May 10 2018
It’s a dramatic departure from a comedian who is better known for his volatile, political rants.The actual production directed by Mona Gille, however, feels under rehearsed. Despite some individual...
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April 19 2018
Descended from a long line of rock musicals like the Who’s “Tommy,” “Rent” and “Hair,” “American Idiot” is a raucous blend of righteous anger, passion...
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March 22 2018
Annie Baker’s “The Flick” — an LCC Performing Arts production in partnership with Peppermint Creek Theatre — is essentially a theater production where people talk about movies....
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March 15 2018
Set in the Disney Epcot version of London in 1590, “Something Rotten!” makes clear from the beginning that this show is neither historical nor accurate. The chorus sings about all of their...
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Jan. 4 2018
By PAUL WOZNIAK It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Audio Airforce’s presentation of “Super Heroes… and Little Orphan Annie!” Mason resident and creator of the audio...
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Dec. 14 2017
There’s plenty of magic and wonder alongside tears and heartbreak in “Finding Neverland.” The touring Broadway production, now running at Wharton Center, is not short and certainly not...
Dec. 7 2017
In addition to character work, the actors had to figure out what to do with extra space. “As a rehearsal tool, I would have the students take thirty seconds for each pause and one minute for each...
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Nov. 16 2017
Timeless is one of those words that gets tossed around for older movies and shows. But “An American in Paris,” the musical now running at the Wharton Center, really is timeless. It may be based...
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Nov. 16 2017
If the descriptors “classic” or “spoken in verse” usually scare you away from the atre, fear not. Michigan State University Department of Theatre’s current production of “The...
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Nov. 9 2017
Lansing Community College’s production of “The Government Inspector” now running at Dart Auditorium may be set in 1836 Russia, but the themes and foibles regarding government corruption...
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Oct. 19 2017
Queen of the nightYou Will Always Love ‘The Bodyguard’ Starting with a cannon blast and ending with a dance encore, “The Bodyguard” is guaranteed to keep you awake. For better...
Oct. 5 2017
Argue like it's 1787Timely ‘Taming’ rewrites the Constitution, with more jokes Two women wake up in a strange hotel room, one without pants and both without their phones. How did they get...
Sept. 21 2017
A tumultuous 'Tempest'The East Lansing Community Theatre brings variety to Shakespeare classic If you’re tempted to see “The Tempest,” be warned: although this is a free production,...
Sept. 14 2017
The cast of ‘9 to 5’ Crackles You have one more weekend to tumble out of bed and pour yourself a cup of ambition to see “9 to 5 The Musical.” If the ambitious Owosso Community...
June 7 2017
Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel with music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by Lansing native Lisa Kron, “Fun Home” is an intimate, honest, funny and heartbreaking autobiographical...
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April 5 2017
If you could visit a deceased loved one, would you? That’s one question, among with many others, posed by Peppermint Creek Theatre Co.’s latest production, “Eu- rydice.” Sarah Ruhl’s...
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March 15 2017
“What do you see?” is a question that’s asked repeatedly in “Red,” the latest production running in Riverwalk Theatre’s Black Box. It’s one of many probing questions...
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Feb. 22 2017
“Cabaret,” John Kander, Fred Ebb and Joe Masteroff’s Tony winning musical, is both somewhat dated and extremely relevant. While this version of “Cabaret” struggles at...
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Feb. 15 2017
“Heathers: The Musical” is a dark — more like black — satire. If you haven’t seen the ‘80s cult film on which it’s based, you’ve now been warned. That said,...
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Feb. 8 2017
There are no easy answers in “Blood at the Root,” but there are a lot of good questions. Written by Dominique Morisseau and directed by guest director Steve H. Broadnax III, the Michigan State...