Theater Events for the period Feb. 8-17

By |2017-10-31T14:12:13-04:00October 31st, 2017|Entertainment|

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.
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.
Blue Surge The lives of two cops and two prostitutes are intertwined and changed forever over the course of a crazy year. Do What I Want Productions at the Blackbird Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., Feb. 15-25. $18. 734-332-3848.
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. 8 ($15); runs Thu.-Sun., Feb. 9-March 25. $18-$22. 517-655-7469.
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.
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.
I Can’t Stop Loving You A musical revue of the music and life of Ray Charles. Fisher Theatre, Detroit. Tue.-Sun., Feb. 13-March 4. $32.50-$67.50. 313-872-1000.
In the Mood: A 1940s Musical Revue The String of Pearls singers and dancers pay tribute to the best performers of the 1940s. Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, Dearborn. Sun., Feb. 11. $29-$35. 313-943-2354.
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.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat The magical rainbow ride through biblical Egypt that tells the story of Jacob’s son Joseph and his 11 brothers. Stranahan Theater, Toledo. Thu.-Sun., Feb. 15-18. $23-$50. 419-474-1333.
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., through March 4. $15-$28. 313-872-0279.
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.
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. Thu.-Sun., through Feb. 18. $20. 313-993-3270.
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.
A Number Human cloning is the subject of this beguiling hour-long psychological thriller. Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Thu.-Sun., through March 3. $15. 313-365-4948.
On Golden Pond Generations collide during a family’s visit to its lakeside cottage. Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester. Previews Feb. 14-16 ($22-$28); runs Wed.-Sun., Feb. 17-March 11. $28-$38. 248-377-3300.
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.
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. Wed.-Sun., through Feb. 25. $25-$40. 517-484-7805.
The Pirates of Penzance The Gilbert & Sullivan comic opera filled with rollicking action, memorable songs and plenty of British humor. Comic Opera Guild at the Village Theater at Cherry Hill, Canton. Thu.-Sat., Feb. 15-17. $20. 734-394-5300.
Respect: A Musical Journey A funny, exuberant look at the lives of women as reflected in music. Gem Theatre, Detroit. Previews Feb. 7-11 & 14; runs Wed.-Sun., beginning Feb. 15. $39.50. 313-963-9800.
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., through March 4. $15. 313-887-0305.
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.
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.
The Unicorn Salesman Broadway actor, playwright and Trenton High School graduate Kevin Moccia returns home with a special performance of a show planned to tour college venues throughout the country. Trenton Village Theatre, Trenton. Fri., Feb. 16. $15. 734-671-2202.
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).


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.
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.


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.
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., through Feb 11. $10.
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. Thu.-Sat., through Feb. 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. Fri.-Sat., through Feb. 10. $12. 616-897-8545.
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.
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. Thu.-Sat., through Feb. 10. $17-$22. 269-343-1313.
Shakespeare’s Valentine Jim Fordyce from ABC 53 Entertainment and Lansing City Councilwoman Kathie Dunbar co-host this annual event that celebrates love The Bard style! Sunsets with Shakespeare at Wolumar’s RE Olds Anderson Rotary Barn, Lansing. Wed., Feb. 14 $25/person; $40/couple, which includes dinner catered by Gone Wired Cafe. Reservations required by Feb. 13 by e-mailing [email protected].


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.
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.
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.


Auditions Tonight Sketch comedy performers take the audience through the audition process by using audience participation, comedic sketches and improv. Little River Casino Resort, Manistee. Feb. 16-17. $35, which includes dinner. 231-398-3903.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Simply Coney An all-new late night comedy written and performed by the winning improv troupe of Colony Fest 2006. Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Thu.-Sat., Feb. 9-March 3. $5. 313-365-4948.


FARMINGTON HILLS YOUTH THEATRE – support the FHYT on Feb. 13 by coming to the new Potbelly restaurant on Orchard Lake & 14 Mile and receiving a free sandwich with a donation of any size, 248-473-1857; GREENFIELD VILLAGE – auditions for spring and summer shows, March 5 & 6, 313-982-6100, ext. 2154; KALAMAZOO CIVIC THEATRE – auditions for “The Women,” Feb. 25 & 26, 269-343-2280.

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