TE1 WOW1.jpg: The 1700 Restoration Comedy, “The Way of the World,” is considered one of the greatest English comedies ever written. Photo: Michigan Classical Repertory Theatre
TE2 HMS.jpg: The much loved Gilbert & Sullivan opera, “H.M.S. Pinafore,” comes to the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts on March 22.Ê Photo: MCPA.
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.
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.
H.M.S. Pinafore Prejudices are challenged in a shipboard love story between a lowly seaman and the captain’s beautiful daughter. Staged by the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp., March 22 only. Tickets: $38. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com.
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, through- 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 Purple Heart With the 1968 Democratic National Convention raging outside his Chicago apartment, a Korean War vet falls in love with his troubled neighbor. A staged reading as part of the Edge of the Brook Series by Heartlande Theatre Company at Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester Hills, March 21 only. Tickets: suggested $5 donation. 248-377-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.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.
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, through March 19. Tickets: $18. 313-965-1515.
Twilight & The Trip An evening of two one-acts opens with a documentary-style production that examines the 1992 Los Angeles riot and concludes with a comedy about four middle-aged girlfriends who take a cross-country drive. Staged Friday through Sunday by the African Renaissance Theater at 1515 Broadway, Detroit, March 25 – April 17. Tickets: $17.50 – $20. 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, through 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.
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.
Deathtrap In the 1970s, even comedy could be murder! Presented Friday through Sunday by Buckham Alley Theatre, Flint, March 18 – April 3, except March 27. Tickets: $10. 810-239-4477. http://www.buckhamtheatre.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 Thursday through Saturday by St. Dunstan’s Guild of Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills, through March 19. Tickets: $15. 248-644-0527. http://www.stdunstanstheatre.com.
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 Thursday through Sunday by the Marshall Civic Players at the Franke Center for the Arts, Marshall, through March 20. Tickets: $8/students, $15/adults. 269-781-3335. http://www.marshallcivicplayers.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.
The Lieutenant of Inishmore There will be hell to pay when someone kills the cat of an enforcer with the Irish Liberation Army. An Off the Press Series staged reading by the Flint Youth Theatre at Elgood Theater, Flint, March 20 only. Tickets: $5. 810-237-1530. http://www.flintyouththeatre.com.
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 Thursday through Saturday by the Civic Youth Theatre, Kalamazoo, through March 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. http://www.puppetart.org.
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.
AUDITIONS, NOTICES AND CLASSES:
MACOMB COMMUNITY COLLEGE – auditions for all 2005/06 vocal groups including The Macombers, the Expressions, the Madrigal Singers and the Macomb Chorale, March 20 & 23, 586-286-2044; MARSHALL CIVIC PLAYERS – “Something’s Afoot,” March 28 & 29, 269-781-3125; DANCE THEATER OF MICHIGAN – open auditions for singers, musicians, artists and dancers, Saturdays through April, 248-552-5001.