The New Theatre Project enters 2012 by exploring two very contemporary themes—the Great Recession and sex in the digital age, in their production of critically acclaimed up and coming playwright Kevin Kautzman's If You Start a Fire [Be Prepared to Burn]. The story fallows a young twenty-something couple, Chris and Lucy, as they navigate through the recession with dead end jobs that they need to keep to maintain healthcare coverage. When Chris loses his job the two decide to start an internet porn site and the strains of voyeurism, love and money all collide. $15, $10 students, seniors, industry. Shows run Fridays-Sundays, February 10-March 4, 8pm. Pay-what-you-can previews run on February 10-12, 8pm. Mix Studio Theater, 130 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. 734-645-9776. www.thenewtheatreproject.org
The beautiful thing about the kinds of songs that Tanager make are how layered they are… These are guitars that envelop you, drums that pull you, melodic phrases that levitate you (and no, I’m not on drugs as I write this)… Those ethereal traits have always distinguished a Tanager song, a hybrid of coarse distortion
It is heartrending to see that message, reverberated through the past and into the present. Cynics may be tempted to ask, “Have we really made any progress?”. Yet, above the calls of protest and activism, the gallery is also filled with silence, waiting for the viewer’s response to the question, “Will you change it?”
Flint’s story is essential to the film because it illustrates the power of greed and why corporate money has no place in government. Macroeconomics 101 tells us that corporations are beholden to one thing—their stockholders. Humans do not enter into this equation. How can you have a democracy for the people when corporate money runs the government? You can’t.
Following Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, a prodigious doctor whose ecstasy over medicine overshadowed his regard for those closest to him, and his striving younger brother W.K., who toiled unappreciated under his brother before setting off on his own to great fame and success.