TE1 Dream.jpg: Music and acrobatics come to life in “Cirque Dreams” at Detroit’s Fisher Theatre. Photo: Cirque Productions
TE2 Story.jpg: “The Story” moves this week from the BoarsHead Theatre to Detroit’s Plowshares Theatre. Photo: Dave Trumpie
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, through April 10. Tickets: $20 – $36. 248-377-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.com.
Bus Stop A howling snowstorm drives a busload of weary travelers to take shelter in a roadside diner. Presented Wednesday through Sunday at Purple Rose Theatre, Chelsea, April 7 – June 4. Tickets: $17.50 – $32.50. 734-433-7673. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org.
Byrd’s Boy A touching tale of two misfits bonded together by name and loneliness trying to belong in a fatherless world. Presented Thursday through Sunday at the Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit, March 31 – May 22. Tickets: $17. 313-868-1347. http://www.detroitreptheatre.com.
Cirque Dreams An exhilarating performance featuring an international cast of acrobats, aerialists and contortionists. Presented Tuesday through Sunday at the Fisher Theatre, Detroit, through April 3. Tickets: $16 – $49. 313-872-1000. http://www.nederlanderdetroit.com.
Comedy of Errors Mistaken identities create farcical confusion in one of Shakespeare’s most hysterical comedies. Presented Wednesday through Sunday at BoarsHead Theatre, Lansing, March 31 – April 17. Tickets: $20 – $33. 517-484-7805. http://www.boarshead.org.
Fiddler on the Roof The stories of Sholom Aleichem come to life in one of the great masterpieces of American Musical Theater. Presented at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp., April 8 & 9 only. Tickets: $45. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com.
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.
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.
Little Shop of Horrors A meek florist makes a Faustian pact with a tiny plant in order to win the heart of the woman he loves. Presented Tuesday through Sunday at Wharton Center, East Lansing, through April 3. Tickets: $27.50 – $55. 517-432-2000. http://www.whartoncenter.com.
Madea Goes to Jail Madea is back, but the pistol-packin’ queen of brash has been locked up, but steel bars and hardened criminals can’t break Madea’s brashness! Presented at the fabulous Fox Theatre, Detroit, through April 3. Tickets: $39.50 – $55.50. 313-471-6611. http://www.olympiaentertainment.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.
Misalliance A gun-toting socialist and an adventurous female acrobat are loose at the home of an underwear tycoon in a giddy clash of generations and gender roles. Performed in Repertory at the Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, April 7 – May 14. Tickets: $15 – $22. (313) 577-2960. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu/t_hilberry.html.
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.
The Story An African American journalist breaks the story of the murder of a white inner-city school teacher, but when her credentials come under scrutiny, the plot takes a ripped-from-the-headlines turn. Staged Thursday through Sunday by Plowshares Theatre Company at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, March 31 – April 24, plus Friday, April 1. Tickets: $12.50 – $30. 313-872-0279. http://www.plowshares.org.
Tosca Giacomo Puccini’s intense thriller about obsessive love, manipulation, betrayal and a ravishing diva who can’t decide between two men. Staged by Michigan Opera Theatre and the Detroit Opera House, Detroit, April 9 – 10, 13 & 15 – 17. Tickets: $28 – $98. 313-237-7464. http://www.michiganopera.org.
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, through 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 Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti, April 7 – 17. Tickets: $18. 734-214-6600. http://www.mcrt.org.
University / College Theater:
Anyone Can Whistle An absurdist social satire about the comptroller of a town on the verge of bankruptcy who comes up with a scheme to recharge the local economy. Staged by EMU Dept. of Communications and Theatre Arts at Quirk Theatre, Ypsilanti, April 1 – 3 & 7 – 9. Tickets: $8 – $14. 734-487-1221.
Godspell The rock musical adaptation of the Gospel according to St. Matthew. Staged Thursday through Sunday by the UDM Theatre Company and Marygrove College at Marygrove College Theatre, March 31 – April 10. Tickets: $15. 313-993-3270. http://theatre.udmercy.edu.
