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Wednesday, October 19,2011

From fascination to collaboration

Writer-director James Houska works with ‘Conspiracy’ author Loring Mandel to turn an award-winning HBO movie into Riverwalk’s world premiere stage drama

by Paul Wozniak
Based on a lone surviving document, “Conspiracy” dramatically reconstructs the 1942 Wannsee Conference, a meeting of 15 high-ranking Nazis who discussed the practical implementation of the Final Solution.
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Wednesday, October 19,2011

Meet Loring Mandel

by Paul Wozniak
Chicago native Loring Mandel never imagined his profession might be writing for television. Mandel, 83, wrote his first closedcircuit radio productions for fun when he was 6 years old; when he needed money for graduate courses in music at Northwestern University, Mandel discovered he could make a living from fun.
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Wednesday, October 19,2011

Pure puffball

Lively actors can’t hide the fact that ‘Odd Couple’ is quaint and antiquated

by Mary C. Cusack
It is interesting that Dowd warms up to the role after doffing the iconic baseball cap, and really hits his stride as Oscar prepares for a double-date with neighbors Gwendolyn and Cecily Pigeon (Charlotte Ruppert and Angela Dill, respectively). As Dowd prances around, slapping on Old Spice and crooning classic love songs, he owns the stage.
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Wednesday, October 19,2011

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
Darryl McDaniels, or “DMC” as most of the world knows him, made up one third of the pioneering rap group Run-DMC, which formed in 1981 and disbanded in 2001. The iconic trio scored rap hits throughout the ‘80s with “It’s Tricky,” “Walk This Way,” “King of Rock,” “My Adidas” and “It’s Like That.
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Wednesday, October 19,2011

Passage to India

Concert showcases two classical Indian dance styles

by Nicole LaChance
“Odissi is soft and lyrical, and Bharatanatyam is bold and rigourous,” said Ghosh, who specializes in Odissi. “The juxtaposition of the two styles in the event will help the audience understand the uniqueness of the styles.”.
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Wednesday, October 19,2011

Sunny's not blue

Wilkinson returns to MSU Friday for a new gig: singing with the LSO

by Carlee Schepeler
“I was a poor college student,” she said, “so I would go around to garage sales and buy worn-out records for a quarter. I would try to steal licks from Ella Fitzgerald. I just wanted to be good enough that musicians would want to play with me..
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Wednesday, October 19,2011

Cooley Law School presents sixth season of Stages of the Law

by Cristina Toscano
This season’s Stages of the Law performances include Riverwalk Theatre’s “Conspiracy” (Oct. 20-30; talkback after the Oct. 22 performance); Lansing Community College’s “The Shrike” (Nov. 4-12; talkback after the Nov. 5 performance); Mid Michigan Family Theatre “The Goblins & the Gravedigger” (Dec.
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Wednesday, October 12,2011

Advice Goddess

Prince Harming & semicolon cleansing

by Amy Alkon
He says everyone expected him to become Prime Minister, but he decided to buck their expectations and become a portrait painter. Although he earns a good living, I believe he considers himself a failure compared with the wealthy Brits commissioning his paintings.
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Wednesday, October 12,2011

Historical sleuth

Kevin Boyle delved into the archives to put together ‘Arc of Justice’

by Bill Castanier
By BILL CASTANIER National Book Award Winner Kevin Boyle describes himself as an “archives rat” ' and that’s a good thing for a historian and the author of the award-winning “Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights and Murder in the Jazz Age.
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Wednesday, October 12,2011

The biggest loser

‘The Dead Guy’ is a spotty spoof of reality TV

by Paul Wozniak
If he did, “The Dead Guy,” now at Williamston Theatre, might be a sharper satire in the vein of “Network” or “The Truman Show.” But the show’s very concept suggests that Coble cannot appreciate his topic on its own terms, resulting in flawed premises and shallow characters that make “Guy” feel cynical instead of comically cerebral.
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