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Wednesday, September 8,2010

'City' of secrets

A pair of potent performances bolster a provocative drama at Capital TheatreWorks

by Mary C. Cusack
“Dying City” is the story of three deeply damaged people and the wounds they inflict upon each other. Kelly, played with guarded brittleness by Kayla DeWitt, is a widowed therapist who wiles her evenings away watching “Law and Order.
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Wednesday, August 25,2010


Noah meets Santa (sort of) in an art show at Basement 414

by Mary C. Cusack
Basement 414 is perhaps Lansing’s least-known but most characteristic art space. The entrance is tricky to find, accessible only from the alley behind the Nuthouse Bar.This repurposed warehouse, home to artists, bicycle enthusiasts and the occasional group of counter-culturists, now houses a menagerie. Literally figuratively — or figuratively literally. Or both.
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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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Friday, July 9,2010

'Mountain' of love

Fun-filled gospel hootenanny will make you want to testify

by Mary C. Cusack
This is the perfect weekend for Lansing Community College’s latest “Summer Stage Under the Stars” offering. Warm and muggy well into the evenings, the weather literally helps set the atmosphere for the smokin’ "Smoke on the Mountain." The setting is a North Carolina Baptist church in June, 1938. The outdoor set is a big, realistically-rendered, slightly rustic church interior. Between that and a naturally hot and humid night, it is easy to feel like a part of the congregation, which is the intention. There is no fourth wall, as the cast present a musical church service in real time.
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Wednesday, June 30,2010

Fabrication was no vacation

Fussy neighbors, scorched tables: Welcome to Scrapfest

by Mary C. Cusack
Some random bit of wisdom says to “do something every day that scares you.” For two weeks, I did that consistently as a member of a team competing in Old Town Scrapfest 2010. The event, a fund-raiser for the Old Town Commercial Association, is in its second year.
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Friday, June 18,2010

A night to remember — if they can

Summer Circle's

by Mary C. Cusack
Considering East Lansing’s role as a college town, particularly one that really, really enjoys celebrating the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament each year, MSU’s Summer Circle Theatre’s choice of a play called “The Drunken City” seems apropos. In reality, the play resembles the East Coast reality show “Jersey Shore” more than it does Spartan country.
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Wednesday, June 9,2010

Getting Out

From discos and dive bars to The Sir Club and strippers, Lansing has a long history of nightlife, LGBT-style

by Mary C. Cusack
I began my research at Club Xcel. The Male Review tradition began 17 years ago when Xcel was a gay bar called Paradise, and it continued under the current ownership of Tom Donell even as the club became a mixed-crowd bar. Now simple economics are driving the decision to drop the event.
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Wednesday, May 26,2010

’Late’ is great

Icarus Falling delivers powerhouse production of Sam Shepard drama

by Mary C. Cusack
While Studio 1210 in Old Town makes a nice art gallery, its limitations in lighting and its lack of a backstage make it a challenging venue for a play. Shortly into the work, however, emotional immediacy easily trumps environment.
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Wednesday, May 19,2010

’Uncommon Good’ not all that great

LCP courtroom drama guilty of being overlong and unevenly acted

by Mary C. Cusack
Martavius Nelson (Derek Ovenshire) is on trial for assaulting attorney Sean Ruby (Tim Cody), the executor of Nelson’s mother’s estate. The play asks the audience to weigh illegal but justifiable actions against immoral yet legally acceptable practices.
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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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