Theater Events for the period Jan. 18-27

By | 2007-01-18T09:00:00-05:00 January 18th, 2007|Uncategorized|
PROFESSIONAL THEATER/OPERA:

All Shook Up Elvis Presley songs help tell the romantic story of how a young girl’s dreams come true when a guitar-playing roustabout rides into town. Wharton Center’s Cobb Great Hall, East Lansing. Tue.-Sun., through Jan. 21. $25-$53. 1-800-WHARTON. http://www.whartoncenter.com

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. http://www.hilberry.com

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. http://www.detroitreptheatre.com

Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy A colorful dream in an enchanted forest performed by an international cast of aerialists, contortionists, strong men and balancers. Cirque Productions at the Fisher Theatre, Detroit. Tue.-Sun., through Feb. 4. $27.50-$49.50. 313-872-1000. http://www.broadwayindetroit.com

Escanaba in Love The world premiere of Jeff Daniels’ hilarious prequel to his popular comedy set in the Soady deer camp during World War II. Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea. Wed.-Sun., extended through Jan. 20. $25-$35. 734-433-7673. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org

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. http://www.broadwayonstage.com

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. Previews Jan. 23-25 & 27 ($29-$32); runs Wed., Thu., Sat. & Sun, Jan. 27-Feb. 18. $32-$39. 248-788-2900. http://www.jettheatre.org

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. In previews Jan. 18-21 & 25 ($20-$28); runs Thu.-Sun., Jan. 26-Feb. 25. $25-$37. 734-663-0696. http://www.performancenetwork.org

Man of La Mancha Knight-errant Don Quixote dreams the impossible dream. Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp. Fri.-Sat., Jan. 26-27. $45-$50. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com

Menopause The Musical A hilarious celebration of women and The Change. Fairchild Theatre on the campus of MSU, East Lansing. Sun., Jan. 21. $40. 517-432-2000. http://www.whartoncenter.com

The Phantom of the Opera The masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House is back to terrorize local audiences. Stranahan Theatre, Toledo. Tue.-Sun., through Jan. 28. $22-$67. 419-474-1333. http://www.theaterleague.com

Same Time, Next Year A couple celebrates 25 years together – despite being married to other people. Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester. Wed.-Sun., through Feb. 4. $22-$38. 248-377-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.com

Side Man The twilight years of the big bands are examined through the life of a “sideman,” a backup to the star bandleaders. Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in repertory through Feb. 3. $15-$28. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY THEATER:

The Tempest The forces of nature are summoned to harmonize the chaos in a world filled with greed and treachery. EMU Theatre at Quirk Theatre, Ypsilanti. Thu.-Sat., Jan. 25-27. $6. 734-487-1221. http://www.emich.edu/cta

The Women A screwball comedy about the scandalous life of a woman as she journeys from innocent wife to enlightened single woman. Bonstelle Theatre, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., Jan. 26-Feb. 4. $14. 313-577-2960. http://www.bonstelle.com

COMMUNITY/CIVIC THEATER:

Bach at Leipzig The organ master of Leipzig’s cathedral dies suddenly, setting off a comic farce to find his successor. Actors’ Theatre at Spectrum Theatre, Grand Rapids. $22. 616-234-3946. http://www.actorsatspectrum.org

Epic Proportions Two brothers go to the Arizona desert to be extras in a biblical epic only to end up in charge of the film and in love with the same woman. Grosse Pointe Theatre at Fries Auditorium at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, Grosse Pointe Farms. Jan. 18-21 & 24-27. $15. 313-881-4004.

Frozen Our capacity to forgive is explored in a new play that entwines the lives of a murderer, his psychologist and a victim’s mother. Whole Art Theater at the Epic Theatre. Fri.-Sat., through Feb. 27. $20. 269-345-7529. http://www.wholeart.org

Laugh-In: The Flint Edition Celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the popular TV show with an original variety-style comedy that will tickle the fickle finger of fate! Buckham Alley Theatre, Flint. Fri.-Sun., Jan. 19-28. $10. 810-239-4477. http://www.buckhamtheatre.com

Man from Nebraska The story of one man’s crisis of faith and the moral ambiguity around it. Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing. Thu.-Sun., Jan. 28-Feb. 4. $10-$14. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com

The Nerd A nerdy ex-GI unexpectedly shows up at the birthday party of the man whose life he once saved – with no plans to leave. Kalamazoo Civic Theatre at the Civic Auditorium, Kalamazoo. Jan. 18-21 & 26-27. $15-$20. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com

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. Jan. 26-27, Feb. 2-4 & 9-10. $12. 616-897-8545. http://www.lowellartscouncil.org

Once on This Island A beautiful folktale musical based upon Hans Christian Andersen’s “Little Mermaid.” Stagecrafters at the Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak. Jan. 18-21, 25-28 & Feb. 2-4. $16-$18. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.org

Over the River and Through the Woods When a new job threatens to relocate Nick to a faraway town, his grandparents use every trick in the book to keep him around. Avon Players, Rochester Hills. Jan. 19-21 & 26-27. $14. 248-608-9077. http://www.avonplayers.org

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. Jan. 26-27, Feb. 1-4 & 8-10. $17-$22. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com

Steel Magnolias Six southern belles share their wit, wisdom and charm in their small town’s beauty parlor. Farmington Players, Farmington Hills. Jan. 18-21 & 25-27. $15. 248-553-2955. http://www.farmingtonplayers.org

The Women Distraught by the news her husband is having an affair, a woman relies on her socialite friends to help her through this crisis. Players Guild of Dearborn, Dearborn. Fri.-Sun., through Jan. 28. $15. 313-561-TKTS. http://www.playersguildofdearborn.org

Wonder of the World A woman discovers her husband has a dirty little secret in his sweater drawer – something so shocking that it sends her searching for the life she thinks she missed out on. St. Dunstan’s Guild of Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills. Fri.-Sun., through Feb. 3. $16. 248-737-3587. http://www.stdunstanstheatre.com

THEATER FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES:

Speak for Yourself The Mosaic Acting Company presents a candid play about race and racial stereotypes in Detroit. Saturday Series for Young Audiences at Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Sat., Jan. 27. $7/childrenl $10/adults. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org

IMPROVISATION/LATE NIGHT/INTERACTIVE/DINNER THEATER:

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. http://www.improvinferno.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

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., Jan. 26-March 24. $39.95; price includes three-course dinner, show and tax. 248-423-1452. http://www.starbriteprod.com

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. http://www.secondcity.com

Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding The entire audience gets into the act by becoming the guests at one of the wackiest Italian weddings ever seen. Costick Center, Farmington Hills. Sat., Jan. 20. $62; price includes show, dancing, pasta & chicken dinner and champagne toast. 248-473-1857.

AUDITIONS AND WORKSHOPS:

STAGECRAFTERS – auditions for “The Miracle Worker,” Jan. 27, 248-541-8027.

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