‘Peter and the Star Catcher’ brings Action, spectacle to Lebowsky Center stage
April 26 2017
They say it takes a village to raise a child; maybe it takes two directors to tackle such an interesting quasi-musical production
Twenty years later, ‘Rent’ offers window into HIV/AIDS epidemic
March 15 2017
David Merino was in fifth grade when he caught a clip from the 2005 film version of “Rent” on television. Instantly hooked, he soon managed to see the whole film and then picked up the original...
Local theater helps community make sense of turbulent year
Dec. 28 2016
In their own way, local productions became an emotional roadmap for the tumultuous year. In January, two productions explored grief and loss in profoundly different ways
Gender-swapped play prompts discussion, causes confusion
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...
June 1 2016
The storyline of “Rent” focuses on the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the U.S. during the 1980s and ‘90s, as well as the stigma surrounding the LGBTQ community. For Stuible- Clark, the musical...
Small-town charm falls flat in ‘The View From Here’
Nov. 11 2015
Set somewhere in the mid-‘80s in smalltown Kentucky, Fern (Rachel Mender), a 30-year-old with self-diagnosed agoraphobia, runs a daycare for babies
'Rocky Horror' released 40 years ago, still draws a crowd
Oct. 14 2015
Ian Griffin’s first encounter with “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” he admits, was not love at first sight
Talented cast shines despite lackluster script
Sept. 16 2015
For contemporary audiences, these plays move slowly, lack any real conflict and rely on tired gags that do not get funnier with repetition. “Barefoot in the Park” is rife with these problems,...
Performances shine through off-kilter Mitch Albom script
Aug. 7 2013
Over the Ledge Theatre Co.’s production of Mitch Albom’s “Duck Hunter Shoots Angel” is A.) a caricature of Southern stereotypes; B.) a multi-pronged tragic-comedy with pseudo-“Twilight...
March 19 2014
On its surface, Riverwalk Theatre’s production of “A Shot in the Dark” appears like a surefire hit. The comical murder mystery was adapted Review into the 1964 “Pink Panther”...
Riverwalk's “M*A*S*H” is mostly swampy
Sept. 18 2013
War is not hell in Riverwalk Theatre´s production of “M*A*S*H.” It’s not even heck. It’s a minimalized setting for playwright Tim Kelly’s shallow versions of some of...
Riverwalk gets preachy with revival of New Testament musical
June 4 2014
“Godspell” put composer Stephen Schwartz on the map in 1971. Songs like “Day by Day” were radio friendly hits, but the musical’s orchestral arrangements seemed dated to modern...
Actors hunt for laughs in Jeff Daniels' U.P. farce
July 11 2012
The story of "buckless Yooper" Reuben Soady has has spawned two prequels since its premiere at the Purple Rose Theatre in 1995, but the original remains the purest and the raunchiest
Despite some missteps, Peppermint Creek musical still has energy
Jan. 30 2013
If the last Hispanic characters you remember from a Broadway musical are Maria and Bernardo from "West Side Story," "In the Heights" hopes to update your memory. "In the Heights" is a feast of styles and...
Lansing Community College cast tackles a whimsical Thornton Wilder story
July 18 2012
"He ends up in Newport, R.I., because he wants to find adventure," explained Andy Callis, who is directing Matthew Burnett's dramatization of "Theophilus North" for Lansing Community College's Summer Stage...
Strong cast battles flimsy script in splashy 'Follies'
June 6 2012
Scaling down these humongous Stephen Sondheim musicals is like squeezing a Mini Cooper in the back of a Lincoln Navigator. Sure, it will fit, but it won't leave anyone much legroom. The production has...
Vaudevillian humor elevates genteel comedy
March 13 2013
A curiosity, indeed, is Ethel Savage, a wealthy widow who wants to donate her late husband's millions to charity rather than to her three cranky, selfish, ne'er-do-well adult stepchildren. "The Curious...
Chad DeKatch heads up the ensemble cast of Sondheim's 'Company'
Feb. 1 2012
When the lights come up on the Holt Dimondale Community Players’ production of “Company,” it will be the realization of a dream for its star, Chad DeKatch
Naughty nuns kick the habit in salacious spoof 'Divine Sister'
Sept. 21 2011
Audiences be warned: Lansing Civic Player’s season opener “The Divine Sister” is a perverse, expletive-laden, alacritous satire of sisters from stage and cinema
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