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God of Carnage: The Parents' Gloves Come Off

Thursday - Saturday, Apr. 24 - 26, 8 p.m. curtain
What parent has not cringed at the thought of what could happen should their offspring be the source of a schoolyard fight? This is the premise of the play, God of Carnage, which looks at the contemporary niceties as civility gives way to madness – a factor at work in society more and more for all our advances.

Actors' Theatre's production of God of Carnage, directed by Tom Kaechele, brings two families together center stage around this topic and is set within the most curious of settings for such rawness, the genre of comedy.   

And unlike the film adaptation directed by Jodie Foster (to which critics equally savagely laid open to bleed and die), Kaechele has a different take.

"The movie took a more serious look at the subject matter. The humor was not as present – due to the fact that Ms. Reza looks at her show as being very serious," says Kaechele. "Not that it isn’t a serious matter or that this doesn’t happen in 'real' life, I've just taken a more comical, almost farcical approach to the presentation of this piece."

Fans of Tasmina Reza's previous play, Art, will see a link to the savage side of living when the gloves come off between these two families.  

The play moves swiftly, coming in just over an hour with a lot of thought-provoking, fast-paced dialogue, but with a real twist that is, at its core, humorous fun! If you love being a voyeur to folly, then Actors' production of God of Carnege is your SchadenfreudeFest.

Looking ahead to May 1, Actors' Theatre will present their annual fundraiser with a fitting tribute to its closing show of the season, Grey Gardens: The Musical. The gala's theme of Save Grey Gardens will be a campy send-up to the documentary that inspired the musical of the same name. You can expect plenty of East Coast-inspired, WASP-like behavior as folks take lead from the doc's characters of Ms. Edith Bouvier Beale and Ms. Little Edie Beale - the aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Secure your tickets to the Save Grey Gardens! gala here.

Admission: God of Carnage tickets start at $24 with special rush tickets available day of show for students.


Hats Off to Dr. Seuss: Eat Green Eggs and Scram (to Holland)

Opening Friday, April 25 (through May 11)
There are very few people who have not heard of the famed children's author Theodor Seuss Geisel -- or, as we have come to know him, Dr. Seuss. Opening on Friday, the touring exhibition Hats Off to Dr. Seuss will showcase the artwork of the Dr. at the Holland Area Arts Council.

This very limited-run art show is a perfect opportunity to see his art up close as well as introduce the next generation of children to a man who, for more than 60 years, created some of the most beloved books, with characters breaking down the boundaries of literature and stories of an unchained imagination that defy categories like "children's book."

Guests attending are encouraged to wear outlandish hats to view the exhibition. In fact, if you should forget your hat or are timid, there are hats at the arts council location to help free you from your mind's boundaries so that when you return you will have a festive hat to celebrate. And yes, I said return since this is a show you will want to see a couple times because it is that good!

In addition, the Hats Off to Dr. Seuss! Holland exhibition not only will feature Dr. Seuss’s traveling exhibition of art, but at the Holland show there will be his never-before-seen hat collection presented alongside his little-known Secret Art.

Dr. Seuss may have passed away in 1991 but his legacy lives on in his books and also in the art he created while he was with us.


Collabrewation No. 5: High Five Co-Op Tour of Breweries

Referred to by the organizers as a Collabrewation Tour Stop, the local startup with a co-op focus, High Five Co-Op, will present their fifth event in the region as they tour various craft breweries sharing the gospel of good beer.  

The purpose of these events is to celebrate as well as showcase the innovative advances and experimentation of the beer culture of West Michigan. The evening will also highlight the opportunity to buy a membership in this soon-to launch co-op.

And if you think this is some hippy-dippy, fly-by-night operation looking to lift your wallet for $150 A share to be a full member, then you do not know how serious this group is about their efforts.

The fifth stop is at one of the area's newest breweries, Ada's Gravel Bottom Craft Brewery & Supply, and will feature the debut of a new and very satisfying El Dorado Double IPA created in partnership with the High Five Co-Op.

If you have ever wanted to find out more about what it takes to brew a great beer or simply are tired of hanging out with your buds and babes cooking up a home brew at, well, your home, then head out to Ada to find out why the High Five Co-Op is one of the coolest grassroots groups in the region that is about to make a big splash when it goes live.

(Hint: You never have to guess what the High Five gang will bring to the table because it is always beer… and it's all good!)


The Joe Show: Bigger Than Ever …and Projected

Film Premiere, Saturday, Apr. 26, 7 p.m.
There are very few comics in town who are big enough to deserve the silver screen treatment. In fact, if this were Baltimore, MD, then our very own local Joe the Cabdriver (Joseph Charles McIntosh) – a local actor, playwright, director, poet, stripper, and pre-Uber cab driver -- would be the darling of all of John Waters' modern, post-Divine films.

But thanks to our ever-growing film community, Joe is getting his starring moment to shine beyond the bit parts he has played up until now on the stage and screen under the guise of the Grand Rapids filmmaking team of Daniel E. Falicki and Anthony E. Griffin.

The comic film is based on the staged show of the same name. It follows the story of a man who seeks love, a job, or a friend to bring meaning to his life, which, up until now, has been devoted to his imaginary pal, Charlie Nubbins.
And while Joe feels at home on the stage reading his poetry in a venue where a lot of beautiful women attend, there is just one problem. Many of the beautiful women who show an interest in poetry start to disappear after his performances.

This is the only screening of this film, so clear your schedule for a fun night of local filmmaking and then be prepared to stalk Joe after for what will probably be the wildest cast party you will ever crash. Keep your Obamacare medical card handy. You might need it later after the show.

Admission: Ticket may be purchased in advance here.
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