Theater Events for the period Feb. 7-16, 2008

By |2008-02-07T09:00:00-05:00February 7th, 2008|Entertainment|
PROFESSIONAL THEATER/OPERA:

All in the Timing A collection of short stories by David Ives. Detroit Ensemble Theatre, Warren. Fri.-Sun., through Feb. 16. $12. 877-636-3320. http://www.detroitensembletheatre.org
Almost, Maine The Michigan premiere of the romantic comedy about “love in the time of frostbite.” Tipping Point Theatre, Northville. Thu.-Sun., through March 8. $18-$35. 248-347-0003. http://www.tippingpointtheatre.org
And Neither Have I Wings to Fly Two Irish sisters mourn the loss of their mother and try to break free of their depressed father. University of Detroit Mercy’s Theatre Company at the Marygrove College Theatre, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., through Feb. 17. $15. 313-993-3270. http://theatre.udmercy.edu
Angels in America Part One: The Millennium Approaches A staged reading of the Tony Award-winning play about AIDS and politics in the mid-1980s, starring some of the area’s top thespians. Blackbird Theatre and A2Ethics.org at the Blackbird Theatre, Ann Arbor. Sat., Feb. 9. $10. 734-332-3848. http://www.blackbirdtheatre.org
Angels in America Part Two: Perestroika A staged reading of the Tony Award-winning play about AIDS and politics in the mid-1980s, starring some of the area’s top thespians. Blackbird Theatre and A2Ethics.org at the Blackbird Theatre, Ann Arbor. Sat., Feb. 16. $10. 734-332-3848. http://www.blackbirdtheatre.org
Art The meaning of art and friendship collide when three men discuss a white painting one of them bought. Williamston Theatre, Williamston. Thu.-Sun., through Feb. 17. $18-$24. 517-655-7469. http://www.williamstontheatre.org
As You Like It One of Shakespeare’s “marriage” comedies, guest directed by former Stratford Shakespeare Festival director Dean Gabourie. Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in rotating repertory through April 12. $20-$30. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com
Biloxi Blues On a train headed to boot camp during World War II, 20-year-old Eugene Morris Jerome tries to understand his reactions to the world around him. Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in rotating repertory through March 22. $20-$30. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com
Biloxi Blues The continuing story of playwright Neil Simon’s alter-ego on his way to boot camp to train for WWII. Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester. Wed.-Sun., Feb. 13-March 9. $22-$38. 248-377-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.com
Blast A unique explosion of music and theater born on athletic fields across America. Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Township. Sat., Feb. 16. $42-$58. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com
Bug A dark comedy set in a seedy Oklahoma City motel that offers a disturbing look at how love can get under your skin. Who Wants Cake? Theatre at The Ringwald Theatre, Ferndale. Fri.-Mon., Feb. 15-March 10. $10-$20. 248-556-8581. http://www.whowantscaketheatre.com
Ceremonies in Dark Old Men An aging patriarch of a fractured family struggles to hold on to memories of his heyday. Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., through March 16. $17-$20. 313-868-1347. http://www.detroitreptheatre.com
Corpse! Things don’t go as they should when a twin plots to murder the other in a most unusual way. Broadway Onstage, Eastpointe. Fri.-Sat., through Feb. 9, plus select Sundays. $14-$16. 586-771-6333. http://www.broadwayonstage.com
An Evening with Jeff Daniels Michigan’s own actor, director and playwright presents his popular “unplugged” concert. The Whiting, Flint. Sat., Feb. 9. $14-$30. 810-237-7333. http://www.thewhiting.com
Love Feast: A Smorgasbord of Stories, Myths and Legends From Around the World Storyteller, performance artist and activist Rob McCabe focuses on the diverse nature of love from a wide variety of cultures. Long Ago & Far Away Productions at AJ’s Cafe, Ferndale. Sat., Feb. 9. $5. 313-608-6158.
Mama Mia! The smash-hit musical based on the songs of ABBA returns for a two-week engagement. Fisher Theatre, Detroit. Tue.-Sun., Feb. 12-24. $29.50-$73.50. 313-872-1000. http://www.broadwayindetroit.com
Menopause The Musical Detroit’s longest running show returns for a fun-filled engagement. The Historic Gem Theatre, Detroit. Wed.-Sun., Feb. 13-April 6. $39.95. 313-963-9800. http://www.gemtheatre.com
Murderers Who committed the three murders at the Riddle Key Luxury Senior Retirement Center and Golf Course is a no-brainer, but how and why they did it isn’t. BoarsHead Theater, Lansing. Wed.-Sun, through Feb. 24. $12-$25. 517-484-7805. http://www.boarshead.org
Oleanna When a male college professor and a female student sit down to discuss her grades, they become participants in a modern reprise of the Inquisition. Breathe Art Theatre Project at two locations: The Furniture Factory, Detroit (Fri.-Sat., through Feb. 16, plus Sun., Feb.10; 313-831-1939); then Mackenzie Hall, Windsor (Fri.-Sat., Feb. 22-23; 519-255-7600). $20. http://www.breathearttheatre.com
Saying Kaddish With My Sister The world premiere of a surprising and extraordinarily creative work with important perspectives on siblings and their rivalry. Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company at the DeRoy Theatre on the campus of the Jewish Community Center, West Bloomfield. Wed, Thu., Sat. & Sun., through Feb. 17. $30-$39. 248-788-2900. http://www.jettheatre.org
Souvenir An examination of the relationship between Florence Foster Jenkins, possibly the worst soprano in the world, and her accompanist and, later, friend Cosme McMoon. Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., through Feb. 10. $25-$37. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org
Vino Veritas Familiar traditions unravel as a foursome shares a bottle of South American ceremonial wine made from the skin of blue dart tree frogs. A world premiere staged by The Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea. Wed.-Sun., through March 8. $25-$38. 734-433-7673. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org

