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Theater Events for the period Feb. 1-10

By | 2007-02-01T09:00:00-05:00 February 1st, 2007|Uncategorized|
PROFESSIONAL THEATER/OPERA:

Amadeus The story of two brilliant composers, Mozart and Salieri: one humbly gifted and the other viciously envious. Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in repertory through March 3. $15-$28. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com
Between Men and Cattle The president of a conservative, white university arranges a meeting with the black man he interviewed 30 years later to find out, in part, what went wrong during their previous encounter. Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., through March 18. $17-$20. 313-868-1347. http://www.detroitreptheatre.com
Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy A colorful dream in an enchanted forest performed by an international cast of aerialists, contortionists, strong men and balancers. Cirque Productions at the Fisher Theatre, Detroit. Tue.-Sun., through Feb. 4. $27.50-$49.50. 313-872-1000. http://www.broadwayindetroit.com
Fully Committed A one-man comedy about a New York actor working the reservation line at the city’s trendiest restaurant. Williamston Theatre, Williamston. Previews Feb. 1-4 & 8 ($15); runs Thu.-Sun., Feb. 9-March 25. $18-$22. 517-655-7469. http://www.williamstontheatre.org
Gift of Murder Murder comes to the estate cottage of eccentric actress Stella Cavendish who has opened her home to friends and rivals alike. Broadway Onstage, Eastpointe. Fri., Sat. and select Sundays, through Feb. 10. $14-$16. 586-771-6333. http://www.broadwayonstage.com
Hairspray It’s the early 1960s, so let your hair down and dance your night away! The Whiting, Flint. Fri.-Sun., Feb. 9-11. $24-$68. 810-237-7333. http://www.thewhiting.com
It Should Be Set against the poverty of the 1930s, an indomitable matriarch makes everything better, as is should be. Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company at the Aaron DeRoy Theatre on the campus of the Jewish Community Center, West Bloomfield. Wed., Thu., Sat. & Sun, through Feb. 18. $32-$39. 248-788-2900. http://www.jettheatre.org
King Hedley II August Wilson’s look at 20th century African-American life reaches the 1980s and Reagan-era crime and unemployment. Plowshares Theatre Company at the City Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., Feb. 8-March 4. $15-$28. 313-872-0279. http://www.plowshares.org
Language Lessons The world premiere of Joseph Zettelmaier’s story about a young ballerina and a retired American diplomat who unearth each other’s long-buried secrets and learn how similar their worlds really are. Performance Network, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., through Feb. 25. $25-$37. 734-663-0696. http://www.performancenetwork.org
Malice Aforethought: The Sweet Trials Justice prevails over bigotry when a prominent black Detroit physician is tried for the murder of a white man. UDM Theatre Company at Marygrove College Theatre, Detroit. Feb. 2-4, 8-11 & 15-18. $20. 313-993-3270. http://sweettrials.udmercy.edu
9 Parts of Desire The Midwest premiere of Heather Raffo’s compelling story of what it means to be a woman in war-torn Iraq. Co-produced by The Arab Theatrical Arts Guild and Water Works Theatre Company in Studio A at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, Dearborn. Wed.-Sun., through Feb. 11. $23-$29. 313-943-2354. http://www.dearbornfordcenter.com
A Number Human cloning is the subject of this beguiling hour-long psychological thriller. Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Thu.-Sun., Feb. 2-March 3. $15. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com
On the Verge A lighthearted excursion through space, time, history, feminism and fashion with three 19th century female explorers. Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in repertory Feb. 9-April 7. $15-$28. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com
The People vs. Friar Lawrence, the Man Who Killed Romeo and Juliet An irreverent take on the star-crossed lovers for those who prefer their Shakespeare a little saucy rather than stiff-lipped. BoarsHead Theater, Lansing. Previews Jan. 31 & Feb. 1 ($25); runs Wed.-Sun., Feb. 2-25. $25-$40. 517-484-7805. http://www.boarshead.org
Same Time, Next Year A couple celebrates 25 years together – despite being married to other people. Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester. Wed.-Sun., through Feb. 4. $22-$38. 248-377-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.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. $15-$28. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com
Some Girl(s) The Detroit premiere of Neil LaBute’s razor-sharp comedy about a soon-to-be married writer who has unfinished business with former girlfriends. Phases Theatre Company and Theater1 at Matrix Theatre, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., Feb. 9-March 4. $15. 313-887-0305. http://www.myspace.com/theatreone
The Subject was Roses Parents with marriage trouble compete for the affection of a son who left for World War II as a boy and returns as man. Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea. Previews Feb. 8-11 & 14-15 ($20-$25); runs Wed.-Sun, Feb. 16-March 17. $25-$35. 734-433-7673. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org
Sweeney Todd Celebrate the season of love with the Demon Barber of Fleet Street and landlady Mrs. Lovett as they bring murder and music to Detroit’s coolest theater. The Abreact, on the fringe of Greektown in Detroit. Fri.-Sun., through Feb. 24. Free/donations accepted. 313-247-5270. http://www.theabreact.com
Wit A poetry scholar diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer reassesses her life. Breathe Art Theatre Project at Capitol Theatre, Windsor (Fri.-Sat., Feb. 9-10; $20; 519-253-7729) and the Furniture Factory, Detroit (Fri.-Sun., Feb. 16-25; $20; 313-831-1939). http://www.breathearttheatre.com

