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Theater Events for the period Jan. 17-26, 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., through Jan. 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 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
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
Hobo Mike Walsh is sick of his job, his girlfriend and his life when a chance meeting with a modern-day hobo changes everything. Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Thu.-Sun., Jan. 17-20. $15. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.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. Wed.-Sun., through Feb. 3. $22-$38. 248-377-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.com
Saltimbanco Cirque du Soleil explores the urban experience in all its myriad forms. Joe Louis Arena, Detroit. Tue.-Sun., Jan 23-27. $37.50-$67.50. $313-471-6611. http://www.olympiaentertainment.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. Previews Jan. 22-24 & 26 ($30-$33); runs Wed, Thu., Sat. & Sun., Jan. 26-Feb. 17. $30-$39. 248-788-2900. http://www.jettheatre.org
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.-Mon., 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
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
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 & 8-9. $17-$22. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com
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. Jan. 18-20, 24-27, 31, Feb. 1-3 & 8-10. $16-$18. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.org
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
Chicago the Musical A story of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and treachery – all the things we hold near and dear to our hearts! The Whiting, Flint. Fri.-Sat., Jan. 25-26. $19-$59. 810-237-7333. http://www.thewhiting.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
Going to St. Ives Two impressive women with different personalities and world views are brought together and discover each is trying to accomplish the greatest good. Actors’ Theatre at Spectrum Theater, Grand Rapids. Thu.-Sat., Jan. 24-Feb. 2. $22. 616-234-3817. http://www.actorstheatregrandrapids.com
Moon Over Buffalo Mistaken identities, jealous ex-boyfriends and romantic rivals abound in this madcap comedy where the action backstage is far more interesting than the action onstage. Thebes Players at Lowell High School Performing Arts Center, Lowell. Jan. 25-27 & Feb. 1-2. $10. 616-897-8545. http://www.lowellartscouncil.org
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. 17-20 & 25-26. $15-$20. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com
Rabbit Hole A couple’s bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places. Whole Art Theatre at the Epic Theatre, Kalamazoo. Fri.-Sat., through Jan. 26. $20. 269-345-7529. http://www.wholeart.org
Side Man A broken family and the decline of jazz in the age of rock ‘n roll are seen through the eyes of the son of a jazz trumpet player. Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing. Fri.-Sun., Jan. 24-Feb. 3. $14. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.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

THEATER FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES:

Ella Mentry and the Case of the Bermuda Triangle A brand new musical by James Ingagiola and Charles Stout about intrepid geometer Polly Hendron who travels the globe searching for interesting and exotic shapes. Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Sat., Jan. 26. $7/children; $10/adults. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org
Elmo Makes Music “Sesame Street Live” returns with a musical event like no other: monsters making music! Fox Theatre, Detroit. Jan. 25-27, 30-31, Feb. 1-3 & 7-10. $12-$32. 313-471-3099. http://www.olympiaentertainment.com

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

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