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July 29 2015
A murder mystery, as everyone knows, is supposed to begin with a dark and stormy night. Seeing Williamston Theatre’s “The Art of Murder” at a Sunday matinee on a bright, sultry summer...
July 15 2015
Over the Ledge Theatre Co. opened its fourth season at the Ledges Playhouse with David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Proof.” The play is a tender love story that depicts the...
May 7 2015
A full moon rose on one of the first warm, late-April nights. Kathy and I were walking hand in hand on Grand Avenue, on our way to a curiosity. It was the culmination of Lansing Community College’s...
April 8 2015
There comes a moment in a long-term relationship where a person can look back from whence they came and wonder what would have happened if he or she had pursued a different path. “Sirens,”...
March 25 2015
Less is, indeed, sometimes more. In the canon of theater, there are large, block-buster mega-musicals, and then there are small minimusicals. ‘They’re Playing Our Song” is one of the...
March 18 2015
We do not immediately think of a garage sale as a metaphor for the loss of love or the chance to find love a second time around. There may be many times in life when we experience rejection, get tossed...
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Feb. 11 2015
Kudos to the brave soul was who climbed the precarious ladder up to Riverwalk Theatre’s sound booth to let sound technician Leon Greene know that the first six musical numbers of the Fats Waller...
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Jan. 14 2015
Two gunmetal gray, stark cold cemetery benches flank the stage of Riverwalk Theatre, awaiting audience members who shuffle in from the gunmetal gray, stark cold Lansing winter. Welcome to Jean-Claude van...
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Nov. 12 2014
A bygone era shows up on the Dart Auditorium stage as director Andy Callis presents E.M Forster’s “A Room with a View,” adapted to the stage by Christina Calvit. Written in 1924, the...
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Oct. 29 2014
It’s been 73 years since Noël Coward debuted his supernatural romantic comedy “Blithe Spirit.” In the years since, there have been multiple permutations, both on stage and in the...
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Oct. 15 2014
Over the past several days since the mid- Michigan theater community learned of the death to cancer of beloved multi-talented icon, Addiann Hinds, there have been many quiet, reflective conversations remembering...
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Oct. 3 2014
Friday, Oct. 3 — We don’t often think about it, but what do we do when a loved one from long ago — a previous mate, a once-upon-a-time lover, a log-ago marital partner, an ex-spouse —...
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Aug. 13 2014
The 2014-‘15 theater season is off to an inauspicious beginning with "Married Alive," Over the Review Ledge Theater Co.’s lackluster midsummer musical. Before the show, director Rick Dethlefsen...
May 21 2014
“Old Love” poses the question: Can two people in their late 50s find new love after the end of long, loveless marriages?
May 14 2014
The sisters in Starlight Dinner Theatre’s “Nunsense: The Mega Musical” are a far cry from the stiff-upper-lipped guardians of one’s soul in traditional depictions. This enthusiastic...
April 2 2014
In this era of casual sex where people seek comfort in anonymous hookups, you might sleep with someone before you know his or her last name. But who falls deeply in love immediately after a first tryst?...
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March 5 2014
History is sometimes a strange stew of colliding ideas that can form the foundation for a highly entertaining story, as is the case with Riverwalk Theatre’s production of “Free Man of Color.”
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Feb. 21 2014
Friday, Feb. 21 — Contrary to the eloquently expressed opinion of William Shakespeare, all the world is not a stage. Lanford Wilson’s script for “Redwood Curtain,” playing through...
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Feb. 12 2014
At first glance this is a simple nostalgia story, but wait. ”Leaving Iowa,” running through Sunday at Riverwalk Theatre, invites us back to be lost in the ‘70’s, where roadside...
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Nov. 20 2013
The debut show for MSU’s new Studio 60 Theatre is the charming and enchantingly infectious, high energy, feel-good production of “Xanadu.” With an outrageously ostentatious disco roller...