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY THEATER:

If Anything is Sacred A searing testimonial addressing life and death during the regime of the late Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. MSU Dept. of Theatre in the Arena Theatre of the Auditorium Building, East Lansing. Tue.-Sun., through Feb. 4. $10. http://www.theatre.msu.edu
Lobby Hero A night security guard, after revealing a potentially shattering secret, faces a moral dilemma concerning the law, duty and hormones. WSU Studio Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sat., through Feb. 10. $8-$10. 313-577-2972. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu
A Streetcar Named Desire Blanch, Stanley and Stella endure oppressive heat and each other. EMU Theatre at Quick Theatre, Ypsilanti. Feb. 9-11 & 15-17. $15. 734-487-1221. http://www.emich.edu/cta
The Women A screwball comedy about the scandalous life of a woman as she journeys from innocent wife to enlightened single woman. Bonstelle Theatre, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., through Feb. 4. $14. 313-577-2960. http://www.bonstelle.com

COMMUNITY/CIVIC THEATER:

Bach at Leipzig The organ master of Leipzig’s cathedral dies suddenly, setting off a comic farce to find his successor. Actors’ Theatre at Spectrum Theatre, Grand Rapids. Thu.-Sat., through Feb. 3. $22. 616-234-3946. http://www.actorsatspectrum.org
Crowns A joyous celebration of African-American women and their church hats. Kalamazoo Civic Theatre at the Civic Auditorium, Kalamazoo. Feb. 9-10, 15-18 & 23-24. $15-$20. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com
Dave and Lisa A young man with obsessive-compulsive disorder meets a girl with dissociative identity disorder. Sunsets with Shakespeare at Wolumar’s RE Olds Anderson Rotary Barn, Lansing. Thu.-Sun., Feb 1-11. $10. http://www.sunsetswithshakespeare.com
Man from Nebraska The story of one man’s crisis of faith and the moral ambiguity around it. Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing. Thu.-Sun., through Feb. 4. $10-$14. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com
9 Parts of Desire Okemos native Heather Raffo’s portrait of the extraordinary and ordinary women caught in the war in Iraq. Peppermint Creek, Lansing. Feb. 1-4 & 8-10. $15. 517-719-3887. http://www.peppermintcreek,org
The Odd Couple It’s Olive Madison and Florence Unger in this female version of the Neil Simon comedy. Thebes Players at Lowell High School Performing Arts Center, Lowell. Feb. 2-4 & 9-10. $12. 616-897-8545. http://www.lowellartscouncil.org
Once on This Island A beautiful folktale musical based upon Hans Christian Andersen’s “Little Mermaid.” Stagecrafters at the Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak. Fri.-Sun., through Feb. 4. $16-$18. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.org
Parallel Lives A comedic journey through everyday lives as seen by two Supreme Beings. Ann Arbor Civic Theatre at A2CT’s Studio Theater, Ann Arbor. Feb. 10-11 & 16-17. $10-$15. 734-971-2228. http://www.a2ct.org
Ruthless! The Musical A hilariously over-the-top musical in which a little girl would KILL to get the lead role in her school play, “Pippi in Tahiti.” Kalamazoo Civic Theatre at the Parish Theatre, Kalamazoo. Feb. 1-4 & 8-10. $17-$22. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com
Wonder of the World A woman discovers her husband has a dirty little secret in his sweater drawer – something so shocking that it sends her searching for the life she thinks she missed out on. St. Dunstan’s Guild of Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills. Fri.-Sun., through Feb. 3. $16. 248-737-3587. http://www.stdunstanstheatre.com

