Arts & Entertainment
Theater Events for the period March 2-11
Compiled by Donald V. Calamia
Originally printed 3/2/2006 (Issue 1409 - Between The Lines News)
Antony and Cleopatra A brave Roman general becomes captivated with the beautiful Queen of Egypt. The Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in repertory, March 3-May 4. $15-$28. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com.
Break! The Urban Funk Spectacular A high-energy tribute to Hip-Hop dancing. Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Detroit. March 10-11. $25-$35. 313-887-8501. http://www.musichall.org.
Brooklyn Boy A novelist whose book hits the bestseller list finds his popularity rising while his personal life is plummeting. Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company at the DeRoy Theatre on the campus of the Jewish Community Center, West Bloomfield. Wed., Thu., Sat. & Sun., through March 12. $27-$37. 248-788-2900. http://www.jettheatre.org.
Chicago Two murderesses are turned into media celebrities. Fisher Theatre, Detroit. Tue.-Sun., through March 5. $32.50-$72.50. 313-872-1000. http://www.nederlanderdetroit.com.
Die Fledermaus The Helikon Opera of Moscow presents the comic opera set in 19th century Vienna. The Whiting, Flint. Thu., March 2. $15-$39. 810-237-7333. http://www.thewhiting.com.
Electra Sophocles' classic tale of a woman seeking revenge for the death of her father. The Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in repertory through March 23. $20-$28. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com.
Going to St. Ives The mother of a dictator questions the very nature of her own motherhood. Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., through Mar. 19. $17. 313-868-1347. http://www.detroitreptheatre.com.
Guest Artist A funny and poignant story about a young man who comes face to face with his hero and explores the tangled relationship between the dreams of youth and the wisdom of age. Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea. Wed.-Sun., through March 18. $20-$35. 734-433-7673. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch The outrageous and sexy cult favorite crosses more than the Detroit/Windsor border. Breathe Art Theatre Project: March 3-4 at Loop Nightclub, Windsor; and Fri.-Sun., March 10-26 at 1515 Broadway, Detroit. $12. 519-980-0607 (Windsor); 313-965-1515 (Detroit). http://www.breathearttheatre.com.
Homelands: Detroit's Crises and Hope The Michigan Central Train Depot is the point of departure for a wilde ride through Detroit's tumultuous history. Matrix Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., March 9-April 2. $15. 313-967-0999. http://www.matrixtheatre.org.
Jerks at Warp Speed An original, otherworldly sci-fi comedy incorporating video, special effects and string theory. Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Thu.-Sun., through March 19. $15. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
Joseph and the Amazing Technological Dreamcoat The famous biblical story comes alive starring Patrick Cassidy. Broadway Theatre Guild at DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids. Tue.-Sun., Match 7-12. $32-$62. 616-235-6285. http://www.broadwaytheatreguild.org.
Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill Before a handful of lonely customers, Billie "Lady Day" Holiday begins a midnight performance at a seedy Philadelphia dive. Plowshares Theatre at the Boll Family YMCA Theatre in downtown Detroit. Thu.-Sun., extended through March 5. $20-$30. 313-872-0279.
The Lion King The award-winning Disney musical returns to entertain the young and young-at-heart. Wharton Center, East Lansing. Tue.-Sun., through March 5. $22-$72. 517-432-2000. http://www.whartoncenter.com.
The Male Intellect: an oxymoron A one-man show that asks the age old question, "What do women want?" Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Stage II, Clinton Twp. Tue.-Sun., through March 5. $25-$30. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com.
Menopause The Musical The hilarious musical set in Bloomingdales returns for its third sizzling year. Century Theatre, Detroit. Every Tue.-Sun. $39.50. 313-963-9800. http://www.gemtheatre.com.
Moonglow A woman moves her mother into an assisted living facility - and the feisty senior doesn't plan on going quietly! A co-production of the BoarsHead Theatre and Performance Network Theatre at Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., through March 5. $20-$36. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org.
Night Blooming A powerful new drama that spans three generations of a Native American family. Blackbird Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sat., through March 4. $8-$18. 734-332-3848. http://www.blackbirdtheater.biz.
