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Nov. 8 2018
It’s similar to a silly American sitcom, but instead of a recorded laugh track the chuckles are genuine. “Leading Ladies” is a farcical performance by the Owosso Community Players that...
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Nov. 8 2018
In a new book, former Michigan state archaeologist John R. Halsey draws deeply from early newspaper sources, notes from explorers and expedition summaries to flesh out who the miners were, where they came...
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Nov. 1 2018
John Lennox searched for a play with a “Rage Against the Machine” concept for the latest Lansing Community College theater production. After discarding “Sweeny Todd,” because of...
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Oct. 25 2018
In this brightly lit setting, for five of six introduced “parts,” three characters share weird dialogue. As the hour-long play progresses, most of the obscure chatter seems to relate to video...
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Oct. 18 2018
The “Calendar Girls” movie by Juliette Towhidi and Tim Firth is based on reallife, mature women who undress to make a calendar for charity. That raises the question if Starlight Dinner Theatre’s...
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Oct. 18 2018
The independent stories about immigrants weren’t popular in America when they were performed in 1955. Although the plays’ subjects are still difficult to grapple with in 2018, there are engaging...
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Oct. 18 2018
Delta Solar started generating power in late June and reached full capacity of 24-megawatts by August. It is the second largest solar field in Michigan. Only DTE Energy’s 45-megawatt plant in Lapeer...
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Oct. 11 2018
Her many Greater Lansing fans know her for appearances at local bars. “It’s easier to name places I haven’t played,” Sygit said. The Green Door, Lansing Brewing Co., Mac’s,...
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Oct. 4 2018
That isn’t to say the play is all teary moments. The well-crafted script by Melanie Marnich also includes lots of humor and silliness. “These Shining Lives” has sparkles of singing, flickers...
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Oct. 4 2018
“Dead Ringer” is Mary Matzke’s last directorial work before she retires from LCC after 30 years of teaching theater. Her final choice is a script set in Texas circa 1879 written by Gino...
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Sept. 20 2018
What maddened me were the costumes for six female cast members who were supposedly portraying men. I found it hard to imagine some obviously female actors, often wearing dresses, to be Dukes or Earls....
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Sept. 19 2018
The deafening roars at the end of Wharton Center’s opening show of “School of Rock” were equal to the noises heard at major rock concerts. But instead of established and seasoned musicians,...
Sept. 13 2018
“Dancing at Lughnasa” is not easy to pull off. Brian Friel’s script about 1936 Irish culture goes on for over two hours. The entire play takes place at a singular cottage. “Dancing...
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Aug. 30 2018
“I’m very careful about what I say on Facebook and Twitter,” Pohl said. With sarcastic glee he added, “On Facebook I refer to myself as, ‘Just another enemy of the people...
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July 26 2018
The Williamston Theatre’s production of the John Murrell play features Karen Sheridan as Sarah Bernhardt and John Lepard as her devoted attendant, George Pitou. While the infamous and renowned French...
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July 12 2018
The Over the Ledge Theatre’s production of the Rodger Bean musical spotlights a female quartet that performs at their 1958 senior prom and subsequent 1968 class reunion. The first act showcases ‘50s...
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June 14 2018
But it doesn’t take a devotee of the British comedy troupe to appreciate Riverwalk’s production of “Monty Python’s Spam alot.” Anyone who relishes a good musical will be delighted...
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May 31 2018
A “smash” requires a spirit. LBC used their Hard Nose Rye Whiskey. It was aged in white oak and had a spicy and peppery taste — to me, a flavorful and palatable version of whiskey. A...
May 17 2018
Gini Larson plays the not-always-as-she-seems Dr. Halbrech with apparent ease. My affections for the doctor faded, but my admiration of Larson’s acting never wavered. A brief appearance by Janet...
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May 17 2018
In “Legs,” Angela Dill and Spencer Perrenoud are amputees waiting for prosthetic limbs. She is a mom and a car accident victim, and he is a soldier who lost his leg from a road bomb. The unlikely...