And Then They Came For Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank An extraordinary multimedia play that weaves live performances and videotaped interviews with holocaust survivors. Presented Wednesday through Sunday at Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester Hills, March 16 – April 10. Tickets: $20 – $36. 248-377-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.com.
Boomtown 1925 An original play about five women from five different cultures in the Jazz-filled mid-1920s who choose Southwest Detroit as their home. Presented Thursday through Sunday by the Matrix Theatre Company, Detroit, through March 20. Tickets: $15. 313-967-0999. http://matrixtheatre.org.
Death of a Salesman Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning drama about the downward spiral of a simple, flawed man whose time has come and gone. Performed in Repertory at the Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, through March 24. Tickets: $15 – $22. (313) 577-2960. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu/t”hilberry.html.
Far Side of the Moon A wildly innovative one-man theater piece that weaves together superficially disparate story lines into one of the most compelling theatrical explorations of our time. Presented by the University Musical Society at the Power Center for the Performing Arts, Ann Arbor, March 10 – 14 only. Tickets: $26 – $42. 734-764-2538. http://www.ums.org.
Henry IV, Part I The recently-crowned king faces challenges that threaten his territory and the future of the throne. Performed in Repertory at the Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, through May 5. Tickets: $15 – $22. (313) 577-2960. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu/t”hilberry.html.
I Hate Hamlet The ghost of legendary actor John Barrymore moves back into his old home to groom an actor reluctant to play the title role on “Hamlet.” Performed in Repertory at the Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, through March 24. Tickets: $15 – $22. (313) 577-2960. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu/t”hilberry.html.
Intimate Apparel At the dawn of the 20th century, an African American woman’s gift for sewing catapults her to independence, but at what cost? Presented Thursday through Sunday at the Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit, through March 20. Tickets: $17. 313-868-1347. http://www.detroitreptheatre.com.
The Last Yankee & 74 Georgia Avenue Two one-act plays, one by Arthur Miller and the other by Murray Schisgal, continue the celebration of plays written by great Jewish authors. Staged Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday by the Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company at the Aaron DeRoy Theater, West Bloomfield, March 16 – April 17. Tickets: $25 – $37. 248-788-2900. http://www.jettheatre.org.
Late Night Catechism II The Good Sister returns with overhead projectors, mimeographed handouts and felt banners to conduct her class in historical facts, hysterical insights and convulsive laughs. Presented Tuesday through Sunday at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Stage II, Clinton Twp., through March 20. Tickets: $30. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com.
Menopause The Musical A joyful musical parody about four women who have nothing in common except a certain shared experience! Presented Tuesday through Sunday at the Gem Theatre, Detroit, for an open run. Tickets: $39.50. 313-963-9800.http://www.gemtheatre.com.
Norma & Wanda A world-premiere comedy by Jeff Daniels in which two very different sisters get themselves into an outrageous pickle with an old boyfriend, a chaotic church social and a secret family recipe. Presented Wednesday through Sunday at the Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea, through March 19. Tickets: $17.50 – $32.50. 734-433-7673. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org. Suggested for mature audiences.
The Phantom of the Opera A masked figure lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House and exercises a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. Presented Tuesday through Sunday at the Masonic Temple Theatre, Detroit, through March 27. Tickets: $18 – $72.50. 313-872-1000. http://www.nederlanderdetroit.com.
The Stillness Between Breaths The death of their father threatens to tear apart three tightly knit Irish siblings. A World Premiere production presented Thursday through Sunday at Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor, through April 10. Tickets: $20 – $34.50. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org.
The Story An African American journalist breaks the story of the murder of a white inner-city school teacher, but when her credentials come under scrutiny, the plot takes a ripped-from-the-headlines turn. Presented Wednesday through Sunday at the BoarsHead Theatre, Lansing, through March 13. Tickets: $25 – $30. 517-484-7805. http://www.boarshead.org.
True West A screenwriter’s life is turned upside down when his recluse brother shows up for an untimely visit. Presented Friday and Saturday by the Detroit Ensemble Theatre, Roseville, March 11 – 26, plus Sunday, March 20. Tickets: $15. 888-220-8471. http://www.detroitensembletheatre.com.
Two Rooms When an American is taken hostage in Beirut, his wife at home strips his office to symbolically share his ordeal. Staged Thursday through Saturday by Breathe Art Theatre Project at 1515 Broadway, Detroit, March 10 – 19. Tickets: $18. 313-965-1515.
