You be the judge

By James Sanford

This year's crop of Stages of the Law shows are announced

This year's Stages of the Law Theatre Festival, sponsored by the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, will feature a quintet of plays dealing with legal issues.

Post-show talkbacks — including a discussion with a Cooley Law School professor and the show's director — will follow selected Friday performances.

This season's presentations:

Sept. 24-Oct. 3: Mid-Michigan Family Theatre's "The Trial of Tom Sawyer." Directed by Bill Gordon. Talkback & reception: Oct. 1, Frandor Shopping Center, 440 Frandor Ave., Lansing. (517) 339-2145 or (517) 862-6448. www. midmichfamilytheatre/

Oct. 14-23: Lansing Civic Players' "Misery." Directed by Tony Sump. Talkback & reception: Oct. 15, LCP Underground, 2300 East Michigan Ave, Lansing. (517) 484-9115.

Oct. 21-31: Riverwalk Theatre's "The Farnsworth Invention." Directed by Jane Falion. Talkback & reception: Oct. 29, 228 Museum Drive, Lansing. (517) 482-5700.

Nov. 5-13: Lansing Community Theatre's "A View From the Bridge." Directed by Andy Callis. Talkback & reception: Nov. 12, Dart Auditorium, 500 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing. (517) 483-1488.

Nov. 12-Dec. 3: Stormfield Theatre's "Among Friends." A new play written and directed by Kristine Thatcher. Talkback & reception: Nov. 26. Location TBA. (517) 372-3646 for tickets; (517) 263-1486 for information.