Poet Laureate Semaj Brown launches literacy project in compelling UM – Flint performance
Nov16

Poet Laureate Semaj Brown launches literacy project in compelling UM – Flint performance

By Patsy Isenberg “Say Her Name.” Semaj Brown. Flint’s first-ever poet laureate, made that powerful line one of her central refrains at a performance, discussion and launch of a literacy initiative at the University of Michigan – Flint’s  Kiva Auditorium Nov. 13. Brown had received a proclamation from then-Mayor Karen Weaver announcing her as Flint’s first poet laureate Sept. 27 after a performance at the Flint Public...

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Review:  Absurdist “The Chairs” delivers much more than nothingness
Nov03

Review: Absurdist “The Chairs” delivers much more than nothingness

By Patsy Isenberg “The Chairs” opened at Flint Repertory Theatre’s Bower Black Box Friday Nov. 1 to a sold-out house. Artistic Director Michael Lluberes could be seen helping late arrivals search for seats.  [The production continues next weekend through Sunday, Nov. 10–details below.] It’s a good bet that most of the audience expected a simple comedy about an elderly couple’s conversation. It turns out there was much more to...

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Review:  Spirited “Memphis the Musical” dancing up a storm through Oct. 19 at McCree
Oct15

Review: Spirited “Memphis the Musical” dancing up a storm through Oct. 19 at McCree

By Patsy Isenberg The Tony Award winning musical, “Memphis,” at The New McCree Theatre, running through Saturday,  Oct. 19, has a huge cast of talented local singers, dancers, and actors and is directed by Cathye Johnson. The musical tries to take the audience back to the 50s. And it does, using music to illustrate the changes that started taking place at that time. The production has 22 actors listed in the playbill and several of...

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Review:  “Daring Trader” captures profound role of Joseph Smith on how Flint became Flint
Oct06

Review: “Daring Trader” captures profound role of Joseph Smith on how Flint became Flint

By Harold C. Ford “In the signing of the 1819 treaty by the Chippewa and Ottawa, (Jacob Smith) had earned himself several hundreds of dollars in payment from the government for his secret work, while also quietly sowing the seeds for his white children to each receive hundreds of acres of desirable property where white settlement would almost certainly take place and a town (Flint) would grow.” …from The Daring Trader, Jacob...

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Review:  Flint Writers Fest displays depth, diversity of Flint talent
Sep21

Review: Flint Writers Fest displays depth, diversity of Flint talent

By Harold C. Ford ‘Writing is the painting of the voice.”   …Voltaire The latest iteration of a local festival that elevates the literary arts displayed the depth and diversity of Flint-based writers Sept. 13-14.  This year, its third, the event premiered a new name, date, location, and talent. Formerly the Flint Literary Festival, the Flint Festival of Writers featured a program of talented Flint writers at the Ferris Wheel building...

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Review: “Gamma Rays” captures troubled family at The Rep through Sept. 22
Sep17

Review: “Gamma Rays” captures troubled family at The Rep through Sept. 22

By Patsy Isenberg Events in the lives of a dysfunctional family with mental health and medical problems and who are doomed financially are portrayed compellingly at The Flint Repertory Theatre (The Rep) in the play, “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds.” The production continues through Sunday at the Elgood Theatre, 1220 E. Kearsley St. in the Flint Cultural Center. “Gamma Rays” was written by...

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