Theater Events for the period March 27-April 5, 2008

By | 2008-03-27T09:00:00-04:00 March 27th, 2008|Entertainment|
PROFESSIONAL THEATER/OPERA:

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
The Compleat Female Stage Beauty England’s leading actor to play women during Shakespeare’s time loses his job when the king changes the law, so how can he re-invent himself? Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in rotating repertory April 4-May 9. $20-$30. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com
Damon Wayans, Tommy Davidson & David Allen Grier A night of laughs and sketch comedy by the former stars of the Fox television series “In Living Color.” Fox Theatre, Detroit. Sat., March 29. $51.50-$78. 313-471-6611. http://www.olympiaentertainment.com
Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical A tongue-in-cheek (s)extravaganza about a high school cheerleader named Debbie who raises money to travel to Texas for a spot on the famous Dallas Cowgirl squad. Who Wants Cake? Theatre at The Ringwald, Ferndale. Fri.-Mon., through April 29. $10-$20. 248-556-8581. http://www.whowantscaketheatre.com
Detroit Fringe Festival The 2008 festival presents an astounding array of artists, performers and sub-cultural experimenters who, for 13+ hours, will rattle the cages of convention in music, dance and art. Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Detroit. 2 p.m. April 5 through 3 a.m. April 6. $35. 313-887-8500. http://www.detroitfringefestival.com
Doing Time: Through the Visiting Glass A one-woman show that examines the impact of incarceration on families. Prison Creative Arts Project at Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Wed., April 2. $10. 734-647-7673. http://www.prisonarts.org
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
Equus A psychiatrist tries to discover what would cause a 17-year-old boy to stab the eyes out of six horses. The Abreact at the Zeitgeist Gallery and Performance Venue, Detroit. Fri.-Sat., April 4-26, plus Sun., April 20. $10. 313-247-5270. http://www.theabreact.com
Growing Pretty A young girl learns that the tortures of being 12 soon give way to the painful and wonderful freedom of adulthood in this world premiere comedy by Michigan native Carey Crim. The Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea. Previews March 27-30 & April 2-3 ($20-$25); runs Wed.-Sun., April 4-May 31. $25-$38. 734-433-7673. http://www.purplerosetheatre.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. Thu.-Sun., through March 30. $18-$24. 517-655-7469. http://www.williamstontheatre.org
La Sonnambula Vincenzo Bellini’s haunting tale of love, betrayal and redemption. Michigan Opera Theatre at the Detroit Opera House, Detroit. March 29, April 2, 4-6. $28-$120. 313-237-7464. http://www.michiganopera.org
The Marriage Counselor Tyler Perry’s newest stage production profiles relationships that put the quest to the test, but in the end, “love conquers all.” Fox Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., April 3-6. $42-$52. 313-471-6611. http://www.olympiaentertainment.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
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
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. Wed.-Sun., through April 13. $22-$38. 248-377-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.com
Much Ado About Nothing Shakespeare’s classic romantic adventure is re-imagined as a teen spring-break beach comedy, featuring middle and high school students to benefit the Kidz in Need of Scholarship Fund. Blackbird Theatre, Ann Arbor. Benefit preview Wed., March 26; runs Thu.-Sun., March 27-30. Benefit preview tickets: $50; all others $10-$20. 734-332-3848. http://www.blackbirdtheatre.org
The Play About the Baby Edward Albee’s cruelly hilarious and insightful play on the perceptions of fact and fiction. A co-production of the University of Detroit Mercy Theatre Company and Breathe Art Theatre Project. Fri.-Sun., March 28-April 6 at Marygrove College Theatre, Detroit; and Fri.-Sun., April 11-13 at the Furniture Factory, Detroit. All tickets: $15. 313-993-3270. http://www.breathearttheatre.com
Riverdance The thunderous celebration of Irish music, song and dance. Wharton Center, East Lansing. Fri.-Sun., April 4-6. $25-$60. 1-800-WHARTON. http://www.whartoncenter.com
Southern Comforts The twists and turns of love know no age in this comedy about a later-life romance. Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., through May 18. $17/advance; $20/at the door. 313-868-1347. http://www.detroitrepertorytheatre.com
Souvenir An eccentric New York socialite becomes a cultural legend for singing badly. A co-production of Performance Network Theatre and the BoarsHead Theater at the BoarsHead Theater, Lansing. Wed.-Sun., through April 13. $12-$25. 517-484-7805. http://www.boarshead.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. Wed., Thu., Sat. & Sun., through April 13. $29-$39. 248-788-2900. http://www.jettheatre.org

COMMUNITY/CIVIC THEATER:

