Theater Events for the period March 16-25

By |2006-03-16T09:00:00-05:00March 16th, 2006|Uncategorized|
Professional Theater/Opera:

Adult Entertainment A Yale graduate helps a group of second rate porn stars set out to make artistic and profitable adult movies. Icarus Falling at Creole Gallery, Lansing. Fri.-Sat., March 24-April 1. $10. 517-290-4375. http://www.icarusfalling.com.
Antony and Cleopatra A brave Roman general becomes captivated with the beautiful Queen of Egypt. The Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in repertory through May 4. $15-$28. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com.
David Copperfield: An Intimate Evening of Grand Illusion An interactive evening of illusion that blurs the line between magic and reality. The Fabulous Fox Theatre, Detroit. Fri.-Sat., March 17-18. $29.50-$59.50. 313-471-6611. http://www.olympiaentertainment.com.
Devour the Snow The ultimate struggle of man versus nature plays out in a riveting courtroom drama set in the spring of 1847. Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester. Previews March 15-17; runs Wed.-Sun., March 18-April 9. $20-$36. 248-477-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.com.
A Doll’s House Henrik Ibsen’s legendary drama of identity and escape. Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Previews March 16-19 & 23; runs Thu.-Sun., March 24-April 23. $20-$36. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org.
Electra Sophocles’ classic tale of a woman seeking revenge for the death of her father. The Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in repertory through March 23. $20-$28. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com.
Going to St. Ives The mother of a dictator questions the very nature of her own motherhood. Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., through Mar. 19. $17. 313-868-1347. http://www.detroitreptheatre.com.
Guest Artist A funny and poignant story about a young man who comes face to face with his hero and explores the tangled relationship between the dreams of youth and the wisdom of age. Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea. Wed.-Sun., through March 18. $20-$35. 734-433-7673. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch The outrageous and sexy cult favorite crosses more than the Detroit/Windsor border. Breathe Art Theatre Project at 1515 Broadway, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., through March 26. $20. 313-965-1515. http://www.breathearttheatre.com.
Homelands: Detroit’s Crises and Hope The Michigan Central Train Depot is the point of departure for a wilde ride through Detroit’s tumultuous history. Matrix Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., through April 2. $15. 313-967-0999. http://www.matrixtheatre.org.
Jerks at Warp Speed An original, otherworldly sci-fi comedy incorporating video, special effects and string theory. Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Thu.-Sun., through March 19. $15. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
The Male Intellect: New and Improved (with 60% more Truth) Robert Dubac returns with a new spin on his quest to uncover the truth about men and women. City Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., March 23-April 30. $24.50-$29.50. 313-471-6611. http://www.olympiaentertainment.com.
Menopause The Musical The hilarious musical set in Bloomingdales returns for its third sizzling year. Century Theatre, Detroit. Every Tue.-Sun. $39.50. 313-963-9800. http://www.gemtheatre.com.
Norma & Wanda Jeff Daniels’ deliciously wicked comedy about two very different sisters returns, but at a new location. Gem Theatre, Detroit. Every Tue.-Sun. $34.50-$39.50. 313-963-9800. http://www.gemtheatre.com.
Pantomime A comedic look at racial politics in the Caribbean. A co-production of Plowshares Theatre Company and BoarsHead Theater at BoarsHead Theater, Lansing. Wed.-Sun., through March 19. $25-$33. 517-484-7805. http://www.boarshead.org.
Pretty Fire A charming story of a young African-American girl growing up told in five autobiographical vignettes. Plowshares Theatre Company at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit. Previews March 23; runs Thu., Sat. & Sun., March 25-April 16, plus Fri., April 7. $17.50-$25. 313-872-0279.
Sly Fox Two swindlers set about to rob from the rich to give to themselves in turn-of-the-century San Francisco. The Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in repertory through March 30. $15-$28. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com.
Stomp The international percussion sensation returns. Cobb Great Hall at Wharton Center, East Lansing. Fri.-Sun., March 17-19. $25-$45. 517-432-2000. http://www.whartoncenter.com.
Three Mo’ Tenors A celebration of the versatility of African-American tenors. Fisher Theatre, Detroit. Tue.-Sun., through March 26. $27.50-$57.50. 313-872-1000. http://www.nederlanderdetroit.com.
The Vast Difference A staged reading of Jeff Daniels’ beloved comedy that features some of the original cast. Williamston Theatre Project, Williamston. Sat., March 25. $5. 517-655-7469. http://williamstontheatre.org.
Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two Woman Show A mixture of stand-up comedy and life observations by two of America’s funniest women. Charlote Performing Arts Center, Charlotte. Fri., March 24. $40. 517-541-5690. http://www.cpacpresents.com.
The Will Rogers Follies A musical extravaganza that celebrates the life of the famed folk hero, performer and philosopher. Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp. Fri.-Sat., March 17-18. $40-$45. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com.
Working The American workday is explored in this musical based upon a book of interviews by Studs Terkel. The University of Detroit Mercy Theatre Company, a mixture of professional actors and college students, at Marygrove College Theatre, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., March 24-April 2. $16. 313-993-3270. http://theatre.udmercy.edu.

