West Side Theatre Project’s ‘Last Romance’ to benefit DHS Theatre Program

Photo by Cynthia Frabutt. The West Side Theatre Project presents “The Last Romance” with Terry Crandall (left) of Dearborn as young Ralph Bellini, Rae McIntosh of Beverly Hills as Carol, Janet Vogel of Ann Arbor as Rose, and Richard Bulleri of Dearborn as present day Ralph Bellini. The show runs 8 p.m. Nov. 5 to 7, 13 and 14, and 3 p.m. Nov. 15 at Dearborn High School.

Photo by Cynthia Frabutt. The West Side Theatre Project presents “The Last Romance” with Terry Crandall (left) of Dearborn as young Ralph Bellini, Rae McIntosh of Beverly Hills as Carol, Janet Vogel of Ann Arbor as Rose, and Richard Bulleri of Dearborn as present day Ralph Bellini. The show runs 8 p.m. Nov. 5 to 7, 13 and 14, and 3 p.m. Nov. 15 at Dearborn High School.

By Sue Suchyta

The West Side Theatre Project presents Joe DiPietro’s romantic comedy “The Last Romance” Nov. 5 to 15 at Dearborn High School, 19501 W. Outer Drive, Dearborn.

The show runs at 8 p.m. Nov. 5 to 7, 13 and 14, and and 3 p.m. Nov. 15.

Tickets are $15, with a $2 discount for seniors and students. All proceeds go to support the DHS theater program. Call 313-827-1647 to purchase tickets.

Directed by Dianne Bernick of Ypsilanti, and produced by Greg Phillip Viscomi of Dearborn, the cast includes Dearborn residents Richard Bulleri as Ralph Bellini and Terry Crandall as young Ralph, Rae McIntosh of Beverly Hills as Carol, and Janet Vogel of Ann Arbor as Rose.

Bernick said she fell in love with the show when she saw it last year at the Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, and she directed the first act of the show for the Dearborn Area Theatre Association’s “Random Acts of Theatre” Sept. 11 and 12 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center.

“A lot of people got to see a snippet of the production,” Bernick said. “Now they can come and find out if Ralph and Carol get together.”

Bernick said the heart-warming comedy is about the power of love.

“I hope the audience will take away that you are never too old to fall in love,” Bernick said. “I know the audience will fall in love with the story and all the characters.”

Bulleri said his character is an 80-year-old widower who is looking for love at a dog park.

“It does have a little bawdy humor,” Bulleri said, “more like the banter in ‘Golden Girls.’ It is basically a PG-rated show – no violence, no adult language, no vampires.”

Bulleri said has worked onstage in past productions with Bernick, Vogel and McIntosh.

“This show has been a kind of a small reunion,” Bulleri said. “It is a good feeling to work (with) them all again.”


The Downriver Actors Guild will hold auditions for ages 8 to 19 for the musical “Doctor Dolittle” at 2 p.m. Nov. 1 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Catherine A. Daly Theatre on the Avenue, 2656 Biddle in Wyandotte.
The show runs Feb. 12 to 14 and 19 to 21. For more information, go to downriveractorsguild.net.


The Downriver Actors Guild presents “SchoolHouse Rock” Nov. 6 to 15 at the Catherine A. Daly Theatre on the Avenue, 2656 Biddle in Wyandotte.
Show times are 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6, 7, 13 and 14, and 3 p.m. Nov. 8 and 15.

Tickets are $10. To order, call 734-407-7020 or go to downriveractorsguild.net.

Directed by Nathan Vasquez of Allen Park, the show follows a nervous teacher, Tom, played by Alex Rosen, 17, of Lincoln Park, on his first day of school, with clever song and dance numbers that teach topics like grammar, history and science. The show includes the songs “Conjunction Junction” and “Just a Bill.”

Jami Krause of Wyandotte is the musical director, with Kayla Chavez of Lincoln Park as the choreographer.

The show features two casts, with the Noun cast performing Nov. 6 to 8, and the Adjective cast performing Nov. 13 to 15.

In addition to Rosen, actors in both casts include Lily Steele, 11, of Lincoln Park; Isabella Owens, 10, and Molly Pelkey, 11, of Riverview; Cassidy McFarland, 10, of Wyandotte; Elaina Primeau, 10, and Joshua Primeau, 13, of Brownstown Township; and Evan Sartor, 7, of Canton Township.
The first weekend Noun cast includes Ethan Fink, 7, of Allen Park; Caroline Nieues-Gueits, 5, of Lincoln Park; Macy Rebka, 5, and Max Rebka, 7, of Riverview; Elyana Ceil, 10, Carly Serpetti, 5, and Nathan Steichen, 11, of Southgate; Brooklyn Bonner, 12, and Kaylyn Messer, 3, of Taylor; and Mia Martin, 10, Nadia Pers, 3, and Adia Pettigrew, 8, of Wyandotte.

Also in the Noun cast are Sydney Czopek, 7, Braxton Frost, 3, Alaina McQuillan, 5, and Lukas McQuillan, 8, of Brownstown Township; Emily Tepper, 9, of Carleton; Kate Bargamian, 7, Lily Bargamian, 10, Isabella Kalisz, 4, Matthew Wilson, 7, Mia Wilson, 10, and Zach Wilson, 7, of Grosse Ile Township; and Isabella Greene, 12, of Newport.

