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Theater Events for the period March 13-22, 2008

By | 2008-03-13T09:00:00-04:00 March 13th, 2008|Entertainment|
PROFESSIONAL THEATER/OPERA:

A Man of No Importance The Oscar Wilde classic gets a modern-day update by writer/director Mike McGettigan. Fevered Egos Entertainment at Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Through March 15. $15. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com
American Buffalo David Mamet pits friendship and honor against money and power in his commentary about the nature of humanity and capitalism in America. The Abreact at the Zeitgeist Gallery and Performance Space, Detroit. Fri.-Sat., through March 15. $10. 313-247-5270. http://www.theabreact.com
As You Like It One of Shakespeare’s “marriage” comedies, guest directed by former Stratford Shakespeare Festival director Dean Gabourie. Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in rotating repertory through April 12. $20-$30. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com
Biloxi Blues On a train headed to boot camp during World War II, 20-year-old Eugene Morris Jerome tries to understand his reactions to the world around him. Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in rotating repertory through March 22. $20-$30. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com
Caution: This is How It’s Caught An original production by the Young Playwrights group that looks at the spread of HIV and AIDS among teenagers in Detroit. Matrix Theatre, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., through March 16. $15. 313-967-0999. http://www.matrixtheatre.org
Ceremonies in Dark Old Men An aging patriarch of a fractured family struggles to hold on to memories of his heyday. Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., through March 16. $17-$20. 313-868-1347. http://www.detroitreptheatre.com
The Cripple of Inishmaan A strange comic tale in the tradition of Irish storytelling about a community that learns a Hollywood director is making a movie on an island next to theirs. An Off the Press staged reading at the Flint Youth Theatre, Flint. Sun., March 16. $5. 810-237-1530. http://www.flintyouththeatre.com
Doubt An uptight nun at a Catholic grade school suspects a priest of inappropriate behavior with one of the schoolboys. Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., through April 6. $25-$37. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org
Elaine Stritch At Liberty The Emmy and Tony Award-winning Detroit native returns home with her one-woman show that candidly recounts her career. Jazz Cafe at the historic Music Hall, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., March 14-16. $75. 313-887-8501. http://www.musichall.org
Hate Mail What happens when an angst-filled artist working at a gift shop in New York receives a complaint letter from a Midwestern spoiled rich kid? Williamston Theatre, Williamston. Previews March 13 ($15); runs Thu.-Sun., March 14-30. $18-$24. 517-655-7469. http://www.williamstontheatre.org
Jesus Christ Superstar The groundbreaking theatrical masterpiece returns to the Motor City for a brief visit. Fox Theatre, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., through March 16. $22-$69. 313-471-6611. http://www.olympiaentertainment.com
Menopause The Musical Detroit’s longest running show returns for a fun-filled engagement. The Historic Gem Theatre, Detroit. Wed.-Sun., through April 6. $39.95. 313-963-9800. http://www.gemtheatre.com
The Master Builder Henrik Ibsen’s tragic meditation on guilt, love, fear, betrayal and desperation. Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in rotating repertory through May 17. $20-$30. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com
Moonlight and Magnolias Three icons of the film industry battle over how to save what became of one of the greatest movies ever made, “Gone With The Wind.” Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester. March 19-April 13. $22-$38. 248-377-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.com
Smucker’s Stars on Ice America’s premier figure skating tour proudly presents “Live and In Color.” The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills. Sat., March 15. $25 and up. 248-377-0100. http://www.palacenet.com
Twelve Angry Men Twelve jurors are corralled in a room to consider the fate of a young delinquent awaiting sentencing for the manslaughter of his aggressive father. Broadway Grand Rapids at DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids. Wed.-Sun., March 19-23. $32-$67. 616-235-6285. http://www.bwaygr.org
Weekend Comedy Two couples rent the same Catskills cabin for the same weekend by mistake and decide to share it. Broadway Onstage, Eastpointe. Fr.-Sat. & select Sun., through March 29 (except no performances Easter weekend). $16. 586-771-6333. http://www.broadwayonstage.com
Women’s Minyan A mother of 12 who is denied the right to ever see her children seeks justice through a reluctant quorum of women from their orthodox community. Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company at the DeRoy Theatre on the campus of the Jewish Community Center, West Bloomfield. Previews March 18-20 & 22; runs Wed., Thu., Sat. & Sun., March 22-April 13. $29-$39. 248-788-2900. http://www.jettheatre.org

COMMUNITY/CIVIC THEATER:

