Dec. 8 2010
It’s Christmas time in Tuna, Texas, and its citizens as played by Jason Carlen and Michael Hays have returned to display their humiliations and humor onstage at the Starlight Dinner Theatre
Dec. 1 2010
Pre-dating the Dreamworks films by almost 10 years, Bill Helder and Jane Zussman’s mirthful meta-musical "Puss in Boots" bears little resemblance to the "Shrek" epics. No computer-generated characters...
Nov. 19 2010
It seems strange to think that "As You Like It," William Shakespeare’s pastoral comedy about banishment from home, sexual exploration and dressing androgynously could be set in the present-day teenage...
Nov. 17 2010
However, perversions and grotesque details never make up the heart of his stories. Nor do they reflect the character of a man who, according to Schuler’s promotions coordinator Whitney Spotts’...
Nov. 9 2010
In the most delightful way, “Mary Poppins” provides a lot of sugar and very little medicine
Oct. 27 2010
From presidential inaugurations to assassinations, a man walking on the moon to miners stepping out of a caved-in mine, live television has fundamentally changed how we see the world. While the story behind...
Oct. 6 2010
Whether you are in or out of the Shakespeare camp, "Fortinbras" simply requires a love of "camp." Currently running at Riverwalk Theatre’s Blackbox Stage, Lee Blessing’s bawdy, crowd-pleasing...
Sept. 28 2010
As our current recession seems to be winding down, the Michigan State University Department of Theatre has wound up "The American Clock" by Arthur Miller. As Miller’s "Death of a Salesman" is an...
Sept. 15 2010
They couldn’t find one. The story of a Caroline, a poor black maid working for a Jewish family in 1963 Louisiana to support her precocious children, could easily have been sugar-coated by a score...
Sept. 15 2010
What if thy built a condo on the plot of land where the magical town of Brigadoon appears from the mist for only one day every 100 years? Would the villagers wake up to urban sprawl? Thankfully, in a sense,...
Aug. 4 2010
“Bare bones” blatantly describes the design elements of Shakespeare on the Grand’s "Othello" in its current form
July 28 2010
Rounding out the cast is Garrett Clinard as Wiley’s trusty hound Dog, as well as a chorus of trees, vines, prickly bushes and many other malleable conjurations made of Jan Anderson, Carol Ferris,...
July 21 2010
“Five Course Love” may be light fare from a dramatic standpoint, but it is certainly a tasty and satisfying dish worth trying. A musical that fits cozily on the Williamston Theatre stage, “Five...
June 25 2010
Playtime with children can often be a surreal experience while their imaginations are still free and untethered by the constraints of growing older. Thus is MSU Summer Circle’s current interpretation...
June 9 2010
“Love knows no boundaries” could be the central theme of “The Light in the Piazza,” a romantic musical that explores more boundaries than just language
April 28 2010
Are the East Coast liberals really any more open-minded than the Midwest conservatives? The late playwright Wendy Wasserstein did not seem to think so. In her play "Third," currently being performed at...
March 31 2010
Monologues — like stories — require different skills from an actor than standard stage dialogue. "Talking With," by the pseudonymous Jane Martin, is at times a struggle for the actors of Icarus...
March 24 2010
The themes for this show are reportedly darker than other Cirque productions, but apart from a sad clown and a few distorted face masks and disproportioned bodies, there is virtually no darkness to be...
March 24 2010
The Lansing Civic Players Guild want you to know it is revamping its image. Left with the basement of its costume shop, the Players have cleaned and reformed the space into a cozy black-box setting, albeit...
March 17 2010
The Starlight Dinner Theater is virtually immune to theater criticism for the same reason as summer blockbusters: It has a built-in audience. Their latest production, “Opal’s Husband,”...

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