Header-lansing_1.jpg
 
Home » Articles »   By MARY CUSACK
 
 
Wednesday, August 13,2014

Vouching for vouchers

Maximizing the utility of online vouchers

by MARY CUSACK
This summer a friend and I savored a gourmet meal at a local country club. It included an appetizer, two glasses of wine and two enormous entrees. Total cost: $29. No, we didn’t know the waiter and there was no scam involved. We enjoyed this upscale experience thanks to online vouchers, which make it is easy to save big bucks on Lansing meals, massages, golf and goods.
Read more   Read it in print
Wednesday, July 23,2014

History of the world, take 2

Williamston serves up big laughs with audacious musical comedy

by MARY CUSACK
During a summer when a plane crash in Ukraine or clashes over tunnels in the Middle East could become very real global game-changers, the success of a play like “The Big Bang” is less than assured. After all, this is a musical that summarizes the horror of the Holocaust via Eva Braun’s lyrical lament of picking a bad boyfriend.
Read more   Read it in print
Wednesday, May 28,2014

‘Wrinkle’ treatment

Over the Ledge launches summer season with ambitious adaptation

by MARY CUSACK
Science fiction and beloved children’s books are risky categories for modestly budged community theater productions. With its 2014 season premiere, “A Wrinkle In Time,” Over the Ledge Theatre Co. took on the challenge of John Glore’s double-whammy adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s outstanding young adult/sci-fi novel.
Read more   Read it in print
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.
Read more   Read it in print
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.
Read more   Read it in print
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.
Read more   Read it in print
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.
Read more   Read it in print
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.
Read more   Read it in print
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.
Read more   Read it in print
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.
Read more   Read it in print
 
 
 
 
 
Search Archive
Search Archive:
 
 

© 2014 City Pulse

City Pulse. 2001 E. Michigan Ave. Lansing, MI 48912.
Phone: (517)371-5600. Fax: (517) 999-6066.
E-mail: publisher@lansingcitypulse.com

 
Close