time favorites

‘once’

an indy film

shot in ireland

in just a few weeks

for only 150,00 usd

with real people

and real music

and

love and heart and soul

and the stars/musicians were shocked

when they won an academy award

for their song

and they fell in love in real life

and they made music together

and then

they broke up in real life

and stayed friends

and still make music together

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and the movie was remembered

then made into a broadway play

and i was lucky enough

 to see it

when it was on tour here

 the stage

 was an irish pub

the audience was invited up

to have a drink on stage

while the cast fiddled away

then the play began

and it was

all beautiful music and love and heartbreak and ireland

and i loved every minute of it

once.

again.

if music be the food of love, play on. –

william shakespeare

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movie credit: fox searchlight features

what vagary is this?!?!

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to eldest daughter, h. remember the time we were in the store and saw the matching socks and bought them because they were so odd and decided to change our plans, and instead wore them to the giant multi-plex theater, and bought a massive tub of popcorn and keg o’ soda and raisinets and paid for the first movie, but snuck into the others and spent the day there, laughing and watching and feeling like happy criminals? just wondered. 

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