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Theater Events for the period Aug. 16-25

By |2007-08-16T09:00:00-04:00August 16th, 2007|Entertainment|

EDITOR’S PICK:
An insightful comedy about the bonds that unite five women will be presented in August by Oakland University theatre students.
Written by Alan Ball and set at a wedding reception, “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress” follows five bridesmaids who escape from the ostentatious nuptial activities to discover they share a bond more complex than just the dresses they wear.
Student director for this production is Steven O’Brien, a recent Oakland University graduate who will be back in Sarasota, Florida following the close of the show where he will continue his studies at the Florida State University Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training.
The cast includes Louise Herlihy, Jessalyn Guizzotti, Shari Montville, Leah Darany and Angelina Bray.
Show times are 8 p.m., August 16, 17 and 18; and 2 p.m., August 18 and 19. All performances will be held in the Varner Lab Theatre.
Tickets will be sold only at the door. Admission is $5 or $3 for students.
For information, call the Oakland University Department of Music, Theatre and Dance at 248-370-2030 or visit www.oakland.edu/mtd.
Donald V. Calamia

PROFESSIONAL THEATER/OPERA:

Dirty Blonde Carla Milarch stars in this comedy about the woman who claimed, “When I’m good, I’m very good, but when I’m bad, I’m better.” Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., through Aug. 19. $25-$37. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org
Hello Muddah! Hello Fadduh! The hilarious musical spun off the song parodies of Allan Sherman returns to kick off the 2007-08 season. Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company, West Bloomfield. Previews Aug. 21-23 & 25; runs Wed., Thur., Sat. & Sun., Aug. 25-Sept. 16. $29-$39. 248-788-2900. http://www.jettheatre.org
Lucky Stiff A musical murder mystery farce about an unassuming English shoe salesman who will inherit a fortune if he carries out the ridiculous requirements of his long lost uncle’s will. Mason Street Warehouse, Saugatuck. Tue.-Sun., through Aug. 19. $24-$36.50. 269-857-4898. http://www.masonstreetwarehouse.org
Red Hot Mamas A successful, married couple’s life is thrown into comedic turmoil when the mothers-in-law move in. Dennis Wickline Productions at Broadway Onstage, Eastpointe. Fri.-Sat., through Aug. 18, and select Sundays. $14-$16. 586-771-6333. http://www.broadwayonstage.com
Sea of Fools The world premiere of Michigan native Matt Letscher’s farce about a company of actors set during the height of the McCarthy Era. Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea. Wed.-Sun., through Sept. 1. $25-$35. 734-433-7673. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org
SHOUT! The Mod Musical A groovy musical about five women who come of age during the liberating days of the 1960s. Mason Street Warehouse, Saugatuck. Tue.-Sun., Aug. 24-Sept. 9. $24-$36.50. 269-857-4898. http://www.masonstreetwarehouse.org
Southern Baptist Sissies By popular demand, the irreverent and thought-provoking coming of age tale returns for another heavenly run. Who Wants Cake? Theatre at The Ringwald Theatre, Ferndale. Fri.-Mon., through Aug. 27 (excluding Aug. 17-18). $10-$15. 248-556-8581. http://www.whowantscaketheatre.com

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY THEATER:

Chekov Festival A series of plays by 19th century Russian short-story writer and playwright concludes with the drama “The Seagull.” Thur.-Sun., through Aug. 26. $7. Henry Ford Community College’s Theater program in the Adray Auditorium of the MacKenzie Fine Arts Center on the campus of HFCC, Dearborn. 313-845-9817. http://www.hfcctheater.com
Five Women Wearing the Same Dress Five bridesmaids discover they share a bond more complex than just the dresses they wear. Oakland University Dept. of Music, Theatre and Dance at the Varner Lab Theatre, Rochester. Thu.-Sun., through Aug. 19. $5. 248-370-2030. http://www.oakland.edu/mtd

COMMUNITY/CIVIC THEATER:

Crack A dark, hilarious and gritty one-act about collisions of class, using the subject of addiction to ignite the discussion. Hammertheatre at the Downtown Arts Centre, Hamilton, Ontario. Tue.-Sun., through Aug. 19. $8. http://www.hamiltonfringe.ca
I Hate Hamlet A supernatural, Shakespearean spoof about an actor who rents the former apartment of the most famous Hamlet of all, John Barrymore. Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing. Thu.-Sun., through Aug. 19. $14. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com
Julius Caesar Free summer theater returns to downtown Lansing’s riverfront with Shakespeare’s political tragedy. Sunsets with Shakespeare at the Lou Adado Riverfront Park Sunbowl, Lansing. Thu.-Sun., through Aug. 19. Free; donations accepted. http://www.sunsetswithshakespeare.com
The Music Man The musical tale of a traveling con man is presented by a cast of children ages 5 to 12 to benefit Kidz in Need. Co-produced by Children’s Creative Center and the Blackbird Theatre at the Children’s Creative Center, Ann Arbor. Benefit preview Wed., Aug. 15 ($50); runs Thu.-Sun., Aug. 16-19. $10/adults; $5/children. 734-332-3848.
Showboat Nostalgia A two-night celebration of music, amateur acts and a headliner to mark the 75th anniversary of the Lowell Showboat. Along the Riverwalk concourse along the banks of the Flat River, Lowell. Fri.-Sat., Aug. 24-25. Free. http://www.discoverlowell.org

THEATER FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES”

The Emperor’s New Clothes The children’s favorite closes the summer with two casts of young actors. The Novi Theatres, Novi. Thu.-Sat., Aug. 23-25. $8-$10. 248-347-0400. http://www.cityofnovi.org

IMPROVISATION/LATE NIGHT/INTERACTIVE/DINNER THEATER:

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 at 11:30 p.m. $5. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.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 New Sunday Night at Planet Ant Theatre A brand new night of improv opens with 2006 Colony Fest champs Simply Coney at 9 p.m.; followed by Improv Inferno’s popular improvised romantic comedy “Uncoupled” at 9:30 p.m.; and improv super group Eye Candy closes the night at 10:30 p.m. Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Every Sunday. $5 for the entire night. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com
Night of the Living Debt The Second City’s 30th revue tackles the issues of today and tickles the funny bone in the process. The Second City, Novi. Every Wed.-Sun. $15-$20. 248-348-4448. http://www.secondcity.com

AUDITIONS & NEWS:

DYPAC – is offering fall workshops for kids ages 5-8, 734-671-2202; DYPAC – will hold auditions for student-directed one-acts, Aug. 20-21, 313-523-1155; JEWISH ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY – will present “Behind the Scenes Gala,” its annual fundraiser on Sept. 10, 248-788-2900; MASON STREET WAREHOUSE – is pleased to announce that Beth Eckhardt has joined its board of directors; PEPPERMINT CREEK THEATRE COMPANY – will hold auditions for the 2007-08 season, Aug. 28, 517-927-3016; REDBUG PRODUCTIONS – is now registering students for its fall acting classes for adults and teens, 734-663-7167; WHOLE ART THEATRE – is holding auditions for “Love! Valour! Compassion!” (Aug. 19-20) and “The End of Error, or The Last Days of George W. Bush” (Aug. 26-27), 269-345-7529.

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