Theater Events for the period Dec. 14-23

By | 2006-12-14T09:00:00-05:00 December 14th, 2006|Uncategorized|
PROFESSIONAL THEATER/OPERA:

Arborophilia An oblique comedy that manages to twist thoughts, maul marriage, poke politics, whack weather, muddy money and loop love around a tree. Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., through Dec. 30. $20. 313-868-1347. http://www.detroitreptheatre.com
A Christmas Carol The 25th anniversary family favorite production features the return of director Charles Nolte and Peter Thomson as Scrooge. Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester. Dec. 14-17 & 20-24. $25-$40. 248-377-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.com
Escanaba in Love The world premiere of Jeff Daniels’ hilarious prequel to his popular comedy set in the Soady deer camp during World War II. Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea. Wed.-Sun., extended through Jan. 20, 2007. $25-$35. 734-433-7673. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org
Every Christmas Story Ever Told See what happens when an obligatory production of “A Christmas Carol” becomes infected with every other beloved holiday classic. A co-production of Williamston Theatre and Meadow Brook Theatre. Performed at Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester, Mon.-Wed., through Dec. 20, $30, 248-377-3300, http://www.mbtheatre.com; also at Tecumseh Civic Auditorium, Tecumseh. Fri.-Sun., Dec. 15-17. $14. 517-423-6617. http://www.tecumsehcivic.com
The Fantasticks Two young people fall in love, run off to see the world and learn a valuable lesson. Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun, through Dec. 31. $25-$37. 734-663-0696. http://www.performancenetwork.org
Holiday Memories Two of Truman Capote’s short stories, “The Thanksgiving Visitor” and “Christmas Memories,” are adapted to the stage by Russell Vandenbroucke. BoarsHead Theater, Lansing. Wed.-Sun., through Dec. 31 (except Dec. 23-27). $20-$35. 517-484-7805. http://www.boarshead.org
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas A new stage adaptation of the beloved holiday classic film. Fox Theatre, Detroit. Tue.-Sun., through Dec. 30. $20-$100. 313-471-6611. http://www.olympiaentertainment.com
Jaques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris Brel’s ideas and music based on life and love, war and peace are transformed into a thrilling musical experience. Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company at the Aaron DeRoy Theatre on the campus of the Jewish Community Center, West Bloomfield. Wed., Thu., Sat. & Sun., through Jan. 6. $32-$39. 248-788-2900. http://www.jettheatre.org
Marty Bufalini’s It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Show Audiences will be transported back to a 1940s New York style network radio studio to watch a broadcast of this classic holiday favorite performed live by an ensemble of talented actors. Assumption Cultural Center, St. Clair Shores. Sun., Dec. 17 & Sat., Dec. 23. $14. 586-779-6111.
Menopause The Musical The hilarious musical set in Bloomingdales concludes its record-shattering run. Century Theatre, Detroit. Every Tue.-Sun. through Dec. 17. $39.50. 313-963-9800. http://www.gemtheatre.com
Monty Python’s Spamalot The legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table as lovingly ripped from the motion picture, “Monty Python’s Holy Grail.” Fisher Theatre, Detroit. Tue.-Sun., through Jan. 6, 2007. $30-$85. 313-872-1000. http://www.nederlanderdetroit.com
Moses:39 Detroit’s premier performance artist is back by popular demand in his unique multimedia performance art piece. Satori Circus at 1515 Broadway, Detroit. Every Thu.-Sun. $15-$20. 313-965-1515.
The Nutcracker’s Nuts The residents of a retirement home decide to stage “The Nutcracker” at Christmas rather than their usual “A Christmas Carol” – forgetting that it’s a ballet, and the rotund lady who wants to play Clara can’t dance. Broadway Onstage, Eastpointe. Fri-Sun., through Dec. 17. $14-$16. 586-771-6333. http://www.broadwayonstage.com
The Rat Pack is Back! Frank, Sammy, Dean and Joey return one more time to roll back the years and relive some of the most exciting times in popular entertainment. The Historic Gem Theatre, Detroit. Every Tue.-Sun through Dec. 31. $39.50-$44.50; previews half-price. 313-963-9800. http://www.gemtheatre.com
Romeo and Juliet Young romance pays the price in a love/hate relationship between the Capulet and Montague families. Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in repertory through Dec. 16. $15-$28. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com
Side Man The twilight years of the big bands are examined through the life of a “sideman,” a backup to the star bandleaders. Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in repertory through Feb. 3, 2007. $15-$28. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY THEATER:

A Christmas Carol The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future materialize once again. Bonstelle Theatre, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., through Dec. 17. $8/children; $14/adults. 313-577-2960. http://www.bonstelle.com
Celebration Two close families come together, first to plan a wedding, then for a funeral, and neither goes as planned. Lansing Community College’s 1st Semester Contemporary Realism Theatre Studio at the Black Box Theatre in room 168 of the Gannon Building, Lansing. Fri.-Sat., Dec. 15-16. Free. 517-483-1488. http://www.lcc.edu

