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Theater Events for the period Feb. 23-March 4

By |2006-02-23T09:00:00-05:00February 23rd, 2006|Uncategorized|
Professional Theater/Opera:

Annie The timeless tale of a little orphan girl who never gives up hope. Masonic Temple Theatre, Detroit. Through Feb. 26. $19.50-$64.50. 313-872-1000. http://www.nederlanderdetroit.com.
Antony and Cleopatra A brave Roman general becomes captivated with the beautiful Queen of Egypt. The Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in repertory, March 3-May 4. $15-$28. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com.
Brooklyn Boy A novelist whose book hits the bestseller list finds his popularity rising while his personal life is plummeting. Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company at the DeRoy Theatre on the campus of the Jewish Community Center, West Bloomfield. Wed., Thu., Sat. & Sun., through March 12. $27-$37. 248-788-2900. http://www.jettheatre.org.
Chicago Two murderesses are turned into media celebrities. Fisher Theatre, Detroit. Tue.-Sun., through March 5. $32.50-$72.50. 313-872-1000. http://www.nederlanderdetroit.com.
Delirium Circue du Soleil transports audiences into a universe of delirious sensory folly while looking for balance in a world increasingly out of synch with reality. Joe Louis Arena, Detroit. Feb. 23-24 only. $69.50-$110. 313-471-6611. http://www.olympiaentertainment.com.
Die Fledermaus The Helikon Opera of Moscow presents the comic opera set in 19th century Vienna. The Whiting, Flint. Thu., March 2. $15-$39. 810-237-7333. http://www.thewhiting.com.
Electra Sophocles’ classic tale of a woman seeking revenge for the death of her father. The Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in repertory through March 23. $20-$28. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com.
Going to St. Ives The mother of a dictator questions the very nature of her own motherhood. Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., through Mar. 19. $17. 313-868-1347. http://www.detroitreptheatre.com.
Guest Artist A funny and poignant story about a young man who comes face to face with his hero and explores the tangled relationship between the dreams of youth and the wisdom of age. Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea. Wed.-Sun., through March 18. $20-$35. 734-433-7673. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch The outrageous and sexy cult favorite crosses more than the Detroit/Windsor border. Breathe Art Theatre Project: March 3-4 at Loop Nightclub, Windsor; and Fri.-Sun., March 10-26 at 1515 Broadway, Detroit. $12. 519-980-0607 (Windsor); 313-965-1515 (Detroit). http://www.breathearttheatre.com.
Jerks at Warp Speed An original, otherworldly sci-fi comedy incorporating video, special effects and string theory. Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Thu.-Sun., through March 19. $15. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill Before a handful of lonely customers, Billie “Lady Day” Holiday begins a midnight performance at a seedy Philadelphia dive. Plowshares Theatre at the Boll Family YMCA Theatre in downtown Detroit. Thu.-Sun., extended through March 5. $20-$30. 313-872-0279.
The Lion King The award-winning Disney musical returns to entertain the young and young-at-heart. Wharton Center, East Lansing. Tue.-Sun., through March 5. $22-$72. 517-432-2000. http://www.whartoncenter.com.
The Male Intellect: an oxymoron A one-man show that asks the age old question, “What do women want?” Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Stage II, Clinton Twp. Tue.-Sun., Feb. 28-March 5. $25-$30. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com.
Menopause The Musical The hilarious musical set in Bloomingdales returns for its third sizzling year. Century Theatre, Detroit. Every Tue.-Sun. $39.50. 313-963-9800. http://www.gemtheatre.com.
Moonglow A woman moves her mother into an assisted living facility – and the feisty senior doesn’t plan on going quietly! A co-production of the BoarsHead Theatre and Performance Network Theatre at Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., through March 5. $20-$36. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org.
Night Blooming A powerful new drama that spans three generations of a Native American family. Blackbird Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sat., through March 4. $8-$18. 734-332-3848. http://www.blackbirdtheater.biz.
Norma & Wanda Jeff Daniels’ deliciously wicked comedy about two very different sisters returns, but at a new location. Gem Theatre, Detroit. Every Tue.-Sun. $34.50-$39.50. 313-963-9800. http://www.gemtheatre.com.
Pantomime A comedic look at racial politics in the Caribbean. A co-production of Plowshares Theatre Company and BoarsHead Theater at BoarsHead Theater, Lansing. Previews March 2-3; runs Wed.-Sun., March 4-19. $25-$33. 517-484-7805. http://www.boarshead.org.
Sly Fox Two swindlers set about to rob from the rich to give to themselves in turn-of-the-century San Francisco. The Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in repertory through March 30. $15-$28. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com.
Syncopation A heartfelt romantic comedy about a lonely man who places an ad looking for a dance partner. Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester. Wed.-Sun, through March 5. $20-$36. 248-377-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.com.
The Watermelon Man An adaptation of the 1970 “uppity black exploitation film” that explores personal identity vs. popular perception. The Abreact, on the edge Greektown, Detroit. Fri.-Sat., through March 11, plus Sun., Feb. 26. Free/donations gladly accepted. 313-378-5404. http://www.theabreact.com.

