Theater Events for the period March 11 – 20

By |2004-03-11T09:00:00-05:00March 11th, 2004|Uncategorized|
Professional Theater:

American Women-The Writings on the Uterine Wall A compelling story of glory, wonder and pain as 30 women from all walks of life share their reproductive war stories. Staged readings presented at the Matrix Theatre Company, Detroit, March 19 & 20 only. Tickets: $8. 248-808-0739.
Boy Gets Girl A chilling tale about romantic assumptions in the urban jungle. Staged Wednesday through Sunday by the Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company at the Aaron DeRoy Theatre, West Bloomfield, through March 21. Tickets: $22 – $32. 248-788-2900. www.jettheatre.org.
David Copperfield: An Evening of Grand Illusion The master magician takes one’s dreams (and maybe a few nightmares) and makes them become reality. Presented at the Fabulous Fox Theatre, Detroit, March 13 & 14 only. Tickets: $29.50 – 49.50. 313-471-6611. www.olympiaentertainment.com.
Echoes of the Earth An ancient adventure through Native American legends reveal the awesome power of nature and the wisdom of our elders. Presented by BoarsHead Young People’s Theater, Lansing, through March 13. Tickets: $6. 517-484-7805. www.boarshead.org.
The Exonerated The real life stories of death-row prisoners who were subsequently found innocent are vividly brought to life. Presented Tuesday through Sunday at the Fisher Theatre, Detroit, through March 14. Tickets: $30 – $50. 313-872-1000. www.nederlanderdetroit.com.
First Night An unmotivated video store clerk and an ex-nun try to rekindle their eighth grade romance. Presented Friday through Sunday by the Detroit Ensemble Theatre, Roseville, through March 21. Tickets: $12. 586-790-5666.
Jesus Christ Superstar The high-energy rock musical follows Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday through his death on Good Friday. Presented at Masonic Temple Theatre, Detroit, through March 14. Tickets: $19.50 – $59.50. 313-872-1000. www.nederlanderdetroit.com.
Kimberly Akimbo An absurdly funny and touching tale about a young girl with a rare disease who discovers love and escapes her unique limitations. Presented Thursday through Sunday at the Performance Network, Ann Arbor, March 11 through April 11. Tickets: $22.50 & $27.50. 734-663-0681. www.performancenetwork.org.
Leaving Iowa A world premiere nostalgic comedy about a middle-aged writer who is searching for the perfect spot to scatter his father’s ashes. Presented Wednesday through Sunday at the Purple Rose Theatre, Chelsea, through March 13. Tickets: $17.50 – $32.50. 734-433-7673. www.purplerosetheatre.org.
Living with the Sevinsens It’s sibling rivalry at its finest as the Sevinsen family’s many dark secrets are plumbed for laughs. Presented Friday through Sunday at Planet Ant, Hamtramck, through March 28. Tickets: $15. 313-365-4948. www.planetant.com.
Lovers and Executioners A gripping and hilarious tale of attempted murder and revenge in 17th century France. Performed in repertory Wednesday through Saturday at the Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, through March 13. Tickets: $12 – $20. 313-577-2972. www.theatre.wayne.edu/t_hilberry.html.
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, March 17 – June 27. Tickets: $39.95. 313-963-9800. www.gemtheatre.com.
The Mikado Britain’s leading touring opera company recreates the original 1885 Gilbert and Sullivan opera using costumes and sets from the 1999 film, “Topsy-Turvy.” Presented at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, Dearborn, March 12 only. Tickets: $29 – $38. 313-943-2350. www.dearbornfordcenter.com; & Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp., March 20. Tickets: $36 – $45. 586-286-2222. www.macombcenter.com.
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel A delightful musical based upon the popular children’s novel. Presented by TheatreworksUSA and Youtheatre at the Millennium Centre, Southfield, March 13 & 14 only. Tickets: $10. 248-557-7529. www.youtheatre.org.
The Robber Bridegroom A rousingly bawdy Southern fairytale musical about a case of double mistaken identity. Staged Thursday through Sunday by The Theatre Company, a mix of student and professional actors, at the McAuley Theatre on the University of Detroit Mercy’s Outer Drive Campus, Detroit, March 19 – April 4. Tickets: $12. 313-993-6461. http://theatre.udmercy.edu.
Saturday Night Fever A streetwise Brooklyn kid boogies to the music of the Bee Gees. Presented at the Stranahan Theater, Toledo, March 18 – 21 only. Tickets: $34 – $40. 419-474-1333. www.stranahantheater.com.
Talking With Eleven funny, frightening and touching monologues feature women who have had bizarre experiences. Presented Wednesday through Sunday at Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester, March 17 – April 11. Tickets: $22 – $38. 248-377-3300. www.mbtheatre.com.
3 Twenty Minute Plays (With Drinking In Between) 2: Another Experiment in Drama Three short plays take theater conventions and reshape and recontextualize them until they are painfully unrecognizable. Presented Friday and Saturday at ZeitGeist Gallery and Performance Venue, Detroit, through March 14. Tickets: $15. 313-965-9192. www.zeitgeistdetroit.org.
Yellowman Childhood friends painfully learn that skin color can divide even the closest friends and communities. Presented Thursday through Sunday by the Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit, through March 21. Tickets: $17. 313-868-1347. www.detroitreptheatre.com.

