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A nutty holiday at the Ringwald

By | 2018-01-16T07:02:33-05:00 November 4th, 2010|Entertainment|

Things are always a little kooky around The Ringwald, and this holiday season is no exception! Opening Nov. 19 at Ferndale’s Ringwald Theatre for an exclusive four-week engagement is Harry Kondoleon’s wacky comedy, “Christmas on Mars.” Performances for “Christmas on Mars” are at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Monday nights with 3 p.m. Sunday matinees.
In “Christmas on Mars,” Bruno and Audrey are investigating a potential apartment, with a swift marriage proposal and surprise pregnancy marshaling them along. When Bruno’s obsessed roommate and Audrey’s estranged mother arrive, careful plans for the future give way to head-shaking comedy and hilariously off-kilter dialogue. This strange, twisted and self-serving assortment of characters tries to live together as their overt and hidden agendas collide.
Considered one of the leading playwrights of his generation, Harry Kondoleon died in 1994 of complications from AIDS. He is known for his comedies “Anteroom,” “The Vampires” and “Love Diatribe,” as well as his play about AIDS, “Zero Positive.”
A graduate of Yale Drama School, Kondoleon developed an early appreciation of the absurd. He wrote 17 plays, all full of savage humor, twisted relationships and a deep appreciation of those who do not quite fit into traditional society.
Who Wants Cake? opened the doors to their resident home, The Ringwald, in May 2007 with “Fatal Attraction: A Greek Tragedy.” Quickly, The Ringwald became a mainstay of Detroit’s theater community. Since opening their doors, Who Wants Cake? has been offering up slice after slice of successful shows including “Southern Baptist Sissies,” “Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical,” “Killer Joe,” “The Bad Seed,” “The Book of Liz,” “Rent,” “Die! Mommie! Die,” “[title of show]” and “Evil Dead: The Musical.” Who Wants Cake? was named the 2008 and 2009 Best Theater Group in Channel 4’s Vote 4 The Best contest and the 2009 Best Theatrical Troupe by Real Detroit.
Tickets for “Christmas on Mars”s are $20 for 8 p.m. performances on Friday and Saturday nights, $15 for 3 p.m. Sunday matinees and Monday 8 p.m. performances are half-off normal ticket price at $10 a ticket.
The first Sunday performance at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 21 is pay-what-you-can. Reservations may be made by phone at 248-545-5545 or online at The box office opens 45 minutes before performances and is located at 22742 Woodward Ave. in Ferndale.

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