Kalamazoo theater

Theater Review: Hello, Dolly!

Sep 27, 2018
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The Kalamazoo Civic Theatre’s production of Hello, Dolly! has everything you could want in a big Broadway show: a Jerry Herman score, hummable tunes, a talented supporting cast, strong vocals and a lead actress with the chops to nail one of American musical theatre’s best-loved roles.


Writer and theater critic Gordon Bolar (and a former general manager of WMUK) finds much to be hopeful and excited about in the rich world of West Michigan live theater. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance about the 2018-19 season, Bolar says we live an unusually supportive theater community that offers opportunities to participate at all age levels. Here are the productions he picked as his most-anticipated shows of the fall.

Theater Review: Gay Deceivers

May 24, 2018
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A new theatre, the Kalamazoo Craft Theatre Project in association with Skits-n-Giggles Theatre Company, had its inaugural production at First Congregational Church last Friday. Kalamazoo playwright and former WMUK station manager Gordon Bolar has this review of Gay Deceivers.

Courtesy Family Crimes

Murder. Kidnapping. Thievery. All this evil is crammed into into one 60-minute play -- Family Crimes -- premiering this weekend at Kalamazoo College. The play, written and directed by K College senior Belinda McCauley, looks at three generations of Latina women and the so-called crimes committed by each of them. But this play isn’t about bad people. In fact, it uses their crimes to explore the deep issues that Latina women face in today's society.

Carter died Friday night after a fall in his home. He was 31 years old