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Lisa Allmendinger on June 27th, 2017

By Elizabeth Richardson The Purple Rose Theatre’s production of “Harvey” is wonderful performance and stays true to the classic 1945 story while feeling fresh and updated. The story is about a kind soul, Elwood P. Dowd, played by Richard McWilliams, who meets a Pooka – a spirit, that takes the form of a 6-foot invisible […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on June 18th, 2017

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Katie Hubbard for the information in this story.) The Purple Rose Theatre Company (PRTC) will host its 5th Annual Backyard BBQ benefit presented by DTE Energy Foundation on Sunday, July 23 from 4-9 p.m. at the Chelsea Fairgrounds, 20501 W Old US Hwy 12. With a 1940s flair, the […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on June 11th, 2017

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Katie Hubbard for the information in this story.) The Purple Rose Theatre Company (PRTC) recently announced its 27th season of performances, which will feature the Tony Award-winning drama “God of Carnage” and three world premieres by Michigan-based playwrights. PRTC Artistic Director Guy Sanville describes the upcoming season as “a […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on June 4th, 2017

Tickets are now on sale for The Purple Rose Theatre Company’s summer production, “Harvey,” a Pulitzer Prize-winning American classic by Mary Chase.  Performances run from Thursday, June 15 through Saturday, Aug. 26. Previews, with reduced-price tickets, are available through Thursday, June 22; opening night is Friday, June 23. Elwood P. Dowd insists on including his […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on April 9th, 2017

By Crystal Hayduk Celebrating its 100th play, the Purple Rose Theatre Company (PRTC) has revived the popular “Vino Veritas,” which premiered on its stage in 2008. Written by Detroit native David MacGregor, “Vino Veritas” gets its Latin title from the ancient proverb meaning “in wine, there is truth.” But in this comedy, there is more […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on February 25th, 2017

  (Chelsea Update would like to thank Katie Hubbard for the information in this story.) The Purple Rose Theatre Company celebrates its 100-play milestone by bringing back an audience favorite, “Vino Veritas,” by Detroit playwright David MacGregor. The play, which MacGregor describes as “a dark comedy about the truth—how some people need it to survive, […]

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By Crystal Hayduk “Smart Love” is a multi-faceted story about parents and children, husbands and wives, intelligence and technology, hard work and miracles, and life and death. The story centers around a technologically gifted MIT student, Benjamin Wachowski (David Bendena), who is in anguish after his father, Ron (Wayne David Parker), unexpectedly dies. One could […]

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(Chelsea Update would like to thank Katie Hubbard for the information in this story.) A panel of experts will discuss Artificial Intelligence (AI) following The Purple Rose Theatre’s performance of “Smart Love” on Thursday, Feb. 16. Audience members are invited to participate in this enhanced talk-back. “Smart Love,” a world premiere by Michigan playwright Brian […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on February 7th, 2017

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(Chelsea Update would like to thank Jan Bernath for the information in this story and Mark Cresswell for the photos.) An intimate history of The Purple Rose Theatre was vividly described by author Cynthia Furlong Reynolds and longtime employee Danna Segrest, who plays multiple roles as resident properties designer, box office assistant and archival photographer. […]

Continue reading about History of Purple Rose Theatre presented at recent Chelsea Area Historical Society meeting