Theater Events for the period Jan. 29 – Feb. 7

By |2004-01-29T09:00:00-05:00January 29th, 2004|Uncategorized|
Professional Theater:

Dance Like No One’s Watching A couple at a crisis point in their marriage seek help from a therapist who has his own troubled marital past. Presented Wednesday through Sunday at the BoarsHead Theater, Lansing, Jan. 29 – Feb. 22. Tickets: $19 – $29. 517-484-7805. http://www.boarshead.org.
Festival of New Plays Four playwrights get the rare opportunity to have staged readings of their new works to get immediate feedback from the audience. Presented Monday and Tuesday nights by the Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company, West Bloomfield, through Feb. 10. Tickets: $5. 248-788-2900. http://www.jettheatre.org.
Free Food & Full Frontal Nudity An evening of sketch comedy in the style of “Saturday Night Live.” A Dark Night presentation of the BoarsHead Theatre, Lansing, Feb. 2 – 3 & 9 – 10. Free admission. 517-484-7805. http://www.boarshead.org. Recommended for mature audiences only.
Glengarry Glen Ross A scaldingly dark comedy about a cutthroat real estate salesman who makes a living pushing plots of land on reluctant buyers. Performed in repertory Wednesday through Saturday at the Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, through Jan. 31. Tickets: $12 – $20. 313-577-2972. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu/t_hilberry.html.
Greater Tuna A laugh-a-minute satire in which two actors become all of the citizens of Tuna, Texas. Presented Wednesday through Sunday at Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester Hills, through Feb. 1. Tickets: $22 – $38. 248-377-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.com.
Leaving Iowa A world premiere nostalgic comedy about a middle-aged writer who is searching for the perfect spot to scatter his father’s ashes. Presented Wednesday through Sunday at the Purple Rose Theatre, Chelsea, through March 13. Tickets: $17.50 – $32.50. 734-433-7673. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org.
Lovers and Executioners A gripping and hilarious tale of attempted murder and revenge in 17th century France. Performed in repertory Wednesday through Saturday at the Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, Feb. 6 – March 13. Tickets: $12 – $20. 313-577-2972. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu/t_hilberry.html.
Macbeth A story of treachery and bloodlust steeped in illusion, fantasy and mystery that is touted as the unluckiest of The Bard’s dramas. Performed in repertory Wednesday through Saturday at the Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, through March 4. Tickets: $12 – $20. 313-577-2972. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu/t_hilberry.html.
Mark Twain Tonight Hal Holbrook’s time-honored look at the wit, wisdom and wonderment of author Samuel Clemens. Presented Jan. 31 only at Whiting Auditorium, Flint. Tickets: $25 – $50. 810-237-7333. http://www.thewhiting.com.
Mama Mia! A feisty 40-something mom recalls carefree days and careless nights through the songs of ABBA. Presented at the Stranahan Theater, Toledo, Feb. 3 – 8 only. Tickets: $45 – $60. 419-474-1333. http://www.stranahantheater.com.
Movin’ Out Lifelong friends experience two turbulent decades that change them and the world around them as told by Billy Joel’s classic tunes and Twyla Tharp’s mesmerizing choreography. Presented Tuesday through Sunday at the Fisher Theatre, Detroit, through Feb. 15. Tickets: $35 – $75. 313-872-1000. http://www.nederlanderdetroit.com.
Sara, Ella & PopsÉHow High the Moon An original musical that celebrates the lives of Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald and the legendary Louis Armstrong. Staged Thurs., Sat. & Sun. by Plowshares Theatre Company at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, Feb. 5 – 29; special preview Fri., Feb. 6. Tickets: $25. 313-872-0279. http://www.plowshares.org.
Sesame Street Live 1-2-3ÉImagine! A family-friendly musical that asks the question, “Where will imagination take you when you close your eyes and count to three?” Presented Tuesday through Sunday at the Fabulous Fox Theatre, Detroit, Jan. 29 – Feb. 8. Tickets: $10 – $28. 313-471-6611. http://www.olympiaentertainment.com.
Seussical the Musical Visit the fantastical world of Dr. Seuss where anything is possible and a person’s a person, no matter how small! Presented at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp., Feb. 6 & 7 only. Tickets: $40 – $45. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com.
The Soapranos An interactive comedy that spoofs TV’s most celebrated crime boss and his family. Presented by the New York Dinner Theater Jan. 31 at Castello Di Bologna, Lake Orion, and Feb. 7 at Club Monte Carlo, Utica. Tickets: $49.95 including dinner, show and dancing. 800-383-6080.
Spiked Heels A sexy and sophisticated comedy about a modern-day battle-of-the-sexes in which everyone figures out who to love, who to hate and who to change. Presented Thursday through Sunday at the Performance Network, Ann Arbor, Jan. 29 – Feb. 29. Tickets: $22.50 & $27.50. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org.
Urinetown: The Musical A musical-comedy tale of greed, corruption, love and revolution in a city where water is worth its weight in gold. Presented at Wharton Center, Lansing, Feb. 4 – 8 only. Tickets: $25 – $52.50. 517-432-2000. http://www.whartoncenter.com.
The Wizard of Oz The world premiere of a new version of the timeless classic that goes back to the original Oz books for its inspiration. Presented Friday through Sunday at Planet Ant, Hamtramck, Jan. 30 – Feb. 22. Tickets: $15. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
Yellowman Childhood friends painfully learn that skin color can divide even the closest friends and communities. Presented Thursday through Sunday by the Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit, through March 21. Tickets: $17. 313-868-1347. http://www.detroitreptheatre.com.