Civic/Community Theater:

Boston Marriage A wickedly funny comedy about two scheming “women of fashion” who lived together on the fringes of upper-class society. Whole Art Theater, Kalamazoo. Fri.-Sat., March 24-April 16. $14. 269-345-7529. http://www.wholeart.org.
Cats The feline musical that families seem to love. Kalamazoo Civic Theatre at the Civic Auditorium, Kalamazoo. Thu.-Sun., through March 19. $15. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com.
Dirty Blonde A romantic comedy with music about the unlikely courtship of two fans who meet at Mae West’s gravesite. Kalamazoo Civic Theatre at the Suzanne D. Parish Theatre, Kalamazoo. March 16-19, 24-25 & March 31-April 1. $13. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com.
Elizabeth Rex A fictitious meeting between Shakepeare’s acting troupe and Queen Elizabeth I. Actors’ Theatre at Spectrum Theatre, Grand Rapids. Thu.-Sat., March 23-April 1. $23. 616-234-3946. http://www.actorsatspectrum.org.
Evita The musical life story of larger-than-life Eva Peron. Marshall Civic Players at the Franke Center for the Arts, Marshall. Fri.-Sun., March 17-26. $15. 269-781-3335. http://www.marshallcivicplayers.org.
Laura A murder victim returns from the dead, leading a detective to wonder who was the victim and will the murderer return? Players Guild of Dearborn. Fri.-Sun., through March 19. $13. 313-561-TKTS. http://playersguildofdearborn.org.
Love, Sex and the IRS An auditor from the IRS is coming to audit Mr. & Mrs. Trachtman, but the couple has a secret: they’re not married. Avon Players, Rochester Hills. Fri.-Sun., through March 18. $14. 248-608-9077. http://www.avonplayers.org.
Sordid Lives Skeletons come tumbling out of the closet following the death of a family matriarch under bizarre circumstances. St. Dunstan’s Theatre Guild of Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills. Fri.-Sat., March 24-April 8, plus Sun., April 2. $16. 248-737-3587. http://www.stdunstanstheatre.com.

University/College Theater:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream The Shakespeare classic, but with an Hawaiian flavor. Oakland University’s Department of Music, Theatre and Dance in the Varner Studio Theatre, Rochester Hills. Thu.-Sun., March 16-April 2. $12. 248-370-3013. http://www2.oakland.edu/mtd.
Urinetown Musical comedy about a revolution staged as a result of a government ban on public toilets during a twenty-year drought. MUSKET at Power Center for the Performing Arts, Ann Arbor. Fri.-Sun., March 17-19. $13. 734-763-TKTS.

