Monthly Archives: January 2011

Next on Actors’ Stage – “Opus”

Ticket sales have been brisk so far for the upcoming Actors’ Theatre production of Opus by Michael Hollinger.  Great seats are still available, but Spectrum Theater is filling up fast – especially for the weekend performances!

Because actors love playing to full houses, from now through the weekend we are a running a special, online only, promotion. Purchase two tickets to any Thursday performance (1/27 & 2/3) and receive a third ticket free!   There is no limit on this promotion so if you are planning on attending with a group, additional discounts apply (i.e. 6 tickets for the price of 4).

Simply order your tickets by clicking the button below (or here) and enter the coupon code “OPUSWEB” (all caps/no quotes) to receive the benefits of this promotion.  You won’t want to miss your chance to get great seats to the play Newsday calls:

“a taut, smart, thoroughly entertaining drama about that most rarified of heady glories, the string quartet.”

Meet the cast!  Check out this YouTube Video where members of the cast of the Actors’ Theatre production of Opus discuss their upcoming production.


For more information, visit http://www.atgr.org

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Two Chances Left to See “Speech and Debate” at GRCC!

Come and check out this wickedly funny play at GRCC. Starring Ethan Magnan, Aubrey Pierzchala, Garrett Black and Shelly Urbane, this is sure to be an awesome night of entertainment. This black comedy with music is directed by Chris Grooms, Music Directed by Scott Bell and Choreographed by Mary Lohman.

Call the box office at 234-3946 more more information and ticket prices.

Performances are 1-13-11 through 1-15-11 at 8pm in the Spectrum Theater black box at 8pm.

“…savvy comedy…bristling with vitality, wicked humor, terrific dialogue and a direct pipeline into the zeitgeist of contemporary youth…Karam has a keen ear for how teens talk, move and think, how they view each other and the adult world…and uses both the advantages and perils of cyberspace to make amusing, original points…” —Variety.

“A triumph…hilarious, cliché-free, and immensely entertaining…Stephen Karam’s dark comedy seems to be about a frumpy girl, a nerdy guy and an openly gay guy who band together to disclose the truth about a teacher who preys on his male students. But that topical plot is almost window dressing. The play’s real accomplishment is its picture of the borderland between late adolescence and adulthood, where grown-up ideas and ambition coexist with childish will and bravado.” —NY Times.

“A strong, rangy play…beautifully nails the indirection and crossed-wire communication of teenagers bubbling over with contradictory needs and insecurities.” —NY Newsday.

“Karam comes through as a writer whose voice is clear, laugh-out-loud funny and uncannily tuned to the way teens talk.” —NY Daily News.

“One of the top ten plays of the year…Even if you’re not fluent in IM, you’ll LOL at this subversive comedy…Mordant misfits Diwata, Solomon, and Howie come together via circumstance and learn valuable lessons: Sometimes you’ve got to ‘hold it in,’ as The Crucible’s plucky Puritan Mary tells a sexually confused Abe Lincoln. And sometimes you need to crank up [the music], strip down to a nude body stocking, make like Martha Graham, and let it out.” —Entertainment Weekly.

“Flat-out funny…Sex, secrets and hypocrisy are the themes that tie the play together…Stephen Karam has an outstanding ear for how young people talk.”—Associated Press.

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Audition for Actors’ Theatre This Weekend!

Auditions for the next two Actors’ Theatre productions are this weekend!  Be sure and stop by, auditions are open for both The Sweetest Swing in Baseball and Reefer Madness (and don’t forget, you are welcome to audition for both!)  Auditions are January 15th & 16th – 2PM-5PM, at the Spectrum Theater.

The Sweetest Swing in Baseball
By Rebecca Gilman

Director: Michelle Urbane
Cast: 5 (3 Women, 2 Men w/ role doubling)
Production Dates: March 24-26, March 31 and April 1-2

Roles:

RHONDA/DR.GILBERT – 30’s-50’s
BRIAN/MICHAEL – late 20’s-40’s
DANA – Female, late 20’s-30’s
ROY/GARY – 30’s-40’s
ERICA/DR. STANTON – 20’s-30’s

(Learn more at www.actorstheatregrandrapids.org)

Reefer Madness!: The Musical
Book by Kevin Murphy, Dan Studney | Music by Dan Studney | Lyrics by Kevin Murphy

Director: Christopher Grooms
Cast: 10-14 (w/ role doubling)
Production Dates: May 26-28, June 2-4

Roles:

JIMMY – 20’s
THE LECTURER – 30’s-50’s
MAE – 40’s-50’s
JACK/JESUS – 30’s-40’s
MARY – 20’s
RALPH – 30’s-40’s
SALLY – 20’s
PLACARD GIRL – 20’s
ENSEMBLE (Various)

(Learn more at www.actorstheatregrandrapids.org)

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OPUS Tickets – Now Available

Season Ticket Subscribers can order their tickets for Opus by playwright Michael Hollinger starting today at 1 pm! (Tickets for non-subscribers go on sale on 1/17.)

Performance dates are:

January 27-29
February 3-5
All performances begin at 8 pm

“a taut, smart, thoroughly entertaining drama about that most rarified of heady glories, the string quartet”
—Newsday

Want to learn more about the show? Check out this interview with director Jeralyn Pinsky:

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