The Cemetery Club Three Jewish widows who meet once a month for tea and a visit to their husbands’ graves meet a butcher at the cemetery who throws their friendship into disarray. Avon Players, Rochester Hills. Fri.-Sat., through March 15. $14. 248-608-9077. http://www.avonplayers.org
The Cemetery Club It’s funny, it’s fabulous and it’s totally Kosher: a play about widowhood filled with humor and pathos. St. Dunstan’s Guild of Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills. Thu.-Sat., through March 15. $16. 248-737-3587. http://www.stdunstanstheatre.com
Enchanted April Four dissimilar ladies in post-WWI England go on a holiday to a secluded villa in Italy and find rejuvenation in the tranquil beauty of their surroundings. The Players Guild of Dearborn, Dearborn. Fri.-Sun., through March 16. $15. 313-561-8587. http://www.playersguildofdearborn.org
Family Love An original musical about an all-American family that encounters problems and conflicts that threaten the stability of the family. Repertory Theatre of Hope Inc. at the Paul Robeson Theatre, located at the Northwest Activities Center, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., through March 23. $15-$20. 248-356-1020, ext. 116. http://www.repertorytheatreofhope.com
Father Bingo Everyone can be a winner in this musical comedy about a parish priest who fights to save his parish and a mayor who tries to win the hearts of his voters. Novi Theatres at Novi Middle School Auditorium, Novi. Fri.-Sat., through March 15. $18. 248-347-0400. http://www.novitheatres.com
Flowers for Algernon A mentally-challenged man participates in an experimental treatment that could change his life forever. Lansing Civic Players at the Hannah Community Center, East Lansing. Fri.-Sun., through March 16. $15. 517-484-9191. http://www.lansingcivicplayers.org
The Odd Couple Best pals become the most mismatched roommates in the history of theater. Kalamazoo Civic Theatre in the Civic Auditorium, Kalamazoo. March 13-16 & 21-22. $15-$20. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com
Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller A musical revue that features 40 hit tunes by the popular song-writing team. The Park Players at the North Rosedale Park Community House, Detroit. Fri.-Sat., through March 15. $16-$22. 313-835-1103. http://theparkplayers.tripod.com
Thunder at Dawn Soldiers near Golgotha meet at a bar called The Rusty Nail during the weekend of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. A Black Box presentation of Riverwalk Theatre at Creole Gallery, in Old Town Lansing. March 14-16 & 20-22. $12. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY THEATER:

The Blue Room A series of inter-connected scenes that explores the power struggle and sexual dynamics between characters of different backgrounds. MSU Dept. of Theatre’s Second Stage in the Auditorium Arena Theatre, East Lansing. Fri.-Sun., through March 16. $7. 517-432-3426. http://www.theatre.msu.edu
The Exonerated A dramatic compilation of true-life stories told through the eyes of death-row inmates who were eventually proven innocent. EMU Theatre at the Sponberg Theatre, Ypsilanti. Wed.-Sun., through March 16. $15. 734-487-2282. http://www.emich.edu/cta/ted
Jane Eyre Ethical dilemmas exposed with exceptional power in this much-loved romantic drama. LCC Performing Arts Dept. at Dart Auditorium, Lansing. March 21-22 & 28-30. 517-483-1488. http://www.lcc.edu

THEATER FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES:

The Jungle Book, The Musical A musical adaptation of Kipling’s beloved stories. Ann Arbor Civic Theatre’s Junior Theatre at Washtenaw Community College’s Towsley Auditorium, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., through March 16. $8/adults, $5/students. 734-971-2228. http://www.a2ct.org
Mega Masks and Friendly Monsters A world of fantasy and magic in a multi-monster presentation. Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Sat., March 22. $10/adults; $7/children. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Stanley Lambchop is your normal, everyday kid until one day he wakes up flat! Music Hall, Detroit. Sun., March 16. $17/adults; $7/children. 313-887-8500. http://www.musichall.org
The Velveteen Rabbit The chronicles of a stuffed rabbit and his quest to become real. Thebes Players at Lowell High School Performing Arts Center, Lowell. Fri.-Sun., through March 16. $8/adults, $6 students. 616-897-8545. http://www.lowellartscouncil.org

IMPROV/LATE NIGHT/INTERACTIVE/DINNER THEATER:

‘Hillaryarious’ or ‘Barack And Roll’ Run away from the political circus with West Michigan’s popular improv troupe. Crawlspace Eviction at the Whole Art Studio, Kalamazoo. Fri.-Sat., March 21-22. $10. 269-599-7390. http://www.crawlspaceeviction.com
Improv at the Point An evening of off-the-cuff comedy features rotating casts of the best improv talent in Metro Detroit. Every first and third Tuesday of the month at the Tipping Point Theatre, Northville. $8. 248-347-0003. http://www.tippingpointtheatre.org
Love Letters An encore run of A.R. Gurney’s romantic comedy featuring two characters reading the letters they’ve exchanged throughout their lives. StarBrite Dinner Theater at the Uptown Eatery, Southfield. Fri.-Sun., through May 18. $39.95/Fri.-Sat.; $36.95/Sun. All prices include three-course meal, show and tax. 248-423-1452. http://www.starbriteprod.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
On Parenting Ever think about having kids? A fresh, new comedy that takes a microscopic look at what makes a family. Late Night at Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Thu.-Sat. at 10:30 p.m., through March 15. $5. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com

AUDITIONS & CLASSES:

BOARSHEAD THEATER – is holding auditions for its 2008-09 season, March 17-18, 517-484-5700, ext. 111; FLINT YOUTH THEATRE DRAMA SCHOOL – is registering students ages 3 through grade 12 for its Spring Term that begins March 25, 810-237-1530; KALAMAZOO CIVIC THEATRE – is holding auditions for its Senior Class Reader’s Theatre production of “Look Homeward, Angel,” March 30-31, 269-343-2280; PERFORMANCE NETWORK THEATRE – is seeking hard-working college theater graduates as apprentices for the 42-week period beginning this June, 734-663-0681; PLANET ANT FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL – has issued a call-for-entries for its sixth annual festival that begins June 18, 313-365-4948; TIPPING POINT THEATRE – is now registering budding performers entering grades 3-8 for its summertime SHOWcamp that begins July 21, 248-347-0003.

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