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And Then They Came For Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank An extraordinary multimedia play that weaves live performances and videotaped interviews with holocaust survivors. Presented Wednesday through Sunday at Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester Hills, through April 10. Tickets: $20 – $36. 248-377-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.com.
Beauty and the Beast Belle, the Beast and all of the beloved Disney characters return in the Tony Award-winning hit musical. Presented Tuesday through Sunday at the fabulous Fox Theatre, Detroit, April 12 – 17. Tickets: $28 – $78.Ê 313-471-6611 http://www.olympiaentertainment.com.
Bus Stop A howling snowstorm drives a busload of weary travelers to take shelter in a roadside diner. Presented Wednesday through Sunday at Purple Rose Theatre, Chelsea, April 7 – June 4.Ê Tickets: $17.50 – $32.50. 734-433-7673.http://www.purplerosetheatre.org.
Byrd’s Boy A touching tale of two misfits bonded together by name and loneliness trying to belong in a fatherless world. Presented Thursday through Sunday at the Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit, through May 22. Tickets: $17. 313-868-1347.http://www.detroitreptheatre.com.
Comedy of Errors Mistaken identities create farcical confusion in one of Shakespeare’s most hysterical comedies. Presented Wednesday through Sunday at BoarsHead Theatre, Lansing, through April 17. Tickets: $20 – $33. 517-484-7805. http://www.boarshead.org.
Fiddler on the Roof The stories of Sholom Aleichem come to life in one of the great masterpieces of American Musical Theater. Presented at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp., April 8 & 9 only. Tickets: $45. 586-286-2222.Ê http://www.macombcenter.com.
The Frontier An empowering and moving tale of American Pioneer women inspired by the life and writings of Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane. Staged Thursday through Sunday by BlackBag Productions at The Blackbird Theatre, Ann Arbor, April 14 – 30. Tickets: $5 – $17. 734-332-3848. http://www.blackbirdtheatre.biz.
GreaseFast cars, teenage love and some memorable music are combined in this much beloved tale of the cool fifties. Presented at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, Dearborn, April 14 only. Tickets: $40 – $45. 313-923-2354. http://www.dearbornfordcenter.com.
Henry IV, Part I The recently-crowned king faces challenges that threaten his territory and the future of the throne. Performed in Repertory at the Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, through May 5.Ê Tickets: $15 – $22.Ê (313) 577-2960. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu/t”hilberry.html.
The Last Yankee & 74 Georgia Avenue Two one-act plays, one by Arthur Miller and the other by Murray Schisgal, continue the celebration of plays written by great Jewish authors.Ê Staged Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday by the Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company at the Aaron DeRoy Theater, West Bloomfield, through- April 17.Tickets: $25 – $37.Ê 248-788-2900. http://www.jettheatre.org.
Menopause The Musical A joyful musical parody about four women who have nothing in common except a certain shared experience! Presented Tuesday through Sunday at the Gem Theatre, Detroit, for an open run. Tickets: $39.50. 313-963-9800. http://www.gemtheatre.com.
Manny and the Mirror: A Rock Opera The Detroit-style merging of music, theater and psychodellia returns with a fresh interpretation by director York R. Griffith. Staged Thursday through Sunday by Planet Ant Theatre at Hastings Street Ballroom, Detroit, April 15 – May 8. Tickets: $10 – $15.Ê 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
Misalliance A gun-toting socialist and an adventurous female acrobat are loose at the home of an underwear tycoon in a giddy clash of generations and gender roles. Performed in Repertory at the Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, April 7 – May 14. Tickets: $15 – $22. (313) 577-2960. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu/t”hilberry.html.
Savage in Limbo An arresting play that moves from comedy to near tragedy as it explores the hopes and dreams of a group of rootless young losers who hang out at a Bronx bar. Performed Friday & Saturday at Detroit Ensemble Theatre, Roseville, April 15 – 30, plus Sunday, April 24.Ê Tickets: $15. 888-220-8471. http://www.detroitensembletheatre.com.
The Stillness Between Breaths The death of their father threatens to tear apart three tightly knit Irish siblings. A World Premiere production presented Thursday through Sunday at Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor, through April 10. Tickets: $20 – $34.50.Ê 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org.
The Story An African American journalist breaks the story of the murder of a white inner-city school teacher, but when her credentials come under scrutiny, the plot takes a ripped-from-the-headlines turn. Staged Thursday through Sunday by Plowshares Theatre Company at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, through April 24.Ê Tickets: $12.50 – $30.Ê 313-872-0279.Ê http://www.plowshares.org.
Tosca Giacomo Puccini’s intense thriller about obsessive love, manipulation, betrayal and a ravishing diva who can’;t decide between two men. Staged by Michigan Opera Theatre and the Detroit Opera House, Detroit, April 9 – 10, 13 & 15 – 17.Ê Tickets: $28 – $98. 313-237-7464. http://www.michiganopera.org.
Twilight & The Trip An evening of two one-acts opens with a documentary-style production that examines the 1992 Los Angeles riot and concludes with a comedy about four middle-aged girlfriends who take a cross-country drive. Staged Friday through Sunday by the African Renaissance Theater at 1515 Broadway, Detroit, through April 17.Ê Tickets: $17.50 – $20.Ê 313-965-1515.
