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Theater Events for the period July 19-28

By |2007-07-19T09:00:00-04:00July 19th, 2007|Uncategorized|

EDITOR’S PICK:
The Baldwin Theatre has been transformed into the lush Sherwood Forest for Stagecrafters Youth Theatre production of “Robin Hood – The Musical.” This musical for all ages is performed by youths ages 8 to 18 on the Main Stage from July19 – 22.
Sandi Glover of Ferndale directs. “I’m still a kid at heart so working with the youth has been a fun change of pace from my other theatre experience. As soon as I read the script I began to develop a vision for the show. We, the production team and myself, have worked to keep the show true to the character of Robin Hood. He’s not the cartoon character with the feather in the hat that many people know. Robin Hood was so named because of the hood he wore, so we’re incorporating that into the play.”
All seats are reserved. Tickets for all shows are $6/youth and $9/adult.
For tickets and information, call Stagecrafters at 248-541-6430.
Donald V. Calamia

PROFESSIONAL THEATER/OPERA:

Barefoot in the Park The Neil Simon classic comedy about a young couple’s headlong dive into matrimonial craziness and a walk-up apartment in 1960s Manhattan. Water Works Theatre Company at Starr Jaycee Park, Royal Oak. Wed.-Sun., July 26-Aug. 12. $8-$18. 248-399-3727. http://www.waterworkstheatre.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 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. Thu.-Sun., through 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
The Foreigner A group of devious characters must deal with a stranger who (they think) knows no English. Ledges Playhouse Theatre Company at Fitzgerald Park, Grand Ledge. Thu.-Sun., July 26-Aug. 12. $13-$15. 517-403-8017. http://www.ledgesplayhouse.com
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. Plays in repertory through 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. Plays in repertory through 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., through 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

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY THEATER:

Back to Methuselah An abridged version of the Shaw classic that looks at the past, purpose and potential of humanity. LCC Performing Arts’ Summer Stage Under the Stars at the LCC outdoor amphitheatre on Washington Square, Lansing. Wed.-Sun., July 25-29. Free. 517-483-1488. http://www.lcc.edu

COMMUNITY/CIVIC THEATER:

The Wearing of the Greens Written by the creator of “Laverne & Shirley,” Mom and Pop Green are kvetching in Miami while the kids come running from opposite coasts trying to keep the family from crumbling. Starlight Theater at Summit Place Mall, Waterford. Fri.-Sun., through July 22. $14. 248-661-0496. http://www.starlighttheater.net

THEATER FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES:

Clowns’ Play Clowns take over when the troupe scheduled to perform “Jack and the Beanstalk” fail to show up. Michigan Shakespeare Festival at Jackson Community College’s Potter Center, Jackson. Saturday, July 28 & Aug. 4. Free/children under 12; $8/all others. 517-796-8600. http://www.michshakefest.org
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., through July 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:

WATER WORKS THEATRE COMPANY – will conduct its sixth annual kids camp, KidsAct!, Aug. 6-9 in Royal Oak’s Starr Jaycee Park, 248-399-3727; WILLIAMSTON THEATRE – is offering four summer workshops for middle and senior high school students beginning July 31, 517-655-7469.

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