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"Evil Dead: The Musical" Reviewed

Aug 29, 2019
Andrew Robins / WMUK

The Evil Dead film franchise has been adapted for the stage as a rock musical. WMUK’s Gordon Bolar reviews “Evil Dead: The Musical,” which continues this weekend at the Barn Theatre in Augusta.

Cover of the book When the Promise Was Broken: Short Plays Inspired by the Songs of Bruce Springsteen from Smith and Kraus Publishers
Smith and Kraus Publishers

Two Kalamazoo area playwrights say the idea for a book of plays inspired by the songs of Bruce Springsteen was first hatched “six or seven years ago.” It finally took off when the chair of Western Michigan University’s Theater Department said “then do it.”

A young woman plays a ukulele and sings into a microphone on a stage with a red curtain.
Courtesy photo / Megan Dooley

Musician and entertainer Megan Dooley says she’s been getting anonymous calls since a run-in with three men in Proud Boys shirts in downtown Kalamazoo last Saturday. One caller threatened to cause trouble at her next show, but she says her fans are too smart to be baited.

John Minchillo / AP Photo

Western Michigan University has won a federal grant to help overdoses and deaths related to opioid drugs. The MY-PROUD program will put masters’ degree students from the College of Health and Human Services into schools and medical centers. Associate WMU social work professor Jennifer Harrison says they’ll help young people caught up in the opioid abuse epidemic.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Climate change has been on weighing on Josh Gottlieb’s mind. The Kalamazoo Central High School teacher says when his young children are grown, he wants them to know he fought for a habitable planet. Last spring he went to his students and asked what they could to together.

“Basically, what the students said is we want to deliver the United States to Greta,” he said. They were referring to Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish activist who famously started skipping school on Fridays to protest inaction on the climate crisis.