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Theater Events for the period Jan. 3-12, 2008

By |2008-01-03T09:00:00-05:00January 3rd, 2008|Entertainment|

EDITOR’S PICK:
Front Row Productions and Club Venetian’s Dinner Theater present the off-Broadway sensation “Nunsense.”
The $50 package includes the show, dinner and soft drinks, with a cash bar available. Production dates are Jan. 11, 12, 18, and 19 at 6 p.m. Or join the Sisters for a Brunch performance on Sunday, Jan. 13 or 20 at 1 p.m.; tickets are $35 plus a cash bar.

Sister Julia, Child of God – a member of the Little Sisters of Hoboken – has accidentally killed 52 nuns with a bad batch of vichyssoise. The surviving sisters have enough funds to bury only 48 of them, however, so the survivors are hosting a talent show to raise the money to bury them – before the health inspector catches on.
The menu at Club Venetian in Madison Heights includes zesty chicken breast with lemon, lemon-butter broiled cod, gourmet salad Venetian, the chef’s own penne pasta in a tomato basil sauce, garlic red skin mashed potatoes, a Capri vegetable blend, imported & domestic cheeses, fresh fruit, soft drinks, juice and coffee, a chocolate fantasy fountain and assorted cakes and tortes.
For reservations, call 877-725-8849.

PROFESSIONAL THEATER/OPERA:

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., Jan. 11-March 16. $17-$20. 313-868-1347. http://www.detroitreptheatre.com
Dancing With The Stars – The Tour The popular unscripted show is hitting the road again and bringing with it its most popular teams of stars and professional dancers. Sat., Jan. 5 at Joe Louis Arena, Detroit. $52.50-$168. 313-471-6611. http://www.olympiaentertainment.com
The Lion King The Tony Award-winning Disney family musical returns for a limited, six-week engagement. Broadway in Detroit at the Detroit Opera House, Detroit. Tue.-Sun., through Jan. 6. $17-$80. 248-645-6666. http://www.broadwayindetroit.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
Onstage & Unplugged Jeff Daniels returns to the PRTC stage with his blues guitar and an arsenal of new and favorite songs for 10 shows only. Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea. Jan. 2-5. $70-$75. 734-433-7673. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org
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 Jan. 9-11; 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., Jan. 10-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., Jan. 8-13. $25-$58. 800-WHARTON. http://www.whartoncenter.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., Jan. 8-27. $30-$79. 313-872-1000. http://www.broadwayindetroit.com

COMMUNITY/CIVIC THEATER:

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., Jan. 10-13. $15-$24. 734-971-2228. http://www.a2ct.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., Jan. 11-27. $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., Jan. 11-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., Jan. 10-19. $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
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., Jan. 11-26. $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
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 at 11:30 p.m. $5. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.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
The New Sunday Night at Planet Ant Theatre A brand new night of improv opens with 2006 Colony Fest champs Simply Coney at 9 p.m.; followed by Improv Inferno’s popular improvised romantic comedy “Uncoupled” at 9:30 p.m.; and improv super group Eye Candy closes the night at 10:30 p.m. Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Every Sunday. $5 for the entire night. 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., Jan. 11-19, $50 (which includes dinner, show and soft drinks); Brunch performances: Sun., Jan. 13 & 20, $35. 877-725-8849. http://www.showsatfrontrow.com

AUDITIONS & NEWS:

MICHIGHAN STATE DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE – is proud to announce that its world premiere production of “Arts or Crafts” has been selected from over 50 productions to compete at this year’s Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, while several students from “Arts or Crafts,” “As Bees in Honey Drown” and “Pygmalion” have also been invited to compete; STARTFORD FESTIVAL OF CANADA – announced that despite a weakened U.S. dollar and concerns over cross-boarder travel, the 2007 season saw attendance rise 6% over the previous year, with a total of 557,813 seats sold to the 14 plays produced with net revenue of $221,483 on total revenue of $54 million.

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