COMMUNITY/CIVIC THEATER:

Avenue Q “Sesame Street” meets “South Park” in the first-ever community theater production staged in the United States of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical that boasts “full puppet nudity.” Kalamazoo Civic Theatre at the Parish Theatre, Kalamazoo. Extended again: Jan. 31, Feb. 1-3, 8-10, 14 & 17. $17-$22. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com
Before It Hits Home The struggles and relationships of a bisexual black man with HIV and the family and community who shun and uplift him. Ann Arbor Civic Theatre at the Ann Arbor Civic Studio, Ann Arbor. Feb. 8-10 & 15-16. $10-$15. 734-971-2228. http://www.a2ct.org
Cabaret The patrons and workers of the Kit Kat Klub try to ignore the impending doom posed by the ascent of Adolph Hitler and the Nazi Party in 1930s Berlin. Stagecrafters at the Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak. Fri.-Sun., through Feb. 10. $16-$18. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.org
Chapter Two A writer haunted by memories of his deceased wife fears he’ll never find true love again. Farmington Players at the Farmington Players Barn, Farmington Hills. Feb. 15-17, 21-24, 28-29, March 1-2 & 6-8. $13-$15. 248-553-2955. http://www.farmingtonplayers.org
Death by Chocolate Everyone loves getting sweets from their sweetie, but no one is happy when those sweets have deadly results. Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center at the Trenton Village Theatre, Trenton. Fri.-Sat., Feb. 15-23. $7. 734-362-8153. http://www.dypac.com
Shakespeare in Hollywood Oberon and Puck magically materialize on the Warner Brothers lot and wander the set of the movie “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Kalamazoo Civic Theatre in the Civic Auditorium, Kalamazoo. Feb. 8-9, 14-17 & 22-23. $15-$20. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY THEATER:

As You Like It Shakespeare’s clever commentary on identity and role-playing. UM Department of Theatre & Drama at the Mendelssohn Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., Feb. 14-17. $18-$24. 734-764-2538. http://www.music.umich.edu
Chekov in Yalta Battling tuberculosis, playwright Chekov is visited by members of the Moscow Art Theatre who arrive to cheer him up, and hopefully carry home his latest play. Oakland University Dept. of Music, Theatre and Dance at the Varner Studio Theatre, Rochester. Thu.-Sun., through Feb. 17. $6-$12. http://www.oakland.edu/mtd
Suburbia A powerful drama by Eric Bogosian that looks at a group of young slacker-types who aimlessly drift and hang around a 7-11 parking lot and clash with its Pakistani owners. Festival Playhouse of Kalamazoo College in the Dungeon Theatre at the Nelda K. Balch Playhouse, Kalamazoo. Thu.-Sun., Feb. 14-17. $5. 269-337-7333. http://www.kzoo.edu/theatre

THEATER FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES:

The Diary of Anne Frank A gripping new adaptation that explores the life of a young girl whose voice shines through the time and injustices of the Holocaust. Flint Youth Theatre, Flint. Fri.-Sat., through March 1. $12-14/children; $14-$16/adults. 810-237-1530. http://www.flintyouththeatre.com
Elmo Makes Music “Sesame Street Live” returns with a musical event like no other: monsters making music! Fox Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., through Feb. 10. $12-$32. 313-471-3099. http://www.olympiaentertainment.com
Junie B. Jones A musical about the adventures of first grade based on the books by Barbara Park. Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor. Sat., Feb. 16. $14. 734-668-TIME. http://michtheater.org
Snow White The popular fairy tale is brought to life performed and crewed by local young people. All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre at Hannan Community Center, East Lansing. Fri.-Sat., through Feb. 16. $5/youth; $7/adult. 517-394-4118. http://www.allofusexpress.org

IMPROV/LATE NIGHT/INTERACTIVE/DINNER THEATER:

Improv at the Point An evening of off-the-cuff comedy features rotating casts of the best improv talent in Metro Detroit. Every first and third Tuesday of the month at the Tipping Point Theatre, Northville. $8. 248-347-0003. http://www.tippingpointtheatre.org
Michigan Star Clipper Dinner Train Enjoy a two-hour scenic train ride while enjoying a three-course, onboard chef-prepared meal and live tableside entertainment that varies each week. Train departs every Friday at 7:30 p.m. from Walled Lake. $69. 248-960-9440. http://www.rail-road.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
Not Without My Hand Towels Love makes us do strange, wonderful and stupid things, so let laughter be your gift this Valentine’s season! Crawlspace Eviction at the Whole Art Studio, Kalamazoo. Fri.-Sat., Feb. 15-16. $10. 269-599-7390. http://www.crawlspaceeviction.com
Slush Playwright Randy Wyatt’s comedy proves that the dangers of publishing are numerous and unnamable. Late Night at the Whole Art Studio, Kalamazoo. Fri.-Sat., through Feb. 16. $5. 269-345-7529. http://www.wholeart.org

AUDITIONS & NOTICES:

GREENFIELD VILLAGE – will hold auditions singers and actors for the upcoming spring and summer shows, Feb. 25-26, 313-982-6100, ext. 2154; MICHIGAN SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL – will hold auditions for “Julius Caesar” and “All’s Well That Ends Well,” Feb. 23-24 (open to everyone) and March 3 (for Equity actors only), 517-788-5032; ST. DUNSTAN’S GUILD OF CRANBROOK – is offering a weekend of theater workshops, Feb. 9-10, 586-770-8114; STAGECRAFTERS – will hold auditions for “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” Feb. 16, 248-541-8027; STAGECRAFTERS – will hold auditions for the 2nd Stage drama “String of Pearls,” Feb. 18, 248-541-8027.

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