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Wednesday, November 21,2012

Hole for the holidays

by Dana Casadei
This month, you might find a holiday show that has fake snow, Santa and maybe a few elves, but the one playing at Riverwalk Theatre certainly has something that makes it stick out from the crowd: goblins.
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Wednesday, September 26,2012

Blood and politics

Trio of upcoming shows perfect for the season

by Dana Casadei
The month of horror is almost here. Ravenous, blood-sucking creatures are crawling out of the woodwork for your soul … and your vote. Oh yeah, and Halloween is coming too. Every four years, politicians and pundits go head-to-head with zombies and vampires for your attention, and this October is shaping up to be a doozie.
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Wednesday, September 19,2012

'Sisters' in 'Show Business'

MSU repertory theater goes meta with overlapping, Chekhovian-themed shows

by Dana Casadei
A play can take anywhere from weeks to years to get off the ground, with hours of rehearsals, costume fittings and making sure each beat has been perfected. Directing two shows at one time? Some would call that crazy. But Rob Roznowski, a Michigan State University professor and head of acting, saw it as a just the type of challenge he wanted to tackle. Again.
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Wednesday, September 12,2012

Everything old is new again

'Spring Awakening' blooms at Riverwalk this weekend

by Dana Casadei
In 1906, a highly controversial stage play about teenage sexuality was ruffling the collars of conservative German theatergoers. It was called "Frühlingserwachen," and it addressed a host of verboten subjects — abortion, homosexuality, rape, suicide — and was summarily mothballed. Exactly 100 years later, it was reborn as the hit Broadway musical "Spring Awakening," which will be performed by two mid-Michigan community theaters within 90 minutes of each other this weekend. Who says there's no such thing as progress?
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