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“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” on mlive.com

Just in case you missed it – there was a great article about Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson recently on mlive. Read the full article on their site and click the photo below to see more rehearsal photos from this fantastic new musical!

The cast of "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" rehearse. The show is set to run for three consecutive weekends starting Feb. 6 at Actors' Theatre in Grand Rapids (Dave Kagan )

The cast of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” rehearse. The show is set to run for three consecutive weekends starting Feb. 6 at Actors’ Theatre in Grand Rapids (Dave Kagan )

Rock out with ‘Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson’ concert/musical at Actors’ Theatre

By Todd Chance | tchance@mlive.com 
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – If you look closely at President Andrew Jackson’s image on a $20 bill, you might be able to see a small smirk. But you’d be hard pressed to imagine him rocking out as the lead singer of an emo-rock band.

Until you see “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.”

The rock musical on Broadway in 2010 is running for three long weekends Feb. 6-22 at Actors’ Theatre, 160 Fountain St. NE.

Grand Award-winning director Kyle Amanda Dutkiewicz (“The Wild Party”) is at the helm of this 11-person cast and takes on choreography duties as well. Scott Bell is the music director.

“The notes on the script say it is to be played like a PBS special or ‘Saturday Night Live’ skit,” Dutkiewicz said in a phone interview. “But I’d add in the popular ‘Drunk History’ videos from YouTube as inspiration as well.”

Read the rest of the article here, then head over to www.atgr.org to order your tickets today!

Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson

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REVIEW: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

The review of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson is up on www.mlive.com! Here’s an excerpt:

From left, Connor Manion as John C. Calhoun, Colin Tobin as James Monroe, Jared Graybiel as Martin Van Buren and Jason DeJager as Henry Clay perform during a dress rehearsal of "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson," at the Actors' Theatre in Grand Rapids on Wednesday, February 5, 2014. (Andrew Kuhn | MLive.com)

From left, Connor Manion as John C. Calhoun, Colin Tobin as James Monroe, Jared Graybiel as Martin Van Buren and Jason DeJager as Henry Clay perform during a dress rehearsal of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” at the Actors’ Theatre in Grand Rapids on Wednesday, February 5, 2014. (Andrew Kuhn | MLive.com)

Review: ‘Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson’ serves ironic humor with heart at Actors’ Theatre

By Tricia Woolfenden | grentertainment@mlive.com

Speaking in advance of Actors’ Theatre’s February 6 premiere of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” director Kyle Amanda Dutkiewicz likened the musical to the equally irreverent “Drunk History.”

For the uninitiated, “Drunk History” — a popular (and hilarious) Funny or Die web series picked up in 2013 by Comedy Central — offers a fanciful retelling of famous historical events offered through the slurred lens of the inebriated.

While it’s not for me to say whether “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” creators Alex Timbers (book) and Michael Friedman (music and lyrics) similarly partook of liquid inspiration during the musical’s creation, one thing is certain: If history class were half as playful as this, American youth wouldn’t have such a difficult time rattling off the names of our presidents. [read more…]

Go over to mlive and read the rest of the review, and then let them know what you thought of the show in comments!

Haven’t seen the show yet? There are still tickets available – head over to www.atgr.org to reserve yours today.

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Feb. 6-22, 2014
All performances at 8:00PM at the Spectrum Theatre

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“Venus in Fur” Review on mlive.com

3 1/2 out of 4 stars review

Have you seen the review for Venus in Fur ? 3.5 out of 4 stars! We at Actors’ Theatre are incredibly proud of this show. Here’s an excerpt from the article on www.mlive.com:

Review: Actors’ Theatre ‘Venus in Fur’ a sexy, scintillating look at gender dynamics

Tricia Woolfenden | grentertainment@mlive.comBy Tricia Woolfenden | grentertainment@mlive.com 

Some battles are fought with heavy artillery and firepower. The power play at the core of “Venus in Fur” is waged with a far less predictable, some might say more potent, weapon: Human sexuality.