Civic/Community Theater:

Bent It’s WWII and two men find themselves in the most dangerous place of all: in love. Flint City Theatre at Red Ink Studios, Flint. Thu.-Sat., through Feb. 25. $5. 810-341-6912. http://www.flintcitytheatre.com.
Bug A theatrical thriller about a woman who turns to drugs to escape her past and a man subjected to germ warfare experiments. Whole Art Theater at Epic Theatre, Kalamazoo. Fri.-Sat., through March 4. $20. 269-345-7529. http://www.wholeart.org.
During Regular Business Hours An original comedy with kidnapping, embezzlement and a happy gay ending. Trenton Community Players at Trenton Village Theatre, Trenton. Feb. 24-26 & Mar. 3-4. $10. 734-283-2639. Adult content.
To Kill a Mockingbird The rape of a white woman focuses attention on a sleepy southern town. Buckham Alley Theatre, Flint. Fri.-Sun., through March 5. $10. 810-239-4477. http://www.buckhamtheatre.com.
The Ladies of the Camellias Will fireworks explode when Sarah Bernhardt and Eleonora Duse find themselves in the same theater? Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing. Thu.-Sun., through March 5. $10-$12. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com.
Love, Sex and the IRS An auditor from the IRS is coming to audit Mr. & Mrs. Trachtman, but the couple has a secret: they’re not married. Avon Players, Rochester Hills. Fri.-Sun., March 3-18. $14. 248-608-9077. http://www.avonplayers.org.
A Thousand Clowns A free-spirited bachelor is raising his nephew, much to the chagrin of social services. Ann Arbor Civic Theatre at Washtenaw Community College’s Towsley Auditorium, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., March 2-5. $13-$20. 734-971-2228. http://www.a2ct.org.
24-Hour Theater Writers, director and actors have one-day to create, stage and perform original works. Sunsets with Shakespeare at RE Olds Anderson Rotary Barn at Woldumar Nature Center, Lansing. Begins 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24. Performance admission on Feb. 25 at 8 p.m.: $5.
Zombies from the Beyond An out-of-this-world musical parody about a buxom alien aviatrix bent on procuring he-specimens from Milwaukee to repopulate her world. Stagecrafters’ 2nd Stage at the Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak. Feb. 24-26, March 2-5 & 10-12. $14. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.org.

University/College Theater:

Angels in America Part 1: Millennium Approaches The first in Tony Kushner’s two-part drama explores love, loss, hope and AIDS during the Reagan presidency. Lansing Community College at Dart Auditorium, Lansing. Fri.-Sat., through Feb. 25. $10. 517-483-1488. http://www.lcc.edu.
Othello Love, jealousy and rivalry collide when a black Moor general is tricked into believing his wife has been unfaithful. Bonstelle Theatre, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., March 3-12. $11-$14. 313-577-2960. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu.

Theater for Young Audiences:

The Arabian Nights The acclaimed musictelling troupe, Tales & Scales, brings to life two of legendary storyteller Scheherazade’s tales. Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp. Sat., Feb. 25. $10. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com.
Elmo’s Coloring Book A colorful journey with Elmo and all of his Sesame Street friends. Fox Theatre, Detroit. Feb. 23-26. $12-$30. 313-471-6611. http://www.olympiaentertainment.com.
Searching for David’s Heart A young girl’s journey of self-discovery during a time of personal difficulty. Flint Youth Theatre at Elgood Theater, Flint. Fri.-Sat., through Feb. 25. $10/children, $12/adults. 810-237-1530. http://www.flintyouththeatre.com.

Improvisation/Late Night/Interactive/Dinner Theater:

Crime Stopper Watchers Things are getting ugly in the Bort Court neighborhood, but four residents take matters into their own hands. A Late Night Comedy at Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Previews March 2; runs Thu.-Sat., March 3-18. $5. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
Get a Clue Reality shows can be murder, as colorful celebrities entertain as you vote for your favorite reality show contestant. Random Acts on the Old Road Murder Mystery Dinner Train, Charlotte. Every Saturday, through Feb. 25 (excl. Jan. 28). $57.95 includes dinner and show. 888-726-8277. http://www.random-acts.net.
Improv Inferno A comedy lounge in Downtown Ann Arbor with five nights of fun: “Citizen Improv” and “Super Fun Karaoke” hit the stage on Wednesday nights; Thursday hosts “Catfight,” “High Octane” and “Jerk”; Friday & Saturday feature “The Damnation Game,” and at Midnight, “The X Show”; and the week closes on Sunday with “Uncoupled,” “Get Up! Stand Up,” “The Sweet Spot with Eye Candy” and “Jim Jam.” $5-$10. 734-214-7080. http://www.improvinferno.com.
Late Night Comedy at Planet Ant The improv team of Nancy Hayden and Margaret Edwartowski take the stage as “Bottle of Red,” followed by the three-part harmonies of rock group 3 guys named joe – none of whom are named Joe, by the way. Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Every Thursday night at 11 p.m. $5 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
The Melody Lingers On Cabaret at Cuisine opens its second year with Kate Brennan showcasing her favorite melodies. Cuisine Restaurant, Detroit. Every Friday, through March 17. $45, includes three-course dinner and show. 313-872-5110.
Miles Sent Me An original interactive musical murder mystery about mobsters who gather at a Detroit-area “speakeasy” following the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. StarBright Presents Dinner Theater at Miles World Italian Restaurant, Fraser. Fri.-Sat., through March 25. $39.50, includes three-course dinner and show. 586-415-4500. http://www.starbriteprod.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 Behind the Bar A bumbling detective, a dead Cecil Bartholomew, a note written in blood and an audience supping on a three-course meal: sounds like a dinner theater murder mystery to me! Suspense and Nonsense Mysteries at District 211, Kalamazoo. Sat., Feb. 25. 269-226-9000. http://www.district211.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. Motoprism at the Improv Inferno, Ann Arbor. Every Fri. & Sat. through February. $10. 734-214-7080. http://www.improvinferno.com.

Auditions/Classes:

BUCKHAM ALLEY THEATRE – auditions for “I Never Sang For My Father,” March 1, 810-762-5735; AVON PLAYERS – auditions for “Aida,” March 5-6, 248-608-9077.

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