Monthly Archives: May 2012

Living on the Edge IX: “Evil Things” Next Weekend!

LOTE-IX-PImage-275Each year, for the past nine seasons, Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids has issued a call for ten-minute play submissions in the fall, five of which are selected for full public performance.  The theme selected for our ninth annual Living on the Edge series is “Evil Things”.  On Saturday, April 28th, 2012, ten semi-finalists were read publicly from this years submissions – which was restricted only to Michigan playwrights.

Actors’ is proud to announce the following five plays have been selected for performance June 6-9, 2012 in the GRCC Spectrum Theater Black Box (Room 201):

  • “Basement Story” by Austin Bunn – When his mother decides to sell his childhood home, a young man returns to help clean out the basement and rediscovers traces of a dark childhood game that never really ended. “Basement Story” is an unsettling exploration of mental illness and loyalty between twin brothers.
  • “The Ground is Heavy” by Andrew Wernette – A soldier in a war zone, a betrayed wife, and a new father all tell their overlapping and life-changing stories.
  • “Chapter and Verse” by Mike Smolinski – In the distant future, archeologists Jack, an expert, and Louise, a recent college grad, are at a dig that is close to uncovering artifacts from the early 21st century.
  • “Price Check” by David MacGregor – A freshly-hired clerk at a dollar store discovers the dark secret behind his new job.
  • “Sweetie” by Kristin Hanratty – It’s man versus man’s best friend when a normally good-natured dog bites a guest at a dinner party; but does the attack show the viciousness of the pet, or reveal something about the victim?

We would like to thank all of the Michigan playwrights who submitted work on this year’s theme.  Tickets are only $10, General Admission with only 50 seats available per performance, and can be purchased by calling the box office during regular business hours or online by clicking the link below.  Join us next weekend for five new 10 minute plays and support Actors’ Theatre and Michigan playwrights in the process!

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“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” Opening This Week

 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Running June 1 – 17, 2012 at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre.

From the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre website:

“Something for Everyone, Comedy Tonight!”

This light, fast-paced, witty and irreverent musical farce takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2000 year old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville.

Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Get more information on showtimes and tickets at

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More Photos of “August: Osage County” Online

Thinking about seeing August: Osage County this weekend?  better call soon – tickets are going fast!  The phone number for the box office is (616)234-3946 or go to to purchase your tickets online.

Eryn Kovach of Moments in Life Photography was in taking some photographs of the production for us.  Click the photo before to see some of her shots of the show on our Facebook page:

Production photos from the Actors’ Theatre production of August: Osage County by Tracy Letts, playing through 5/26/12.
Photo credit: Eryn Kovach, Moments in Life Photography

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Grand Rapids Theatre Pros Take a Look at “The Adams Family”

Well, this is fun!  Sue Merrell brought some familiar faces along with her to review The Adams Family at Broadway Grand Rapids.  Check out the full review on

What Grand Rapids theater professionals say about ‘The Addams Family’ from Broadway Grand Rapids

“The Addams Family” musical opens at DeVos Performance Hall Tuesday, May 22, in Grand Rapids. (Photo credit: Katie Greene |

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — MLive theater critic Sue Merrell said it was “a snap” to enjoy “The Addams Family” musical brought to DeVos Performance Hall this week by Broadway Grand Rapids.

Her review acknowledges: “Much of the humor is the predictable macabre twist on everyday life, and the dialogue is often choppy, bare bones, but the show has some moments of innovation that really soar.”

As she reviewed Tuesday night’s opening performance, Merrell was joined by three colleagues from the Grand Rapids theater community. We were curious how local theater professionals would review the Grand Rapids appearance of a Broadway show on national tour.
Below are mini-reviews by Mary Beth Quillin of GEM Theatrics, Larry Young of Creative Edge Productions, and Joe Dulin, former managing director of Circle Theatre. (…)

Read what Mary Beth, Larry and Joe had to say here on

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Radio Interview and Photos of “August: Osage County”

Monday morning Shelly Irwin interviewed Director Fred Sebulske and Cast Members Amy Osborn and Jean Reed Bahle of August: Osage County on her Morning Show on WGVU Radio.  If you missed it, you can listen to it on

Also in the media, Katie Greene of got some great photos of the cast on Dress Rehearsal.  Click the photo below to see more!

Shelly Urbane as Ivy Weston in “August: Osage County” by Tracy Letts. Photo credit: Katie Greene

Go to to learn more about Actors’ final production in our 31st Season. Box office and ticketing information are also available on the site.  As a reminder:  August: Osage County closes this weekend, so call ahead for tickets!

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