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Theater Events for the period July 5-14

By |2017-10-31T14:59:50-04:00October 31st, 2017|Entertainment|
PROFESSIONAL THEATER/OPERA:

The All Night Strut! The Wilde Award-nominated musical returns to celebrate one of the greatest eras of American music, the era of Swing. BoarsHead Theater, Lansing. Wed.-Sun., through July 8. $25-$40. 517-484-7805. http://www.boarshead.org
Altar Boyz The regional premiere of the “Raise the Praise” tour in which four members of a fictitious boy-band try to save the souls of their audience with their high-energy, rafter-raising tunes. Mason Street Warehouse, Saugatuck. Tue.-Sun., through July 8. $24-$36.50. 269-857-4898. http://www.masonstreetwarehouse.org
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., July 13-14. $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., July 6-28. $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 5-8 & 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., July 13-29. $24-$36.50. 269-857-4898. http://www.masonstreetwarehouse.org
Godspell The Gospel According to St. Matthew gets a whimsical retelling with a score by Stephen Schwartz. Ledges Playhouse, Grand Ledge. Thu.-Sun., through July 8. $15-$17. 517-679-1052. http://www.ledgesplayhouse.com
High School Musical Disney’s phenomenally popular TV movie about a jock and a shy, academically gifted girl who share a secret passion for singing comes to life this brand new touring production. Fisher Theatre, Detroit. Tue.-Sun., through July 8. $28-$71. 313-872-1000. http://www.broadwayindetroit.com
Love Person The final workshop production of an original script by Aditi Brennan Kapil that explores communication and love – and the modern tool of e-mail with Sanskrit vs. the American Sign Language. Icarus Falling at the Black Child & Family Institute, Lansing. Fri.-Sat., through July 7. $10. 517-290-4375. http://www.icarusfalling.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., July 13-30. $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:

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe A girl discovers a portal to another world in a mysterious wardrobe in a large empty room. Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sat., through July 7. $5/children; $8/adults. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.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., July 12-22. $5-$7/children; $10-$14/adults. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com

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., July 13-28 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:

ANN ARBOR CIVIC THEATRE – announces auditions for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” July 22-23, 734-971-2228; AVON PLAYERS – will hold an open house July 14 for anyone seeking information about becoming a member of the group, 248-608-9077; AVON PLAYERS – will hold auditions for “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” July 14-15, 248-608-9077; GEM THEATRE – Dana Gamarra, Steve Nesbitt and Noah Lee have been nominated for a 2007 Rose Award by the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitor Bureau. Congratulations!; MICHIGAN OPERA THEATRE – is once again offering Learning at the Opera House with a full lineup of summertime educational programs in a wide variety of topics, 313-237-3270.

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