Norma & Wanda Jeff Daniels' deliciously wicked comedy about two very different sisters returns, but at a new location. Gem Theatre, Detroit. Every Tue.-Sun. $34.50-$39.50. 313-963-9800. http://www.gemtheatre.com.
Pantomime A comedic look at racial politics in the Caribbean. A co-production of Plowshares Theatre Company and BoarsHead Theater at BoarsHead Theater, Lansing. Previews March 2-3; runs Wed.-Sun., March 4-19. $25-$33. 517-484-7805. http://www.boarshead.org.
Sly Fox Two swindlers set about to rob from the rich to give to themselves in turn-of-the-century San Francisco. The Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in repertory through March 30. $15-$28. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com.
Syncopation A heartfelt romantic comedy about a lonely man who places an ad looking for a dance partner. Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester. Wed.-Sun, through March 5. $20-$36. 248-377-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.com.
Three Mo' Tenors A celebration of the versatility of African-American tenors. Fisher Theatre, Detroit. Tue.-Sun., March 7-26. $27.50-$57.50. 313-872-1000. http://www.nederlanderdetroit.com.
Watermelon Man An adaptation of the 1970 "uppity black exploitation film" that explores personal identity vs. popular perception. The Abreact, on the edge Greektown, Detroit. Fri.-Sat., through March 11. Free/donations gladly accepted. 313-378-5404. http://www.theabreact.com.
Bug A theatrical thriller about a woman who turns to drugs to escape her past and a man subjected to germ warfare experiments. Whole Art Theater at Epic Theatre, Kalamazoo. Fri.-Sat., through March 4. $20. 269-345-7529. http://www.wholeart.org.
Cats The feline musical that families seem to love. Kalamazoo Civic Theatre at the Civic Auditorium, Kalamazoo. March 3-4, 9-12 & 16-19. $15. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com.
Dirty Blonde A romantic comedy with music about the unlikely courtship of two fans who meet at Mae West's gravesite. Kalamazoo Civic Theatre at the Suzanne D. Parish Theatre, Kalamazoo. March 10-11, 16-19 & 24-25. $13. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com.
During Regular Business Hours An original comedy with kidnapping, embezzlement and a happy gay ending. Trenton Community Players at Trenton Village Theatre, Trenton. Mar. 3-4. $10. 734-283-2639. Adult content.
To Kill a Mockingbird The rape of a white woman focuses attention on a sleepy southern town. Buckham Alley Theatre, Flint. Fri.-Sun., through March 5. $10. 810-239-4477. http://www.buckhamtheatre.com.
The Ladies of the Camellias Will fireworks explode when Sarah Bernhardt and Eleonora Duse find themselves in the same theater? Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing. Thu.-Sun., through March 5. $10-$12. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com.
Laura A murder victim returns from the dead, leading a detective to wonder who was the victim and will the murderer return? Players Guild of Dearborn. March 3-4, 10-12 & 17-19. $13. 313-561-TKTS. http://playersguildofdearborn.org.
Love, Sex and the IRS An auditor from the IRS is coming to audit Mr. & Mrs. Trachtman, but the couple has a secret: they're not married. Avon Players, Rochester Hills. Fri.-Sun., March 3-18. $14. 248-608-9077. http://www.avonplayers.org.
Oleanna A poignant story about a strained professor/student relationship. Flint City Theatre at the Good Beans Cafe, Flint. Thu.-Sat., March 2-11. $5. 810-341-6912. http://www.flintcitytheatre.com.
A Thousand Clowns A free-spirited bachelor is raising his nephew, much to the chagrin of social services. Ann Arbor Civic Theatre at Washtenaw Community College's Towsley Auditorium, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., March 2-5. $13-$20. 734-971-2228. http://www.a2ct.org.
Zombies from the Beyond An out-of-this-world musical parody about a buxom alien aviatrix bent on procuring he-specimens from Milwaukee to repopulate her world. Stagecrafters' 2nd Stage at the Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak. March 2-5 & 10-12. $14. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.org.