Usher A new alternative take on the Poe classic “The Fall of The House of Usher” that explores themes of identity and incorporates live music. Presented Thursday through Sunday at Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck, March 11 – April 10. Tickets: $10 – $15. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
The Way of the World A Restoration Comedy that celebrates and lampoons the excesses of the fops and the rakes, the witty and the witless and Lady Wishfort who swoons for anything in breeches. Staged Thursday through Sunday by the Michigan Classical Repertory Theatre at Copeland Hall, Dexter, March 17 – 20 only; then at Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti, April 7 – 17. Tickets: $18. 734-214-6600. http://www.mcrt.org.
Anna Lucasta An unforgiving father sets a vengeful plan in motion to remind his daughter of her squalid past and destroy her future forever. Staged Friday through Sunday by Wayne State University’s Black Theatre Program Production at the Bonstelle Theatre, Detroit, through March 13. Tickets: $12. 313-577-2960. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu/t”bonstelle.html.
Louise Heck-Rabi Dramatic Writing Competition Three student-written plays, workshopped throughout the school year by Wayne State’s Departments of Theatre and English, will be presented: “The Brutelles” by Ian Drife, “Cutting In” by Andrew Huff and “Just Enough Time” by Tony Bozzuto. Presented Thursday through Saturday at the Hilberry Studio Theatre, Detroit, through March 12. Tickets: Free. 313-577-2972. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu/t”studio.html.
Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches A provocative look at AIDS, the gay experience and the political landscape of the 1980s. A Stagecrafters’ 2nd Stage production presented at the Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak, March 11 – 12. Tickets: $12. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.org.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum The streets of ancient Rome are paved with tragedy tomorrow and comedy tonight. Staged by the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre at the Civic Auditorium, Kalamazoo, March 18 – 19, 24 – 26 & March 31 – April 3. Tickets: $15 – $21. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com.
Ladies of the Camellias A hilarious farce about life in the theatre that features an imagined encounter between Sarah Bernhardt and Eleonora Duse. Staged Thursday through Saturday by Actors’ Theater at Spectrum Theater, Grand Rapids, March 17 – 26. Tickets: $20. 616-234-3946.http://www.actorsatspectrum.org.
Proof A young woman who has spent her life caring for her brilliant and unstable father questions how much of her father’s genius and madness she has inherited. Presented by St. Dunstan’s Guild of Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills, March 11 – 13 & 17 – 19. Tickets: $15. 248-644-0527. http://www.stdunstanstheatre.com.
Red Hot Mamas A husband and wife unknowingly invite their mothers-in-law to come live with them, but do the older women want to live by the new house rules? Staged Friday through Sunday by SRO productions at the Burgh, Southfield, through March 13. Tickets: $10. (248) 796-4650.
Steel Magnolias When the ladies of Chinquapin, LA gather at Truvy’s Beauty Salon, hair isn’t the only thing that gets teased and fixed. Presented Friday through Sunday by the Avon Players, Rochester Hills, through March 19. Tickets: $14. 248-608-9077. http://www.avonplayers.org.
The Wiz Ease on down the road for a musical update to the classic Baum tale. Presented Friday through Sunday by the Park Players, Detroit, through March 19. Ticket prices vary. 313-835-1103.
Theater for Young Audiences:
Cinderella The classic fairy tale as told through the music and songs by Rodgers and Hammerstein. Staged by the Marshall Civic Players at the Franke Center for the Arts, Marshall, March 11 – 13 & 17 – 20. Tickets: $8/students, $15/adults. 269-781-3335. http://www.marshallcivicplayers.org.
The Diary of Anne Frank The life of a brave, young girl in this new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman. Staged by the Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company at the Detroit Institute of Arts Theater, Detroit, March 13 only. Tickets: $7/children, $12 adults. 248-788-2900. http://www.jettheatre.org.
Ferdinand the Bull A bi-lingual musical about a bull that would rather smell flowers than become a famous Toro in the bullfighting ring and a young man who would rather become a dancer than a bullfighter. Staged by the Children’s Theatre Network at Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor, March 19 only. Tickets: $$7/children; $10 adults. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org.
Michal Lee and Opus Mime in Stories Beyond Words With the bodies of gymnasts, amazing artists create entire worlds without words, but with plenty of laughs and imagination! Staged by Flint Youth Theatre at Bower Theater, Flint, March 19 only. Tickets: $8/children, $10 adults. 810-237-1530. http://www.flinttheatre.com.
