Theater Events for the period Dec. 20-Jan. 5, 2008

By | 2007-12-20T09:00:00-04:00 December 20th, 2007|Entertainment|

EDITOR’S PICK:
It’s that time of year again: local radio stations playing “Jingle Bells” on repeat, snow waiting to be scraped off your car each morning, daylight becoming as scarce as a store front without holiday fanfare. Luckily just when the pressures of yuletide cheer threaten to ruin your jolly holly, West Michigan’s popular improv team, Crawlspace Eviction, is here to help. Come all ye faithful to their Dec. 28 and 29 shows, “Crawlspace Saves Christmas.” The stage will be lit Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. sharp.
Tickets are $7 for students and $10 for adults at the door. Performances are at the Whole Art Studio, 246 N. Kalamazoo Mall in Kalamazoo. For information, call 269-599-7390.

PROFESSIONAL THEATER/OPERA:

The Baker’s Wife The inhabitants of a French Provincial village share a passion for bread, gossip and arguing with their spouses. Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., through Dec. 23. $30-$42. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org
Biloxi Blues On a train headed to boot camp during World War II, 20-year-old Eugene Morris Jerome tries to understand his reactions to the world around him. Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in rotating repertory through March 22, 2008. $20-$30. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com
A Christmas Carol Metro Detroit’s longest running holiday show returns for its 26th year of family fun. Meadow Brook Theatre, on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester. Wed.-Sun., through Dec. 23. $25-$40. 248-370-3316. http://www.mbtheatre.com
Clear and Present Manger An original holiday comedy directed by Margaret Edwartowski. Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Thu.-Sun., through Dec. 22. $15. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com
Dancing With The Stars – The Tour The popular unscripted show is hitting the road again and bringing with it its most popular teams of stars and professional dancers. Sat., Jan. 5, 2008 at Joe Louis Arena, Detroit. $52.50-$168. 313-471-6611. http://www.olympiaentertainment.com
Doubt A troubled, African-American student may have been sexually abused, and a Sister suspects the parish pastor is the molester. Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., through Dec. 31. $17-$20. 313-868-1347. http://www.detroitreptheatre.com
The Eight: Reindeer Monologues Scandal strikes the North Pole – Santa is accused of sexual harassment and other unseemly activities – and for the first time, the eight reindeer break their silence. The Ledges Playhouse Theatre Company at The Creole Gallery, Lansing. Fri.-Sun., through Dec. 23. $12. 517-679-1052. http://www.ledgesplayhouse.com
Every Christmas Story Ever Told Three actors toss aside “A Christmas Carol” and instead stage pretty much every BHC – beloved holiday classic. Co-produced by Meadow Brook Theatre and Williamston Theatre at Williamston Theatre, Williamston. Thu.-Sun., through Dec. 23. $18-$24; 517-655-SHOW. http://www.mbtheatre.com; http://www.williamstontheatre.org
A Forbidden Broadway Christmas One of Detroit’s holiday favorites returns with new spoofs based on the latest Broadway shows and celebrities, with holiday favorites sung by the likes of Cher, Bing, Frank and Britney! Gem Theatre, Detroit. Tue.-Sun., through Dec. 30 (plus two special New Year’s Eve shows at special prices). $39.50. 313-963-9800. http://www.gemtheatre.com
Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings The truly eternal teenagers continue their supernatural saga to play their very own Christmas special. Tipping Point Theatre, Northville. Thu.-Sun., through Dec. 29. $18-$35. 248-347-0003. http://www.tippingpointtheatre.org
The Lion King The Tony Award-winning Disney family musical returns for a limited, six-week engagement. Broadway in Detroit at the Detroit Opera House, Detroit. Tue.-Sun., through Jan. 6, 2008. $17-$80. 248-645-6666. http://www.broadwayindetroit.com
The Lusty and Comical History of Tom Jones An 18th-century good-natured young man finds that his childhood friend has flowered into a magnificent, cultured lady. Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in rotating repertory through Jan. 26, 2008. $20-$30. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com
Moonlight and Magnolias Enjoy the madness as “Gone With The Wind” goes wild in this hilarious backstage look at Tinsel Town in the 1939 office of David O. Selznick. BoarsHead Theatre, Lansing. Wed.-Sun., through Dec. 30. $12-$25. 517-484-7805. http://www.boarshead.org
Onstage & Unplugged Jeff Daniels returns to the PRTC stage with his blues guitar and an arsenal of new and favorite songs for 10 shows only. Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea. Dec. 27-30 & Jan. 2-5, 2008. $70-$75. 734-433-7673. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org
The Poetry of the Pizza A visiting university poetry scholar finds her life irrevocably altered when she stops by a local pizzeria. Purple Rose Theatre, Chelsea. Wed.-Sun., through Dec. 22. $25-$38. 734-433-7673. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org
The Santaland Diaries & Season’s Greetings A pair of festive monologues by cult American humorist David Sedaris will be the perfect antidote to the relentless mirth and merriment that invades theaters at this time of year. Who Wants Cake? Theatre at The Ringwald, Ferndale. Fri.-Mon., through Dec. 22. $10-$20. 248-556-8581. http://www.whowantscaketheatre.com
Some Men Terrence McNally’s patchwork quilt that examines relationships between gay men and about gay life through the years. Who Wants Cake? Theatre at The Ringwald, Ferndale. Fri.-Sun., Jan. 5-28, 2008. $10-$20. 248-556-8581. http://www.whowantscaketheatre.com
They’re Playing Our Song A musical based on the true-life relationship between lyricist Carol Bayer Sager and composer Marvin Hamlisch. Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company at the Aaron DeRoy Theatre on the campus of the Jewish Community Center, West Bloomfield. Wed., Thu., Sat. & Sun., through Dec. 31. $33-$39. 248-788-2900. http://www.jettheatre.org