The Rake’s Progress Stravinsky’s tribute to opera is based on the great 18th century etchings of William Hogarth, W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman. Presented by the MSU School of Music Opera Theatre and Chamber Orchestra at Fairchild Theatre, East Lansing, April 1 – 3 only. Tickets: $16. 517-432-2000. http://www.whartoncenter.com.
The White Rose A group of students advocate the overthrow of Hitler’s regime through a series of underground publications. Staged by Oakland University Department of Music, Theatre and Dance at Varner Studio Theatre, Mar. 31 – April 3 & April 6 – 10. Tickets: $15. 248-370-3013. http://www2.oakland.edu/mtd.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum The streets of ancient Rome are paved with tragedy tomorrow and comedy tonight. Staged Thursday through Sunday by the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre at the Civic Auditorium, Kalamazoo, through 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, through April 3. Tickets: $10. 810-239-4477. http://www.buckhamtheatre.com.
Elizabeth Rex A fictional encounter between Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth I offers poignant reflections on grief, love, the nature of friendship and the power of art. Staged by the kalamazoo Civic Theatre at Parish Theater, Kalamazoo, April 8 – 9, 14 – 17 & 22 – 23. Tickets: $13 – $18. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com.
Gus & Angie An eccentric wit wrestles with life’s big questions while producing bad public access TV and waging war with a librarian. Presented Thursday through Sunday at Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing, through April 10. Tickets: $10 – $12. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com.
Lysistrata fed up with their war-torn world, the feisty women of ancient Athens take political action through sexual abstinence. Presented Friday and Saturday at Whole Art Theater, Kalamazoo, April 1 – 23. Tickets: $18. 269-345-7529. http://www.wholeart.org.
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s A Grand Night for Singing A revue that includes some of the most beloved songs from the world of musical theater. Presented at Hamilton Theatre, Hamilton, Ontario, April 1 – 2, 8 – 10, 15 – 17 & 22 – 23. Tickets: $20 CAD. 905-522-3032. http://www.hamiltontheatre.com.
Run For Your Wife A London cabbie has two lives and two wives – a balancing act that falls apart when he tries to help an old lady in distress! Staged by Stagecrafters at the historic Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak, April 1 – 3, 7 – 10, & 14 – 17. Tickets: $14 & $16. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.org.
Theater for Young Audiences:
Charlotte’s Web When a young pig finds he’s on a one-way trip to the butcher, his desperate conditions touches the heart of an extraordinary spider. Staged by Flint Youth Theatre at Bower Theater, Flint, April 7 – 9, 15 – 16 & 22 – 23. Tickets: $8/children, $10/adults. 810-237-1530. http://www.flintyouththeatre.org.
Coyote Tales Traditional folk tales from Mexico and the American Southwest, but with a sizzling and spicy flavor. Staged by Dallas Children’s Theatre on Tour at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp., April 1 only. Tickets: $10. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com.
The Missing Piece A one-act play by kids for kids that examines what it takes to make a friendship work. Presented by Matrix Theatre Company’s Teatro de la Vida after school youth program, Detroit, April 8 & 9 only. Tickets: $5/youth, $8/adults. 313-967-0999. http://www.matrixtheatre.org.
6th Annual Puppetry Month Celebrate Puppetry Month with Applesauce and Johnson’s Marrionettes who are celebrating their 65th anniversary of entertaining families. Presented every Saturday in April at PuppetART, Detroit. Tickets: $5/children, $7/adults. 313-961-7777. http://www.puppetart.org.
Improvisation/Late Night/Interactive/Dinner Theater:
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.
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.
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.
The Teachings of Don B. An introduction to the eccentric universe of Donald Barthelme, bearded sage and wordsmith extraordinaire. Presented late night Thursday through Saturday at Planet Ant, Hamtramck, April 1 – 9. Tickets: $5. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
AUDITIONS, NOTICES & CLASSES:
PURPLE ROSE THEATRE – Spring classes beginning in April, “Acting Basics” and “Actor Boot Camp,” 734-433-7782.