June 29 2011
MacGregor uses humor to illustrate the challenges of a man learning how to be a woman. In Act Two, Gene reemerges as Jean, played now by Rhiannon Ragland
June 8 2011
Riverwalk veteran Joe Dickson, as down-on-his luck stand-up comedian Eddie McCuen, ultimately wins the contest for most intensely agitated actor on stage, but Bob Murrell and Sarah Sonnenberg, as musical...
May 18 2011
It’s always just a little odd when people writing for Broadway transform gritty, venial life stories into happy-go-lucky, salt-of-the-earth, charmingas-all-get-out-musicals
May 18 2011
A Here’s a challenging and convoluted notion: Write a one-act play, and then 45 years later write a prequel that helps explain the motivation of one of the central characters
April 27 2011
Now playing at the Purple Rose Theater, “Couples” takes the audience through the early moments of high expectations that couples have when first embracing the idea of pregnancy and parenthood,...
March 29 2011
A success is announced: ’Murder’ is fast-paced and enjoyably played
Feb. 24 2011
While scenic designer G. Max Maxin has thrown tons of technological video graphic wizardry at the audience in the Michigan State University Theatre production — a spectacular unfolding of everything...
Feb. 1 2011
CHELSEA — At first squint and frown, “Corktown,” now playing at the Purple Rose Theater, appears to be nothing more than the latest incarnation of the hit-man-with-a-heart-of-gold genre...
Jan. 26 2011
In Joe Di Pietro’s "Over the River and Through the Woods" now being performed by the still new kids-on-the-block, Holt Dimondale Community Players we’re going to an Italian-American grandmother’s...
Nov. 10 2010
Those who watched TV in the 1950s memorized the phrase, “There are 8 million stories in ‘The Naked City’ this is just one of them ... .” While far more eloquent than any of the...
Nov. 4 2010
They were the best of friends; they were the worst of friends. Writer Jeff Daniels has a knack for creating complex characterizations of couples experiencing the challenges of interpersonal intimacy. In...
Oct. 6 2010
Williamston Theatre’s “Blue Door” is an intensely quiet and deeply moving play, one that stills and startles the audience into an unexpected opportunity for personal reflection and self...
Sept. 22 2010
For those of you not familiar with this overly familiar tale of misogyny, “Shrew” is the simple story of Baptista, a father who sells his tempestuous eldest daughter to the aging Petruchio,...
July 14 2010
“Skungpoomery,” by the late British playwright Ken Campbell, fails on both counts. The word skungpoomery itself a made-up word is intended to describe the process of making up other nonsense...
May 26 2010
Written by Annie Martin and Suzi Regan and directed by Regan, “Home” follows 2008’s "Maidens, Mothers and Crones," which focused on women, and last year’s "Flyover USA," which dealt...
May 12 2010
Starlight occupies a unique niche in the local theater community. It is a dinner theater in a middle school cafeteria with an auditorium stage and caters somewhat to a more geriatric demographic than other...
May 12 2010
There are 30 words in just the titles alone of the eight pieces that make up this delightful confection of laughs and snorts, beginning with “Wedding Duet,” a two-person compendium of all the...
April 26 2010
We are coming to the end of Act Three. Emily asks the question: “Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it, every, every minute?” The stage manager answers: “No," then...
April 21 2010
The mournful lyric “How do you figure a last year on Earth?” from the ensemble number “Seasons of Love" addresses a central existential question. The surprising answer is that “Rent”...
March 31 2010
There is a chillingly ice-cold clinical feel to the lighting and set for Lansing Community College’s spring offering, “The Cider House Rules, Part One: Here in St Cloud”. Gauzy 21-foot-tall...

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