The second weekend Adjective cast includes Josie Regalado, 10, and Phoebe Sequin, 10, of Allen Park; Isabel Waunick, 7, of Dearborn; Isabella Ghedotte, 6, and Jaace Ghedotte, 4, of Lincoln Park; Nora Kalvans, 10, and Lily Paschke, 10, of Riverview; Ella Atkinson, 7, and Joseph Stein, 10, of Southgate; Joanna Bailey, 6, Madalyn Bailey, 10, Kate Bouquenoy, 7, Emily Bruce, 11, Anna Bruce, 11, and Lucy Skolnik, 5, of Trenton; and Andrew Dmitruchina, 8, Grayson Galati, 7, Griffin Gardner, 6, Ella Ray, 11, Lacy Remisoski, 11, and Patrick Remisoski, 8, of Wyandotte.

Also in the Adjective cast are Ella Sequin, 9, of Brownstown Township; Ellie Beesley, 6, of Flat Rock; and Brayden Keding, 8, and Dresden Keding, 8, of Grosse Ile Township.


The Open Book Theatre Company presents Sarah Ruhl’s romantic comedy “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” Nov. 6 to 21 at Penelope’s Venue, 12219 Dix Toledo Road, Southgate.

Show times are 8 p.m. Nov. 6, 7, 13, 14, 19 to 21, and 2 p.m. Nov. 15.

For tickets, call 734-288-7753 or go to openbooktc.com.

The comic romp examines whether people really connect in a world run amok with electronic devices. When Jean answers the ringing cell phone a fellow cafe patron ignores, she discovers that he has died. When she continues to answer his calls, she tries to connect with the dead man’s family and associates, and becomes entangled in the puzzle pieces of his life.

The cast includes Kaitlyn Valor of Dearborn as a stranger and the Other Woman; Ferndale residents Melissa Beckwith as Hermia, Dani Cochrane as Jean, and Richard Payton as Dwight; Connie Cowper of Rochester Hills as Mrs. Gottleib, and Ryan Earnst of Waterford Township as Gordon.


Henry Ford College announced the cast this week for Jean Shepherd’s comedic “A Christmas Story,” which runs Nov. 20 to Dec. 6 in the MacKenzie Fine Arts Center, 5101 Evergreen Road in Dearborn.

The coming-of-age tale is set in the 1940s, when 9-year-old Ralphie longs for a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas, despite dire warnings by his mother, teacher and even a department store Santa that he’ll “shoot your eye out.”

Dearborn residents Christian Plonka and Eric Vega are double cast as grown up Ralph, the narrator.

Ralphie is played by Edward Austin of Redford, with Matt Van Houten of Allen Park as the Old Man, and Blues Higgins of Westland as his kid brother Randy.

Brighid Driscoll of Dearborn and Durshara Kirby of Detroit are double cast as the Mother, and Danya Talab of Dearborn and Katie Williams of Westland are double cast as Miss Shields, Ralphie’s teacher.

Scut Farkas is alternately played by Alex Jafar of Dearborn and Alan Rezzonica of Grosse Ile Township. Thomas Tripp of Dearborn and Rezzonica share the role of the Cowboy.

Also in the cast are Dearborn residents Hani Beydoun as Schwartz and Mike Ross as a desperado and a delivery man; Leo Zeciri of Southgate as a neighbor; and Detroit residents Josh Neilson as Flick, Anna Cooper as Esther Jane, Lakiya Neal as Helen, Karah Noel as a desperado and delivery man, and Lakesha Allah as an elf.

Directed by Judith Fletcher, show times are 7 p.m. Nov. 20 and 21, and Dec. 4 and 5, and 2 p.m. Nov. 21 and 22, and Dec. 5 and 6.

Tickets purchased before Nov. 13 are $5, and tickets purchased after are $15 for adults and $10 for children age 10 and under. To order tickets online, go to theatre.hfcc.edu.


Dearborn actor Lynch Travis performs in the Detroit Public Theatre production of Bess Wohl’s “American Hero” through Nov. 22 at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, at 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit.

The show runs at 2 p.m. Nov. 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, and 22, and 8 p.m. Nov. 5 to 7, 12 to 14, and 19 to 21.

For tickets, call the DSO box office at 313-576-5111, or go to dso.org/page.aspx?page_id=931. Send general inquiries to info@detroitpublictheatre.org.
Directed by Courtney Burkett, the dark comedy is set in a sub franchise where a teenager, single mom and a downsized refugee from corporate banking become unlikely allies when a series of strange events interrupt their shot at the American dream.

Travis plays Bob, Gregory, a customer, and a sandwich. Others in the cast include Milan Malisic as Ted, Maggie Meyer as Jamie, and Lisa Michaels as Sheri.


Edward Albee’s one-act plays “The Zoo Story” and “The American Dream” run Nov. 5 to 14 at Wayne State University’s Studio Theatre, in the lower level of the Hilberry Theatre, 4743 Cass in Detroit.

Show times are 7 p.m. Nov. 5 and 12, 8 p.m. Nov. 6, 7, 13, and 14, and 3 p.m. Nov. 8.

For tickets, call 313-577-2972 or go to theatreanddance.wayne.edu.