Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addressed the State of Michigan after a plan to kidnap her and other Michigan government officials was thwarted by state and federal law enforcement agencies. She started by saying thank you to law enforcement and FBI agents who participated in stopping this [...]
A Cure for the Valentine’s Hangover: An Evening of One-Act Plays The world premiere of lesbian-themed “White Elephant” is presented, along with two local debuts: “Fifteen Minutes” and “Valentine Fairy.” Staged Friday and Saturday by Icarus Falling at the Creole Gallery, Lansing, Feb. 18 – 26. Tickets: $10. 517-290-4375. http://www.icarusfalling.com.
Betrayal Love proves to be a very fickle thing in this intimate and universal story about relationships by Harold Pinter. Presented Friday and Saturday at The Abreact, Detroit, through March 5, and Sunday, Feb. 27. Admission by donation. 313-378-5404. The_Abreact@yahoogroups.com.
Boston Marriage Two Victorian women walk into a relationship: Are they sparring partners or each others’ true love? Presented Thursday through Sunday at Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor, through Feb. 20. Tickets: $20 – $34.50. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org.
Death of a Salesman Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning drama about the downward spiral of a simple, flawed man whose time has come and gone. Performed in Repertory at the Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, through March 24. Tickets: $15 – $22. (313) 577-2960. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu/t_hilberry.html.
Disney’s On the Record A show-stopping new musical set in a contemporary recording studio that sparkles with 64 of the most beloved songs from some of the most popular films ever made. Presented Tuesday through Sunday at the Fisher Theatre, Detroit, through Feb. 27. Tickets: $32.50 – $72.50. 313-872-1000. http://www.nederlanderdetroit.com.
Duck Hunter Shoots Angel A tabloid journalist searches for two Alabama swamp poachers who believe they shot a celestial being. Presented Tuesday through Sunday at the City Theatre, Detroit, extended through Feb. 20. Tickets: $35 – $40. 313-872-1000. http://www.nederlanderdetroit.com.
Freezing Paradise Storyteller Kevin Kling presents an evening of folk tales, fairy tales and ghost stories gathered from his travels around the world and America’s Heartland. Presented at Wharton center’s Pasant Theatre, East Lansing, Feb. 22 only. Tickets: $28. 517-432-2000. http://www.whartoncenter.com.
I Hate Hamlet The ghost of legendary actor John Barrymore moves back into his old home to groom an actor reluctant to play the title role on “Hamlet.” Performed in Repertory at the Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, through March 24. Tickets: $15 – $22. (313) 577-2960. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu/t_hilberry.html.
Home: A Horror Story A dysfunctional family has grown distant, with little left to give one another. Staged as part of the Seymour J. and Ethel S. Frank Festival of New Plays by the Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company at the DeRoy Theatre on the campus of the Jewish Community Center, West Bloomfield, Feb. 21 & 22 only. Tickets: $5. 248-788-2900. http://www.jettheatre.org.
Intimate Apparel At the dawn of the 20th century, an African American woman’s gift for sewing catapults her to independence, but at what cost? Presented Thursday through Sunday at the Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit, through March 20. Tickets: $17. 313-868-1347. http://www.detroitreptheatre.com.
Menopause The Musical A joyful musical parody about four women who have nothing in common except a certain shared experience! Presented Tuesday through Sunday at the Gem Theatre, Detroit, for an open run. Tickets: $39.50. 313-963-9800. http://www.gemtheatre.com.
Norma & Wanda A world-premiere comedy by Jeff Daniels in which two very different sisters get themselves into an outrageous pickle with an old boyfriend, a chaotic church social and a secret family recipe. Presented Wednesday through Sunday at the Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea, through March 19. Tickets: $17.50 – $32.50. 734-433-7673. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org. Suggested for mature audiences.
One Hundred Twinkling Lights A recently divorced man is visited by a homeless man who delivers him a letter that holds the key to both their futures. Staged Thursday through Saturday by BlackBag Productions at the Blackbird Theatre, Ann Arbor, Feb. 17 – March 5. Tickets: $17. 734-332-3848.
