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...
March 24 2010
When Lotty meets Rose Arnott (Veronica Gracia-Wing), a plot is hatched to rent a villa, nay, a castle in the Mediterranean, for these two women (and two more) to get away from the damp and thunderous rains...
March 3 2010
According to Salvadore Lopez Lopez, the grandson of Ballet Folklorico de Mexico founder Amalia Hernandez, it was a trip through her homeland that inspired Hernandez to create her company. Lopez describes...
Feb. 25 2010
Through the mist, a woman walks through an arch, steps out from background shadows and onto the stage, and lifts her skirt, appearing to levitate. Is it intentional? The play is “Gravity”...
Feb. 24 2010
Those few enlightened individuals who have never experienced the need to control others, to exert or assert themselves in an unseemly manner in order to be heard, will probably not be able to relate very...

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