COMMUNITY/CIVIC THEATER:

A Christmas Carol: Marley’s Revenge Jacob Marley orchestrates Scrooge’s nightmares with the hope he might be redeemed. Buckham Alley Theatre, Flint. Fri.-Sun., through Dec. 17. $10. 810-239-4477. http://www.buckhamtheatre.org
A Christmas Story Adapted for the stage by Philip Grecian from the holiday film by Jean Shepard. Sunsets with Shakespeare at RE Olds Anderson Rotary Barn at Woldumar Nature Center, Lansing. Thu.-Sun., through Dec. 17. $10. http://www.sunsetswithshakespeare.com
Inspecting Carol A man walks into a small Midwestern theater to audition and is suspected of being a spy for the National Endowment for the Arts. Whole Art Theatre in the Epic Theatre, Kalamazoo. Fri.-Sat., through Dec. 16. $20. 269-345-7529. http://www.wholeart.org
The Sound of Music The hills come alive in this beloved family favorite. Kalamazoo Civic Theatre at the Civic Auditorium, Kalamazoo. Fri.-Sun., through Dec. 17. $17-$22. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com
Steppin’ Out III: Charity Begins at Civic Ann Arbor Civic Theatre’s finest entertainers join forces to present an evening of Broadway and holiday tunes to benefit one of America’s oldest community theaters. Firefly Club, Ann Arbor. Wed.-Thu., Dec. 20-21. $15-$25. 734-971-2228. http://www.a2ct.org

THEATER FOR FAMILIES & YOUNG AUDIENCES:

Dark Cowgirls and Prairie Queens The story of six African-American women who changed the course of Western expansion and history. A Young Company Production of Plowshares Theatre Company at the City Theatre, Detroit. Sat.-Sun., through Dec. 31. $13/children, $24/adults. 313-872-0279. http://www.plowshares.org
Ebeneezer A fast-paced retelling of “A Christmas Carol.” Whole Art Theatre at the Epic Theatre, Kalamazoo. Sat., Dec. 16. $5/children; $7/adults. 269-345-7529. http://www.wholeart.org
A Multi-Cultural Holiday Maureen Schiffman and her puppet pal Coco present a show idea for pre-K through grade 5. Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Sat., Dec. 16. $7/children; $10/adults. 734-663-0696. http://www.performancenetwork.org
My Little Pony Live! Join Pinkie Pie and all your favorite Little Pony friends for the world’s biggest tea party! Masonic Temple Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., through Dec. 17. $11-$22. 313-872-1000. http://www.nederlanderdetroit.com
Winter Tales An afternoon of Christmas stories, songs, crafts, games, treats and a visit from old St. Nick himself. Buckham Alley Theatre, Flint. Sat., Dec. 23. Free. 989-871-4491. http://www.buckhamtheatre.org

IMPROVISATION/LATE NIGHT/INTERACTIVE/DINNER THEATER:

Colony Fest Planet Ant Theatre and the Planet Ant Improv Colony host a five-night orgy of local improv troupes competing for the chance to perform not only at the annual Holiday Blowout, but also in their very own late night slot this season! Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Wed.-Sun., through Dec. 17, plus the Blowout on Mon., Dec. 18. $5 donation per night. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com
Improv Inferno The Ann Arbor hotspot for comedy is back with four nights of laughs: “The Catfight” on Thu;. “O Christmas Triage” on Fri.; “The Damnation Game” on Sat.; and “Get Up! Stand Up!,” “Rap It Up!” and “The Sweet Spot with Eye Candy” on Sun. All shows at Live at PJ’s, Ann Arbor. $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; plus, “AntJam.” Planet Ant, Hamtramck. Every Monday. $5. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com
Second City’s Dysfunctional Holiday Revue Catch up with holiday film characters, take an outside look at those awkward family gatherings and experience improvised Christmas Carols in the troupe’s 28th original revue. The Second City, Novi. Every Wed.-Sun., through Dec. 31. $15-$20. 248-348-4448. http://www.secondcity.com
17 Reasons I Hate People A world premiere comedy that shares all the reasons that humanity rubs us the wrong way. Whole Art Theatre, Kalamazoo. Fri.-Sat., through Dec. 16. $5, includes complimentary donuts and coffee. 269-345-7529. http://www.wholeart.org

AUDITIONS AND WORKSHOPS:

ONSTAGE CONNECTION – Youth & Teen Winter Acting Camp at Hartland Sports Center, Dec. 26-30, 810-632-7222, ext. 25; BIZ TEAM CONSULTING – presenting “Improv for Kids,” Improv for Teens” and “Improv 101 for Adults” at Assumption Cultural Center in St. Clair Shores beginning mid-January, 313-808-1710; MARSHALL CIVIC PLAYERS – auditions for “The King and I,” Jan. 3-4, 269-789-9677; KALAMAZOO CIVIC YOUTH THEATRE – auditions for “Honk Jr,” Jan. 7-8, 269-343-2280.

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