Paul Robeson The life of the actor, activist and inspirational figure is chronicled from his teenage years through adulthood. Staged Wednesday through Sunday by Plowshares Theatre Company at Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Detroit, Feb. 23 – 27. Tickets: $15 & $35. 313-872-0279. http://www.plowshares.org.
Private Lives An aging, divorced couple cannot live with or without each other which proves problematic when both end up at the same French resort on honeymoons with the new, young spouses! Presented Wednesday through Sunday at Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester, through March 6. Tickets: $20 – $36. 248-377-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.com.
Smokey Joe’s Caf The Grammy Award-winning musical that celebrates the world of first kisses and last dances, hot summer nights and cool midnight struts. Presented at The Whiting, Flint, Feb. 18 & 19 only. Tickets: $29 – $59. 810-237-7333. http://www.thewhiting.com.
The Story An African American journalist breaks the story of the murder of a white inner-city school teacher, but when her credentials come under scrutiny, the plot takes a ripped-from-the-headlines turn. Presented Wednesday through Sunday at the BoarsHead Theatre, Lansing, Feb. 24 – March 13. Tickets: $25 – $30. 517-484-7805. http://www.boarshead.org.
Untitled Parts 1 & 2: The Architect and the Storyteller A modern tragic cycle by Eric W. Maher that captures the art of creation amidst fated human self-destruction. Presented Thursday through Sunday at Planet Ant, Hamtramck, through Feb. 20. Tickets: $10 – $15. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
The Last 5 Years A musical that captures some of the most touching moments of modern romance. Presented Friday through Sunday at the Hilberry Studio Theatre, Detroit, Feb. 18 – 20. Tickets: $10. 313-737-1993.
The Mikado A lighthearted operetta in which a wandering minstrel searches exotic Japan for his true love. Staged Thursday through Sunday by Oakland University Dept. of Music, Theatre and Dance at Varner Studio Theatre, Rochester, Feb. 17 – 27. Tickets: $15. 248-370-3013. http://www2.oakland.edu/mtd
The Miser A crotchety miser is convinced his children are plotting to steal his precious money and demands that they marry for profit above love. Staged Thursday through Saturday by EMU Theatre at Quirk Theatre, Ypsilanti, through Feb. 19. Tickets: $8 – $14. 734-487-1221.
Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches A provocative look at AIDS, the gay experience and the political landscape of the 1980s. A Stagecrafters’ 2nd Stage production presented at the Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak, Feb. 25 – 27, March 3 – 6 & March 11 – 12. Tickets: $12. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.org.
The Dreamer Examines His Pillow A striking, surreal look at the often bizarre byways that love between men and women can follow. Staged by Flint City Theatre at The Good Beans Caf, Flint, Feb. 18 – 19 & 24 – 26. Tickets: $5. 810-341-6912. http://www.flintcitytheatre.com.
To Kill a Mockingbird A white attorney defies the “traditional values” of his Alabama town and defends a black man accused of raping a white woman. Presented at Buckham Alley Theatre, Flint, Feb. 17 – 20 & 25 – 27 . Tickets: $10. 810-239-4477. http://www.buckhamtheatre.com.
Noises Off An adult comedy about the on-and-off stage antics of a group of actors appearing in a play. Presented Thursday through Sunday at Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing, Feb. 24 – March 6. Tickets: $10 & $12. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com.
Proof The daughter of a famous mathematician must deal with the death of her father, a blossoming romance and the discovery of notebook with a startling discovery. Presented Thursday through Sunday by the Farmington Players, Farmington Hills, through Feb. 19. Tickets: $10 – $13. 248-553-2955. http://www.farmingtonplayers.org.
Psycho Beach Party Frankie and Annette beach party epics and psychological suspense thrillers are given a shotgun marriage by playwright Charles Busch. Presented Friday and Saturday at While Art Theater, Kalamazoo, through Feb. 26. Tickets: $18. 269-345-7529. http://www.wholeart.org.
Red Hot Mamas A husband and wife unknowingly invite their mothers-in-law to come live with them, but do the older women want to live by the new house rules? Staged Friday through Sunday by SRO productions at the Burgh, Southfield, Feb. 25 – March 13. Tickets: $10. (248) 796-4650.
