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Theater Events for the period April 17-26, 2008

By |2008-04-17T09:00:00-04:00April 17th, 2008|Entertainment|
PROFESSIONAL THEATER/OPERA:

Avenue Q Real life in New York City is explored by people and puppets in this hilarious, irreverant Tony Award-winning musical. Wharton Center, East Lansing. Tue.-Sun., through April 20. $25-$58. 1-800-WHARTON. http://www.whartoncenter.com
Company A sophisticated musical comedy about a man who seemingly has everything, as seen through the eyes of his married friends. Spotlight Players at The Village Theatre at Cherry Hill, Canton. April 25-27, May 2-4 & 9-10. $18. 734-394-5460. http://www.spotlightplayers.net
The Compleat Female Stage Beauty England’s leading actor to play women during Shakespeare’s time loses his job when the king changes the law, so how can he re-invent himself? Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in rotating repertory through May 9. $20-$30. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com
Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical A tongue-in-cheek (s)extravaganza about a high school cheerleader named Debbie who raises money to travel to Texas for a spot on the famous Dallas Cowgirl squad. Who Wants Cake? Theatre at The Ringwald, Ferndale. Fri.-Mon., through April 29. $10-$20. 248-556-8581. http://www.whowantscaketheatre.com
Equus A psychiatrist tries to discover what would cause a 17-year-old boy to stab the eyes out of six horses. The Abreact at the Zeitgeist Gallery and Performance Venue, Detroit. Fri.-Sat., through April 26, plus Sun., April 20. $10. 313-247-5270. http://www.theabreact.com
Escanaba in da Moonlight A hilarious tale of humor, horror and heart as Reuben Soady goes to any and all lengths to remove himself from the wrong end of the family record book. Broadway Onstage, Eastpointe. Fri., Sat. & select Sundays, through May 17. $14-$16. 586-771-6333. http://www.broadwayonstage.com
Exits and Entrances An autobiographical play based on Athol Fugard’s own experiences in South African theater. Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., April 24-June 1. $25-$37. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org
Growing Pretty A young girl learns that the tortures of being 12 soon give way to the painful and wonderful freedom of adulthood in this world premiere comedy by Michigan native Carey Crim. The Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea. Wed.-Sun., through May 31. $25-$38. 734-433-7673. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org
Hidden Love A devastating secret is revealed: Is pain worth waving? And are secrets worth keeping? Atlantis Theatrical Company LLC at the Charles Wright Museum, Detroit. Sat.-Sun., April 26-27. $20. 734-308-6096.
La Rondine Puccini’s tragic masterpiece returns to the MOT stage for the first time since 1972. Michigan Opera Theatre at the Detroit Opera House, Detroit. April 19, 20, 23, 25 & 26. $28-$120. 313-237-7464. http://www.michiganopera.org
Lost in Yonkers A beautiful and hilarious portrait of the American family on the edge. Blackbird Theatre, Ann Arbor. Fri.-Sat., through April 26. $20. 734-332-3848. http://www.blackbirdtheatre.org
Manuscript The Michigan premiere of Paul Grellong’s mystery thriller. Tipping Point Theatre, Northville. Thu.-Sun., April 26-May 24. $18-$35. 248-347-0003. http://www.tippingpointtheatre.org
The Master Builder Henrik Ibsen’s tragic meditation on guilt, love, fear, betrayal and desperation. Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in rotating repertory through May 17. $20-$30. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com
National City Stars of Ballet and Broadway World-renowned actors, musicians and dancers combine with aspiring local Broadway hopefuls for a unique extravaganza to benefit dance education programs. Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Detroit. Fri.-Sat., through April 19. $19.50-$75. 313-887-8500. http://www.musichall.org
Nunsense Cindy Williams stars as the Reverend Mother in the play that started an institution! Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester. Wed.-Sun., April 23-May 18. $22-$38. 248-377-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.com
Southern Comforts The twists and turns of love know no age in this comedy about a later-life romance. Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., through May 18. $17/advance; $20/at the door. 313-868-1347. http://www.detroitreptheatre.com
The Zoo Story The debut production of Grand Rapids’ newest professional theater. Dog Story Theater at its Outside the Box location, Grand Rapids. April 17-20 & 24-26. $8. 616-821-8955. http://dogstorytheater.com

COMMUNITY/CIVIC THEATER:

Assassins The Sondheim musical that explores how society interprets the American Dream, marginalizes outsiders and rewrites and sanitizes its collective history. Whole Art Theatre at the Epic Theatre, Kalamazoo. Fri.-Sat., through April 19. $22. 269-345-7529. http://www.wholeart.org
Children of Eden A joyous and inspirational musical about parents, children and faith. Players Guild of Dearborn, Dearborn. Fri.-Sun., April 25-May 18. $18. 313-561-TKTS. http://www.playersguildofdwarborn.org
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum The hysterical and timeless musical comedy. Farmington Players, Farmington Hills. April 25-27, May 1-4, 8-11 & 15-17. $16-$18. 248-553-2955. http://www.farmingtonplayers.org
Greater Tuna Small-town, Bible-Belt America comes under scrutiny in this zany, two-person comedy. A Stage 2 production of St. Dunstan’s Guild of Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills. Fri.-Sat., through April 19. $8. 248-737-3587. http://www.stdunstanstheatre.com.
Hollywood Arms An affectionate tribute to the strong-willed grandmother who raised the beloved comic genius, Carol Burnett. Kalamazoo Civic Theatre at the Civic Auditorium, Kalamazoo. Fri.-Sat., through April 19. $15-$20. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com
Little Shop of Horrors A down-and-out floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a craving for blood. Avon Players, Rochester Hills. April 25-27, May 2-4 & 9-10. $16. 248-608-9077. http://www.avonplayers.org
South Pacific Two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war during WWII. Hamilton Theatre at the Downtown Arts Centre, Hamilton, Ontario. Fri.-Sun., through April 20. $23. 905-522-3032. http://www.hamiltontheatre.com
String of Pearls A string of pearls has an amazing journey through generations of women spanning 35 years. A Stagecrafters’ 2nd Stage production at the Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak. April 25-27 & May 1-4. $12. Contains adult content. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.org
Stuff Happens A new play about the extraordinary process leading up to the invasion of Iraq. Peppermint Creek Theatre Company at Perspective2 in Lansing’s Old Town. April 24-27 & May 1-3. $15. 517-927-3016. http://www.peppermintcreek.org

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY THEATER:

Babes in Arms The Rodgers and Hart musical with a new book by Joe DiPietro. MSU Dept. of Theatre at Wharton Center’s Pasant Theatre, East Lansing. Thu.-Sun., through April 20. $20. 1-800-WHARTON. http://www.whartoncenter.com
Spring Dramafest An evening of staged readings of original theatrical works written by Marygrove College faculty, alumni, staff and students. At the Marygrove College Theatre, Detroit. Thu., April 24. Free. 313-927-1205. http://www.marygrove.edu
Taming of the Shrew Everyone wants to wed fair Bianca, but who will wed problem-child Kate? Bonstelle Theatre, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., April 18-27. $15. 313-577-2960. http://www.bonstelle.com
Toys in the Attic The distorted story of a southern family crumbling to pieces through jealous hardships and erratic behaviors. WSU Studio Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sat., through April 19. $10-$12. 313-577-2972. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu

THEATER FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES:

The Giver When a young boy in the distant future turns 12, he learns he has the power to “see beyond” the reality of his world and the ability to challenge everything he’s been told. Flint Youth Theatre, Flint. Fri.-Sat., through April 26. $14/adults, $12/children. For ages 10 and up. 810-237-1530. http://www.flintyouththeatre.com
Jungle Book The Rudyard Kipling classic. All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre at Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing. Fri.-Sun., April 25-May 4. $7/adult, $5/youth. 517-482-5700. http://www.allofusexpress.org
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley The adventures of an ordinary boy who wakes up one morning flat! Wharton Center, East Lansing. Tue., April 27. $10-$20. 1-800-WHARTON. http://www.whartoncenter.com
A Whole New Show The Saturday Series for Young Audiences presents Michael Lee and Opus Mime. Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Sat., April 26. $10/adults, $7/children. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org

IMPROV/LATE NIGHT/INTERACTIVE/DINNER THEATER:

Heart of the City Improv Improv returns to the heart of Detroit, hosted by Margaret Edwartowski and featuring the area’s premier talent. Every Tuesday at Boll YMCA Theatre, Detroit. $5. 313-223-2751. http://www.y-artsdetroit.org
Improv at the Point An evening of off-the-cuff comedy features rotating casts of the best improv talent in Metro Detroit. Every first and third Tuesday of the month at the Tipping Point Theatre, Northville. $8. 248-347-0003. http://www.tippingpointtheatre.org
Love Letters An encore run of A.R. Gurney’s romantic comedy featuring two characters reading the letters they’ve exchanged throughout their lives. StarBrite Dinner Theater at the Uptown Eatery, Southfield. Fri.-Sun., through May 18. $39.95/Fri.-Sat.; $36.95/Sun. All prices include three-course meal, show and tax. 248-423-1452. http://www.starbriteprod.com
Michigan Star Clipper Dinner Train Enjoy a two-hour scenic train ride while enjoying a three-course, onboard chef-prepared meal and live tableside entertainment that varies each week. Train departs every Friday at 7:30 p.m. from Walled Lake. $69. 248-960-9440. http://www.rail-road.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 Pierian Spring Have you ever thought that your own thoughts were out to get you? Late Night series at Whole Art Studio, Kalamazoo. 11 p.m. Fri.-Sat., April 25-May 3. $5. 269-345-7529. http://www.wholeart.org
Too Late for Yoga Dust off your stretchy pants and lycra tops for your monthly dose side-splitting improv. Crawlspace Eviction at Whole Art Studio, Kalamazoo. Fri.-Sat., April 25-26. $10. 269-599-7390. http://www.crawlspaceeviction.com

AUDITIONS & NEWS:

AVON PLAYERS – will hold auditions for “The Hobbit,” April 26-27, 248-608-9077; PLAYERS GUILD OF DEARBORN – will hold auditions for “Is This Seat Taken,” May 5-6, 313-561-TKTS; STAGECRAFTERS – is hosting a complimentary sample class for youths interested in learning improv, April 26, 248-541-8027.

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