Assassins The Sondheim musical that explores how society interprets the American Dream, marginalizes outsiders and rewrites and sanitizes its collective history. Whole Art Theatre at the Epic Theatre, Kalamazoo. March 27-29, April 4-5, 11-12 & 18-19. $22. 269-345-7529. http://www.wholeart.org
The Foursome Get ready to tee off for 18 holes of laughter as four former college friends catch up on the good old days while playing golf. Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, Kalamazoo. March 28-29, April 3-6 & 11-12. $15-$20. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com
Hollywood Arms An affectionate tribute to the strong-willed grandmother who raised the beloved comic genius, Carol Burnett. Kalamazoo Civic Theatre at the Civic Auditorium, Kalamazoo. April 4-5, 10-13 & 18-19. $15-$20. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com
Rabbit Hole A family copes with the sudden loss of a child. Actors’ Theatre at Spectrum Theatre, Grand Rapids. Thu.-Sat., through March 29. $22. 616-234-3946. http://www.actorstheatregrandrapids.com
Singin’ in the Rain 1920’s Hollywood is the setting of this zany, lighthearted romantic comedy about the early days of “the talkies.” DYPAC at the Trenton Village Theatre, Trenton. April 4-6 & 11-12. $12. 734-362-8153. http://www.dypac.com
The Sugar Bean Sisters An adult drama about a woman waiting for her space alien friends, another looking for a good Mormon husband, and a mysterious “bird woman” from New Orleans who arrives in town – and madness ensues. Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing. Thu.-Sun., through April 6. $10-$14. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com
Urinetown – The Musical A clever social satire set in a city so drought-ridden that its citizens must use “amenities” owned by a corrupt company. Stagecrafters at the Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak. March 28-30, April 3-6 & 10-13. $16-$18. 248-541-8027. http://www.stagecrafters.org
The WTCA Radio Show All all-original show reminiscent of a 1940s-era radio broadcast. Tecumseh Center for the Arts, Tecumseh. Fri.-Sat., through March 29. $14. 517-423-6617. http://www.thetca.org

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY THEATER:

Candide Leonard Bernstein’s comic operetta is based on Voltaire’s novella about a naive young man’s journey to wisdom. The MSU Opera Theatre and Symphony Orchestra at the MSU Concert Auditorium, East Lansing. Fri.-Sun., through March 30. $18. 517-432-2000. http://www.music.msu.edu/events
Drat! The Cat! A family-friendly musical about a cat burglar who plunders rich pockets while living by day among his victims. Oakland University Dept. of Music, Theatre and Dance on the Varner Studio Theatre stage, Rochester. Thu.-Sun., through April 6. $16. 248-370-3013. http://www2.oakland.edu/mtd
Jane Eyre Ethical dilemmas exposed with exceptional power in this much-loved romantic drama. LCC Performing Arts Dept. at Dart Auditorium, Lansing. Fri.-Sun., through March 30. 517-483-1488. http://www.lcc.edu
Brecht on Brecht An eclectic mix of songs, poems, scenes and musings by one of the 20th Century’s most influential playwrights. EMU Theatre in the Sponberg Theatre in the Quirk Dramatic Arts Building, Yspilanti. March 28-30 & April 3-5. $15. 734-487-2282. http://www.emich.edu/public/cta/ted
You Never Can Tell Shaw’s delightful romantic comedy serves as a penetrating social commentary on the affairs of the heart and soul. U-M Dept. of Theatre & Dance in the Arthur Miller Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., through April 6. $24. 734-764-2538. http://www.music.umich.edu

THEATER FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES:

Al Simmons: Inventive Musical Comedy Lightning bolt lunacy, profound wackiness and off-the-wall inventions take comedy to unparalled heights of hilarity. Flint Youth Theatre, Flint. Fri., March 28. $16/adults; $14/children. 810-237-1530. http://www.flintyouththeatre.com
Alvin and the Chipmunks A high-energy, interactive stage show that’s sure to delight fans young and old alike. Southland Center, Taylor. Sun., March 30. Free. 734-374-2800.

IMPROV/LATE NIGHT/INTERACTIVE/DINNER THEATER:

Bart the Temp: A Story of Wall Street Prayers are answered when a new administrative assistant shows up, be he slowly takes over the entire office. The Late Night Series at the Whole Art Studio, Kalamazoo. Fri.-Sat., through April 5 at 11 p.m. $5. 269-345-7529. http://www.wholeart.org
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
Odd Couple A recipe for disaster: two friends, the meticulous and cultured Felix and Oscar the slob, move in together with hilarious results. Front Row Productions at Club Venetian, Madison Heights. Dinner Theater: Fri.-Sat., through April 5, $50; Brunch Theater: Sun., March 30 & April 6, $35. 877-725-8849. http://www.showsatfrontrow.com

AUDITIONS & NEWS:

ANN ARBOR CIVIC THEATRE – will offer workshops on improvisation and “How to be an A2CT Producer” this April, call 734-971-2228 for details; FANTASEE LIGHTING – is hosting “TechFest 2008, its third annual lighting expo for companies interested in lighting, rigging and special effects, April 11-12, 734-699-7200; HILBERRY THEATRE – will hold its third annual open house April 12 from 12-3:30p.m., all are invited to attend, 313-577-0851.

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