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Theater Events for the period Feb. 19 – 28

By |2004-02-19T09:00:00-05:00February 19th, 2004|Uncategorized|
Professional Theater:

Antipasto! The Off-Broadway-bound one-man show that celebrates the life of creator Steve Scionti’s Italian grandfather returns for a limited engagement. Produced by Detroit Actors Guild Productions at The Mirage, Clinton Twp., Feb. 26 – 28 only. Tickets: $35 (show only) & $62.50 (with gourmet dinner). 586-228-2222.
Boy Meets Girl A chilling tale about romantic assumptions in the urban jungle. Staged Wednesday through Sunday by the Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company at the Aaron DeRoy Theatre, West Bloomfield, through March 21. Tickets: $22 – $32. 248-788-2900. http://www.jettheatre.org.
Cats Those rascally felines who revolutionized musical theater return once again to entertain families of all ages. Presented at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp., Feb. 26 – 28 only. Tickets: $48 – $60. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com.
cinemashowÉwhere movies come to life Exciting scenes and music from the big screen come to life in one sensational evening. Presented at the Fabulous Fox Theatre, Detroit, Feb. 24 – 29 only. Tickets: $28 – $58. 313-471-6611. http://www.olympiaentertainment.com.
Closer The ins and outs of relationships are explored as couples fall in and out of love. Staged Friday and Saturday by Icarus Falling at the Creole Gallery, Lansing, Feb. 20 – 28. Tickets: $10. 517-290-4375. http://www.icarusfalling.com. Recommended for mature audiences.
Dance Like No One’s Watching A couple at a crisis point in their marriage seek help from a therapist who has his own troubled marital past. Presented Wednesday through Sunday at the BoarsHead Theater, Lansing, through Feb. 22. Tickets: $19 – $29. 517-484-7805. http://www.boarshead.org.
The Dinosaur and The Ant Six giant puppets and one actor bring to life Aesop’s oldest fable. Presented by the Bits ‘N Pieces Puppet Theatre at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp., Feb. 21 only. Tickets: $10. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com.
Dora the Explorer Live! The stars of the number one preschool show on television come alive to search for a city of lost toys. Presented at the Stranahan Theater, Toledo, Feb. 24 & 25 only. Tickets: $16 – $28. 419-474-1333. http://www.stranahantheater.com.
The Exonerated The real life stories of death-row prisoners who were subsequently found innocent are vividly brought to life. Presented Tuesday through Sunday at the Fisher Theatre, Detroit, Feb. 24 – March 14. Tickets: $30 – $50. 313-872-1000. http://www.nederlanderdetroit.com.
Grease Grab your poodle skirts and join former teen idol Frankie Avalon for a tribute to the classic rock ‘n’ roll sounds of the fifties. Presented at Masonic Temple Theatre, Detroit, Feb. 24 – 29 only. Tickets: $19.50 – $59.50. 313-872-1000. http://www.nederlanderdetroit.com.
Ishangi’s Africa The Ishangi Family African Dancers bring the culture, storytelling, music and magic of West Africa to young and old alike. Staged by Youtheatre at the Millennium Centre, Southfield, Feb. 21 & 22 only. Tickets: $10. 248-557-7529. http://www.youtheatre.org.
Late Night Catechism You don’t have to be Catholic to enjoy The Good Sister’s lessons in this fun filled interactive comedy. Presented at Wharton Center, East Lansing, Feb. 19 – 22 only. Tickets: $36. 517-432-2000. http://www.whartoncenter.com.
Leaving Iowa A world premiere nostalgic comedy about a middle-aged writer who is searching for the perfect spot to scatter his father’s ashes. Presented Wednesday through Sunday at the Purple Rose Theatre, Chelsea, through March 13. Tickets: $17.50 – $32.50. 734-433-7673. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org.
Lovers and Executioners A gripping and hilarious tale of attempted murder and revenge in 17th century France. Performed in repertory Wednesday through Saturday at the Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, through March 13. Tickets: $12 – $20. 313-577-2972. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu/t_hilberry.html.
Macbeth A story of treachery and bloodlust steeped in illusion, fantasy and mystery that is touted as the unluckiest of The Bard’s dramas. Performed in repertory Wednesday through Saturday at the Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, through March 4. Tickets: $12 – $20. 313-577-2972. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu/t_hilberry.html.
Maybe, Baby, It’s You! From the producers of the smash hit “Late Night Catechism” comes the Off-Broadway hit about the highs and lows of finding a mate. Presented Tuesday through Sunday at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp., through Feb. 22. Tickets: $25 – $29. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com.
Of Mice and Men Two drifters try to survive the 1930s in this John Steinbeck classic drama. Presented Wednesday through Sunday at Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester, through March 7. Tickets: $22 – $38. 248-377-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.com.
Richard III A lust for power leads to unspeakable acts in a brilliant tale of political intrigue and family relationships. Staged by The Acting Company at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, Dearborn, Feb. 22 only. Tickets: $19 – $25. 313-943-2350. http://www.dearbornfordcenter.com.
Sarah, Ella & PopsÉHow High the Moon An original musical that celebrates the lives of Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald and the legendary Louis Armstrong. Staged Thurs., Sat. & Sun. by Plowshares Theatre Company at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, through Feb. 29. Tickets: $15 – $25. 313-872-0279. http://www.plowshares.org.
Spiked Heels A sexy and sophisticated comedy about a modern-day battle-of-the-sexes in which everyone figures out who to love, who to hate and who to change. Presented Thursday through Sunday at the Performance Network, Ann Arbor, through Feb. 29. Tickets: $22.50 & $27.50. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org.
3 Twenty Minute Plays (With Drinking In Between) 2: Another Experiment in Drama Three short plays take theater conventions and reshape and recontextualize them until they are painfully unrecognizable. Presented Friday and Saturday at ZeitGeist Gallery and Performance Venue, Detroit, Feb. 20 – March 14. Tickets: $15. 313-965-9192. http://www.zeitgeistdetroit.org.
The Wizard of Oz The world premiere of a new version of the timeless classic that goes back to the original Oz books for its inspiration. Presented Friday through Sunday at Planet Ant, Hamtramck, through Feb. 22. Tickets: $15. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
Yellowman Childhood friends painfully learn that skin color can divide even the closest friends and communities. Presented Thursday through Sunday by the Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit, through March 21. Tickets: $17. 313-868-1347. http://www.detroitreptheatre.com.

