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Hilberry Theatre presents the play "Detroit," through 4/5...
Dearborn Times-Herald, 1/20
"'First Things First' fills Players Guild with laughter; Hilberry hosts Michigan premier of 'Detroit'"
by Sue Suchyta
The Hilberry Theatre opened the new year with the Michigan premiere of “Detroit,” a Pulitzer Prize finalist play by Lisa D’Amour. ...the show’s production values are top-notch, from the superb acting to the strong technical design and execution. It mirrors our times and city, and if it makes audiences uncomfortable or makes them think, then it has achieved its goal.
Detroit Free Press, 1/17
"New play 'Detroit' misses the essence of Motown"
by John Monaghan
The Hilberry team earns an A for effort in all departments. Pegi Marshall-Amundsen's set fashions familiar backyards and conjures a nifty bit of stage magic near the end. Heather DeFauw's lighting design beautifully evokes several times of day, as the show is set in both daylight and dark. Veteran director Lavinia Hart does her best to make the show resonate with Detroiters, but doesn't overplay local connections.
Encore Michigan, 1/12
"Downtown story shines with hometown view"
by Carolyn Hayes
The hotly anticipated Michigan premiere of playwright Lisa D'Amour's "Detroit" has been the arguable crown of Hilberry Theatre's 50th season. Here, under the direction of Lavinia Hart and bolstered by stellar designs and complex ensemble performances, this captivating production skillfully tells its encapsulated tragicomic story while also exploring representations of the city from without and within.
"The Hilberry does the hometown proud with its Michigan premier of ‘Detroit’"
by Patty Nolan
The Hilberry rocked its first new play of 2013 with the Michigan Premiere of “Detroit” by award-winning playwright Lisa D’Amour. As part of the "Detroit" celebration, the Hilberry Theatre is collaborating with community organizations and local businesses by featuring a special photography exhibit in cooperation with the Detroit Institute of Arts. The display, titled “Reveal Your Detroit,” showcases a broad cross-section of images that capture the city’s gritty, sublime and unique character. “Detroit” will run in repertory from January 11 through April 5, 2013. Playwright Lisa D’Amour will be visiting Wayne State University to participate in post-show talkbacks on January 31 and February 1, 2013.
The Detroit News, 1/10
"City plays Anytown, USA, in Hilberry's dark comedy 'Detroit'"
by Michael Hodges
A review of Lisa D'Amour’s "Detroit," which opens Friday at Wayne State's Hilberry Theatre, notes that the production isn't really about Detroit. It's bigger than that. It's about Anytown, USA — or at least, any town close to a big, industrial city in the Midwest. D'Amour will be at the Hilberry for performances Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, and will take questions afterward.
The Daily Tribune, The Macomb Daily, 1/3/13
‘Detroit’ on stage at the Hilberry
“Detroit,” a Pulitzer Prize nominee by award-winning playwright Lisa D’Amour, opens Jan. 11 at the Hilberry Theatre and continues in repertory through April 5. D’Amour will be at WSU for post-show talkbacks on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.
Detroit Free Press, 12/30/12
"2 plays for 2013"
by Greg Crawford
Lisa D'Amour’s “Detroit” is listed among new theatrical productions for 2013. Wayne State University’s Hilberry Theatre will host the January production of the dark comedy. David Schwimmer and Amy Ryan starred this fall in an Off-Broadway production, which won a glowing review from the New York Times' Charles Isherwood.
Encore Michigan, 12/17/12
Hilberry Theatre to present Michigan premiere of 'Detroit' by Lisa D'Amour
The Hilberry Theatre will continue to celebrate its 50th season with the Michigan premiere of the new play "Detroit" by award-winning playwright Lisa D'Amour. "Detroit" has only been produced in three other places. The production will run in repertory from Jan. 11 through April 5, 2013. Playwright Lisa D'Amour will be visiting Wayne State University to participate in post-show talkbacks on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.
Detroit Free Press, 9/9/12
"Hilberry scores a coup with new play Detroit"
by John Monaghan
Detroit, which opened at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre in 2010 and is in previews Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in New York, will have its Detroit premiere at the Hilberry Theatre in January. The production will be directed by local theater veteran Lavinia Hart. Landing Detroit was a huge coup for the Hilberry, the graduate theater company at Wayne State University that is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. "Of course, the Hilberry is known for its classical work, and this is a completely contemporary play," says Hilberry artistic director Michael Barnes. "It goes along with the idea that we can celebrate our 50 years but we must also look forward."
Detroit Free Press, 5/22/12
"Detroit set for Off-Broadway"
Actor David Schwimmer will hit a New York City stage this summer by way of "Detroit." Schwimmer will star in Lisa D'Amour's 2010 play about the tensions lurking under the surface of American life, when it opens Off-Broadway at New York's Playwrights Horizons, the Associated Press reports. The former "Friends" star opposite Tony Award nominee Amy Ryan. Previews are set to begin Aug. 24. Wayne State University's Hilberry Theatre will produce "Detroit" Jan. 11-April 15, 2013.
Detroit Free Press, 4/18/12
"Detroit on Hilberry sked"
by B.J. Hammerstein
Wayne State University's Hilberry Theatre will produce playwright Lisa D‘Amour’s much-buzzed-about 2010 play "Detroit" next season. The Hilberry production will run in repertory Jan. 11-April 15. It replaces a previously announced production of Molière's "A Doctor in Spite of Himself." Though the play is titled "Detroit," it could be set in many other U.S. cities. Still, it's a story that will resonate locally, says director Lavinia Hart. "We're a city bereft of revenue, neighborhoods, opportunity. We live in a city of a dwindling work force, including firefighters and police officers. But Detroiters are survivors and their sense of humor is gritty and wry," says Hart.