Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Actors Matthew Gwynn and Michael Brian Ogden shine onstage at the Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea.
The Purple Rose Theatre Company's world premiere comedy, The Meaning of Almost Everything by Jeff Daniels, is a fun night of entertainment. Meaning revolves around an unspecified time and place, which may be real or may take place in the mind of the characters. Character A (Matthew Gwynn) wants to stay in this place, and Character B (Michael Brian Ogden) tries to convince him to go. During the course of the 70-minute show, the audience is taken on a philosophical journey of questions. The staging and choreography is easily my favorite part of the show. Gwynn and Ogden are so in sync with each other that the physical comedy almost looks effortless. In a play with no distinct plot, it is up to the actors to keep the audience entertained, and…
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The 15th play penned by theater founder and Hollywood actor Jeff Daniels will open on Jan. 18.
The Purple Rose Theatre (PRTC) is stepping outside of its comfort zone in a departure from the more dramatic shows of its 2012 season with the world premiere of The Meaning of Almost Everything. The show is the 13th script written by Chelsea resident and actor Jeff Daniels, and features PRTC veteran actors Michael Brian Ogden and Matthew Gwynn. "This show is a lesson in absurdity," director Guy Sanville said. "It's funny, it's poignant, and it connects with you on a different level." The Meaning of Almost Everything is one of Daniels’ most personal shows to date, Sanville said. The story follows two men, “A” and “B,” who exist in an undefined place and time, a place of safety and comfort, but also a place where nothing happens. One man …
Friday, September 28, 2012
Daniels has narrated five commercials in conjunction with the release of Apple's iPhone 5.
When he's not writing and performing original music, or starring in HBO's hit drama The Newsroom, Chelsea native Jeff Daniels can be heard in a new series of commercials promoting the launch of Apple's iPhone 5. So far, four ads that feature Daniels' narration have been released. The ads focus on various aspects of the iPhone 5’s design and features. You can check out more on the iPhone 5 at Apple.com.
Monday, August 6, 2012
Chelsea Patch will debut online beginning Aug. 23.
Patch.com is expanding its footprint in Washtenaw County this summer. We’re putting down roots in Chelsea. That’s right. The community that's home to Jiffy Mix, produced Hollywood actor Jeff Daniels and boasts one of the finest school districts in the nation is about to get a whole lot more interesting. Why? Because we’ll chronicle it all, from Chelsea news you can use to the best gas prices around and the latest happenings up and down bustling downtown Chelsea. Consider Chelsea Patch a virtual community lawn, your online gathering place for conversation, events, announcements, news and more. You won’t have to wait much longer. Chelsea Patch debuts Aug. 23. Local Editor Daniel Lai is a veteran journalist who has been covering western …
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Randolph Mantooth, veteran actor of stage and screen, to star in the theater's season opener, "Superior Donuts."
The Purple Rose Theatre Company announced its 2012-2013 season lineup this week, which will feature two world premieres and two plays by award-winning playwrights. The theatre company’s 22nd professional season will include Superior Donuts by Tracy Letts, the world premiere of The Meaning of Almost Everything by Jeff Daniels, 33 Variations by Moisés Kaufman and the world premiere of Miles & Ellie by Don Zolidis. Eight low-priced previews will begin each run, followed by opening night during the second week of each engagement. Regular performances are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., with Saturday matinees at 3 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Superior Donuts kicks-off the season. This comedy-drama set in one of Chicago’s most …