‘Red’ seems more lecture than theater
March 15 2017
“What do you see?” is a question that’s asked repeatedly in “Red,” the latest production running in Riverwalk Theatre’s Black Box. It’s one of many probing questions...
Fundraiser helps Kristine Thatcher cover Medicare ‘donut hole’ gap
Feb. 8 2017
Medicare’s “donut hole” is an oddly playful name for a serious situation. Former BoarsHead Theatre artistic director Kristine Thatcher, in an extended battle with ovarian cancer, has...
BoarsHead Theatre co-founder John Peakes dead at 83
Feb. 1 2017
“What Lansing meant to him is less important in my mind than what he meant to Lansing,” said his son, Ian Peakes, in a message to City Pulse. “He loved it there and made it an artistic...
Jan. 25 2017
New York-based playwright Christy Hall said she sees it as her responsibility to write compelling roles for women of all ages. “A Painted Window” is centered on two estranged sisters who struggle...
Greater Lansing arts communities gather to encourage unity, inclusion
Jan. 18 2017
With President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration looming, Greater Lansing artists are pondering if and how to respond to the tumultuous political climate
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
Three-day event highlights East Asian cultures
Oct. 26 2016
Art forms from Japan, China and Korea — three East Asian countries with distinct cultures — come together this week for a three-day exploration of Asian performing arts
Collaborative theater project brings professional talent to work with MSU, high school students
Oct. 19 2016
Last week, actors, musicians and directors gathered in a brilliantly lit, mirrored-wall rehearsal studio in the basement of the MSU Auditorium, hashing out a complicated collaboration — well, a...
Lewis Black talks politics, theater and ‘The Daily Show’
Sept. 14 2016
Lewis Black has built a career on anger. The standup comedian rose to national notoriety through “Back in Black,” a recurring segment on Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” where...
Aug. 10 2016
From intimate dramas to Broadway musicals to slapstick comedy, Greater Lansing serves up another diverse season of local theater. City Pulse has compiled the region’s biggest theater events into...
Renegade Theatre Festival expands to two weekends
Aug. 10 2016
Hopefully Lansing residents aren’t feeling festival fatigue yet. Before the Great Lakes Folk Festival gets going Friday in East Lansing, Renegade Theatre Festival kicks off its 11th year Thursday...
Neil Simon classic tackles romance with humor, pessimism
April 27 2016
Now comes this humble critic’s review of the theater god’s “Plaza Suite”—with hopes I will be spared any lightning strikes
Tony-winning musical comes to Wharton Center in 2017
April 13 2016
A Tony-winning Broadway musical with a Lansing connection will be showcased in Wharton Center’s 2016-2017 season, announced Tuesday
MSU’s ‘And Away We Go’ comic romp with substance
Jan. 27 2016
Yes, MSU Department of Theatre’s latest production, Terrance McNally’s “And Away We Go,” is one of those cornucopia collage plays — a mélange, a mixture of bits and...
Highlights of 2015’s local theater season came from theater rookies, aspiring actors
Dec. 30 2015
Arguably the most powerful production this season was “Telling: Lansing,” produced by Peppermint Creek Theatre Co. Featuring a cast of mostly non-actors telling personal stories related to...
Local theater ranged from light romance to heavy history in 2015
Dec. 30 2015
The theater companies of the Greater Lansing area produce a tremendous number of quality theatrical productions each year. And while City Pulse’s Pulsar awards are a sincere way to honor the best...
LCC production selected for Kennedy Center Festival
Dec. 23 2015
Lansing Community College’s theater program may be small — its website lists just two full-time faculty — but it will have an opportunity next month to prove it can hang with the big...
Holt native tours the country with ‘Cirque Dreams Holidaze’
Dec. 16 2015
Known for its daring, Broadway-meetsbalancing-acts performances and magnificent costumes, “Cirque Dreams Holidaze” relies on a cast of behind-the-scenes workers to keep everything running smoothly....
Local fans discuss the enduring legacy of ‘Star Wars’
Dec. 16 2015
“A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away … ." Those words, in brilliant blue, lit up the darkened movie theater and left an indelible mark in my mind’s eye
Sept. 30 2015
Greater Lansing theatergoers are treated to a smorgasbord of theater openings this weekend

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