July 27 2017
Versatility impresses in ‘Murder for Two’ It was a murder mystery, comedy, musical and farce. “Murder for Two” was also one killer of a show. The Williamston Theatre’s...
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July 20 2017
Carrabba's -- Minestrone SoupWhen I ordered a bowl—and not a cup— of Carrabbas’ minestrone soup, the server warned me that it was a very large portion and I might not want that much....
July 13 2017
‘Elephant’s Graveyard’ examines humanity’s darker side Joining the community of actors is somewhat like joining the circus. Both require a leap of faith and a willingness to embrace...
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July 6 2017
It came in a Mason jar type glass—the kind of vessel one might expect when sampling some southern moonshine. That’s why the glass Leo’s Outpost used for its “Carolina Moon Juice”...
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June 26 2017
It was worth seeing for the harp and accordion playing, Irish step dancing, Bodhran drumming, and a masterful hula-hoop routine—and that was during the set changes. The Purple Rose Theat
June 21 2017
Everyone in the 27-member cast was multi-talented. After songs like “Raise Your Voice,” and “Take Me to Heaven,” it seemed the audience’s roars were loud enough to rise to...
June 7 2017
The Cosmos is a small restaurant attached to Zoobie’s in Old Town. While the Cosmos and Zoobie’s each have their own vibe, both establishments share the same kitchen, bar and restrooms. The...
June 7 2017
Peppermint Creek Theatre Co.’s production of the Rebecca Gilman play was often tortuous to sit through. Descriptions or depictions of child rape and abuse, meth addiction, our over-burdened Child...
May 31 2017
I filled my container with raw spinach, chickpeas, artichokes, peppers, green beans, alfalfa sprouts, tomatoes, cucumber, cheeses and tongfuls of other fresh items from bins that seemed to stretch though...
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May 17 2017
My favorites were the plays that bookended the set of one-act plays. The first, “The Physics of Now” starred Richard Kopitsch and Storm Boyer. The real-life couple played boyfriend and girlfriend...
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May 17 2017
Dale D. Hills played Eddie, a backwoods kind of character with a propensity for drinking and shouting. Raine Paul was May, a semi-disturbed lady with proclivity for insecurity and shouting. In fairness,...
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May 17 2017
I expected the typical large spud sliced open on a plate and garnished with the toppings I chose. Instead, the server delivered a 7-inch pie tin that looked more like a mini-pizza than a traditional baked...
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May 11 2017
The catered pre-show meals at Starlight Dinner Theatre tend to be rather modest affairs with chicken or lasagna. I skipped the supper before “Man of La Mancha,” but when the musical started,...
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May 4 2017
On Swagath’s menu, Palak Paneer is described as “cubes of homemade cheese in a spinach-based gravy and spices.” Paneer is an un-aged curd cheese made by curdling heated milk with a food...
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April 19 2017
The classic Mexican margarita served at Cancun Mexican Grill in Grand Ledge includes Curaçao — a liqueur made with laraha grown on the island of Curaçao — as well as triple sec,...
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April 12 2017
The plot of "Curious Incident” almost takes a detective to decipher. Simon Stephens' stage adaptation of Mark Haddon's novel centers around the 15-yearold Christopher Boone, played with an intense...
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April 5 2017
The true wonder of the play was its central character, Cass, as portrayed by Sarah Hayner. Cass, who retreats to Niagara Falls after discovering an unknown side of her husband, was po- litely described...
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March 29 2017
I imagine my first-bite reaction to Cugino’s arancini was similar to a dragon's thoughts while biting into a knight in full armor: “Crusty on the exterior but quite warm and rather chewy on...
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March 22 2017
In his director’s notes, Andy Callis suggested that “American Hero” had heroic characters who found solutions to “problematic lives.” But when the play ended, all three lead...
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March 22 2017
Were I less dedicated to my work, I might grab a thesaurus and find all the synonyms for “wacky,” list all of them, add a few identifications, send it to my editor and say, “This review...