University/College Theater:

Dream on Monkey Mountain Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott examines the damage to the human soul caused by the heritage of colonialism. A Black Theatre Production presented Friday through Sunday at the Bonstelle Theatre, Detroit, through Feb. 1. Tickets: $10. 313-577-2960. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu/t_bonstelle.html.
The Glory of Living A teenage girl with a tough life hooks up with a smooth talking older man, and a trail of female corpses are left in their erotic wake. Staged Thursday through Sunday by The Theatre Company at the McAuley Theatre on the University of Detroit Mercy’s Outer Drive Campus, Detroit, Feb. 5 – 22. Tickets: $12. 313-993-6461. http://theatre.udmercy.edu. An all-student production; recommended for mature audiences.

Civic/Community Theater:

Dreamgirls Reality replaces the glitz and glam of pop stardom for the woman in a 1960s popular signing group. Presented Thursday through Sunday at Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing, through Feb. 8. Tickets: $16. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com.
Evita The story of Argentina’s First lady is told through a compelling score that fuses haunting chorales with exuberant Latin, pop and jazz influences. Presented by Stagecrafters, Royal Oak, Jan. 29 – 31, Feb. 1 & Feb. 6 – 8. Tickets: $16 – $18. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.org.
The Fantasticks The longest-running musical in history is a timeless fable of loveÉand a must-see for every battling parent and teen! Presented Friday through Sunday by Avon Players, Rochester, through Jan. 31. Tickets: $16. 248-608-9077. http://www.avonplayers.org.
The Miss Firecracker Contest A young woman rehearses for her southern town’s annual Fourth of July contest hoping that a win will help salvage her tarnished reputation. Staged Thursday through Sunday by the Oakland University Department of Music, Theatre and Dance at Varner Studio Theatre, Rochester, Feb. 5 – 15. Tickets: $12. 248-370-3013.
The 1940’s Radio Hour A musical comedy that recaptures the romance and emotion of a bygone era. Presented by St. Dunstan’s Theatre Guild of Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills, Jan. 29 – 31. Tickets: $16. 248-644-0527. http://www.stdunstanstheatre.com.
Noises Off A real-life farce develops backstage during the disastrous run of a touring show. Presented by the Farmington Players, Farmington Hills, Feb. 6 – 8, 13 – 15, 19 – 22 & 26 – 28. Tickets: $13. 248-553-2955. http://www.farmingtonplayers.org.
On the Verge or the Geography of Yearning Three Victorian female explorers are on an expedition through time and American pop culture. Presented by the Whole Art Theater, Kalamazoo, Jan. 30 – 31, Feb. 5 – 8 & 13 – 14. Tickets: $12. 269-345-7529. http://www.wholeart.org.
Sweeney Todd The demon barber of Fleet Street is once again open for macabre business. Staged by the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre at the Parish Theater, Kalamazoo, Jan. 29 – 31. Tickets: $15 – $19. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com.

Improvisational Theater:

Best of Second City Touring Company A brand new best-of Second City show continues the celebration of 10 years of comedy in Detroit. Presented every Sunday at Second City Detroit. Tickets: $12. 313-965-2222. http://www.olympiaentertainment.com.
Ten Some of the most hilarious scenes of the past 10 years are assembled in a retrospective that celebrates the best of Second City – Detroit. Presented every Wednesday through Sunday at Second City – Detroit. Tickets: $15 & $20. 313-965-2222. http://www.olympiaentertainment.com.

AUDITIONS:

Michigan Classical Repertory Theatre – “Antigone,” roles of Kreon and Messenger/Guard only, 734-484-6962; Genitti’s Little Theatre – upcoming season of interactive shows, Feb. 7, 586-612-1746; BlackBird Theatre – “Dimly Perceived Threats to the System,” Feb. 9 & 10, 734-483-7724.

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