Developmental/Semi-Professional

Antigone One of the greatest tragedies ever written receives an exciting new adaptation that is faithful to Sophocles, yet clarifies the story for today’s theatergoers. Staged Thursday through Sunday by the Michigan Classical Repertory Theatre at Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti, through March 14. Tickets: $18. 734-477-0000. www.mcrt.org.

Civic/Community Theater:

Blue/Orange An incendiary tale of race and madness about an enigmatic patient at a psychiatric hospital claims to be the son of an African dictator. Presented by the Flint City Theatre, Flint, March 18 – 21 & 26 – 28. Tickets: $5. 810-341-6912. www.flintcitytheatre.com.
Boy Gets Girl A simple date that lights no sparks should end there√Čbut doesn’t. Staged Thursday through Saturday by Actors’ Theatre at Spectrum Theater, Grand Rapids, March 18 – 27. Tickets: $20. 616-234-3946. www.actorsatspectrum.org.
Cheaper by the Dozen The joys and challenges of raising a family of 12 children in the 1920s. Staged by Stagecrafters at the historic Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak, March 19 – 21, 25 – 28, 30 & April 1 – 4. Tickets: $12 – $16. 248-541-6430. www.stagecrafters.org.
Deathtrap A successful writer of Broadway thrillers has suffered a long dry spell, but when a well-written script is submitted for his approval, interesting events occur! Presented Friday through Sunday by Avon Players, Rochester, through March 20. Tickets: $14. www.avonplayers.org.
Jeffrey A gay actor/waiter finds the pursuit of love to be the number one preoccupation of his times. Presented by Whole Art Theater, Kalamazoo, March 12 – 13, 18 – 21 & 26 – 27. Tickets: $12. 269-345-7529. www.wholeart.org.
The King and I A British teacher and the King of Siam come to terms with their differences and dance all night. Staged by the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre at the Civic Auditorium, Kalamazoo, March 19 – 20, 25 – 28 & April 1 – 3. Tickets: $15 – $19. 269-343-1313. www.kazoocivic.com.
My Fair Lady A cockney flower girl and an upper crust British bachelor make beautiful music together. Staged Thursday through Sunday by the Marshall Civic Players at the Marshall Center for the Arts, Marshall, March 18 – 28. Tickets: $15. 269-781-3335. www.marshallcivicplayers.org.
Night and Her Stars Playwright Richard Greenberg examines the ethics, greed and deception behind the television quiz show scandal of the 1950s. Presented Friday through Sunday by Birmingham Village Players, Birmingham, March 12 – 21. Tickets: $15. 248-644-2075. www.birminghamvillageplayers.com.
Rumors Neil Simon’s first true farce finds four couples in the middle of a crisis. Presented Friday through Sunday by The Curtain Up Theatre Company at the Richmond Center for the Performing Arts, Richmond, through March 14. Tickets: $10. 586-771-3536. www.curtainuptheatre.org.
The Vast Difference An airline steward trying to decide whether to have a vasectomy encounters others who shed light on the male experience. Presented by St. Dunstan’s Guild of Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills, March 12 – 13, 19 – 21 & 25 – 27. Tickets: $13. 248-644-0527. www.stdunstanstheatre.com.
Weekend Comedy Two totally different couples rent the same Catskills cabin for the same weekend by mistake√Čand the battles begin. Presented Friday through Sunday by the Farmington Players, Farmington Hills, March 12 – 21. Tickets: $13. 248-553-2955. www.farmingtonplayers.org.

Improvisational/Interactive Theater:

Best of Second City The undisputed master of improvisational comedy takes its show on the road. Presented Wednesday through Saturday at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts. Clinton Twp., through March 13. Tickets: $23 – $28. 586-286-2222. www.macombcenter.com.
Best of Second City Touring Company A brand new best-of Second City show continues the celebration of 10 years of comedy in Detroit. Presented every Sunday at Second City Detroit. Tickets: $12. 313-965-2222. www.olympiaentertainment.com.
The Soapranos An interactive comedy that spoofs TV’s most celebrated crime boss and his family. Presented by the New York Dinner Theater at Castello Di Bologna, Lake Orion, March 13 and Club Monte Carlo, Utica, March 20. Tickets: $49.95 includes dinner, show and dancing. 800-383-6080.
Ten Some of the most hilarious scenes of the past 10 years are assembled in a retrospective that celebrates the best of Second City – Detroit. Presented every Wednesday through Sunday at Second City – Detroit. Tickets: $15 & $20. 313-965-2222. www.olympiaentertainment.com.

AUDITIONS:

Village Players – “The Recruiting Officer,” March 28 & 30, 248-644-2075; Ann Arbor Civic Theatre – “75th Anniversary Gala,” March 27 & 28, 734-484-6015; Marshall Civic Players – “Forever Plaid,” April 8 & 9, 269-781-3125.

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