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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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Wednesday, September 28,2011

The remains of the day

MSU's strong double bill of dramas examines the aftermath of Sept. 11

by Paul Wozniak
Remember Sept. 11, 2001? Not the divisive rhetoric that tirelessly evoked the date for political evasion or justification, or the shameless merchandising that recently reached new lows (9/11 Merlot, anyone? Just $19.11), but where you were when you first heard the tragic news.
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Wednesday, September 21,2011

Intense 'Blackbird' looks at the dark language of love

Broken hearts, shattered lives and fractured dialogue combine in Peppermint Creek's two-character drama

by Paul Wozniak
That staccato style blended with the thematic, twisted love story intrigued director Lela Ivey back when Chad Badgero first presented her with the script.
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Wednesday, September 21,2011

Not quite heavenly

Naughty nuns kick the habit in salacious spoof 'Divine Sister'

by Paul Wozniak
Audiences be warned: Lansing Civic Player’s season opener “The Divine Sister” is a perverse, expletive-laden, alacritous satire of sisters from stage and cinema.
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Wednesday, August 17,2011

What’s with all the drama?

Old Town turns into a miniature Broadway once more during the fourth annual Renegade Theatre Festival

by Paul Wozniak
Working under the loosely encompassing mission statement of providing “as much theater as possible in a short amount of time” for free, Badgero says Renegade answered a persistent question among theater people: Where can you perform pieces that don’t fit anywhere else?.
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Wednesday, August 3,2011

Black Box-ing

Kerry Waters directs Christopher Durang’s comedy ‘Laughing Wild’

by Paul Wozniak
But “Laughing Wild” promises the poignancy and depth that are absent from most social media newsfeeds. “Laughing Wild” is the first mainstage Riverwalk Theatre production to be set in the more intimate Black Box space.
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Wednesday, July 27,2011

Shakespeare's zoo debut

‘Merchant’ cast provides laughs, but can’t reveal the play’s darker side

by Paul Wozniak
A complex tragic-comedy with religious overtones, sensual puns and poetically barbed insults, “Merchant” shows that expensive courtships have always had life-threatening consequences.
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Wednesday, July 13,2011

'Creek' speak

Star John Lepard talks about Williamston’s latest world premiere

by Paul Wozniak
A culture clash becomes a comic civil war in Williamston Theatre’s “And the Creek Don’t Rise.” Penned by frequent Williamston collaborator Joseph Zettelmaier, “Creek” follows a work-displaced Michigan couple (Williamston Theatre executive director...
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Wednesday, June 29,2011

Bringing contemporary concepts to classic works

Tommy Gomez tackles the TASC of launching a new theater company

by Paul Wozniak
Tommy Gomez does not appear to tire easily. He exudes passionate, kinetic energy about theater. Introduced to the bawdy side of William Shakespeare in high school, Gomez took to the stage to perform with such companies as the Purple Rose Theatre, the California Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, L.
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Wednesday, May 18,2011

Aging in reverse

Michelle Meredith has played maternal roles; in ’Eleemosynary,’ she finally gets to be a kid

by Paul Wozniak
With the maturity that Michelle Meredith displays in every role she plays, one could easily assume she is older than 22. Virtually typecast as mothers and grandmothers, Meredith is a graduate of Michigan State University; she performed alongside Carmen Decker in “Kimberly Akimbo” at Stormfield Theater earlier this year.
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