Farmers Alley Theatre

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The sometimes naughty but always endearing modern classic Avenue Q is the 11th season closer for Kalamazoo's Farmers Alley Theatre, running July 19-Aug 11. An innovative adult musical with puppets, it won Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Score, says director Rob Weiner. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, Weiner and actors Cat Greenfield (Kate Monster/Lucy the Slut) and Teresa Attridge (Christmas Eve) talk about their characters and the way the show invites the audience to become fully involved in the complicated lives of the characters living on Avenue Q.

Theater Review: Fun Home

Jun 13, 2019
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The musical Fun Home continues this weekend and next at Farmers Alley Theatre in Kalamazoo. WMUK's Gordon Bolar has this review.

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Actor Tony Humrichouser wanted to play the role of Bruce Bechdel in Fun Home from the moment he saw the show on Broadway. A musical adaptation of Alison Bechdel's graphic novel-memoir, opening June 7 at Farmers Alley Theatre, young, middle, and adult Alisons search for ways to connect with her father, Bruce, a small-town funeral director, antiques restorer, English teacher, and closeted gay man. Throughout his life, he instinctively avoided addressing Alison's own lesbianism. That avoidance rang true for Humrichouser, who says that playing the role has been cathartic for him - helping him process memories of his own childhood.

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The latest production at Farmers Alley Theatre in Kalamazoo is “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time,” based on the novel by Mark Haddon. WMUK’s Gordon Bolar has this review.

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Jeremiah Downes and Friends, a cabaret show of original music and lyrics by Jeremiah Downes, is an opportunity for the Western Michigan University assistant professor of theater to introduce his music to the community. Downes, who recently served as music director for Farmers Alley Theatre's production of The Marvellous Wonderettes, has been writing songs for the stage for around 15 years. For this production at Farmers Alley, he invited guest artists from the New York theater scene - Evan Gallagher-Frace and Madge Dietrich - as well as WMU theater students, to join him at the theater for two nights of performances on Jan 18 and 19 at 7:30 pm. Downes and Gallagher-Frace joined Cara Lieurance for a preview.