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Wednesday, June 9,2010

That’s amore

’Light in the Piazza’ burns brightly at Riverwalk

by Paul Wozniak
“Love knows no boundaries” could be the central theme of “The Light in the Piazza,” a romantic musical that explores more boundaries than just language.
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Wednesday, April 28,2010

'Third' isn't quite first-rate drama

Awkward acting hobbles provocative premise

by Paul Wozniak
Are the East Coast liberals really any more open-minded than the Midwest conservatives? The late playwright Wendy Wasserstein did not seem to think so. In her play "Third," currently being performed at the Creole Gallery by the Peppermint Creek Theatre Co.
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Wednesday, March 31,2010

Mixed messages

'Talking With' marred by uneven performances

by Paul Wozniak
Monologues — like stories — require different skills from an actor than standard stage dialogue. "Talking With," by the pseudonymous Jane Martin, is at times a struggle for the actors of Icarus Falling and for director Erica Beck. Some scenes have been given painstaki...
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Wednesday, March 24,2010

Awesome ’Alegria’

Cirque spectacular provides an assortment of amazing acts

by Paul Wozniak
The themes for this show are reportedly darker than other Cirque productions, but apart from a sad clown and a few distorted face masks and disproportioned bodies, there is virtually no darkness to be found. The glittery white costumes are intricately stunning in both surreal design and unlimited movement for the performers.
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Wednesday, March 24,2010

Small town, big trouble

’Cheatin’’ is lowbrow, but high in laughs

by Paul Wozniak
The Lansing Civic Players Guild want you to know it is revamping its image. Left with the basement of its costume shop, the Players have cleaned and reformed the space into a cozy black-box setting, albeit not one with tiered seating.
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Wednesday, March 17,2010

Comedic comfort food

’Opal’s Husband’ is predictable farce

by Paul Wozniak
The Starlight Dinner Theater is virtually immune to theater criticism for the same reason as summer blockbusters: It has a built-in audience. Their latest production, “Opal’s Husband,” never aims to be more than artistically clear, formulaic comic fare.
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Wednesday, March 10,2010

The eyes have it

Entertaining ’Watch’ looks at insecurities in post-9/11 world

by Paul Wozniak
After seeing “The Watch List” at Riverwalk Theatre, it is easy to tell playwright Eric Dawe is as big a fan of TV and film as he is of theater.
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Wednesday, February 24,2010

Anything but grave

’Club’ finds lighter side of growing old

by Paul Wozniak
A comedy about staying alive after death, Ivan Menchell’s “The Cemetery Club” applies the sitcom formula to the latter stages of life. While Menchell focuses on three widows from New York, his jokes and sentiments are equally applicable to the women of the Midwest.
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