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Wednesday, August 4,2010

Advice Goddess

The Larva of the Party & Toon Deaf

by Amy Alkon
Q: I love to dress up and go socialize with people. My boyfriend, however, can only smile friendly and chitchat for about 20 minutes before he seats himself in some corner and starts reading the host’s books.
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Wednesday, August 4,2010

Must be the season of the 'Witch'

Kelley Armstong casts a supernatural spell in a new mystery featuring a detective witch

by Bill Castanier
“Growing up, horror was something for guys,” she said. “I read Dean Koontz, Peter Straub, Stephen King.’’
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Wednesday, August 4,2010

Less is Moor

Outdoor 'Othello' works effectively

by Paul Wozniak
“Bare bones” blatantly describes the design elements of Shakespeare on the Grand’s "Othello" in its current form.
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Wednesday, August 4,2010

Don't you dare touch that dial!

Capitol TheaterWorks revives radio drama in 'Variety Show'

by Mary C. Cusack
One of the greatest strengths of Capital TheaterWorks is that its summer season is housed in the Ledges Playhouse. Those who know its history of ghosts and raccoons may disagree, but the fantastically creaky venue is perfect for some of TheaterWorks’ recent shows, including its current “1940’s Radio Variety Show.
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Wednesday, August 4,2010

Return engagement

Dancer Carol Bentley shares Broadway basics with Lansing students

by Gabi Moore
When Carol Bentley arrived in New York, eager to start a Broadway career, she had the memories of a theater-filled childhood in East Lansing to guide her. She remembers “A Chorus Line” and “Dreamgirls” had a big influence on her. Often, when professional touring companies passed through town, actors would hold workshops and share their experiences and teach local aspiring dancers.
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Wednesday, August 4,2010

Red, white and Greenwood

Country star plays Sept. 11 concert

by James Sanford
“We wanted to do more to involve the community, and the typical gala ' the way a lot of nonprofits do them ' is a black-tie, high-priced, high-end social event for businesspeople who want to network,” Sturdy said. “We said, ‘There’s enough of those; let’s tone ours down.
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Wednesday, August 4,2010

The Screening Room

Hollywood gets summer-schooled

by James Sanford
“The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” burned brightly: It may yet reach $300 million. But the much-hyped, all-action, no-brains “A-Team” failed to get a passing grade from moviegoers; it’s brought in $76 million, about half of what it was projected to make.
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Friday, July 30,2010

Rudd and Carell add spice to 'Dinner'

by James Sanford
The 1998 French film “Le Diner de Cons (The Dinner of Fools)” was a modest farce about high-rolling Parisian Pierre Brochant (Thierry Lhermitte) trying to take advantage of dorky Francois Pignon (Jacques Villeret), whose odd hobbies make him a prime candidate for ridicule at the weekly banquets hosted by Brochant and his arrogant buddies.
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Wednesday, July 28,2010

Hannah and Her Scissors & Be Stale My Heart

by Amy Alkon
newlyweds but dated for three years. She’s always been truthful and forthright, so I was dumbfounded that she kept this from me. She claims they’re “just friends,” insists the past is the past, and won’t discuss anything. I had trust issues with my ex-wife and have abandonment issues (thanks, Mom), but had ZERO insecurities about my wife until this.
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Wednesday, July 28,2010

North to Kalkaska

Bryan Gruley returns to his Michigan roots in ’The Hanging Tree’

by Bill Castanier
Gruley’s second book, “The Hanging Tree,” is a masterpiece of detective fiction, with the right amount of blind alleys that leave the outcome always in doubt. The author, who is the Chicago bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal, has topped his first book while capturing the essence of a hockey-crazy Michigan small town.
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