This was published in the print and online editions of the Lansing City Pulse on October 5, 2011.
By Nicole LaChance
Williamston Theater’s season opener, “The Dead Guy,” follows the life of a contestant on an extreme reality show. The central character is Eldon Phelps, 122 S. Putnam Road, Williamstona man who gets $1 million to spend over seven days as camera crews follow him around and broadcast his spending on national television. However, at the end of the seven days, he must die by a viewer-chosen method.
The black comedy is directed by Tony Caselli (“Greater Tuna”) and features Robin Lewis-Bedz, Chris Korte, Chris Purchis, Eric Eilerson, Ian Paige and Michelle Serje.
“What the play reminds us is that a lot of things that are masquerading as entertainment are dehumanizing us,” Caselli said. “Private moments are blown up and destroyed for TV.”
Riverwalk Theater’s “Terra Nova” depicts the true story of British explorer Robert Scott and his team. In 1911, Scott led an expedition of five men to the South Pole; none of them made it back. Jane Falion (“The Light in the Piazza”) is the director.
The drama was written by Academy Award winner Ted Tally (“The Silence of the Lambs”).
‘The Dead Guy’
Through Oct. 30
8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays
$25 Friday and Saturday evenings; $22 Saturday matinees and Sundays; $20 Thursdays; $10 students; $2 off for seniors 65 and over
Preview performance at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6; all seats $15.
228 Museum Drive, Lansing
Through Oct. 15
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays; 7 p.m. Oct. 13
$12; $10 seniors, students and military personnel.