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Theater Events for the period March 6-15, 2008

By | 2008-03-06T09:00:00-05:00 March 6th, 2008|Entertainment|
PROFESSIONAL THEATER/OPERA:

A Man of No Importance The Oscar Wilde classic gets a modern-day update by writer/director Mike McGettigan. Fevered Egos Entertainment at Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Through March 15. $15. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com
Almost, Maine The Michigan premiere of the romantic comedy about “love in the time of frostbite.” Tipping Point Theatre, Northville. Thu.-Sun., through March 8. $18-$35. 248-347-0003. http://www.tippingpointtheatre.org
American Buffalo David Mamet pits friendship and honor against money and power in his commentary about the nature of humanity and capitalism in America. The Abreact at the Zeitgeist Gallery and Performance Space, Detroit. Fri.-Sat., through March 15. $10. 313-247-5270. http://www.theabreact.com
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
Biloxi Blues On a train headed to boot camp during World War II, 20-year-old Eugene Morris Jerome tries to understand his reactions to the world around him. Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in rotating repertory through March 22. $20-$30. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com
Biloxi Blues The continuing story of playwright Neil Simon’s alter-ego on his way to boot camp to train for WWII. Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester. Wed.-Sun., through March 9. $22-$38. 248-377-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.com
Bug A dark comedy set in a seedy Oklahoma City motel that offers a disturbing look at how love can get under your skin. Who Wants Cake? Theatre at The Ringwald Theatre, Ferndale. Fri.-Mon., through March 10. $10-$20. 248-556-8581. http://www.whowantscaketheatre.com
Caution: This is How It’s Caught An original production by the Young Playwrights group that looks at the spread of HIV and AIDS among teenagers in Detroit. Matrix Theatre, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., through March 16. $15. 313-967-0999. http://www.matrixtheatre.org
Ceremonies in Dark Old Men An aging patriarch of a fractured family struggles to hold on to memories of his heyday. Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., through March 16. $17-$20. 313-868-1347. http://www.detroitreptheatre.com
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
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. Previews March 6-9 & 13 ($15); runs Thu.-Sun., March 14-30. $18-$24. 517-655-7469. http://www.williamstontheatre.org
H.M.S. Pinafore The Gilbert and Sullivan Players rides the waves of music and laughter across the deck of the fanciful British naval vessel. The Whiting, Flint. Fri., March 7. $18-$38. 810-237-7333. http://www.thewhiting.com
Jesus Christ Superstar The groundbreaking theatrical masterpiece returns to the Motor City for a brief visit. Fox Theatre, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., March 14-16. $22-$69. 313-471-6611. http://www.olympiaentertainment.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
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
The Seventh Annual Billie Holiday Revue Recording artist Sky Covington celebrates one of the most daring and infectious stylists of our time. Sky Productions at 1515 Broadway, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., through March 9. $15-$20. 313-965-1515. http://www.skycovington.com
Smucker’s Stars on Ice America’s premier figure skating tour proudly presents “Live and In Color.” The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills. Sat., March 15. $25 and up. 248-377-0100. http://www.palacenet.com
Vino Veritas Familiar traditions unravel as a foursome shares a bottle of South American ceremonial wine made from the skin of blue dart tree frogs. A world premiere staged by The Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea. Wed.-Sun., through March 8. $25-$38. 734-433-7673. http://www.purplerosetheatre.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

COMMUNITY/CIVIC THEATER:

