Theater Events for the period March 30-April 8

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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., through 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.
Broadway Comes Home Southfield native and Broadway star Danny Gurwin returns home for a one-sight evening of musical theater tunes. B’nai B’rith Great Lakes Region at Handleman Hall in the Jewish Community Center, West Bloomfield. Sat., April 1. $36. 248-646-3100.
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. Wed.-Sun., through April 9. $20-$36. 248-377-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.com.
A Doll’s House Henrik Ibsen’s legendary drama of identity and escape. Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., through April 23. $20-$36. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.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., extended through April 15. $20. 313-965-1515. http://www.breathearttheatre.com.
HMS Pinafore The Carl Rose Opera Company presents the beloved Gilbert & Sullivan comic opera. Cobb Great Hall at Wharton Center, East Lansing. Fri., April 7. $24-$40. 517-432-2000. http://www.whartoncenter.com; then at Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, Dearborn. Sat., April 8. $34-$43. 313-943-2354. http://www.dearbornfordcenter.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.
The Inspector General A high-spirited and keen-witted satire on official crookedness and human stupidity. The Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in repertory April 7-May 13. $15-$28. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com.
The Late Great Henry Boyle Recently ditched by his wife, an endearingly befuddled professor of medieval studies writes a novel that makes him a pop culture sensation. Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea. Previews April 6-9 & 12-13; runs Wed.-Sun., April 14-June 3. $20-$35. 734-433-7782. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org.
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., through April 30. $24.50-$29.50. 313-471-6611. http://www.olympiaentertainment.com.
Mamaleh The Detroit area premiere of the award-winning off-Broadway musical that tells of the lifelong friendship between Jewish-American women of different generations. Seligman Performing Arts Center at Detroit Country Day School, Beverly Hills. Thu.-Sun., April 6-9. $39-$45. 313-963-9800. http://www.gemtheatre.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.
The Mikado The Carl Rosa Opera Company presents Gilbert & Sullivan’s best loved comic opera. Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp. Thu., April 6. $35-$40. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com.
Moonglow A woman moves her mother into an assisted living facility – and the feisty senior doesn’t plan on going quietly! A co-production of the BoarsHead Theater and Performance Network Theatre at BoarsHead Theater, Lansing. Wed.-Sun., March 30-April 16. $25-$33. 517-484-7805. http://www.boarshead.org.
Natives The third production of the 2006 Seymour & Ethel S. Frank Festival of New Plays. Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company. Mon., April 3 at the DeRoy Theatre on the campus of the Jewish Community Center, West Bloomfield; and Tue., April 4 at Jewish Community Center’s JPM Building, Oak Park. $5. 248-788-2900. http://www.jettheatre.org.
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.
Our Sinatra A celebration of the songs and music made famous by the legendary singer. Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp. Thu., March 30. $28-$35. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com.
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. Thu., Sat. & Sun., through April 16, plus Fri., April 7. $17.50-$25. 313-872-0279.
The Walking Project An exploration of desire lines, the paths made by people who walk across fields in South Africa and vacant lots in Detroit. Walk & Squawk Performance Project at Boll Family YMCA, Detroit. Previews March 29-30; runs Wed.-Sun., March 31-April 9. $15-$25. 313-309-9622. http://www.walksquawk.org.
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., through April 2. $16. 313-993-3270. http://theatre.udmercy.edu.
Yemaya’s Belly A poetic epic about emigration, danger and the search for the American Dream. Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., March 30-May 21. $17-$20. 313-868-1347. http://www.detroitreptheatre.com.

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., through April 16. $14. 269-345-7529. http://www.wholeart.org.
Dinner with Friends The bonds between two couples are questioned when one couple decides to divorce. Stagecrafters at the Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak. March 31-April 2; April 6-9 & 13-16. $14-$16. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.org.
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. Fri & Sat, through 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., through April 1. $23. 616-234-3946. http://www.actorsatspectrum.org.
Five Women Wearing the Same Dress The nature of modern women is examined through the eyes of five very different, yet similar women. Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing. Thu.-Sun., March 30-April 9. $10-$12. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com.
The Foreigner A farcical tale of a socially inept Brit who vacations in backwoods America. Kalamazoo Civic Theatre in the Civic Auditorium, Kalamazoo. April 7-9, 13-15 & 21-22. $13-$18. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com.
The Nerd A nice guy in a rut finds his life changed after answering a phone call from an old war buddy. Ann Arbor Civic Theatre at Washtenaw Community College’s Towsley Auditorium, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., April 6-9. $20. 734-971-2228. http://www.a2ct.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., through April 8, plus Sun., April 2. $16. 248-737-3587. http://www.stdunstanstheatre.com.
Waving Goodbye A 17-year-old photographer must re-forge a relationship with the mother who abandoned her after the death of her father. Buckham Alley Theatre, Flint. Fri.-Sun., through April 9. $10. 810-239-4477. http://www.buckhamtheatre.com.

University/College Theater:

Ain’t Misbehavin’ A musical tribute to the work of the great Fats Waller. Eastern Michigan University Theatre at Quirk Theatre, Ypsilanti. March 31-April 2 & April 6-8. $10-$15. 734-487-1221. http://www.emich.edu/cta.
Before There Was Broadway An exploration of The African Company, the first African-American theatrical company established in 1821. WSU Studio Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sat., through April 1. $8-$10. 313-577-2972. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu.
The Biz A musical revue about the business of show business and life in the theater. Lansing Community College Performing Arts Dept. at Dart Auditorium, Lansing. Fri, April 7 & Sun., April 9. Free admission. 517-483-1488. http://www.lcc.edu.
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., through April 2. $12. 248-370-3013. http://www2.oakland.edu/mtd.
Tales of Hoffman The accomplished composer and painter is the protagonist in three operatic stories. MSU School of Music Opera Theatre at MSU Concert Auditorium, East Lansing. Fri.-Sun., March 31-April 2. $16. 517-432-2000. http://www.whartoncenter.com.

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.
Barbie Live in Fairytopia Mattel’s best selling doll and her many friends come to life in this musical that transports the audience to a magical land. Fox Theatre, Detroit. April 5-9. $19.50-$42.50. 313-471-6611. http://www.olympiaentertainment.com.

Improvisation/Late Night/Interactive/Dinner Theater:

Bobble Heads of State Fast moving sketch comedy that covers birth and old age and everything in-between. The Second City, Novi. Every Wed.-Sun. $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, extended through April 29. $57.95 includes dinner and show. 888-726-8277. http://www.random-acts.net.
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 “Catfight” and “High Octane”; Friday and Saturday feature “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.
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 at Cafe Noir The world of black-and-white film noir is explored as the audience assists in finding out who killed the sleazy owner of Cafe Noir. StarBright Presents Dinner Theater at Miles World Italian Restaurant, Fraser. Fri.-Sat., March 31-May 20. $44.95, includes three-course dinner and show. 586-415-4500. http://www.starbriteprod.com.
The Price of Justice A sketch comedy that looks at what happens when cops, crooks and comedy collide. Improv Inferno, Ann Arbor. Fri.-Sat. through April. $10. 734-214-7080. http://www.improvinferno.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:

PURPLE ROSE THEATRE – currently registering students for spring and summer classes, 734-433-7782; ANN ARBOR CIVIC THEATRE – offering “Spring Break Camp” for grades 4-8 beginning April 17, 734-971-2228; KALAMAZOO CIVIC THEATRE – auditions for its upcoming Studio Theatre Project, April 9-10, 269-343-2280; WHOLE ART THEATER – auditions for “The Bacchae,” April 2-3, 269-345-7529.

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