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Review of New Vic Theatre

New Vic Theatre
Ranked #18 of 39 things to do in Kalamazoo
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Owner description: Kalamazoo's New Vic Theatre was founded in 1966 by Kalamazoo residents Ted & Mary Jo Kistler. For over 45 years, The New Vic Theatre has entertained Southwest Michigan and Northern Indiana audiences carving a unique place for itself in the economy and theatrical tradition of the area.The New Vic's original production of "A Christmas Carol" (recipient of a "Special Tribute" from The State of Michigan in 1999) and the annual Christmas Concerts featuring The New Vic Theatre Chorus are among Kalamazoo's oldest on-going holiday presentations and have become an integral part of the holiday season for thousands of Southwest Michigan theatergoers.Located close to the heart of downtown Kalamazoo, the theatre's comfortable cabaret-style seating and intimate size, enhanced by a concession that serves a variety of hot & cold non-alcoholic beverages, lend to its unique atmosphere.The New Vic's flexible modular auditorium allows for innovative staging ranging from the complete round to conventional proscenium format. Efficient central heating and air conditioning allows for comfortable year-round operation.Of The New Vic's more than 325 productions to date, over 80% have been plays introduced to Kalamazoo audiences for the first time. Several plays ("Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", "Green Julia" by Paul Abelman, "Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been" and "The Memoirs Of Pontius Pilate" both by Eric Bentley) were presented to New Vic audiences prior to their Broadway premieres.The New Vic Theatre's season of productions begins in early February and runs through December 29 each year. January dates are normally reserved for the New Vic's popular January Concert Series, featuring a variety of musical groups or individual performers.Playing primarily weekends only -- except during the holidays when the performance schedule is greatly expanded -- and with only 100 available seats for each performance, The New Vic plays to over 10,000 theatre patrons annually bringing thousands of dollars to the downtown Kalamazoo area.The New Vic is a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation (New Vic Theatricals, Inc) and owns its own facility at 134 E. Vine St. in Kalamazoo.
Reviewed March 7, 2013

This theater has been part of Kalamazoo for years, run by the same family. Wonderful intimate theater, good variety of offerings through the year, great snacks! Try the Almondine fuzz.

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Reviewed December 19, 2012

It was a great opportunity to see the Christmas Carol when we were in Kalamazoo recently. However, the play was not up to the level of a production like that done by the Grand Rapids Civic Theater or Circle Theater. It was easy to see that this was a family and friends affair. This version of the Christmas Carol had it's momements but it was often ponderous and hard to understand, especially during the Marley's Ghost scene. There was a really wide range in acting talent from quite good to not so good. For example, Bob Cratchet was a fun guy who stayed in character even when showing you to your seat. However, his good spirit was overwhelmed by his habit to jump up and down like a leprechaun. It was very distracting to his role. Scrooge was well played by a fine actor. However, several actors were noticibly new to the stage. There were other highlights as well during the night but overall the quality of the production was between that of a High School and a true Civic Theater.

1  Thank Michael R
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Reviewed November 2, 2012

My love affair with the New Vic began in the 1960s when I was new to Kalamazoo and attended a play. Later, as a reviwer for the Kalamazoo Gazette, Ted and Mary Jo Kistler made me and my family feel welcome, not just because I was a reviewer, but as true friends. My children, who grew up as died-in-the-wool Cubs fans, loved "Bleacher Bums." I can't count how many years all or part of my extended family have seen "A Christmas Carol" at the New Vic. My granddaughter played roles one season as one of the Cratchit kids and Ebeneezer's sister. I have never, never, never been disappointed in a show at the New Vic. Mary Jo is gone now, but the show goes on, thanks to Ted, daughter Jennifer, son-in-law James Furney and the rest of the New Vic Family.

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Reviewed October 31, 2012

Not an outstanding venue, but fun all the same. We went to see A Christmas Carol and you are sitting right in the middle of the play itself, which was fun indeed. Very small and intimate for a theater.

1  Thank Bob W
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