Theater Events for the period March 22-31

By | 2007-03-22T09:00:00-05:00 March 22nd, 2007|Entertainment|
PROFESSIONAL THEATER/OPERA:

Candida Marriage, capitalism, religion – none are safe from Shaw’s lampoon in the story of a young poet who covets the wife of a clergyman. Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., through April 15. $25-$37. 734-663-0696. http://www.performancenetwork.org
The Elephant Man In a society that values beauty, an outcast is so hideously deformed that people run from him in fear. Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in repertory through May 3. $15-$28. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com
Fools Neil Simon’s comedy about a town cursed with stupidity. Broadway Onstage, East Pointe. Fri-Sat & select Sundays, through March 24. $14-$16. 586-771-6333. http://www.broadwayonstage.com
Fully Committed A one-man comedy about a New York actor working the reservation line at the city’s trendiest restaurant. Williamston Theatre, Williamston. Thu.-Sun., through March 25. $18-$22. 517-655-7469. http://www.williamstontheatre.org
How to Turn Distress into Success A parable of war and its making by the famous Bread & Puppet Theatre. Matrix Theatre Company, Detroit. Thu.-Sat., through March 24. $10/children; $15/adult. 313-967-0999. http://www.matrixtheatre.org
Jesus in the Hood What if Jesus was born in Southwest Detroit today? Find out in this hip, funny and profound re-imagining of the Gospel of St. Luke by area young people. Matrix Theatre at Odd Fellows Hall in Southwest Detroit. Fri.-Sun., through April 1. $15. 313-967-0599. http://www.matrixtheatre.org
Macbeth Shakespeare’s classic tale of murder, madness and mayhem in pursuit of the Scottish throne. Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester. Wed.-Sun., through April 15. $22-$38. 248-377-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.com
Michigan Young Playwrights Festival The 27th annual festival will present six scripts written by Michigan elementary, middle and high school students. BoarsHead Theatre, Lansing. Tue., March 27. Free. 517-484-7805. http://www.boarshead.org
On the Verge A lighthearted excursion through space, time, history, feminism and fashion with three 19th century female explorers. Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in repertory through April 7. $15-$28. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com
Remembering World War II Grand Rapids native Adam Mellema returns in a one-man program that uses oral histories, song and humor to capture a unique look at life in the early 1940s. Red Barn Playhouse, Saugatuck. Sat., March 24. $15. 269-857-5300.
Respect: A Musical Journey A funny, exuberant look at the lives of women as reflected in music. Gem Theatre, Detroit. Runs every Wed.-Sun. $39.50. 313-963-9800. http://www.gemtheatre.com
RetroFEST 2007 A three-act evening of short plays from previous Play By Play marathons, two short films made from workshop scripts and 10-minute scripts written during the ’06 Playwriting Workshop. Heartlande Theatre Company at Seligman Family Performing Arts Center at Country Day School, Beverly Hills. Sat., March 31. $20. 248-988-1094. http://www.heartlande.com
A Tribute to Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. & Dean Martin The Rat Pack is back in this evening of incredible entertainment provide by three world famous impersonators. Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp. Sat., March 24. $35-$45. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com
Urinetown A musical tale of greed, corruption, love and revolution at a time when water is worth its weight in gold. UDM Theatre Company at Marygrove College Theatre, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., through April 1. $20. 313-993-3270. http://theatre.udmercy.edu
Voice of Good Hope A celebration of the life and spirit of Barbara Charline Jordan, the first African-American woman from the Deep South elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. BoarsHead Theater, Lansing. Wed.-Sun., through April 8. $20-$35. 517-484-7805. http://www.boarshead.org
Wrongful Life A mother whose doctor talked her out of an abortion is sued by the daughter she gave birth to for giving her a “wrongful life.” Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., March 29-May 20. $17-$20. 313-868-1347. http://www.detroitreptheatre.com

SEMI-PROFESSIONAL THEATER:

Hedwig & The Angry Inch The groundbreaking story of an internationally-ignored song stylist and victim of a botched sex-change operation told as a rock gig/stand-up comedy routine. Peppermint Creek Theatre Company at the Albert White Theatre at Hannah Community Center, East Lansing. March 23-25 & 29-31. $17. 517-719-3887. http://www.peppermintcreek.org

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY THEATER:

The Crucible A masterful drama of intolerance, mass hysteria, vengeance and integrity set against the 1692 Salem witch trials. LCC Performing Arts Dept. at Dart Auditorium, Lansing. March 23-25 & 30-31. $10. 517-372-0945. http://www.lcc.edu
A Flea in Her Ear Mistaken suspenders and an anonymous love note send a husband’s curiosity to naughty places. OU Dept. of Music, Theatre and Dance at Varner Studio Theatre, Rochester. March 22-25 & March 29-April 1. $12. 248-370-3013. http://www2.oakland.edu/mtd
The Good Person of Setzuan One person, two faces and a moral dilemma as a soul struggles against the mores of society. EMU Theatre at Quirk Theatre, Ypsilanti. March 23-25 & 29-31. $15. 734-487-1221. http://www.emich.edu/cta

COMMUNITY/CIVIC THEATER:

Escanaba in Da Moonlight Dis here show takes an irreverent, insider’s look at life in a Yooper deer camp. Farmington Players, Farmington Hills. March 22-25 & 29-31. $15. 248-553-2955. http://www.farmingtonplayers.org
Fat Pig A classic boy meets girl story…with one exception: girl is overweight and boy is concerned about appearances. Actors’ at Spectrum Theatre, Grand Rapids. Thu.-Sat., through March 31. $22. 616-234-3946. http://www.actorsatspectrum.org
I Ought to be in Pictures The daughter of a down-and-out writer returns after 16 years. Buckham Alley Theatre, Flint. Fri.-Sun., through March 25. $10. 810-239-4477. http://www.buckhamtheatre.org
The King and I The timeless love story between the powerful King of Siam and a determined governess. Marshall Civic Players at Franke Center for the Arts, Marshall. Fri.-Sun., through March 25. $15. 269-781-3335. http://www.marshallcivicplayers.org
Lost in Yonkers Two young brothers are sent to live with their domineering grandmother after the death of their mother. Kalamazoo Civic Theatre in the Civic Auditorium, Kalamazoo. March 22-25 & 30-31. $15-$20. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com
Master Class An aging opera diva is lured out of semi-retirement to teach a series of master classes at Julliard. Kalamazoo Civic Theatre at the Parish Theatre, Kalamazoo. March 30-31, April 5-7 & 13-15. $15-$20. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com
Reefer Madness A riotously entertaining musical based on the 1936 cautionary film about the dangers of marijuana use. Whole Art Theatre at the Epic Theatre, Kalamazoo. Fri.-Sat., through April 7. $20. 269-345-7529. http://www.wholeart.org
She Stoops to Conquer A practical joke is played on a shy, but wealthy young man on his way to meet the parents of his bride-to-be. Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing. Thu.-Sun., through April 1. $10-$14. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com
Two By Two A musical retelling of the biblical story of Noah and the Ark. St. Dunstan’s Guild of Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills. March 23-25 & 29-31. $18. 248-737-3587. http://www.stdunstanstheatre.com
WTCA Radio Hour A recreation of a live broadcast that takes the audience back to the Golden Age of Radio. Tecumseh Players and TCA Big Band at Tecumseh Civic Auditorium, Tecumseh. Fri.-Sat., March 30-31. $14. 517-423-6617. http://www.tecumsehcivic.com

THEATER FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES:

Humpty Dumpty is Missing A comedy whodunit in one-act that spoofs the private-eye thrillers of the 1940s. Thebes Players at Lowell High School Performing Arts Center, Lowell. Fri.-Sun., through March 25. $10/students; $12/adults. 616-897-8545. http://www.lowellartscouncil.org
A Little Princess A young heiress suddenly loses her fortune and becomes a servant at the boarding school she attends. Farmington Hills Youth Theatre at Costick Center, Farmington Hills. Fri.-Sun., March 23-April 1. $8. 248-473-1857.
Stories Beyond Words A 45-minute performance by Michael Lee/OPUS Mime that centers on themes of self-esteem, self-awareness and responsibility. Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Sat., March 24. $7/children; $10/adults. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org

IMPROVISATION/LATE NIGHT/INTERACTIVE/DINNER THEATER:

Big Time An improvised musical featuring Amy Phillips and Matt Naas with various guest stars, often preceded by improv masters Schtick Mahorn, featuring Second City studs Brett Guennel and Tim Robinson. Late Night at Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Every Thursday. $5. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com
Forever Plaid A musical group from the Ed Sullivan era of television comes back from the afterlife to perform the show they never got to perform while they were alive. Front Row Productions at Club Venetian, Madison Heights. Dinner Theater: March 23, 30 & 31 ($50); Brunch Theater: March 25 ($35); and Hors d’oeuvres and Dessert Theatre: March 22 & 29 ($35). 248-399-6788.
Improv Inferno The Ann Arbor hotspot for comedy is back with four nights of laughs: “The Catfight” on Thu.; “Citizen Improv” on Fri.; “The Damnation Game” on Sat.; and “Get Up! Stand Up!,” “Rap It Up!” and “The Sweet Spot with Eye Candy” on Sun. All shows at Live at PJ’s, Ann Arbor. $5-$10. 734-214-7080. http://www.improvinferno.com
Michigan Impossible: All Laid Off & No Place to Go Second City’s 29th revue delivers uproarious hilarity on the after-effects of a nation downsized. The Second City, Novi. Every Wed.-Sun through June 3. $15-$20. 248-348-4448. http://www.secondcity.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
Murder: The Next Generation A house detective must solve the mystery of the missing crystals and the murder of an alien on Deep Space Noir. StarBrite Presents Dinner Theater at the Premier Entertainment Center, Chesterfield Township. Fri.-Sat., through March 31. $39.95; price includes three-course dinner, show and tax. 586-725-2228. http://www.starbriteprod.com
Parrot Heads of the Caribbean An interactive musical-comedy-who-done-it set in Havana’s Margarita Cantina. StarBrite Presents Dinner Theater at the Uptown Eatery, Southfield. Fri.-Sat., through March 24. $39.95; price includes three-course dinner, show and tax. 248-423-1452. http://www.starbriteprod.com

AUDITIONS / CLASSES:

ANN ARBOR CIVIC THEATRE – auditions for “Hair,” March 24-25, 734-971-2228; SAUGATUCK CENTER FOR THE ARTS – searching for a part-time house manager, 269-857-2399; LOWELL SHOWBOAT – searching for amateur acts to perform on Nostalgia Nights in August, http://www.discoverlowell.org.

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