Grand Rapids Circle Theatre stages "You Can't Take It With You"

by (John Kissane)

Submitted 06-14-2024 under OPINION

Humor tends to age like avocados. Start reading "Our American Cousin," the comedic play Abraham Lincoln was watching when John Wilkes Booth assassinated him, and you’ll soon realize that there are worse things than getting shot. That...

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Tick, Tick...Boom! Explodes Into Song

by (John Kissane)

Submitted 05-24-2024 under OPINION

In high school, faced with yet another rejection slip, I hit upon what seemed to me an irresistible idea: write a poem about rejection on the back of the slip and submit it. The editor to whom I’d sent the first poem rejected that one, too....

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Clyde's dramatizes the hopes and struggles of post-prison life

by (John Kissane)

Submitted 01-21-2024 under OPINION

You made a mistake. And it's a big mistake – the kind they could throw you in prison for. So that's what they do. You grind your sentence out, keeping your head down, dreaming of freedom. Then, finally, you get that freedom. But here...

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"Enrich, Inspire, & Enable": Curtains to Rise for #BAM Talent's Production of American Son Next Week

by (AlaynnaDressler)

Submitted 06-08-2023 under NONPROFITS

"Enrich, Inspire, & Enable Black & Underrepresented Voices through Professional-Level Theatrical Training & Production Works." That is the mission statement of #BAM (Black Art Matters) Talent, a local nonprofit organization founded by...

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Blithe Spirit Glides, Soars

by (John Kissane)

Submitted 06-05-2023 under OPINION

Fifty years ago, when Noël Coward died, he took with him a world. It was a glittering, sparkling world -- a world of finely-cut suits, tasteful jewelry, and witty banter. A fantasy, in other words. What kept it from becoming stifling was his opening...

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Beyond Play: Art, Access, and Community Vitality

by (DwellingPlace)

Submitted 08-06-2019 under NONPROFITS

“Play is important... it’s not frivolous, it’s not just for kids, it’s crucial for development, it’s why humans are a creative species and it’s what pushes us to do new things,” says Alex Forist, the...

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2nd Ward candidates show their lighter side in run-up to election

by (awpattullo)

Submitted 08-05-2019 under NEWS

Could plural politics become singular?  Would it be politic to call politics an illusion? Most importantly, can politics be fun? Yes, yes, and yes were suggested by “Democracy at Play,” an election forum for 2nd ward City Commission...

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Circle Theatre continues 66th season with 'Leading Ladies'

by (circletheatre)

Submitted 08-07-2018 under NONPROFITS

Circle Theatre, Grand Rapids’ go-to destination for exceptional theatrical arts in an intimate setting, will continue their 66th Main Stage season with a production of Leading Ladies starting on Thursday, August 9 at 7:30 p.m. inside the...

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"God of Carnage" will take the stage at Dog Story Theater this Friday

by (The University Wits)

Submitted 02-08-2017 under NONPROFITS

After 11 year old boys Benjamin and Henry get into a fight on the playground, resulting in one child getting hit in the mouth and losing a few teeth, the four parents meet to discuss the unpleasantness calmly and politely. However, as tempers rise...

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GRCM joins Museums for All, helping low-income families to play together

by (Grand Rapids Ch...)

Submitted 02-06-2017 under NONPROFITS

The Grand Rapids Children’s Museum announced that it has joined Museums for All, a signature access program of the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to encourage families of...

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