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Wednesday, December 11,2013

Curtain call: Sweet ‘Christmas’

Riverwalk succeeds with iconic holiday musical

by Mary C. Cusack
If Riverwalk Theatre’s production of “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” was a dessert, audience members would sink Review into diabetic comas well before intermission.
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Wednesday, November 6,2013

Curtain call: 'Desert' storm

Peppermint Creek unleashes a battle royal with family drama

by Mary C. Cusack
The theme of Peppermint Creek Theatre Co.’s 2013-‘14 season is “battle lines,” and they mean it. The group’s artistic director, Chad Badgero, has never shied away from a complex script, nor settled for a middling cast, and his production of “Other Desert Cities” is no exception.
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Wednesday, October 16,2013

Knocking 'em dead

Williamston’s “Woman in Black” is perfect Halloween show

by Mary C. Cusack
This month, Lansing-area folks who prefer to be scared in a more passive and cultured manner than running Review from a masked actor wielding a chainsaw in a corn maze should feast on Williamston Theatre’s production of “The Woman in Black.” Williamston knocks ‘...
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Wednesday, October 2,2013

Walking the walk

Lansing photographer documents three years of walking every street in Lansing

by Mary C. Cusack
If you live in Lansing, Ariniko O’Meara has been to your house. If you were sitting on your porch when she was by, you probably saw her. She was the woman with the camera around her neck who called out “good morning” to you as she walked past.
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Wednesday, June 19,2013

Temptation Island

Peanut Barrel puts a limit on its signature drink for good reason

by Mary C. Cusack
Michigan is home to several well-known islands: Mackinac, Beaver, Isle Royale. Pretty and peaceful, to be sure, but there's one in mid-Michigan that's famous in its own right — the Long Island (as in, Long Island Iced Tea) at the Peanut Barrel. And at $5 per drink, an afternoon vacation on the Peanut Barrel patio is cheaper than Shepler's Ferry.
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Wednesday, December 5,2012

Branching out

Turner-Dodge House launches unique fundraiser featuring novelty Christmas tress

by Mary C. Cusack
Some people consider the Esquire Club on Center Street to be the northern border of Lansing's Old Town district. Others might call the Golden Harvest the line of demarcation. Michael Beebe hopes to change people's perceptions so that when they think of the edge of Old Town, the Turner-Dodge House springs to mind.
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Wednesday, September 26,2012

Russian roulette

MSU's reveloving repartory shows win with highbrow drama, meta humor

by Mary C. Cusack
If the 20th century Russian elite had Red Bull to mix with their vodka, they might have enjoyed their bleak existences more. The Michigan State University Theatre Department's two shows playing in repertory, Anton Chekhov's "Three Sisters" and "Anton in Show Business," explore and satirize the decay of the privileged class.
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Wednesday, August 1,2012

The kids are all right

Riverwalk's 'Baby' teaches without preaching

by Mary C. Cusack
The script is a good choice to educate audiences about how children deal with grief. It is touching without being preachy and balances tragedy with appropriate humor.
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Wednesday, July 25,2012

Slicker than snot

Two actors play a whole town in Williamston's dazzling 'Red, White & Tuna'

by Mary C. Cusack
In this case, as with last year's "Greater Tuna," that cast is Aral Gribble and Wayne David Parker. While director John Lepard is plenty skilled and accomplished, working with Gribble and Parker must make his job easy. In addition to already having developed many of the characters, they are also fleet-footed in switching among characters, creating and maintaining unique physicality for each one.
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Wednesday, June 20,2012

Keeping it short

Michael McCallum unveils two new films Sunday

by Mary C. Cusack
In March, Detroit's Uptown Film Festival named local filmmaker Michael McCallum the Michigan Independent Filmmaker of the Year. He has not rested on his laurels.
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