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Theater Events for the period April 3-12, 2008

By | 2008-04-03T09:00:00-04:00 April 3rd, 2008|Entertainment|
PROFESSIONAL THEATER/OPERA:

As You Like It One of Shakespeare’s “marriage” comedies, guest directed by former Stratford Shakespeare Festival director Dean Gabourie. Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in rotating repertory through April 12. $20-$30. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com
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 April 4-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
Detroit Fringe Festival The 2008 festival presents an astounding array of artists, performers and sub-cultural experimenters who, for 13+ hours, will rattle the cages of convention in music, dance and art. Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Detroit. 2 p.m. April 5 through 3 a.m. April 6. $35. 313-887-8500. http://www.detroitfringefestival.com
Doing Time: Through the Visiting Glass A one-woman show that examines the impact of incarceration on families. Prison Creative Arts Project at two locations: Wed. April 2 at Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor ($10; 734-647-7673; http://www.prisonarts.org); and Fri., April 4 at the Boll YMCA Theatre, Detroit ($5; 313-223-2751; http://www.y-artsdetroit.org).
Doubt An uptight nun at a Catholic grade school suspects a priest of inappropriate behavior with one of the schoolboys. Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., through April 6. $25-$37. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org
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, April 11-May 17. $14-$16. 586-771-6333. http://www.broadwayonstage.com
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
Hate Mail What happens when an angst-filled artist working at a gift shop in New York receives a complaint letter from a Midwestern spoiled rich kid? Williamston Theatre, Williamston. Thu.-Sun., through April 13. $18-$24. 517-655-7469. http://www.williamstontheatre.org
La Sonnambula Vincenzo Bellini’s haunting tale of love, betrayal and redemption. Michigan Opera Theatre at the Detroit Opera House, Detroit. April 2, 4-6. $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., April 11-26. $20. 734-332-3848. http://www.blackbirdtheatre.org
The Marriage Counselor Tyler Perry’s newest stage production profiles relationships that put the quest to the test, but in the end, “love conquers all.” Fox Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., through April 6. $42-$52. 313-471-6611. http://www.olympiaentertainment.com
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
Menopause The Musical Detroit’s longest running show returns for a fun-filled engagement. The Historic Gem Theatre, Detroit. Wed.-Sun., through April 6. $39.95. 313-963-9800. http://www.gemtheatre.com
Moonlight and Magnolias Three icons of the film industry battle over how to save what became of one of the greatest movies ever made, “Gone With The Wind.” Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester. Wed.-Sun., through April 13. $22-$38. 248-377-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.com
Movin’ Out Twenty-four Billy Joel songs tell the story of life-long friends over two turbulent decades. Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Township. Fri.-Sat., April 11-12. $50-$65. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com
The Play About the Baby Edward Albee’s cruelly hilarious and insightful play on the perceptions of fact and fiction. A co-production of the University of Detroit Mercy Theatre Company and Breathe Art Theatre Project. Fri.-Sun., through April 6 at Marygrove College Theatre, Detroit; and Fri.-Sun., April 11-13 at the Furniture Factory, Detroit. All tickets: $15. 313-993-3270. http://www.breathearttheatre.com
Riverdance The thunderous celebration of Irish music, song and dance. Wharton Center, East Lansing. Fri.-Sun., through April 6. $25-$60. 1-800-WHARTON. http://www.whartoncenter.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.detroitrepertorytheatre.com
Souvenir An eccentric New York socialite becomes a cultural legend for singing badly. A co-production of Performance Network Theatre and the BoarsHead Theater at the BoarsHead Theater, Lansing. Wed.-Sun., through April 13. $12-$25. 517-484-7805. http://www.boarshead.org
Women’s Minyan A mother of 12 who is denied the right to ever see her children seeks justice through a reluctant quorum of women from their orthodox community. Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company at the DeRoy Theatre on the campus of the Jewish Community Center, West Bloomfield. Wed., Thu., Sat. & Sun., through April 13. $29-$39. 248-788-2900. http://www.jettheatre.org