Actors’ Theatre launched the opening performance Thursday, Dec. 12, in the wake of a two-day winter storm system that left downtown side streets buried in nearly as much snow as there is subtext to playwright David Ives’ work. Presented with a single sparse set and one intermission-free act, the play relies entirely upon the interchange between its two performers: Vanda Jordan (Ellie Frances) and Thomas Novachek (Kyle Los). []

First go over to www.mlive.com and read the rest of the article, then jump over to www.atgr.org and reserve your seats! There are performances tonight and tomorrow, and next week Thurs. – Sat., December 19-21. All shows are at 8:00PM.

Don’t forget – there is a talkback after tonight’s performance! Be sure and join us!

Kyle Los plays Thomas and Ellie Frances plays Vanda during the dress rehearsal of the Actors' Theatre production of 'Venus in Fur' Wednesday night. (Katy Batdorff | MLive.com)

Kyle Los plays Thomas and Ellie Frances plays Vanda during the dress rehearsal of the Actors’ Theatre production of ‘Venus in Fur’ Wednesday night. (Katy Batdorff | MLive.com)

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“Venus in Fur” Opens Tonight – Talkback on Friday

It’s opening night! There are still a few seats available, go to www.atgr.org and reserve yours now! Venus in Fur runs Dec. 12 – 14 and 19-21, 2013. All shows are at 8pm.

Join us this Friday evening, December 13, after the performance of Venus In Fur for a talk back with special guest panelists who will discuss the original work of “Venus In Furs” by Leopold Von Sacher Masoch – on which the play is based. Other topics for discussion will include: gender roles, feminism, power and control, and much more!

Our guest panelists include: 

Susan M. Williams: GRCC Faculty – Assistant Professor of History: ABD, Department of History; Major Field: East European History; Minor Fields: History of Gender & Sexuality, Russian and East European Studies; Fulbright Scholar, Romania, 2006-2007.; M.A., European History
David Cope: Grand Rapids Poet Laureate 2011-2014. AB, U of Michigan (studied under Robert Hayden); MA + 30, Western Michigan University. Taught Shakespeare, Drama, Creative Writing at GRCC for decades. Award winning author, edit, and publisher for over 40 years.

Elena Gormley: Venus in Fur Dramaturg – BA of Fine Arts in Performing Arts.

*The talk back should begin at approx. 9:30 pm. You DO NOT need to attend that night’s performance to attend the talk back.

 

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“Venus in Fur” in On The Town

There is great article about Venus in Fur by On The Town’s Katerie Prior up on mlive.com. Here is an excerpt:

Actors’ Theatre’s Holiday Offering Takes A Look at Relationships

[] Set in present day, Thomas Novachek is a young playwright who has adapted von Sacher-Masoch’s novel into a play. Unfortunately, it’s the end of the audition and no actress has captured Thomas’ interest until Vanda Jordan shows up. Goofy, nosy, persistent, but utterly charming, Vanda wheedles Thomas to go through some of the scenes with her. But as the audition progresses, who is really in charge of the audition begins to blur. Who exactly is Vanda? How did she get a copy of Thomas’s script? And is Thomas directing Vanda or is it the other way around?

Critically acclaimed when it opened Off-Broadway in 2010, Venus in Fur is a dark comedy that shifts between humor and seriousness. Fortunately, that isn’t too hard for Director Michelle Urbane to handle—she’s directed Mr. Marmalade and Steel Magnolias in the past. “This is really about relationships,” she said. “The power struggle that occurs between actor and director, or man and woman. How far are these characters are willing to go?”

Venus in Fur may seem like an odd choice for theater around the holiday season, but Urbane thinks that this is perfect for adults looking for a theater experience that doesn’t include sugar plum fairies. “This is something fun that doesn’t have to be family-oriented,” she said. “I want audiences to walk away and say, ‘Wow, that was fun. Do you think everything happened?’ But I can’t say more than that.” []

Want more? Click on over to On the Town on mlive and read the rest of the article, then go to www.atgr.org and reserve your tickets. There are just 6 performances of Venus in Fur which opens tomorrow night!

Rehearsals with Elinor Frances as Vanda and Kye Los as Thomas in "Venus in Fur." Photo credit: Dave Kagan

Rehearsals with Elinor Frances as Vanda and Kye Los as Thomas in “Venus in Fur.” Photo credit: Dave Kagan

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