The Musical Tale of Peter Rabbit Everyone’s favorite bunny learns it’s better to be good than bad! Staged by the Bits ‘N Pieces Puppet Theatre at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp, march 19 only. Tickets: $10. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com.
Night of the Pterodactyls Carly is obsessed by dinosaurs, but Whit becomes obsessed with Carly; see what happens when a nest of pterodactyl eggs is found and becomes a media sensation! Presented by the Civic Youth Theatre, Kalamazoo, March 11 – 13 & 17 – 19. Tickets: Tickets: $5/children, $6.50 adults. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com.
The Phantom of the Opera A musical adaptation of the classic tale crafted especially for young people. Staged by TheaterworksUSA for Youtheatre at the Millennium Centre, Southfield, March 19 & 20 only. Tickets: $8. 248-557-7529. http://www.youtheatre.org.
Purim Shpiel A classical rod puppet show based on the Story of Esther from the Bible. Presented every Saturday in March at PuppetART, Detroit. Tickets: $5/children, $7/adults. 313-961-7777. www.puppetart.org.
The Shape of a Girl A personal, yet universal, story about bullying and its implications. Staged by the Green Thumb Theatre for Young People at the Bower Theater, Flint, March 14 only. Tickets: $5. 810-237-1530. http://www.flintyouththeatre.com.
Improvisation/Late Night/Interactive/Dinner Theater:
Fabula Rasa A famous choreographer loses his jacket, wife, species and gender in a journey through death and deification. Staged late night Thursday through Saturday by Ellopsis Theatre Ensemble at the Mosh Pit Theatre, Ann Arbor, March 16 – 19 only. Tickets: $10. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org.
Improv Inferno A new comedy lounge in Downtown Ann Arbor with five nights of fun: Karaoke is featured on Wednesday nights; Thursday hosts The March Improv Madness Invitational Tournament; Friday and Saturday features “The Damnation Game,” and at Midnight, “The X Show”; and open mike night rules on Sunday with “Get Up Stand Up.” Tickets: $5 – $10. 734-214-7080.http://www.improvinferno.com.
Lend Me a Tenor The Cleveland Opera Company frantically rushes to open its production of “Otello” after its problematic star unexpectedly dies. Staged Friday and Saturday by Square River Productions at Wyndgate Country Club, Rochester Hills, through March 19. Tickets: $60, includes dinner and dessert. 586-291-6676.http://www.squareriver.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. Presented every Monday night (except holidays) at Planet Ant, Hamtramck. Tickets: $5. 313-365-4948.http://www.planetant.com.
My Romance Ninety-minutes of cabaret-style songs about love and romance performed by five featured singers. Staged by Stagecrafters at beautiful Baldwin Theatre, Royal oak, march 18 & 19 only. Tickets: $15, includes desserts and coffee/soft drinks. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.org.
The Reality Buffet Short plays selected by the audience are based upon the lives, perspectives and experiences of Detroit’s acting and improv communities. Staged every Sunday evening by Motoprism at the Matrix Theatre, Detroit. Tickets: $10. 313-967-0999. http://www.matrixtheatre.org.
Smell of the Kill A trio of dissatisfied suburban housewives must consider how desperate they are when their three miserable husbands become locked in a freezer. Staged Friday and Saturday by StarBrite Dinner Theater at the 14th Street Grille and Bar, Madison Heights, through April 2. Tickets: $39.50, includes three-course dinner. 248-589-9900. http://www.starbriteprod.com.
Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding In interactive Italian wedding and reception in which the audience intermingles with the performers. Staged every Saturday by the Detroit Actors Guild at the Ralph A. Liberato Hall at Freedom Hill, Sterling Heights, through March 12. Tickets: $60, which includes a full Italian style dinner by Andiamo’s. 586-268-7820. http://www.freedomhill.net.
AUDITIONS, NOTICES AND CLASSES:
Flint City Theatre – Shakespeare’s Folio Workshop, March 19, 810-341-6912; Flint City Theatre – “Richard III,” March 15, 810-341-6912; Ann Arbor Civic Theatre – “Cabaret,” March 20 & 21, 734-971-2228; SRO Productions – “Office Hours,” March 14 & 15, 248-827-0710.