COMMUNITY/CIVIC THEATER:

Stage to Screen An original musical revue featuring songs that have made the transition to the big screen. Hamilton Theatre at the Studio Theatre, Hamilton, Ontario. Dec. 21-22 & 31. $20. (New Year’s Eve Show only: $85) 905-522-3032. http://www.hamiltontheatre.com

THEATER FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES:

A Christmas Carol A kid-friendly, parentally sophisticated adaptation of the Dickens’ classic by William P. Ward. Flint Youth Theatre, Flint. Fri.-Sat., Dec. 21-22. $16/adults; $14/children. 810-237-1530. http://www.flintyouththeatre.com
A Multi-Cultural Holiday Puppeteer Maureen Schiffman presents an all-ages show that features music, movement and storytelling. Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Sat., Dec. 22. $10/adults; $7/children. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org
Visions of Sugar Plums A premier black light extravaganza about a magical dream flight through a fantasy world filled with puppets and life-sized characters in exotic locales. Flint Youth Theatre, Flint. Fri.-Sat., through Dec. 22. $14/adults; $12/children. 810-237-1530. http://www.flintyouththeatre.com

IMPROV/LATE NIGHT/INTERACTIVE/DINNER THEATER:

The Best of the Second City Detroit An archive show featuring some of the best sketches, songs and satire from The Second City Detroit’s 30-revue history. The Second City, Novi. Sundays at 5:30 p.m. through Jan. 27, 2008. $12. 248-348-4448. http://www.secondcity.com
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
Crawlspace Saves Christmas Just when the pressures of yuletide cheer threaten to ruin your jolly holiday, West Michigan’s popular improv troupe is here to help. Crawlspace Eviction at the Whole Art Studio, Kalamazoo. Fri.-Sat., Dec. 28-29. $10. 269-599-7390. http://www.crawlspaceeviction.com
Improv at the Point An evening of off-the-cuff comedy features rotating casts of the best improv talent in Metro Detroit. Every first and third Tuesday of the month at the Tipping Point Theatre, Northville. $8. 248-347-0003. http://www.tippingpointtheatre.org
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
The Second City’s Dysfunctional Holiday Revue Get a healthy dose of seasonal satire with a fast-paced, interactive comedy revue that reflects on the year passed. The Second City, Novi. Every Wed.-Sun. through Dec. 31. $15-$20. 248-348-4448. http://www.secondcity.com
Sorry! Wrong Chimney! A newlywed moonlights as a department store Santa so he can buy his wife an expensive gift. StarBrite Presents at the Uptown Eatery, Southfield. Saturday evenings ($39.95) and Sunday afternoons ($35.95), through Dec. 23. Price includes three-course meal, show and tax. 248-423-1452. http://www.starbriteprod.com
Timeless: The Danceical The smash hit of this past summer’s Box Fest returns in an expanded format. Late Night at Planet Ant, Hamtramck. Thu-Sat., through Dec. 22 at 10:30 p.m. $5. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com

AUDITIONS/FUNDRAISERS/NEWS:

ANN ARBOR CIVIC THEATRE – will hold auditions for “Moon Over Buffalo,” Jan. 6-7, 734-971-2228; BLACKBIRD THEATRE – will hold auditions for “Much Ado About Nothing” as part of its new program for middle and senior high school students, Jan. 8-9, 734-332-3848; KALAMAZOO CIVIC YOUTH THEATRE – will hold auditions for “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing,” Jan. 13-15, 269-343-2280; WILLIAMSTON THEATRE – is offering acting classes for ages 12-18, 517-655-7469.

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