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. April 4-5, 11-12 & 18-19. $22. 269-345-7529. http://www.wholeart.org
The Foursome Get ready to tee off for 18 holes of laughter as four former college friends catch up on the good old days while playing golf. Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, Kalamazoo. April 3-6 & 11-13. $15-$20. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com
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., April 11-19. $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. April 4-5, 10-13 & 18-19. $15-$20. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com
Singin’ in the Rain 1920’s Hollywood is the setting of this zany, lighthearted romantic comedy about the early days of “the talkies.” DYPAC at the Trenton Village Theatre, Trenton. April 4-6 & 11-12. $12. 734-362-8153. http://www.dypac.com
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., April 11-20. $23. 905-522-3032. http://www.hamiltontheatre.com
The Sugar Bean Sisters An adult drama about a woman waiting for her space alien friends, another looking for a good Mormon husband, and a mysterious “bird woman” from New Orleans who arrives in town – and madness ensues. Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing. Thu.-Sun., through April 6. $10-$14. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com
Urinetown – The Musical A clever social satire set in a city so drought-ridden that its citizens must use “amenities” owned by a corrupt company. Stagecrafters at the Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak. April 3-6 & 10-13. $16-$18. 248-541-8027. http://www.stagecrafters.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., April 10-20. $20. 1-800-WHARTON. http://www.whartoncenter.com
Brecht on Brecht An eclectic mix of songs, poems, scenes and musings by one of the 20th Century’s most influential playwrights. EMU Theatre in the Sponberg Theatre in the Quirk Dramatic Arts Building, Yspilanti. Thu.-Sat., through April 5. $15. 734-487-2282. http://www.emich.edu/public/cta/ted
Carousel Rodgers and Hammerstein’s personal favorite is a luminescent treatise on the redemptive power of hope. UM Dept. of Musical Theatre at the Power Center, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., April 10-13. $18-$24. 734-764-2538. http://www.music.umich.edu
Drat! The Cat! A family-friendly musical about a cat burglar who plunders rich pockets while living by day among his victims. Oakland University Dept. of Music, Theatre and Dance on the Varner Studio Theatre stage, Rochester. Thu.-Sun., through April 6. $16. 248-370-3013. http://www2.oakland.edu/mtd
You Never Can Tell Shaw’s delightful romantic comedy serves as a penetrating social commentary on the affairs of the heart and soul. U-M Dept. of Theatre & Dance in the Arthur Miller Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., through April 6. $24. 734-764-2538. http://www.music.umich.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., April 4-26. $14/adults, $12/children. For ages 10 and up. 810-237-1530. http://www.flintyouththeatre.com

IMPROV/LATE NIGHT/INTERACTIVE/DINNER THEATER:

Bart the Temp: A Story of Wall Street Prayers are answered when a new administrative assistant shows up, be he slowly takes over the entire office. The Late Night Series at the Whole Art Studio, Kalamazoo. Fri.-Sat., through April 5 at 11 p.m. $5. 269-345-7529. http://www.wholeart.org
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
Odd Couple A recipe for disaster: two friends, the meticulous and cultured Felix and Oscar the slob, move in together with hilarious results. Front Row Productions at Club Venetian, Madison Heights. Dinner Theater: Fri.-Sat., through April 5, $50; Brunch Theater: Sun., April 6, $35. 877-725-8849. http://www.showsatfrontrow.com

AUDITIONS & NEWS:

BOARSHEAD THEATER – will hold auditions for its inaugural Young People’s Musical Theater Conservatory that will take place this July, April 13-14, 517-484-7800, ext. 106; KALAMAZOO CIVIC YOUTH THEATRE – is offering camps for students ages 9-18 and summer classes for ages 6-18 beginning in July, 269-343-2280.

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