Theater Events for the period June 23 – July 2

By |2005-06-23T09:00:00-04:00June 23rd, 2005|Uncategorized|
Professional Theater:

And The Winner Is An Oscar-nominated Hollywood actor wakes up in a strange bar where time has no meaning and where nothing is as it seems. Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea. Wed.-Sun. June 23-Aug. 27. $17.50-32.50. 734-433-7673. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org.
Hannibal of the Alps A play that chronicles young Langston Hughes’ early struggles to sort out the ambiguities that plagued his heritage, his heart and his talent. Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sun. Through June 26. $17. 313-868-1347. http://www.detroitreptheatre.com.
Menopause The Musical A joyful musical parody about four women who have nothing in common except a certain shared experience! Gem Theatre, Detroit. Tue.-Sun. Open run. $39.50. 313-963-9800. http://www.gemtheatre.com.
Now That I Can Dance-Motown 1962 An original musical by Mosaic Youth Theatre that chronicles the rise of Motown and its first girl group, the Marvelettes. TreeTown Festival of Music and Dance at Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun. June 23-26. $20. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org.
Peter Pan Cathy Rigby makes her farewell performance in the beloved adventure of the three Darling children who discover magic and wonder in Never Land. Broadway Theatre Guild at DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids. Tue.-Sun. Through June 26. $32-$76. 616-235-6285. http://www.broadwaytheatreguild.org.
Repertoire A one-night only fundraiser for The Children’s Theatre Network that features the Network’s most popular performers singing their most beloved musical works. TreeTown Festival of Music and Dance at Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Saturday, July 2 only. $45. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org.
The Thing About Men The hit off-Broadway musical that asks, “What would you do if you were having an affair and discovered your spouse was, too?” Mason Street Warehouse, Saugatuck. Tues.-Sun. Through July 10. $27.50-$30. 269-857-4898. http://www.masonstreetwarehouse.org.
The Tribute to Frank, Sammy, Joey & Dean The Rat Pack returns in a fast-paced theatrical musical play in which those misbehaving but loveable guys are sent back from heaven to do just one more show. City Theatre, Detroit. Tue.-Sun. Extended through July 17. $35.50 & $39.50. 313-872-1000. http://www.nederlanderdetroit.com.
The World Over A grand adventure filled with pirates, magic spells, nations at war, storms at sea and seven actors playing almost 40 different roles. BlackBag Productions at the Blackbird Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sat. Through June 25. $5 & $17. 734-332-3848. http://www.blackbirdtheatre.net.

Developmental/Semi-Professional Theater:

The Normal Heart Larry Kramer’s blistering account of America’s apathetic response to the AIDS epidemic that first hit in the early 1980s. A benefit for MAPP by Who Wants Cake at the First United Methodist Church, Ferndale. Wed.-Fri. Through June 24. $15. 248-545-1435. http://www.aidsprevention.org.

Civic/Community Theater:

Macbeth A new vision of the Shakespeare classic set in a neo-modernist 20s-era. Sunsets with Shakespeare. June 23-26 & June 30-July 4 at Valley Court Park, East Lansing and July 7-10 at Nancy L. Moore Park, Okemos. Free admission; $2 suggested donation. http://www.sunsetswithshakespeare.com.
My Romance Ninety-minutes of cabaret-style songs about love and romance. Stagecrafters at Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak. Fri.-Sat. June 24-25. $15, includes desserts and coffee/soft drinks. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.org.

Theater for Young Audiences

Beauty and the Beast A timeless tale of a beautiful young woman who sees the beauty inside all others. Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. June 22-25, June 28-July 1 & July 5-9. $8. 313-577-2972. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu/t_hilberry.html.
Huckleberry Finn Young Huck Finn floats down the Mississippi River and faces adventure and danger. Avon Players Youth Theater. Thu.-Sun. June 23-26. $8. 248-608-9077. http://www.avonplayers.org.

Improvisation/Late Night/Interactive/Dinner Theater:

Get a Clue! Interactive Musical Murder Mysteries Board a train, eat dinner and solve a murder mystery, all in one evening! Random Acts on the Old Road Murder Mystery Dinner Train, Charlotte. Every Saturday through July 30. $57.95, includes dinner and show. 888-726-8277. http://www.random-acts.net.
Improv Inferno A new comedy lounge in Downtown Ann Arbor with five nights of fun: “The Ladies Show: The Breast Show in Town” and “Super Fun Karaoke” hit the stage on Wednesday nights; Thursday hosts “Catfight” & “High Octane”; Friday and Saturday features “The Damnation Game,” and at Midnight, “The X Show”; “Get Up! Stand Up!” and “The Sweet Spot with Eye Candy” close the week on Sunday. $5-$10. 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. Planet Ant, Hamtramck. Every Monday. $5. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
The Reality Buffet Short plays selected by the audience are based upon the lives, perspectives and experiences of Detroit’s acting and improv communities. Motoprism at the Improv Inferno, Ann Arbor. Every Sunday. $10. 734-214-7080. http://www.improvinferno.com.
Storm Warning An independent and hot-tempered big band chart writer visits a lakeside retreat looking for solitude and finds much more. StarBrite Presents Dinner Theater at the 14th Street Grille and Bar, Madison Heights. Fri.-Sat. Through June 25. Tickets: $39.50, includes three-course dinner. 248-589-9900. http://www.starbriteprod.com.

AUDITIONS & CLASSES:

MATRIX THEATRE COMPANY – offering really cool youth camps throughout the month of July, 313-967-0999.

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