The laughs are lacerating in wonderfully played ‘God of Carnage’
Nov. 9 2011
Originally written in Review French and translated by Christopher Hampton, Carnage was a major success in Zürich, Paris, London and New York
Kevin McKillip ropes you in as the wisecracking, lasso-twirling Will Rogers
Nov. 9 2011
As the late humorist/cow- boy/actor and all-around celebrity, Kevin McKillip pays tribute to Rogers in his self-com- posed one-man show, Will Rogers: An American Original at Stormfield Theatre. Rogers...
Over The Ledge Theater debuts with a compelling production of ’The Guys’
Nov. 9 2011
Those who saw Michigan State University Theatre Department s Two 9/11 Plays in September may find The Guys to be slow and sedate. In actuality the pieces complement each other well. The MSU plays were...
’Stratagem’ follows two foppish fortune-hunters
Nov. 9 2011
Wes Haskell, a third-year master of fine arts student at Michigan State University, says The Beaux Stratagem is a step away from the kinds of guys he usually portrays. I tend to play the "nice guy-next-door"...
Powerful ‘Shrike’ explores malicious mind games
Nov. 9 2011
Set designer Fred Englegau has created a great, seemingly soothing yet sinister mental hospital ward that is as seriously anal-retentive and super-organized as a Martha Stewart Thanksgiving dinner table,...
Lansing Symphony brass brings it for Bruckner
Nov. 9 2011
Saturday s big surprise wasn t the finely wrought, seamless, muscular performance of Bruckner s Fourth the symphony delivered. By now, we re used to seeing music director Timothy Muffitt and the LSO deliver...
Lansing Area AIDS Network hosts seventh annual Red Ribbon Gala
Nov. 9 2011
Nonprofits have weathered some difficult challenges in the past decade, and the Lansing Area AIDS Network is no exception. Jacob Distel, executive director of LAAN, says the annual Red Ribbon Gala is an...
Library of Michigan wraps up its sale of 75,000 out-of-circulation volumes
Nov. 9 2011
Since midsummer, the Library of Michigan has been selling more than 75,000 books that were no longer deemed essential for library collections at the state s online auction site ( The...
Slipping beauty & Adjusting the shudder
Nov. 9 2011
Q: I’m in a great relationship of seven months. My boyfriend and I never get sick Amy alkon of each other. We respect each other and are there for each other, and we talk very openly, even when...
MSU cultural festival kicks off International Education Week
Nov. 9 2011
Bring your questions, bring your friends and bring a little money for lunch, said Peggy Arbanas, co-director of the festival and MSU international student adviser. Lunch features international cuisine...
Restored Oscar-winning 1961 film screens tonight
Nov. 9 2011
For non-singer and non-dancer Natalie Wood, making West Side Story was such a grueling experience that she almost bowed out of the production. She felt bullied by director Robert Wise. She also had qualms...
Touring cast freshens up classic ’West Side Story’
Nov. 9 2011
Translating Stephen Sondheim lyrics into Spanish sounds like an experiment destined to end in disaster. But, for the most part, the slightly revised West Side Story at Wharton Center works extremely...
Nov. 9 2011
Front Bottoms (indie) pop into Lansing NewJersey-based indie-pop band Front Bottoms headlines an all-ages showThursday at Mac’s Bar. Also taking the stage are Martyr Me, TheUnguarded Moment and...
Lansing Symphony rolls out a pair of blockbusters
Nov. 2 2011
Saturday s slate is a sly sacred-secular switcheroo. Mozart s fizzy Coronation Mass, with the Michigan State University Choral Union and four guest vocalists, will open the evening with high spirits, and...
Kevin McKillip lassos a legend in a one-man show at Stormfield Theatre
Nov. 2 2011
(First Folio Theatre), which I m a member of in Chicago, came to me and said, We d like you to do a one-man show, McKillip said. I said, Wonderful. Can I see the script? The surprising reply:...
Author discusses ‘Dracula’ Thursday
Nov. 2 2011
Before Edward Cullen and True Blood, there was Dracula, the terrifying blood-sucker from Transylvania. A young Jane Congdon was fascinated by his tale and developed a desire to tour the land of the famous...
When two couples clash, brutal laughs result in Peppermint Creek Theatre Co.’s ‘God of Carnage’
Nov. 2 2011
By CHRISTOPHER HORB We seem to live in an age when uncouth behavior is showcased and celebrated across the reality-TV spectrum and audiences can t get enough of it. It s clear there is fun to be had in...
A bombed Johnny Depp bombs with moviegoers
Nov. 2 2011
If you re Angelina Jolie, you can get the financing to direct In the Land of Blood and Honey, a love story set against the backdrop of the Bosnian war, featuring such major box office magnets as Goran...
Can some Spanish flavor spice up ‘West Side Story’? Si, se puede, says one of the tour’s stars
Nov. 2 2011
West Side Story written by Arthur Laurents, with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim was first performed in 1957, and in the 50-plus years since then, much of the original...
Theater vet Joe Dickson launches a new company
Nov. 2 2011
By TOM HELMA Some people wish, some people dream, others take action. Joe Dickson acts. He also directs, handles lighting and sound, is on the Lansing Civic Players board of directors and is in the process...