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Wednesday, March 21,2012

Counting the cost

Theater of War takes long view of war trauma

by Lawrence Cosentino
The opening moments of "Ajax" ring eerily familiar after U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales' alleged murder of 16 civilians in Afghanistan last week. In the age of laser-guided missiles and MRAPs, a 5th-century B.C. play by Sophocles is still helping soldiers, veterans and civilians work through war and its effects.
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Wednesday, March 21,2012

Advice Goddess

Bodies at rust & beer your soul

by Amy Alkon
Q: I’m a recently divorced 40-something woman, now dating again, and I’m wondering what the guidelines are on how long to wait to have sex. I’m not interested in casual sex, but I have a healthy libido. If I’m really attracted to a man, I’ll be dealing with some powerful mixed (internal) signals regarding how long to wait. Really what I want is to have sex with a man I like as soon as reasonably possible without getting labeled by him (consciously or subconsciously) as an expendable floozy.
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Wednesday, March 21,2012

Checkout time

Admirable intentions lead to sadly awkward results in a slow-moving comedy

by UTE VON DER HEYDEN
For one thing, it’s their first show in the Curry Street Theatre, LCP’s new home at 6025 Curry Lane in Lansing. Second, it’s the show that might have turned around their slipping reputation after a series of flops and cancellations and restored the confidence of long-time theatergoers who want to see this 83-year-old grande dame of Lansing community theater make a comeback.
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Wednesday, March 21,2012

'Murder' is on the menu

'Marsha,' Starlight Dinner Theatre’s frantic parody of mysteries, could have used some script slashing

by Paul Wozniak
Although Starlight Dinner Theatre serves their meal before the performance, sitting through the murder mystery parody "Let's Murder Marsha" feels like enjoying a delicious multi-course meal with excessively slow service. By the time dessert arrives, you're ready for the check.
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Wednesday, March 21,2012

Fans hungry for 'Games'

Much-anticipated movie is already selling out shows

by Paul Wozniak
The long-awaited film debuts in theaters nationwide on Friday, and box office anticipation has immediately conjured up comparisons to the "Harry Potter" and "Twilight" franchises. Local IMAX shows are already sold out, and fans of the Suzanne Collins books be may coming to the show dressed in costume.
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Wednesday, March 21,2012

Dream machine

Riverwalk Theatre revs up a gem with 'New Car'

by Paul Wozniak
The play derives its name from one of the opening lines of dialogue: "When women say they want a new car, they want a new life," delivered by the “middle-aged” protagonist Becky — full name Rebecca Foster (Gini Larson).
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Wednesday, March 21,2012

Even today, 'Cat' still has sharp claws

Adventurous director Deborah Keller heads up a crackling production

by Mary C. Cusack
Brick is a study in conflict, as he fights his wife, his father, and his own demons. He is deeply mired in guilt after the death of his best friend, and attempts to drown out the world by hiding in his bedroom, drowning his sorrows with liquor. Unfortunately, the room becomes Grand Central Station, where the tracks of all of the family train wrecks terminate.
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Wednesday, March 21,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
On Friday at The Loft, expect a jam-packed show with four separate tours sharing one bill. The all-ages show includes A Loss For Words, The Sheds, The Menzingers, Make Do and Mend, Code Orange Kids, Captain We’re Sinking, Hometeam, Priorities and Yours Truly. Headlining the night is A Loss for Words, a pop-punk/melodic hardcore band from Abington, Mass. The five-piece outfit is signed to Rise Records and recently released “No Sanctuary,” its second full-length album.
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Wednesday, March 21,2012

'Memphis' Belle

Meet the two Felicias: the fiery 1950s heroine of 'Memphis' and the actress who plays her

by James Sanford
When she was cast in "Memphis," the Tony-winning musical about the dawn of rock 'n' roll and the Civil Rights movement, Felicia Boswell insists she didn’t have to do much in the way of research. It was literally in her blood.
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Wednesday, March 21,2012

Will a music venue follow a casino?

To compete for acts with other cities, promoters say, concerts should be part of proposed Kewadin Lansing

by Andy Balaskovitz
With the prospect of such a casino in Lansing working its way through the legislative process, could it also set the stage for a mid-size entertainment venue downtown? For those steadfastly opposed to gambling on its face, could the possibility of a...
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