Theater Events for the period Aug. 9-18

By | 2007-08-09T09:00:00-05:00 August 9th, 2007|Entertainment|
PROFESSIONAL THEATER/OPERA:

Barefoot in the Park The Neil Simon classic comedy about a young couple’s headlong dive into matrimonial craziness and a walk-up apartment in 1960s Manhattan. Water Works Theatre Company at Starr Jaycee Park, Royal Oak. Wed.-Sun., through Aug. 12. $8-$18. 248-399-3727. http://www.waterworkstheatre.com
Box Fest ’07 Four days of original plays, one-acts, staged readings, improv, music and art created, directed and (mostly) performed by “ladies breaking the box.” Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Thu.-Sun., Aug. 9-12. $10/day; $30 weekend pass. 313-365-4948. http://www.myspace.com/boxfestdetroit
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
Flap The world premiere of a funny heartfelt romp through the world of divorce, new houses and flying rodents by Michigan playwright Annie Martin. Williamston Theatre, Williamston. Thu.-Sun., through Aug. 12. $18-$22. 517-655-7469. http://www.williamstontheatre.org
The Foreigner A group of devious characters must deal with a stranger who (they think) knows no English. Ledges Playhouse Theatre Company at Fitzgerald Park, Grand Ledge. Thu.-Sun., through Aug. 12. $13-$15. 517-403-8017. http://www.ledgesplayhouse.com
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
Now That I Can Dance – Motown 1962 The return of Mosaic’s popular production that chronicles the life-changing, roller coaster journey of five girls from Inkster who become The Marvelettes. Mosaic Youth Theatre at the Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit. Fri.-Sun, through Aug. 12. $18 (all tickets half price the first weekend only). 313-833-4005. http://www.mosaicdetroit.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
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 begins with the comedies “The Bear” and “The Marriage Proposal” (Aug. 9-12; $5) and concludes with the drama “The Seagull” (Aug. 16-19 & 23-26; $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., Aug. 16-19. $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 Atys Centre, Hamilton, Ontario. Tue.-Sun., Aug. 14-19. $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.

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
Second City’s 30th Revue The Second City begins the creative process of creating its thirtieth revue – and you’re invited to attend these preview performances to offer your feedback. The Second City, Novi. Previews every Wed.-Sun.; tentatively scheduled to open Aug. 15. $15-$20. 248-348-4448. http://www.secondcity.com

AUDITIONS & NEWS:

PERFORMANCE NETWORK THEATRE – is scheduling audition appointments for a male actor ages 30-50 for the role of Cosme McMoon in “Souvenir,” Aug. 13, 734-663-0681; STAGECRAFTERS – will hold auditions for two upcoming shows: “Working Stiffs” (Aug. 15) and “Crimes of the Heart” (Aug. 20), 248-541-8027; “WHARTON CENTER – tickets are now on sale for the return of “Wicked” beginning July 16, 2008, 517-432-2000.

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