Othello Love, jealousy and rivalry collide when a black Moor general is tricked into believing his wife has been unfaithful. Bonstelle Theatre, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., March 3-12. $11-$14. 313-577-2960. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu.
Theater for Young Audiences:
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fair(l)y (Stoopid) Tales The usual fairy tale suspects, but with an offbeat, irreverent and zany flair. Flint Youth Theatre at The Whiting, Flint. Fri., March 3. $10/children, $12/adults. 810-237-1530. http://www.flintyouththeatre.com.
Improvisation/Late Night/Interactive/Dinner Theater:
Cabaret Killer Ride with them and sing along, but who'll be dead at the end of the song? Random Acts on the Old Road Murder Mystery Dinner Train, Charlotte. Every Saturday, through March 25. $57.95 includes dinner and show. 888-726-8277. http://www.random-acts.net.
Crime Stopper Watchers Things are getting ugly in the Bort Court neighborhood, but four residents take matters into their own hands. A Late Night Comedy at Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Thu.-Sat., through March 18. $5. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
Improv Inferno A comedy lounge in Downtown Ann Arbor with five nights of fun: "Citizen Improv" and "Super Fun Karaoke" hit the stage on Wednesday nights; Thursday hosts "March Madness Invitational Tournament; Friday is the March Madness Playoff, plus "The Damnation Game" and at Midnight, "The X Show"; Saturday features "The Damnation Game" and at Midnight, "The X Show"; and the week closes on Sunday with "Uncoupled," "Get Up! Stand Up," "The Sweet Spot with Eye Candy" and "Jim Jam." $5-$10. 734-214-7080. http://www.improvinferno.com.
Late Night Comedy at Planet Ant The improv team of Nancy Hayden and Margaret Edwartowski take the stage as "Bottle of Red," followed by the three-part harmonies of rock group 3 guys named joe - none of whom are named Joe, by the way. Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Every Thursday night at 11 p.m. $5 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
The Melody Lingers On Cabaret at Cuisine opens its second year with Kate Brennan showcasing her favorite melodies. Cuisine Restaurant, Detroit. Every Friday, through March 17. $45, includes three-course dinner and show. 313-872-5110. http://www.cuisinedetroit.com.
Miles Sent Me An original interactive musical murder mystery about mobsters who gather at a Detroit-area "speakeasy" following the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. StarBright Presents Dinner Theater at Miles World Italian Restaurant, Fraser. Fri.-Sat., through March 25. $39.50, includes three-course dinner and show. 586-415-4500. http://www.starbriteprod.com.
Monday Night @ Planet Ant The Ant's resident improvisational troupe, the Improv Colony, is joined each week by a Guest Team that performs the evening's first act; plus, "AntJam." Planet Ant, Hamtramck. Every Monday. $5. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
The Reality Buffet Short plays selected by the audience are based upon the lives, perspectives and experiences of Detroit's acting and improv communities. Motoprism at the Improv Inferno, Ann Arbor. Every Sat. through March. $10. 734-214-7080. http://www.improvinferno.com.
MOSAIC YOUTH THEATRE - spring classes begin March 6 for ages 11-19, 313-872-6910, ext. 4008; ANN ARBOR CIVIC THEATRE - auditions for "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas," March 11-12, 734-971-2228; KALAMAZOO CIVIC YOUTH THEATRE - auditions for "The Land of the Dragon," March 12-13, 269-343-2280.HOW TO CONTACT 'THEATER EVENTS' AND 'CURTAIN CALLS' Please send all press releases and promotional materials at least three weeks prior to the scheduled event, and your story ideas, comments, brickbats and accolades - preferably via e-mail - to firstname.lastname@example.org or by snail-mail to Curtain Calls, Between The Lines, 20793 Farmington Road, Suite 25, Farmington, Michigan 48336. Unless otherwise noted, tickets prices shown above are for adult general admission tickets only; please contact the theater for questions regarding the availability of discount tickets for preview performances, advance sales, groups, students, seniors and children.