I am grateful for the huge spectrum of people and cultures, right here in our own country. The people you meet on the East Coast are different than those that grew up on the West Coast. Those rugged folks from Montana and the Dakotas are a different breed than the sun-kissed residents of Florida and the Atlantic coast.
Then there is one state that is proudly independent from the rest – Texas. Indeed, while Texas is the largest state in the continental US, Texans from Amarillo to the Rio Grande all have a pride and spirit that unites them. Sometimes this foolhardy pride can cause our Texan friends to be the butt of the joke.
Such is the case in the third and final play in the Greater Tuna trilogy of plays, written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard.
Tuna Does Vegas re-unites the lovable and eccentric characters from the ‘third smallest town in Texas’ as they take on Sin City.
The hilarity begins when oddball-conservative radio host Arles Struvie announces on air that he and his wife Bertha Bumiller are heading to Vegas to renew their wedding vows…but everyone in Tuna, Texas goes along for the ride!
Theater is a wonderful way to escape for a few hours. Find your seat, the lights go dim, and you get to focus on someone else and their life full of problems, worry, farce or joy. Performance is a tradition from the earliest of cultures; yet today we still love to watch stories about our fellow humans come to life on the stage (or the screen). Here is some compelling new live theater taking place in Lansing this month.
Compulsion, Or the House Behind. At the Peppermint Creek Theater Company (6025 Curry Lane, Lansing) from March 21-24 & 28-30. Sid Silver is a man obsessed. When he learns about a young girl named Anne Frank and her extraordinary diary, Silver makes it his mission to ensure her tale is heard. But is the manuscript a work of art? A cultural treasure? Once publishers and producers get involved, it becomes “a very valuable product”—and his good intentions prove to be his undoing.
Shirley Valentine. At the Williamson Theater (122 S. Putnam St., Williamston) from March 21- April 21. A one-woman, tour-de-force that’s been a classic since it won the Tony Award 20 years ago. Julia Glander stars in this story of one woman’s journey of self-discovery.
RAIN. At the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts (750 E Shaw Ln, East Lansing) on Friday March 29. Direct from Broadway, this is a musical performance by the renowned Beatles cover band RAIN. The Associated Press called seeing a Rain concert “the next best thing to seeing the Beatles.” The group performs the full range of The Beatles’ discography live onstage, including the most complex and challenging songs that The Beatles themselves recorded in the studio but never performed for an audience. Together longer than The Beatles, RAIN has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, spot-on performance. From the early hits to later classics this is a wonderful chance to re-live the unforgettable melodies created by John, Paul, Ringo and George.
Greater Lansing Area Lodging
When visiting Michigan’s capital city, we invite you to be our guests at the English Inn, a historic bed and breakfast in Easton Rapids. Only a short drive from Lansing proper, we provide immaculate lodging and delicious breakfasts.