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Wednesday, February 19,2014

Curatain Call: On the nose

Seasoned actor shines in MSU’s ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’

by MARY CUSACK
Those who know the story of Cyrano de Bergerac based on Steve Martin’s version in the 1986 comedy “Roxanne” may be dismayed when watching the original play. As seen in Michigan State University’s Department of Theatre’s production, “Cyrano de Bergerac” is not a Hollywood romance, but a tragic tale of loves lost. Yes, plural loves.
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Wednesday, September 18,2013

Off the radar

Riverwalk's “M*A*S*H” is mostly swampy

by MARY CUSACK
War is not hell in Riverwalk Theatre´s production of “M*A*S*H.” It’s not even heck. It’s a minimalized setting for playwright Tim Kelly’s shallow versions of some of America’s most iconic pop culture characters.
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Wednesday, July 24,2013

What happens in Vegas ...

Williamston ends season with final entry in 'Tuna' series

by MARY CUSACK
Although the first two 'Tuna' shows were a solid draw for Williamston Theatre, the series' finale proves that not all good things come in threes.
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Wednesday, June 12,2013

Mellow 'Drama'

Over the Ledge starts summer season with quirky dark comedy

by MARY CUSACK
"Drama at Inish" is a wee tale about a hotel owner in a wee seaside town who hires a wee acting troupe to perform decidedly un-wee plays for its summer season. The troupe, led by husband-and-wife actors Hector De La Mare (Brad Rutledge) and Constance Constantia (Gini Larson), sweeps into town with its repertory of Chekhov, Ibsen and Tolstoy.
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Wednesday, March 27,2013

Diary queen

Peppermint Creek depicts fictionalized effort to publish Anne Frank

by MARY CUSACK
Peppermint Creek Theatre Co.'s latest production, "Compulsion, or the House Behind," may be a bit esoteric for a broad audience. The biggest challenge is getting past a spectral puppet of Holocaust victim Anne Frank, who — figuratively and literally — shares a bed with the lead couple.
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Wednesday, February 27,2013

'Razzle Dazzle' for those in blue

Lansing's newest theater ensemble moves up to the main stage with 'Chicago'

by MARY CUSACK
It's the theater company equivalent to an extravagant coming out party, a la MTV's "My Super Sweet 16." After eight years of producing youth-oriented Broadway revue shows, the Blue Light Players, a nonprofit musical theater company, is entering the world of adult theater with an ambitious production of "Chicago." In an interesting twist, a musical about the birth of the celebrity criminal will provide financial support to the families of fallen and injured law enforcement officers.
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Thursday, February 21,2013

Witty little liars

All is not as it seems in Riverwalk's 'Sleuth'

by MARY CUSACK
"Sleuth," Riverwalk Theatre's latest production, is a classic cat-and-mouse story that remains entertaining, despite being somewhat dated.
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Wednesday, September 12,2012

'Bee' dazzling

Over the Ledge scores with heartbreaking, hilarious musical comedy

by MARY CUSACK
It seems like productions of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" are outnumbering actual spelling bees lately. But if you're concerned that Over the Ledge Theatre Co.'s production of the show will be just another adaptation, your fears are completely unfounded. The committed cast and cute script will have you completely hooked by the second musical number.
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