Theater Events for the period July 13-22

By |2006-07-13T09:00:00-04:00July 13th, 2006|Uncategorized|
Professional Theater/Opera:

Additional Particulars A comedy about four employees at the Save-A-Bundle Discount Store. Williamston Theatre, Williamston. Thu.-Sun., through July 16. $15-$22. 517-655-7469. http://www.williamstontheatre.org.
All Childish Things It’s “Star Wars” fanaticism gone too far when a nerd, his two friends and one girlfriend plan a caper to heist the greatest collectibles ever. Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Thu.-Sun., through July 29. $10-$15. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
The Great American Trailer Park Musical The first regional theater production of the soap opera-like antics of a whacked-out collection of characters in Florida’s Armadillo Acres Trailer Park. Mason Street Warehouse, Saugatuck. Tue.-Sun., July 14-30. $22-$33. 269-857-4898. http://www.masonstreetwarehouse.org.
Hamlet Shakespeare’s sublime masterpiece of revenge and politics. Michigan Shakespeare Festival at the Michael Baughman Theater on the campus of Jackson Community College, Jackson. Previews July 18; runs in repertory July 20-Aug. 5. $23-$26. 517-796-8600. http://www.michshakefest.org.
Honus and Me A charming and magical family comedy about a little leaguer who finds the most valuable baseball card in the world while cleaning out an elderly neighbor’s attic. Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea. Wed.-Sun., through Sep. 2. $20-$35. 734-433-7673. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org.
I Am My Own Wife The astonishing true-life tale about Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a publicly “out” transvestite in Nazi Germany. Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Previews July 20-23 & 27; runs Thu.-Sun., July 28-Aug. 27. $20-$34.50. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org.
Matty: An Evening with Christy Mathewson The acclaimed one-man study of the life and times of turn-of-the-century baseball great Christy Mathewson performed by Eddie Frierson. Anderson Theater inside the Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn. Sat., July 22 only. $16. 313-982-6001. http://www.thehenryford.org.
Menopause The Musical The hilarious musical set in Bloomingdales returns for its third sizzling year. Century Theatre, Detroit. Every Tue.-Sun. $39.50. 313-963-9800. http://www.gemtheatre.com.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream Shakespeare’s beloved romantic comedy about love and lovers. Michigan Shakespeare Festival at the Michael Baughman Theater on the campus of Jackson Community College, Jackson. Previews July 19; runs in repertory July 21-Aug. 6. $23-$26. 517-796-8600. http://www.michshakefest.org.
Return to the Forbidden Planet Join Captain Tempest and his fearless crew into hyperspace in this rock ‘n’ roll musical adventure. Tecumseh Civic Auditorium, Tecumseh. Fri.-Sun., July 21-30. $14. 517-423-6617. http://www.tecumsehcivic.com.
Vampire Lesbians of Sodom A rollicking, hysterical, over-the-top camp fest in which two fatally seductive female vampires share a bitter rivalry for 2,000 years. Who Wants Cake? at Xhedos Cafe, Ferndale. Fri.-Sat., July 21-Aug. 12. $10. 248-399-3946.

College/University Theater:

{The Many Deaths of Shakespeare} A serio-comic look at the many deaths in The Bard’s plays – a stage combat-lover’s delight! Lansing Community College Performing Arts Dept. at LCC Outdoor Amphitheatre in Washington Mall, Lansing. Wed.-Sun., July 19-23. Free. 517-483-1488. http://www.lcc.edu.

Community/Civic Theater:

Cobb A riveting, often surreal tale about Hall-of-Fame baseball great Ty Cobb. Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing. Thu-Sun., July 13-23. $10-$14. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com.
Moby Dick! The Musical The ragtag schoolgirls at St. Godley’s School mount an original production to raise money for their cash-strapped institution. Circle Theatre, Grand Rapids. July 20-22, 26-30 & Aug. 2-5. $24. 616-456-6656. http://www.circletheatre.org.
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers The rollicking, rowdy story of seven rough-hewn bachelors in 1850s America who figure it’s time to get hitched. Marshall Civic Players Youth Theatre at Franke Center for the Arts, Marshall. Fri.-Sun., July 14-23. $15. 269-781-3335. http://www.marshallcivicplayers.org.

Theater for Young Audiences:

The Jungle Book The “Mowgli Stories” by Rudyard Kipling get a lively telling. Stagecrafters Youth Theatre at the Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak. Thu.-Sun., July 20-23. $6/youth/$9 adults. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.org.

Improvisation/Late Night/Interactive/Dinner Theater:

American Idol Murder Come see if your next American Idol contestant survives the competition! Random Acts on the Old Road Murder Mystery Dinner Train, Charlotte. Every Saturday, through Aug. 5. $57.95 includes dinner and show. 888-726-8277. http://www.random-acts.net.
Bobble Heads of State Fast moving sketch comedy that covers birth and old age and everything in-between. The Second City, Novi. Every Wed.-Sun. $15-$20. Plus, every Wednesday: “Improv Jams.” 248-348-4448. http://www.secondcity.com.
Curtain Call Superstitions are broken, bonds are tested and secrets are revealed in the comedic story of what happens backstage before the final performance of a long-running show. Late Night Series at Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Thu,-Sat., July 13-July 29. $5. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
Improv Inferno A comedy lounge in Downtown Ann Arbor with five nights of fun: “Citizen Improv” and “Super Fun Karaoke” hit the stage on Wednesday nights; Thursday hosts “Catfight” and “High Octane”; Friday and Saturday feature “Documentary: The Improvised Mockumentary,” “The Damnation Game” and at Midnight, “The X Show”; and the week closes on Sunday with “Biff! Bang! Pow! The Improvised Comic Book,” “Get Up! Stand Up,” “The Sweet Spot with Eye Candy” and “The Weekend Wild Card.” $5-$10. 734-214-7080. http://www.improvinferno.com.
Late Night Catechism The Good Sister returns for another session of the liveliest adult religion class you’ll ever experience! City Theatre, Detroit. Fri., July 21 only. $28. 313-471-6611. http://www.olympiaentertainment.com.
Law & Murder The honorable yet quirky Judge Jerry Lawless presides over an interactive musical spoof of NBC’s veteran series. Random Acts at Andiamo Dearborn. Thu., July 13 only. $45, includes dinner and show. 313-359-3300.
The Michigan Improv & Laugh Festival A four-night festival that highlights the best improv troupes from throughout Michigan and America, including The Chicago Neutrino Project, The Beatbox (North Carolina), Second City Detroit and the Planet Ant Improv Colony. Improv Inferno, Ann Arbor. Wed.-Sun., July 12-16. $5-$20. 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.

Auditions and Classes:

ONSTAGE CONNECTIONS PERFORMING COMPANY – auditions July 28 in Farmington Hills and Hartland for children and teens ages 6-18, 248-477-3830; KIDSHAKESPEARE – kids theater camp for ages 6-16 at Royal Oak’s Starr Jaycee Park, July 27-Aug. 6, 248-399-3727.

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