Chapter Two A writer haunted by memories of his deceased wife fears he’ll never find true love again. Farmington Players at the Farmington Players Barn, Farmington Hills. Thu.-Sat., through March 8. $13-$15. 248-553-2955. http://www.farmingtonplayers.org
Crimes of the Heart An irreverent, warm-hearted portrayal of three very different sisters. Grosse Pointe Theatre in the Fries Auditorium of the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, Grosse Pointe Farms. Wed.-Sat., through March 8. $16. 313-881-4004. http://www.gpt.org
Enchanted April Four dissimilar ladies in post-WWI England go on a holiday to a secluded villa in Italy and find rejuvenation in the tranquil beauty of their surroundings. The Players Guild of Dearborn, Dearborn. Fri.-Sun., through March 16. $15. 313-561-8587. http://www.playersguildofdearborn.org
Father Bingo Everyone can be a winner in this musical comedy about a parish priest who fights to save his parish and a mayor who tries to win the hearts of his voters. Novi Theatres at Novi Middle School Auditorium, Novi. March 7-9 & 14-15. $18. 248-347-0400. http://www.novitheatres.com
Five Tellers Dancing in the Rain Five women tellers figure out their lives in the break room of the bank at which they all work. SRO Productions at the Historic Burgh, Southfield. Fri.-Sun., through March 10. $12. 248-796-4645. http://www.srotheater.org
Flowers for Algernon A mentally-challenged man participates in an experimental treatment that could change his life forever. Lansing Civic Players at the Hannah Community Center, East Lansing. Fri.-Sun., through March 16. $15. 517-484-9191. http://www.lansingcivicplayers.org
Frozen A thriller that entwines the lives of three strangers by horrific circumstances. A Stagecrafters 2nd Stage production at the Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak. Thu.-Sun., through March 9. $12. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.org
Moon Over Buffalo A raucous farce about a dysfunctional theater family in Buffalo, New York. Ann Arbor Civic Theatre at The University of Michigan’s Arthur Miller Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., through March 9. $13-$20. 517-971-2228. http://www.a2ct.org
Rabbit Hole A life-shattering accident turns a loving couple’s world upside-down. Peppermint Creek Theatre Company at Perspective2 in Lansing’s Old Town district. Thu.-Sat., through March 8. $17. 517-927-3016. http://www.peppermintcreek.org
Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller A musical revue that features 40 hit tunes by the popular song-writing team. The Park Players at the North Rosedale Park Community House, Detroit. March 7-9 & 14-15. $16-$22. 313-835-1103. http://theparkplayers.tripod.com
The Cemetery Club Three Jewish widows who meet once a month for tea and a visit to their husbands’ graves meet a butcher at the cemetery who throws their friendship into disarray. Avon Players, Rochester Hills. March 7-9 & 14-15. $14. 248-608-9077. http://www.avonplayers.org
The Cemetery Club It’s funny, it’s fabulous and it’s totally Kosher: a play about widowhood filled with humor and pathos. St. Dunstan’s Guild of Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills. March 7-9 & 13-15. $16. 248-737-3587. http://www.stdunstanstheatre.com
The Odd Couple Best pals become the most mismatched roommates in the history of theater. Kalamazoo Civic Theatre in the Civic Auditorium, Kalamazoo. March 7-8, 13-16 & 21-22. $15-$20. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY THEATER:

The Blue Room A series of inter-connected scenes that explores the power struggle and sexual dynamics between characters of different backgrounds. MSU Dept. of Theatre’s Second Stage in the Auditorium Arena Theatre, East Lansing. Fri.-Sun., March 14-16. $7. 517-432-3426. http://www.theatre.msu.edu
The Exonerated A dramatic compilation of true-life stories told through the eyes of death-row inmates who were eventually proven innocent. EMU Theatre at the Sponberg Theatre, Ypsilanti. Wed.-Sun., March 12-16. $15. 734-487-2282. http://www.emich.edu/cta/ted
The Vagina Monologues The 2008 V-Day campaign to end violence against women continues. Oakland University’s Women’s Issues Forum in 201 Dodge Hall, Rochester. Fri.-Sat., March 7-8. $10. 248-370-4333.

THEATER FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES:

Fish Face When Emily discovers that the new kid in class is a thief, the musical question becomes: Should she tell someone? Wharton Center’s Pasant Theatre, East Lansing. Sun., March 9. $7. 517-432-2000. http://www.whartoncenter.com
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing Peter has some problems at home, but it’s not his mother or his father; it’s his adorable baby brother! Kalamazoo Civic Youth Theatre in the Parish Theatre, Kalamazoo. Wed.-Sat., through March 8. $6.50. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com
The Jungle Book, The Musical A musical adaptation of Kipling’s beloved stories. Ann Arbor Civic Theatre’s Junior Theatre at Washtenaw Community College’s Towsley Auditorium, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., March 13-16. $8/adults, $5/students. 734-971-2228. http://www.a2ct.org
The Velveteen Rabbit The chronicles of a stuffed rabbit and his quest to become real. Thebes Players at Lowell High School Performing Arts Center, Lowell. Fri.-Sun., through March 16. $8/adults, $6 students. 616-897-8545. http://www.lowellartscouncil.org

IMPROV/LATE NIGHT/INTERACTIVE/DINNER THEATER:

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
On Parenting Ever think about having kids? A fresh, new comedy that takes a microscopic look at what makes a family. Late Night at Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Thu.-Sat. at 10:30 p.m., through March 15. $5. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com

AUDITIONS & CLASSES:

KALAMAZOO CIVIC THEATRE – will hold auditions for “Little Women, the Musical,” March 16-17, 269-343-2280; MICHIGAN CLASSICAL REPERTORY THEATRE – will hold auditions for “Arms and the Man,” March 15-16, 517-914-9300; PLANET ANT THEATRE – is currently enrolling students in the Planet Ant Improv Academy, with classes starting March 15, 313-365-4948.

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