Theater for Young Audiences:

Alice in Wonderland A clever musical adaptation featuring adult and children actors. Farmington Hills Youth Theatre at Costick Center, Farmington Hills. Fri.-Sun., March 31-April 9. $8. 248-473-1857.
A Number What happens to autonomous identity in a world in which people can be cloned? Flint Youth Theatre’s Off the Press Series at Elgood Theater, Flint. Sun., March 19. $5. 810-237-1530. http://www.flintyouththeatre.com.
The Three Pigs Sibling rivalry prevents Mrs. Pigton’s three children from completing a task in this modern-day musical. Saturday Series for Young People at Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Sat., March 25. $7/children; $10/adults. (734) 663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org.

Improvisation/Late Night/Interactive/Dinner Theater:

Blue Room Cabaret presents New Voices on Broadway A passionate ensemble of cabaret singers present 90 minutes of standards and show tunes accompanied by desserts and coffee/tea/soft drinks. The Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak. Fri.-Sat., March 17-18. $15. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.org.
Bobble Heads of State Fast moving sketch comedy that covers birth and old age and everything in-between. The Second City, Novi. Wed.-Sun. beginning March 16. $15-$20. 248-348-4448. http://www.secondcity.com.
Cabaret Killer Ride with them and sing along, but who’ll be dead at the end of the song? Random Acts on the Old Road Murder Mystery Dinner Train, Charlotte. Every Saturday, through March 25. $57.95 includes dinner and show. 888-726-8277. http://www.random-acts.net.
Crime Stopper Watchers Things are getting ugly in the Bort Court neighborhood, but four residents take matters into their own hands. A Late Night Comedy at Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Thu.-Sat., through March 18. $5. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
Improv Inferno A comedy lounge in Downtown Ann Arbor with five nights of fun: “Citizen Improv” and “Super Fun Karaoke” hit the stage on Wednesday nights; Thursday hosts “March Madness Invitational Tournament; Friday is the March Madness Playoff, plus “The Damnation Game” and at Midnight, “The X Show”; Saturday features “The Damnation Game” and at Midnight, “The X Show”; and the week closes on Sunday with “Uncoupled,” “Get Up! Stand Up,” “The Sweet Spot with Eye Candy” and “Jim Jam.” $5-$10. 734-214-7080. http://www.improvinferno.com.
Late Night Comedy at Planet Ant The improv team of Nancy Hayden and Margaret Edwartowski take the stage as “Bottle of Red,” followed by the three-part harmonies of rock group 3 guys named joe – none of whom are named Joe, by the way. Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Every Thursday night at 11 p.m. $5 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
Master Hoy’s Sideshow Cabaret A fantastical journey through the underbelly of the circus sideshow, with puppets, singers, jugglers, musicians, and yes, even the bearded lady. A Late Night presentation in the Mosh Pit Theatre at Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Wed.-Sat., March 15-26. $10. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org.
The Melody Lingers On Cabaret at Cuisine opens its second year with Kate Brennan showcasing her favorite melodies. Cuisine Restaurant, Detroit. Every Friday, through March 17. $45, includes three-course dinner and show. 313-872-5110. http://www.cuisinedetroit.com.
Miles Sent Me An original interactive musical murder mystery about mobsters who gather at a Detroit-area “speakeasy” following the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. StarBright Presents Dinner Theater at Miles World Italian Restaurant, Fraser. Fri.-Sat., through March 25. $39.50, includes three-course dinner and show. 586-415-4500. http://www.starbriteprod.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 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 Sat. through March. $10. 734-214-7080. http://www.improvinferno.com.

Auditions/Classes:

THE MACOMBERS – auditions for 2006/07 season, March 26 & 29, 586-286-2044; UICA – seeking performance proposals for works that push traditional boundaries, deadline May 1, 616-454-7000; FLINT YOUTH THEATRE DRAMA SCHOOL – now registering children ages three to grade 12 for spring term, 810-237-1530.

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