Usher A new alternative take on the Poe classic “The Fall of The House of Usher” that explores themes of identity and incorporates live music. Presented Thursday through Sunday at Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck, through April 10. Tickets: $10 – $15.Ê 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
University / College Theater:
Anyone Can Whistle An absurdist social satire about the comptroller of a town on the verge of bankruptcy who comes up with a scheme to recharge the local economy.Ê Staged Thursday through Saturday by EMU Dept. of Communications and Theatre Arts at Quirk Theatre, Ypsilanti, through April 9. Tickets: $8 – $14. 734-487-1221.
Godspell The rock musical adaptation of the Gospel according to St. Matthew. Staged Thursday through Sunday by the UDM Theatre Company and Marygrove College at Marygrove College Theatre, through April 10. Tickets: $15.Ê 313-993-3270. http://theatre.udmercy.edu.
The White Rose A group of students advocate the overthrow of Hitler’s regime through a series of underground publications. Staged by Oakland University Department of Music, Theatre and Dance at Varner Studio Theatre, through April 10.Ê Tickets: $15. 248-370-3013. http://www2.oakland.edu/mtd.
Elizabeth Rex; A fictional encounter between Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth I offers poignant reflections on grief, love, the nature of friendship and the power of art. Staged by the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre at Parish Theater, Kalamazoo, April 8 – 9, 14 – 17 & 22 – 23.Ê Tickets: $13 – $18.Ê 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com.
Gus & Angie An eccentric wit wrestles with lifeÕs big questions while producing bad public access TV and waging war with a librarian. Presented Thursday through Sunday at Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing, through April 10. Tickets: $10 – $12.Ê 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com.
Lysistrata fed up with their war-torn world, the feisty women of ancient Athens take political action through sexual abstinence. Presented Friday and Saturday at Whole Art Theater, Kalamazoo, through April 23. Tickets: $18. 269-345-7529.http://www.wholeart.org.
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s A Grand Night for Singing A revue that includes some of the most beloved songs from the world of musical theater. Presented Thursday through Sunday at Hamilton Theatre, Hamilton, Ontario, through April 23. Tickets: $20 CAD. 905-522-3032.Ê http://www.hamiltontheatre.com.
Run For Your Wife A London cabbie has two lives and two wives – a balancing act that falls apart when he tries to help an old lady in distress! Staged Thursday through Sunday by Stagecrafters at the historic Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak, through April 17. Tickets: $14 & $16.Ê 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.org.
The Way of the World A Restoration Comedy that celebrates and lampoons the excesses of the fops and the rakes, the witty and the witless and Lady Wishfort who swoons for anything in breeches. Staged Thursday through Sunday by the Michigan Classical Repertory Theatre at Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti, April 7 – 17. Tickets: $18. 734-214-6600. http://www.mcrt.org.
Theater for Young Audiences:
Charlotte’s Web E.B. White’s ever-popular tale of bravery, selfless love and the true meaning of friendship. Staged by Theatreworks USA at the Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, April 10 only. Tickets: $10 – $12. 734-763-TKTS. http://www.michtheater.org.
Charlotte’s Web When a young pig finds he’s on a one-way trip to the butcher, his desperate conditions touches the heart of an extraordinary spider. Staged by Flint Youth Theatre at Bower Theater, Flint, April 7 – 9, 15 – 16 & 22 – 23. Tickets: $8/children, $10/adults.Ê 810-237-1530. http://www.flintyouththeatre.org.
Coyote Tales A cultural fiesta of music, dance and puppetry based on folklore from Mexico and the American Southwest. Staged by the Dallas Children’s Theater on Tour at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp., April 16 only. Tickets: $10. 586-286-2222.Ê http://www.macombcenter.com.
The Missing Piece A one-act play by kids for kids that examines what it takes to make a friendship work. Presented by Matrix Theatre Company’s Teatro de la Vida after school youth program, Detroit, April 8 & 9 only. Tickets: $5/youth, $8/adults. 313-967-0999.Ê www.matrixtheatre.org.
6th Annual Puppetry Month Celebrate Puppetry Month with Applesauce and Johnson’s Marrionettes who are celebrating their 65th anniversary of entertaining families. Presented every Saturday in April at PuppetART, Detroit. Tickets: $5/children, $7/adults. 313-961-7777. http://www.puppetart.org.
Improvisation/Late Night/Interactive/Dinner Theater:
Improv Inferno A new comedy lounge in Downtown Ann Arbor with five nights of fun: “The Ladies Show: The Breast Show in Town” hits the stage on Wednesday nights; Thursday hosts an evening of improv; Friday and Saturday features “The Damnation Game” and at Midnight, “The X Show” and open mike night rules on Sunday with “Get Up Stand Up.” Tickets: $5 – $10. 734-214-7080. http://www.improvinferno.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. Presented every Monday night (except holidays) at Planet Ant, Hamtramck. Tickets: $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. Staged every Sunday evening by Motoprism at the Matrix Theatre, Detroit. Tickets: $10. 313-967-0999.Êhttp://www.matrixtheatre.org.
Smell of the Kill A trio of dissatisfied suburban housewives must consider how desperate they are when their three miserable husbands become locked in a freezer. Staged Friday and Saturday by StarBrite Dinner Theater at the 14th Street Grille and Bar, Madison Heights, extended through April 30. Tickets: $39.50, includes three-course dinner. 248-589-9900. http://www.starbriteprod.com.
The Teachings of Don B. An introduction to the eccentric universe of Donald Barthelme, bearded sage and wordsmith extraordinaire. Presented late night Thursday through Saturday at Planet Ant, Hamtramck, through April 9. Tickets: $5. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
AUDITIONS & CLASSES:
PURPLE ROSE THEATRE -General auditions for 2006-06 season, April 18 & 19, call 734-433-7782 for details.