THEATER FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES:

The Amazing Clark Thirty-year veteran performer Eugene Clark works his magic in this family-friendly event. Franke Center for the Arts, Marshall. Sat., Feb. 3. $6/students; $12/adults. 269-781-0001. http://www.frankecenterforthearts.org
Charlotte’s Web The story of friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a spider named Charlotte. Theatreworks USA t the Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor. Sun., Feb. 4. $12. 734-668-TIME. http://www.michtheater.org
Court-Martial at Fort Devens A group of young black women refuse second-class status in the U.S. Army during World War II. BoarsHead Theatre, Lansing. Sat., Feb. 10, 17 & 24. $6-$7. 517-484-7800, ext. 103. http://www.boarshead.org
Middle Passage An unrelenting look at the slave trade route between Africa and America based on historical events. Flint Youth Theatre, Flint. Fri.-Sat., Feb. 9-24. $10-$12/children; $12-$14/adults. 810-237-1530. http://www.flintyouththeatre.com
Seussical The Razzle Dazzle Family Series continues with a romp through Seuss classics hosted by The Cat in the Hat. The Whiting, Flint. Fri., Feb. 2. $16/children; $18/adults. 810-237-7333. http://www.thewhiting.com
Super Grover! Ready for Action When Super Grover loses his superness, Sesame Street needs a hero! Fox Theatre, Detroit. Feb. 8-11, 14-18 & 22-25. $10-$32. 313-471-6611. http://www.olympiaentertainment.com

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. $5. 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.; “Citizen Improv” 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
Murder: The Next Generation A house detective must solve the mystery of the missing crystals and the murder of an alien on Deep Space Noir. StarBrite Presents Dinner Theater at the Premier Entertainment Center, Chesterfield Township. Fri.-Sat., through March 31. $39.95; price includes three-course dinner, show and tax. 586-725-2228. http://www.starbriteprod.com
Parrot Heads of the Caribbean An interactive musical-comedy-who-done-it set in Havana’s Margarita Cantina. StarBrite Presents Dinner Theater at the Uptown Eatery, Southfield. Fri.-Sat., through March 24. $39.95; price includes three-course dinner, show and tax. 248-423-1452. http://www.starbriteprod.com
Second City’s 29th Original Revue Watch and provide feedback as Second City creates its latest original revue that will premiere in late February. The Second City, Novi. Wed.-Sun., through Feb. 25. $15-$20. 248-348-4448. http://www.secondcity.com

WORKSHOPS AND BENEFITS:

DETROIT REPERTORY THEATRE – celebrate St. Valentines Day by attending “Red Night 2007,” a benefit hosted by the Rep’s Trustees scheduled for Sat., Feb. 10, 313-868-1347; PERFORMANCE NETWORK THEATRE – five theater courses taught by local stage luminaries will begin Feb. 3, 734-663-0696; KALAMAZOO CIVIC THEATRE – holding auditions for “Master Class,” Feb. 11-12, 269-343-2280.

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