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Theater Events for the period Jan. 10-19, 2008

By |2008-01-17T09:00:00-05:00January 17th, 2008|Entertainment|
PROFESSIONAL THEATER/OPERA:

African Footprint The history of South Africa is presented through a breathtaking blend of Afro- and Euro-centric music and dance. Detroit Opera House, Detroit. Sat.-Sun., Jan. 19-20. $15-$75. 313-237-7464. http://www.michiganopera.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 Jan. 11-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
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
The Lusty and Comical History of Tom Jones An 18th-century good-natured young man finds that his childhood friend has flowered into a magnificent, cultured lady. Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in rotating repertory through Jan. 26. $20-$30. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com
Rabbit Hole The Michigan premiere of the Tony Award-nominated play about one family’s grief, laced with wit, insight, compassion and searing honesty. Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester. Previews through Jan. 11; runs Wed.-Sun., Jan. 12-Feb. 3. $22-$38. 248-377-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.com
Some Men Terrence McNally’s patchwork quilt that examines relationships between gay men and about gay life through the years. Who Wants Cake? Theatre at The Ringwald, Ferndale. Fri.-Sun., through Jan. 28. $10-$20. 248-556-8581. http://www.whowantscaketheatre.com
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
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Six young people in the throes of puberty learn that winning isn’t everything and losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser. Wharton Center’s Cobb Great Hall, East Lansing. Tue.-Sun., through Jan. 13. $25-$58. 800-WHARTON. http://www.whartoncenter.com
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. Previews Jan. 17-20 & 23-24 ($20-$25); runs Wed.-Sun., Jan. 25-March 8. $25-$38. 734-433-7673. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org
Well For older teens and adults: A staged reading of Tony-nominated, Michigan-native Lisa Kron’s touching comedic memoir about mothers and daughters. Flint Youth Theatre, Flint. Sun., Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. $5, which includes the staged reading, a talk-back and light refreshments by Fandangles’. 810-237-1530. http://www.flintyouththeatre.com
Whistle Down The Wind A young Louisiana girl finds a mysterious stranger hiding in her barn: Is he an escaped felon or Jesus Christ? Fisher Theatre, Detroit. Tue.-Sun., through Jan. 27. $30-$79. 313-872-1000. http://www.broadwayindetroit.com

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. Jan. 18-19, 24-27, 31 & Feb. 1-2. $17-$22. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com
Bat Boy: The Musical Three teens find a half-bat, half-boy in a Virginia cave who is then adopted by a local doctor’s family. Ann Arbor Civic Theatre at Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., through Jan. 13. $15-$24. 734-971-2228. http://www.a2ct.org
Behind the Curtain An original one-act musical that takes a comedic look at the happenings of a play from behind the curtains. The Biltmore Studio at The Village Theater at Cherry Hill, Canton. Sat.-Sun., Jan. 12-13. Free/donations accepted. 734-259-2527. http://www.canton-mi.org/villagetheater
Caught in the Net Two children of a bigamist taxi driver in London – unaware they share the same father – meet online and want get together. Players Guild of Dearborn, Dearborn. Fri.-Sun., through Jan. 27. $15. 313-561-TKTS. http://www.playersguildofdearborn.org
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
A New Brain An energetic, sardonic, often comical musical about a composer during a medical emergency. Peppermint Creek Theatre at Persoective2 in Lansing’s Old Town. Thu.-Sun., through Jan. 19. $15. 517-927-3016. http://www.peppermintcreek.org
On Golden Pond A lovable curmudgeon and his high-spirited wife have spent the last 43 summers at their lakeside cottage, but their annual respite is shaken when their estranged daughter drops off her fiance’s troubled young son on her way to Europe. Kalamazoo Civic Theatre at the Civic Auditorium, Kalamazoo. Jan. 11-12, 17-20 & 25-26. $15-$20. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com
Stop Kiss Two New York women enter one another’s lives and discover a deeper relationship than either anticipated. Black Box Fire at The Pearl Company, Hamilton, Ontario. Jan. 18-19 & 24-26. $15. http://www.blackboxfire.com/stopkiss
A Streetcar Named Desire Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning classic tale of tragic self-delusion and madness. St. Dunstan’s Guild of Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills. Jan. 18-20 & 24-26. $16. 248-737-3587. http://www.stdunstanstheatre.com
The World Goes ‘Round A rousing musical revue featuring more than two dozen classics by John Kander and Fred Ebb. Grosse Pointe Theatre at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial’s Fries Auditorium, Grosse Pointe Farms. Jan. 17-20 & 23-26. $22. 313-881-4004. http://www.gpt.org
You Can’t Take It With You The Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy about the conservative Kirby family and the carefree Sycamores – and what happens when a romance is sparked between children of the two. Avon Players, Rochester Hills. Fri.-Sun., through Jan. 26. $14. 248-608-9077. http://www.avonplayers.org

IMPROV/LATE NIGHT/INTERACTIVE/DINNER THEATER:

The Best of the Second City Detroit An archive show featuring some of the best sketches, songs and satire from The Second City Detroit’s 30-revue history. The Second City, Novi. Sundays at 5:30 p.m. through Jan. 27. $12. 248-348-4448. http://www.secondcity.com
Clam Chowder for the Soul Whether you prefer Manhattan or New England style, West Michigan’s popular improv troupe serves up a post-holiday laugh-filled treat! Crawlspace Eviction at the Whole Art Studio, Kalamazoo. Fri.-Sat., Jan. 18-19. $7. 269-599-7390. http://www.crawlspaceeviction.com
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
Nunsense The delightful Little Sisters of Hoboken return in the original off-Broadway sensation that has spawned numerous sequels. Front Row Productions at Club Venetian’s Dinner Theater, Madison Heights. Dinner performances: Fri.-Sat., through Jan. 19, $50 (which includes dinner, show and soft drinks); Brunch performances: Sun., Jan. 13 & 20, $35. 877-725-8849. http://www.showsatfrontrow.com

AUDITIONS & NEWS:

ANN ARBOR CIVIC THEATRE – will hold auditions for its upcoming Junior Theatre production of “Jungle Book, the Musical,” Jan. 15-16, 734-971-2228; AVON PLAYERS – will hold auditions for “The Cemetery Club,” Jan. 14-15, 248-608-9077; BLACKBIRD THEATRE – has rescheduled auditions for “Much Ado About Nothing,” its first production featuring middle and high school students, for Jan. 15-16, 734-332-3848; FLINT YOUTH THEATRE DRAMA SCHOOL – is offering another session of exciting and challenging dramatic arts classes for students ages 3 through grade 12, 810-237-1530; KALAMAZOO CIVIC THEATRE – is offering an Artist-in-Residence program featuring “Avenue Q” puppet artist Cheryl Blaylock and director Jim Carver beginning Jan. 19, call 269-343-2280 for details; KALAMAZOO CIVIC THEATRE – will hold auditions for “The Odd Couple,” Jan. 20-21, 269-343-2280; LANSING COMMUNITY COLLEGE PERFORMING ARTS DEPT. – will hold auditions for “Jane Eyre,” Jan. 16, 517-483-1488; MICHIGAN OPERA THEATRE – is offering an opera workshop featuring renowned singer, teacher and lecturer Candace De Lattre for singers 18 and older beginning in March, call 810-287-0236 for details; RINGWALD THEATRE – will hold auditions for “Debbie Does Dallas – The Musical,” Jan. 12, 248-556-8581; THEBES PLAYERS – will hold auditions for “The Velveteen Rabbit,” Jan. 31 & Feb. 2, 616-897-8545;

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