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Theater Events for the period July 12-21

By |2007-07-12T09:00:00-04:00July 12th, 2007|Entertainment|



PROFESSIONAL THEATER/OPERA:

The Best of the Golden Years Local seniors take to the stage for the 18th annual afternoon of singing, dancing, magic and comedy. Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp. Fri.-Sat., through July 14. $12-$15. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com
Bottle of Red: Uncorked Detroit’s first ladies of improv, Margaret Edwartowski and Nancy Hayden, return with a fast-paced, one-act, sketch comedy revue about the ups and downs of everyday life. Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Thu.-Sun., through July 28. $15. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com
Dirty Blonde Carla Milarch stars in this comedy about the woman who claimed, “When I’m good, I’m very good, but when I’m bad, I’m better.” Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Previews July 12-15 & 19 ($20-$28); runs Thu.-Sun., July 20-Aug. 19. $25-$37. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org
Flap The world premiere of a funny heartfelt romp through the world of divorce, new houses and flying rodents by Michigan playwright Annie Martin. Williamston Theatre, Williamston. Previews July 12 ($15); runs Thu.-Sun., July 13-Aug. 12. $18-$22. 517-655-7469. http://www.williamstontheatre.org
The Food Chain Social satire meets absurdist comedy as riotous chaos builds around the actions of a neurotically thin poet, her closed-mouth husband, a “delicious” male model and a wacky crisis hotline volunteer. Mason Street Warehouse, Saugatuck. Tue.-Sun., through July 29. $24-$36.50. 269-857-4898. http://www.masonstreetwarehouse.org
Henry V The new King of England tries to change the image he earned as the wild Prince Hal while charging off to war. Michigan Shakespeare Festival at Jackson Community College’s Potter Center, Jackson. Previews July 18; plays in repertory July 20-Aug. 5. $23-$26. 517-796-8600. http://www.michshakefest.org
Macbeth Shakespeare’s most powerful tragedy about a powerful leader who falls from grace and becomes a traitorous murderer – thanks to a message he receives from some witches. Michigan Shakespeare Festival at Jackson Community College’s Potter Center, Jackson. Previews July 17; plays in repertory July 19-Aug. 4. $23-$26. 517-796-8600. http://www.michshakefest.org
Red Hot Mamas A successful, married couple’s life is thrown into comedic turmoil when the mothers-in-law move in. Dennis Wickline Productions at Broadway Onstage, Eastpointe. Fri.-Sat., June 20-Aug. 18, and select Sundays. $14-$16. 586-771-6333. http://www.broadwayonstage.com
Sea of Fools The world premiere of Michigan native Matt Letscher’s farce about a company of actors set during the height of the McCarthy Era. Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea. Wed.-Sun., through Sept. 1. $25-$35. 734-433-7673. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org
Three Days of Rain How much of our current lives can we attribute to our parents? And how misguided are our perceptions of them? Who Wants Cake? Theatre at The Ringwald Theatre, Ferndale. Fri.-Mon., through July 30. $10-$15. 248-556-8581. http://www.whowantscaketheatre.com

COMMUNITY/CIVIC THEATER:

Playing Around: Readings of New Works Staged readings of the two winning entries from the 2007 playwriting contest will be held: “Heartland Tales” by Jon Elliott and “Come, Beauty” by Franco Vitella. Ann Arbor Civic Theatre at A2CT’s Studio Theater, Ann Arbor. Fri.-Sat., through July 14. $10-$15. 734-971-2228. http://www.a2ct.org

THEATER FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES:

Kids on Broadway Young actors strut their stuff to music from classic Broadway shows. Novi Theatres at the Novi Civic Center, Novi. Fri., July 20. $5. 248-347-0400. http://www.novitheatres.com
The Ransom of Red Chief Two drifters of dubious repute arrive with a plan to kidnap the child of the wealthiest person in town. Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing. Thu.-Sun., through July 22. $5-$7/children; $10-$14/adults. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com
Robin Hood – The Musical An all-ages musical about the medieval crusader and his merry band of followers. Stagecrafters Youth Theatre at the Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak. Thu.-Sun., July 19-22. $6/youth; $9/adult. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.org

IMPROVISATION/LATE NIGHT/INTERACTIVE/DINNER THEATER:

The Best of The Second City – Detroit An archive show featuring some of the best sketches, songs and satire for the troupe’s 29 revue history. Second City Detroit, Novi. Every Sunday at 6:30 p.m. through July 22. $7. 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
Everything Is Not Okay A comedy by Mike Eshaq and Mike McGettigan in three weekly episodes – and not even the cast knows the shocking conclusion! Late Night Series at Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Thu.-Sat., through July 28 at 10:30 p.m. $5. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com
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
Second City’s 30th Revue The Second City begins the creative process of creating its thirtieth revue – and you’re invited to attend these preview performances to offer your feedback. The Second City, Novi. Previews every Wed.-Sun.; tentatively scheduled to open Aug. 15. $15-$20. 248-348-4448. http://www.secondcity.com

AUDITIONS & NEWS:

MICHIGAN OPERA THEATRE – announces the formation of a new Children’s Chorus for ages 10-16, with auditions scheduled for July and August, 313-961-3500.

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