University/College Theater:

Brighton Beach Memoirs An aspiring young writer survives adolescence by fantasizing about girls, literary fame and the national pastime. Presented by the EMU Theatre Department at Quirk Theatre, Ypsilanti, Feb. 19 – 21. Tickets: $8 – $14. 734-487-1221.
The Glory of Living A teenage girl with a tough life hooks up with a smooth talking older man, and a trail of female corpses are left in their erotic wake. Staged Thursday through Sunday by The Theatre Company at the McAuley Theatre on the University of Detroit Mercy’s Outer Drive Campus, Detroit, through Feb. 22. Tickets: $12. 313-993-6461. http://theatre.udmercy.edu. An all-student production; recommended for mature audiences.
The House of Bernarda Alba Death, hatred, jealousy and envy are not kept out of a house that Barnarda Alba locked and sealed during an eight-year mourning period. Presented Friday through Sunday at the Bonstelle Theatre, Detroit, Feb. 27 – March 7. Tickets: $10. 313-577-2960. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu/t_bonstelle.html.
The Laramie Project The heart wrenching story of a brutal murder and its aftermath on a small college town. Presented Thursday through Sunday at Owens Community College Center for Fine and Performing Arts, Toledo, Feb. 20 – 28. Tickets: $12. 419-662-2787. http://www.owens.edu.

Civic/Community Theater:

A Raisin in the Sun The classic drama about racism and bigotry returns to the stage where it made its American community theater debut in 1961. Staged by the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre at the Parish Theatre, Kalamazoo, Feb. 20 – 21, 26 – 29 & March 5 – 6. Tickets: $13 – $16. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com
The Guys A New York editor helps a fire captain write the eulogies of his men lost in the attacks on Sept. 11. Presented by Stagecrafters, Royal Oak, Feb. 20 – 22 & 26 – 29. Tickets: $10. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.org.
‘night Mother The final hour in the life of a woman who announces she attends to kill herself is told in real-time. Presented Friday and Saturday by St. Dunstan’s Theatre Guild of Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills, Feb. 20 – 28. Tickets: $13. 248-644-0527. http://www.stdunstanstheatre.com.
Noises Off A real-life farce develops backstage during the disastrous run of a touring show. Presented by the Farmington Players, Farmington Hills, Feb. 19 – 22 & 26 – 28. Tickets: $13. 248-553-2955. www.farmingtonplayers.org.
Noises Off A witty farce that follows the on and off stage antics of a touring theater company. Staged Thursday through Sunday by the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre at the Kalamazoo Civic Auditorium through Feb. 28. Tickets: $13 – $16. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com.
Seascape Two humans and two lizards have a conversation on abeach in a comedy by Edward Albee. Presented Thursday through Sunday at Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing, Feb. 26 – March 7. Tickets: $10 – $12. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com.

Improvisational/Interactive Theater:

Best of Second City Touring Company A brand new best-of Second City show continues the celebration of 10 years of comedy in Detroit. Presented every Sunday at Second City Detroit. Tickets: $12. 313-965-2222. http://www.olympiaentertainment.com.
Comedy Works The hit improvisational comedy returns for a special performance. Presented Feb. 19 only at the Century Theatre, Detroit. Tickets: $20. 313-963-9800. http://www.gemtheatre.com.
The Soapranos An interactive comedy that spoofs TV’s most celebrated crime boss and his family. Presented by the New York Dinner Theater Feb. 20 at the Sheraton Hotel, Novi, and Feb. 21 at Castello Di Bologna, Lake Orion. Tickets: $49.95 including dinner, show and dancing. 800-383-6080.
Ten Some of the most hilarious scenes of the past 10 years are assembled in a retrospective that celebrates the best of Second City – Detroit. Presented every Wednesday through Sunday at Second City – Detroit. Tickets: $15 & $20. 313-965-2222. http://www.olympiaentertainment.com.
Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding Two hot love birds and their crazy families come together for an Italian wedding that won’t soon be forgotten. Staged by Detroit Actors Guild Productions at Barnstormers, Whitmore Lake, Feb. 28 only. Tickets: $60 including supper. 734-449-0040.

AUDITIONS:

Stagecrafters – “South Pacific,” March 6 & 9, 248-541-8027; SRO Productions – “Goodbye Charlie,” March 1 & 2, 248-827-0710; Players Guild of Dearborn – “On the Town,” March 8 & 9, 313-561-TKTS.

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