Theater Events for the period Dec. 7-16

By | 2006-12-07T09:00:00-04:00 December 7th, 2006|Uncategorized|

TE1 Santa6_2.jpg: The Blackbird Theatre proudly presents its second annual ÒGreat American Egg Nog FestivalÓ featuring ÒThe Santaland Diaries.Ó Photo: Blackbird Theatre

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. 6-10, 14-17 & 20-24. $25-$40. 248-377-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.com
Escanaba in Love The world premiere of Jeff DanielsÕ 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 ÒA Christmas CarolÓ 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., Dec. 11-20, $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
The Great American Egg Nog Festival II An irreverent holiday celebration that features ÒThe Santaland DiariesÓ and ÒSantaÕs Celebrity Roast.Ó Blackbird Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sat., through Dec. 9. $18. 734-332-3848. http://www.blackbirdtheatre.net
Holiday Memories Two of Truman CapoteÕs short stories, ÒThe Thanksgiving VisitorÓ and ÒChristmas Memories,Ó are adapted to the stage by Russell Vandenbroucke. BoarsHead Theater, Lansing. Previews Dec. 6-7; runs Wed.-Sun., Dec. 6-31 (except Dec. 23-27). $20-$35. 517-484-7805. http://www.boarshead.org
Irving BerlinÕs 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 BrelÕs 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. Previews Dec. 6-7 & 9; runs Wed., Thu., Sat. & Sun., Dec. 9-Jan. 6. $32-$39. 248-788-2900. http://www.jettheatre.org
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 PythonÕs Spamalot The legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table as lovingly ripped from the motion picture, ÒMonty PythonÕs Holy Grail.Ó Fisher Theatre, Detroit. Tue.-Sun., Dec. 12-Jan. 6, 2007. $30-$85. 313-872-1000. http://www.nederlanderdetroit.com
Moses:39 DetroitÕs 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 NutcrackerÕs Nuts The residents of a retirement home decide to stage ÒThe NutcrackerÓ at Christmas rather than their usual ÒA Christmas CarolÓ — forgetting that itÕs a ballet, and the rotund lady who wants to play Clara canÕt 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 Òsideman,Ó 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., Dec. 8-17. $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 CollegeÕs 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
Merchant of Venice ShakespeareÕs popular play about love and revenge. Lansing Community College Performing Arts Dept. at the LCCÕs Black Box in room 168 of the Gannon Building, Lansing. Fri.-Sat., Dec. 8-9. Free. 517-483-1488. http://www.lcc.edu

COMMUNITY/CIVIC THEATER:

A Christmas Carol: MarleyÕs Revenge Jacob Marley orchestrates ScroogeÕs 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. Dec. 7-9 & 15-17. $17-$22. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com
TickÉTickÉBoom! The West Michigan premiere of the musical that focuses on the days leading up to playwright Jonathon LarsonÕs 30th birthday. ActorsÕ Theatre at Spectrum Theater, Grand Rapids. Thu.-Sat., through Dec. 9. $25. 616-234-3968. http://www.actorsatspectrum.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 ÒA Christmas Carol.Ó Whole Art Theatre at the Epic Theatre, Kalamazoo. Sat., Dec. 9 & 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 worldÕs biggest tea party! Masonic Temple Theatre, Detroit. Thu., Dec. 14-Sun., Dec. 17. $11-$22. 313-872-1000. http://www.nederlanderdetroit.com
Pied Piper — the Musical The rats are taking over more than the village of Hamelin! Stagecrafters Youth Theatre at the Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak. Thu.-Sun., Dec. 7-10. $6/youth, $9/adults. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.org
Pinocchio The timeless classic of the little wooden puppet who wants to be a boy. Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing. Fri.-Sun., through Dec. 10. $5/children, $7/adults. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com
Treasure Island BritainÕs century-old tradition, the Christmas Panto, returns with this musical adaptation of the classic tale by Robert Louis Stevenson. EMU Theatre at Quirk Theatre, Ypsilanti. Fri.-Sat., through Dec. 9. $6/children; $15/adults. 734-487-1221.

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., Dec. 13-17, 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: ÒThe CatfightÓ on Thu;. ÒO Christmas TriageÓ on Fri.; ÒThe Damnation GameÓ on Sat.; and ÒGet Up! Stand Up!,Ó ÒRap It Up!Ó and ÒThe Sweet Spot with Eye CandyÓ on Sun. All shows at Live at PJÕs, Ann Arbor. $5-$10. 734-214-7080. http://www.improvinferno.com
Monday Night @ Planet Ant The AntÕs resident improvisational troupe, the Improv Colony, is joined each week by a Guest Team that performs the eveningÕs first act; plus, ÒAntJam.Ó Planet Ant, Hamtramck. Every Monday. $5. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com
Second CityÕs 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 troupeÕs 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., Dec. 8-16. $5, includes complimentary donuts and coffee. 269-345-7529. http://www.wholeart.org

AUDITIONS AND WORKSHOPS:

REDLINE CINEMA — auditions for a new feature film, ÒLightning, Mantis and Iron,Ó to be shot in Detroit in 2007, Dec. 9, http://www.redlinecinema.com; STARBRITE PRESENTS — auditions for dinner theater mystery ÒMurder: The Next Generation,Ó Dec. 10, 248-390-5443; WHOLE ART THEATRE — auditions for ÒThings You ShouldnÕt Say Past Midnight,Ó Dec. 17-18, 269-345-7529; LANSING COMMUNITY COLLEGE — presents a Stage Combat Open House, Dec. 16, 517-483-1488.

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