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Wednesday, April 7,2010

'Mars' attacks the funnybone

Frantic comedy finds hilarity in hysteria

by Mary C. Cusack
The plot of Williamston Theatre’s latest offering, “It Came From Mars,” takes a standard screwball comedy plot and elevates it slightly into the realm of a meta-comedy.  It came from the mind of Joseph Zettelmaier, who co-authored a prior successful production at Wil...
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Wednesday, April 7,2010

Same old song and dance

'Chorus Line' starting to show its age

by ALLAN I. ROSS
“A Chorus Line” is an effective metaphor for the current economic climate, when “I’ll do anything for work” is a similarly common refrain. And you do feel the desire — if not the desperation — of the actors as they plea for their shot at stardom. ...
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Wednesday, April 7,2010

The Screening Room

3D: Back to stay — or a high-tech fad?

by James Sanford
3D movies may be all the rage these days, but the craze is certainly nothing audiences haven’t seen before. Even as far back as the 1930s, filmmakers were testing the waters with novelty-short specialist Pete Smith’s “Audioskopics” and “Three-Dimensional Murde...
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Wednesday, April 7,2010

Read all about it

There's something for everyone at Sunday's Antiquarian Book Show

by Brandon Kirby
“It’s a collective mix of people coming to the show, and that’s part of the fun of it,” he said. “We don’t know what to expect from any given dealer because they bring such an array of material. And it’s not just show-and-tell because all of it is available for purchase, too.
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Tuesday, April 6,2010

Green screen

Contest challenges students to produce short films about environmental awareness

by Gabi Moore
What does green mean to you? Energy Works Michigan wants to know— in 90 seconds or less. The company is sponsoring the “Show Green” video competition, in which students are invited to create a film showing what “going green” means to them, and what projects they, their school or their community are working on to make the world a better place.
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Tuesday, April 6,2010

Living on the 'Line'

For 'Chorus' star Ashley Yeater, every night is an audition

by James Sanford
How does a “Chorus Line” star spend her spare time between shows? For Ashley Yeater, it’s about resting in her hotel room with her dog, while Nicole Kidman sings herself to death. “I’m watching ‘Moulin Rouge,’” Yeater said, calling from a tour stop in Hershey, Pa. That’s a movie musical she likes; the 1985 film version of “A Chorus Line” — uh, not so much.
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Friday, April 2,2010

Riverwalk Theatre announces 2010-11 season

'Caroline, or Change,' 'Smokey Joe's Cafe' among next season's offerings

by James Sanford
Musicals, fairy tales and a double dose of Edward Albee are in the forecast for Riverwalk Theatre, which just announced its 2010-11 season.
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Friday, April 2,2010

Black Milk is 'Born to Flow' at MSU

Hip-hop meets slam poetry in Friday show

by Brandon Kirby
Detroit native Black Milk will be performing at the “Born to Flow” event at Michigan State University, providing a blend of hip-hop and slam poetry. Presented by Pop Entertainment, the concert at 8 p.m. Friday, April 2 is a departure from other events the group has put on.“Other events we put on have been electronic and rock,” said Adam Kokenakes, the president of Pop Entertainment. “We’re trying to touch a lot of different genres to get a feel for the student body, and we really wanted to do some hip-hop.”
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Thursday, April 1,2010

This 'Clash' never gets Kraken

Stick with the original and give this pointless remake a myth — er, miss

by James Sanford
When it was released in 1981, “Clash of the Titans” represented a sort of last hurrah for the sword-and-sandal spectaculars of the “Jason and the Argonauts” and “The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad” variety. The stop-motion animation creations of Ray Harryhausen were enchantingly old-fashioned and the mythological mash-up of the plot (involving displeased gods, curses, Medusa and Pegasus) wasn’t just old-school, it was ancient-academy.
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Wednesday, March 31,2010

Local, vocal, plural

Partnerships, singers dominate Wharton’s upcoming season

by Lawrence Cosentino
The Wharton Center for the Performing Arts has to live up to the big “s” on its new glass fa'ade, but it’s not easy. Even the biggest classical, jazz, world and dance acts are usually less lucrative than Broadway shows, and some are downright loss leaders.
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