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Theater Events for the period April 5-14

By | 2007-04-12T09:00:00-04:00 April 12th, 2007|Uncategorized|

AntiGravity Champion athletes with ropes, straps, hammocks and other unconventional ways go airborne and defy the laws of gravity. Two local stops: Wharton Center, East Lansing, Tue., April 10, $18-$32, 517-432-2000,; and Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp., Wed., April 11, $43-$50, 586-286-2222,
Before and Laughter A peek behind the scenes of a 1950s era variety show. Planet Ant Improv Colony at Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Thu.-Sun., April 13- May 5. $15. 313-365-4948.
Camelot Michael York stars in this magnificent new production about King Arthur’s enchanted kingdom. Fisher Theatre, Detroit. Tue.-Sun., April 11-29. $28-$78. 313-872-1000.
Candida Marriage, capitalism, religion – none are safe from Shaw’s lampoon in the story of a young poet who covets the wife of a clergyman. Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., through April 15. $25-$37. 734-663-0696.
The Elephant Man In a society that values beauty, an outcast is so hideously deformed that people run from him in fear. Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in repertory through May 3. $15-$28. 313-577-2972.
In the Heart of America The Michigan premiere of a controversial look at the war in Iraq. Blackbird Theatre, Ann Arbor. Fri.-Sun., through April 22. 734-332-3848.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat A rainbow ride through biblical Egypt. The Whiting, Flint. Fri.-Sat., through April 7. $19-$59. 810-237-7333.
Macbeth Shakespeare’s classic tale of murder, madness and mayhem in pursuit of the Scottish throne. Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester. Wed.-Sun., through April 15. $22-$38. 248-377-3300.
On the Verge A lighthearted excursion through space, time, history, feminism and fashion with three 19th century female explorers. Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in repertory through April 7. $15-$28. 313-577-2972.
Pirates of Penzance The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players present the swashbuckling tale of buccaneers , bumbling bobbies and frolicking Victorian Maidens. The Whiting, Flint. Fri., April 13. $18-$34. 810-237-7333.
The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas A host musical revue featuring impersonators recreates “the coolest party in town” at the Sands Hotel in the 1960s. Broadway Theatre Guild at DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids. Tue.-Sun., April 10-15. $22-$67. 616-235-6285.
Rent A group of young people learn to survive, fall in love, find their voice and live for today. Fri.-Sat., through April 7. Wharton Center, East Lansing. $30-$55. 517-432-2000.
Respect: A Musical Journey A funny, exuberant look at the lives of women as reflected in music. Gem Theatre, Detroit. Runs every Wed.-Sun. $39.50. 313-963-9800.
Translations A small Irish community in 1833 faces the brink of irrevocable transformation. Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in repertory April 13-May 19. $15-$28. 313-577-2972.
Voice of Good Hope A celebration of the life and spirit of Barbara Charline Jordan, the first African-American woman from the Deep South elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. BoarsHead Theater, Lansing. Wed.-Sun., through April 8. $20-$35. 517-484-7805.
When the Lights Come On A Division I football coach in the early days of his career tries to keep his priorities straight as he fights to recruit the star player who will save his job. Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea. Previews April 5-8 & 11-12 ($20-$25); runs Wed.-Sun., April 13-May 12. $25-$35. 734-433-7673.
Wrongful Life A mother whose doctor talked her out of an abortion is sued by the daughter she gave birth to for giving her a “wrongful life.” Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., through May 20. $17-$20. 313-868-1347.
Yesterday: A Tribute to the Beatles A spectacular recreation of a golden moment in the history of rock n’ roll. Tecumseh Civic Auditorium, Tecumseh. Thu., April 5. $16. 517-423-6617.


Master Class An aging opera diva is lured out of semi-retirement to teach a series of master classes at Julliard. Kalamazoo Civic Theatre at the Parish Theatre, Kalamazoo. April 5-7 & 13-15. $15-$20. 269-343-1313.
The Miracle Worker The real-life struggles of an American icon and the dedicated teacher who unlocked her potential. Stagecrafters at the Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak. April 5-7 & 12-15. $14-$16. 248-541-6430.
Reefer Madness A riotously entertaining musical based on the 1936 cautionary film about the dangers of marijuana use. Whole Art Theatre at the Epic Theatre, Kalamazoo. Fri.-Sat., through April 7. $20. 269-345-7529.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead But are they really? Flint City Theatre at Red Ink Studios, Flint. Thu.-Sat., April 12-21. $10. 810-237-4663.
The Women Clare Booth Luce’s gleefully malicious comedy about New York society matrons. Kalamazoo Civic Theatre at the Civic Auditorium, Kalamazoo. April 13-14, 19-22 & 27-28. $15-$20. 269-343-1313.


Big Time An improvised musical featuring Amy Phillips and Matt Naas with various guest stars, often preceded by improv masters Schtick Mahorn, featuring Second City studs Brett Guennel and Tim Robinson. Late Night at Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Every Thursday. $5. 313-365-4948.
The Foursome Four men return home for their fifteenth college reunion and reconnect over a round of golf. StarBrite Presents Dinner Theater at the Premier Entertainment Center, Chesterfield Township. Fri.-Sat., April 13-June 16. $39.95; price includes three-course dinner, show and tax. 586-725-2228.
Going Bare A surgeon faces disastrous consequences after “going bare” – dropping his expensive malpractice insurance. StarBrite Presents Dinner Theater at the Uptown Eatery, Southfield. Fri.-Sat., April 13-May 19. $39.95; price includes three-course dinner, show and tax. 248-423-1452.
Improv Inferno The Ann Arbor hotspot for comedy is back with four nights of laughs: “The Catfight” (Thu., April 5); “Uncoupled” (Fri., April 6); “The Damnation Game” (Sat., April 7); “The X Show” (Thu., April 12); “Citizen Improv” (Fri., April 13); and the final “Damnation Game” (Sat., April 14). All shows at Live at PJ’s, Ann Arbor. $5-$10. 734-214-7080.
Michigan Impossible: All Laid Off & No Place to Go Second City’s 29th revue delivers uproarious hilarity on the after-effects of a nation downsized. The Second City, Novi. Every Wed.-Sun through June 3. $15-$20. 248-348-4448.
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.
A Very Gay Uncoupled A very special edition of the popular and long running improvised romantic comedy about dating – but from a gay perspective. Improv Inferno at Live at PJ’s, Ann Arbor. Fri., April 6. $10. 734-214-7080.


ANN ARBOR CIVIC THEATRE – announces two acting camps for youth in grades 4-12 April 9-12, 734-971-2228; LANSING COMMUNITY COLLEGE PERFORMING ARTS DEPT – auditions for “The Miss Firecracker Contest,” April 17, 517-622-1175; STAGECRAFTERS – seeks unpublished short plays for annual festival of new works, 248-541-8027; SUNSETS WITH SHAKESPEARE – seeks 50 youths ages 15-25 for improvisational theater troupe addressing mental health issues, 517-484-4492; THEBES PLAYERS – auditions for “Deathtrap,” April 26-27, 616-897-8545; WATER WORKS THEATRE COMPANY – auditions for “Barefoot in the Park,” April 30 & May 1,

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