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Wednesday, November 10,2010

'Yeah! That’s the ticket!'

He may have been a latercomer to stand-up but Jon Lovitz is making up for lost time

by James Sanford
The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club opened last year in Universal City, near Hollywood. Although Lovitz is quick to admit his place (where he often performs on Wednesday nights) won’t be mistaken for the usual brick-wall, cabaret-style stand-up space.
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Wednesday, November 10,2010

The Screening Room

Expert cast brings ’Morning Glory’ to full bloom

by James Sanford
In writer-director James L. Brooks’ classic 1987 comedy-drama “Broadcast News,” dynamic, idealistic producer Jane Craig (Holly Hunter) spent much of her time fretting about the rise of puff-pieces in network newscasts.
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Wednesday, November 10,2010

Silver celebration

Women in the Arts festival turns 25

by Meghan Spork
During the day on Saturday, performances range from a lesbian oral history to poetry and music. Evening concerts wrap up the festival both nights in Edgewood United Church’s sanctuary. Friday’s performers include C.A.T., a fusion of three Michigan-based musicians.
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Wednesday, November 10,2010

Goodbye, Arden ' hello, America

MSU director puts a new spin on Shakespeare’s ’As You Like It’

by Meghan Spork
Michigan State University Department of Theatre 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, Wednesday, Nov. 17 and Thursday, Nov. 18; 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19 and Saturday, Nov. 20; 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21 Pasant Theatre, Wharton Center $15; $10 students theatre.msu.edu (800) WHARTON.
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Wednesday, November 10,2010

Then play on

’Music History’ examines romance in the era of the Civil Rights fight

by Chris Galford
Sandra Seaton would like to put a different spin on the way the African- American experience is generally presented on stage.Seaton’s "Music History" is a drama with a few musical touches, reflecting on the power of music in bringing people together. It is set in the 1960s, at the time of the civil rights movement, and focuses on two African-American college students at the University of Illinois.
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Saturday, November 6,2010

The Screening Room

A superhero spoof - and so much more

by James Sanford
True, that long-delayed “Spider-Man” musical may never make it to Broadway and the hyped-to-the-heavens “Watchmen” was something of a box office underachiever. But otherwise, superhero extravaganzas have a fairly impressive track record when it comes to making money.
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Thursday, November 4,2010

Jeff Daniels is at his 'Best' showing people at their worst

Couples collide in savagely funny Purple Rose comedy

by Tom Helma
They were the best of friends; they were the worst of friends. Writer Jeff Daniels has a knack for creating complex characterizations of couples experiencing the challenges of interpersonal intimacy. In this latest piece of comedic stagecraft, “Best of Friends,” he tackles the phenomena of best friend couple relationships that go awry — and boy, do they go awry.
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Thursday, November 4,2010

Putting up the house to bring down the house

The set is perhaps the biggest star of 'Mary Poppins'

by Chris Galford
It was many hard hours and long nights in the making, but the set for the Wharton Center’s "Mary Poppins" is ready for the spotlight.
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Wednesday, November 3,2010

Hook, lines and sinker

It’s Debussy night at Absolute Music

by Lawrence Cosentino
Velvet-voiced actor/director Ken Beachler and perfectionist piano man Sergei Kvitko have a strangely compelling musical partnership.Suave cop, intense cop? Honey and salt?Their chemistry is hard to pin down.
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Wednesday, November 3,2010

Advice Goddess

Settle sore & Lack of space, the final frontier

by Amy Alkon
Q: I’m a 23-year-old law student with a boyfriend who attends grad school 16 hours away. We’re both swamped at school, so we visit once a month. I've only been with one other guy, but I hate the dating scene. Still, maybe I need to date around to make sure he’s the right ...
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