The Vagina Monologues Eve Ensler’s popular V-DAY production once again raises funds for a worthy local cause, in this case Turning Point, Inc. Presented at the Emerald Theatre, Mt. Clemens, Feb. 17 only. Tickets: $25. 586-463-4430. http://www.emeraldtheater.com.
Theater for Young Audiences:
Curious George When the man in the Yellow Hat meets a mischievous, lovable little monkey, his life will never be the same! Staged by TheatreWorksUSA at the Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, Feb. 20 only. Tickets: $12. 734-763-TKTS. http://www.michtheater.org.
The Diary of Anne Frank The life of a brave, young girl in this gripping new adaptation. Presented Friday and Saturday by Flint Youth Theatre at the Elgood Theater, Flint, through Feb. 26, with an opening night performance on Thursday, Feb. 10. Tickets: $8/children. $10/adults. 810-237-1530.
Ishangi’s Africa The Ishangi Family African Dancers once again bring the customs, history, music and legends of West Africa to life for a new generation of young people. Staged for Youtheatre at The Millennium Centre, Southfield, Feb. 19 & 20 only. Tickets: $8. 248-577-7529. http://www.youtheatre.org.
Oh, Ananse! A West African folktale about a spider who must fulfill three challenges in order to earn the right to tell stories to his people. Presented every Saturday in February at PuppetART, Detroit. Tickets: $5/children, $7/adults. 313-961-7777. http://www.puppetart.org.
Their Eyes Were Watching God A staged reading of the story of a woman who evolves through three marriages to learn “two things everybody’s got to do for themselves.” Staged by Flint Youth Theatre at Bower Theater, Flint, Feb. 20 only. Tickets: $5. 810-237-1530. http://www.flintyouththeatre.org.
The Ugly Duckling A lonely duck searches for his identity. Staged by the Seem-To-Be-Players at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp., Feb. 26 only. Tickets: $10. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com.
Improvisation/Late Night/Interactive/Dinner Theater:
But, However, if Only, Although An original one-act drama written through improvisation and directed Nate DuFort. A Late Night Series presentation staged Thursday through Saturday at Planet Ant, Hamtramck, through Feb. 19. Tickets: $5. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
Improv Inferno A new comedy lounge in Downtown Ann Arbor with five nights of fun: Karaoke is featured on Wednesday nights; Thursday hosts The Lava Club and “The Catfight,” with the area’s hottest improv groups; Friday and Saturday features “The Damnation Game,” and at Midnight, “The X Show”; and open mike night rules on Sunday with “Get Up Stand Up.” Tickets: $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. Presented every Monday night (except holidays) at Planet Ant, Hamtramck. Tickets: $5. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
The Reality Buffet Short plays selected by the audience are based upon the lives, perspectives and experiences of Detroit’s acting and improv communities. Staged every Sunday evening by Motoprism at the Matrix Theatre, Detroit. Tickets: $10. 313-967-0999. http://www.matrixtheatre.org.
Ripe Conditions A pair of bumbling brothers compete for the affection of their attractive and recently widowed sister-in-law. Staged Friday and Saturday by StarBrite Dinner Theater at the 14th Street Grille and Bar, Madison Heights, through Feb. 19. Tickets: $39.50, includes three-course dinner. 248-589-9900. http://www.starbriteprod.com.
Smell of the Kill A trio of dissatisfied suburban housewives must consider how desperate they are when their three miserable husbands become locked in a freezer. Staged Friday and Saturday by StarBrite Dinner Theater at the 14th Street Grille and Bar, Madison Heights, Feb. 25 – April 2. Tickets: $39.50, includes three-course dinner. 248-589-9900. http://www.starbriteprod.com.
Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding In interactive Italian wedding and reception in which the audience intermingles with the performers. Staged every Saturday by the Detroit Actors Guild at the Ralph A. Liberato Hall at Freedom Hill, Sterling Heights, through March 12. Tickets: $60, which includes a full Italian style dinner by Andiamo’s. 586-268-7820. http://www.freedomhill.net.
AUDITIONS, NOTICES AND CLASSES:
Flint Youth Theatre – “Charlotte’s Web,” Feb. 22, 810-237-1530..