It’s easy to enjoy the teenagers who take center stage in the latest production by Actors’ Theatre, “The Burnt Part Boys.” The family dynamics between older and younger teens, separated by just four years, is explored. The 14-year-olds are still in a bit of a make-believe world, while the older boys are taking on the realities of manhood. The conflict that ensues puts each on an adventure up a West Virginia mountainside, one group hot on the trail of the other. It’s within that concurrent journey their stories emerge.
There is so much happening in Grand Rapids this weekend it was hard to narrow it down, but hopefully, we’ve got recommendations that will suit everyone’s interests. From Actors’ Theatre’s first performance of the season to a silent disco and a new laser light show that will “rock you,” you’re sure to find something fun to do this weekend.
We’ve found five artsy things for you to do this September. From seeing a play, listening to music or to going to ArtPrize, you’ll have lots to choose from.
If you are sticking around Grand Rapids this weekend we’ve got a handful of fun activities to keep you busy.
In the era of the smartphone, everyone gets to be editors. We listened, we learned. We have internalized the Hollywood process. Tell your story on Facebook, but keep it brief, boost the highs, dramatize the lows, and for God’s sake don’t try our patience and dare to be average.
I imagine, as with any effective parable that taps into universal themes, one does not require prior knowledge of Jonah and the Big Fish, nor of “Moby-Dick,” to connect with similar lessons brought forth in Samuel D. Hunter’s play “The Whale” — but a little context might enrich the experience.
“If/Then,” the latest offering by Actors’ Theatre, is a fast-paced and entertaining production loaded with talented singers and musicians.
Actor’s Theatre is looking for would-be playwrights for its annual 10-minute playwriting festival.
From theatre assistants to co-founders of their own production company, Teresa Thome and Patrick Ziegler have been friends and colleagues ever since they first met at Spectrum Theatre while attending Grand Rapids Community College, then Junior College.