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Dec. 28 2016
Looking back on the local theater I saw in 2016, I sometimes found myself missing men and enjoying pain. Hmm … I suppose I should explain. Two themes appeared over and over in the past year....
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Nov. 30 2016
I would not be surprised to learn that Larry Shue — author of “The Nerd” — was a great chess player. The classic play — which opened at the Williamston Theatre Friday —...
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Nov. 23 2016
Shue wrote two popular farces, “The Nerd” and “The Foreigner,” and had begun to write for television when he died at 39 in a 1985 plane crash. Thatcher, 65, a Lansing native, worked...
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Nov. 16 2016
In the hands of director Deric Mc- Nish, William Shakespeare’s play about sorcery, power, revenge and love was a dazzling visual and audio delight worthy of an ovation
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Nov. 9 2016
After observing the emotionally charged “Disgraced,” I asked one of its flushed and sweaty actors if the cast felt drained
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Nov. 2 2016
If it were up to the Rev. Sharon Ketchum, we all would embrace one another — a sentiment that is easy to agree with but difficult to practice in a divisive election season
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Nov. 2 2016
Sometimes I get the urge to try something really different — but I have my limits. I’m never going to be tempted by mushroom yogurt, a spinach granola bar or sweet potato breakfast cereal....
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Oct. 19 2016
“The Odd Couple” play I saw Friday night took more than a few odd turns, even with the original odd characters created by oddball playwright Neil Simon. The Starlight Dinner Theatre’s...
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Oct. 5 2016
Pop quiz, hotshot. The opening play of the season by Lansing Community College Theatre Program is: A) Not comical, B) Not sad, C) Not silly, D) Not profound or E) None of the above. The correct answer...
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Oct. 5 2016
Riverwalk Theatre’s latest black box play, penned by Lanford Wilson and directed by Michael Hays, is billed as “passionate drama.” That’s like calling a brutal death a “noteworthy...
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Sept. 28 2016
When I think about my go-to dishes, House of Hsu’s Chinese bean curd immediately comes to mind. I’ve been ordering this dish from the Grand Ledge restaurant for about 30 years
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Sept. 14 2016
“Grease” is “Grease” is “Grease.” Any take on the high school musical will have some amount of charm
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Aug. 31 2016
Peppermint Creek Theatre Co.’s latest production, “Lord of the Flies,” is most notable for its lack of lords. The entire cast of this play is female. Directors Sally Hecksel and Devin...
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Aug. 10 2016
“Matt & Ben,” the latest production from Over The Ledge Theatre Co., is the story of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck writing “Good Will Hunting” — sort of
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July 13 2016
The Vault Delicatessen named its T.N.T sandwich after a former employee of the Mason eatery. I prefer to imagine that it’s named after late, great jazz musicians Thelonious Monk, Nat Adderley and...
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June 8 2016
The set had the amount of furniture expected in an outhouse. A single chair and a suspended beam that looked more like a missing arch from Stonehenge was all that adorned the stage for Williamston Theatre’s...
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May 11 2016
The Rolling Stones “can’t get no satisfaction.” I, however, have had pretty good luck finding it in a bowl at Panera Bread
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April 27 2016
Now comes this humble critic’s review of the theater god’s “Plaza Suite”—with hopes I will be spared any lightning strikes
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April 27 2016
Starlight Dinner Theatre’s Review production of “You Can’t Take It With You” transforms the Waverly East Intermediate School cafeteria stage into a multi-ring theatrical circus...
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April 20 2016
“Grease,” as a cultural phenomenon, is inescapable. In 1978, a sanitized “Grease” film helped cement the musical’s place in Americana