‘Once on This Island’ is among the most satisfying productions I’ve seen this season. At its conclusion, it leaves theatergoers in state like that of the little girl they meet at the show’s beginning: educated, entertained and full of hope.
With “Falling” and last season’s “Next to Normal,” Meadow Brook Theatre and director Travis Walter are confronting important works about social issues that are far different from the audience-friendly fare the theater usually thrives on. Though this play isn’t easy to watch, it may be the most life-changing production you’ll see this year.
‘Things My Mother Taught Me,’ written by Katherine DiSavino and now playing at Meadow Brook Theatre, may be the most love-affirming comedy you’re likely to see this season. And that makes it right for just about anyone looking to enjoy and evening of laughs that aren’t hurtful, political, off-color, or just plain dark.
‘80 Days’ becomes a feast for the eyes even before the first actor takes to the stage. Director Travis W. Walter loves to fill up Meadow Brook’s expansive stage with striking sets, and Jen Price Fick complies with a design worthy of a Broadway show. It’s a two-tiered affair with an industrial look that’s dubbed steampunk by sci-fi enthusiasts and characterized by massive gears and well-patinaed pipe work. Slides and videos projected as if through a telescope are used to assist in establishing place and time.
Meadow Brook Theatre's season is supported in part by the MICHIGAN COUNCIL FOR ARTS AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS and the NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS.
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