Theater Events for the period March 8-17

By | 2007-03-08T09:00:00-05:00 March 8th, 2007|Uncategorized|
PROFESSIONAL THEATER/OPERA:

Between Men and Cattle The president of a conservative, white university arranges a meeting with the black man he interviewed 30 years later to find out, in part, what went wrong during their previous encounter. Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., through March 18. $17-$20. 313-868-1347. http://www.detroitreptheatre.com
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. Previews March 8-11 & 15 ($20-$28); runs Thu.-Sun., March 16-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 March 9-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
Mixed Ferndale resident and WSU theater alum Jennifer George presents an original thought-provoking work that tackles race, diversity and multi-ethnicity. Boll Family YMCA, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., through March 11. $25. 313-309-9622. http://www.ymcametrodetroit.org
On Golden Pond Generations collide during a family’s visit to its lakeside cottage. Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester. Wed.-Sun., through March 11. $28-$38. 248-377-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.com
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
Rent A group of young people in New York’s East Village learn to survive, fall in love, find their voice and live for today. Masonic Temple Theatre, Detroit. Tue.-Sun., through March 11. $29-$56. 313-872-1000. http://www.broadwayindetroit.com
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
Riverdance The thunderous celebration of joyous music, song and dance that has thrilled millions around the world. Fox Theatre, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., March 16-18. $38-$68. 313-471-6611. http://www.olympiaentertainment.com
Rum and Vodka The tale of a blue collar gent and his trials with the bottle, friends and women. The Abreact, in the Greektown section of Detroit. Fri.-Sat., through March 17. Free/donations accepted. 313-247-5270. http://www.theabreact.com
The Subject was Roses Parents with marriage trouble compete for the affection of a son who left for World War II as a boy and returns as man. Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea. Runs Wed.-Sun, through March 17. $25-$35. 734-433-7673. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org
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. Previews March 14-15 ($20); runs Wed.-Sun., March 16-April 8. $20-$35. 517-484-7805. http://www.boarshead.org

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY THEATER:

Joe Turner’s Come and Gone A man abducted and illegally pressed into labor for seven years searches for the wife he lost and his place in the world. Bonstelle Theatre, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., through March 11. $14. 313-577-2960. http://www.bonstelle.com
Sins with all my Heart A semi-autobiographical romp through the fantastical landscapes of suburban Catholicism and urban gay nightlife. The Video Studio at the UM Duderstadt Center (North Campus), Ann Arbor. Fri.-Sat., March 16-17. Free. http://www.jimleija.com

COMMUNITY/CIVIC THEATER:

Breaking the Code How would you treat a man who helped his country and the Allies win World War II – if you found our he was gay? Players Guild of Dearborn, Dearborn. Fri.-Sun., through March 18. $15. 313-561-TKTS. http://www.playersguildofdearborn.org
Chapter Two A widower who can’t let go of the past and a woman with past marital problems hilariously upend their ability to embrace the new love they have found. Avon Players, Rochester Hills. March 9-11 & 16-17. $14. 248-608-9077. http://www.avonplayers.org
Divine Stella Devine A hilarious behind-the-scenes look at an aging diva, her upstart challenger and a mismatched attempt to rehearse an epic spoof, “Civil War Darlings.” The Novi Theatres on the Novi Civic Center Stage, Novi. Thu.-Sun., March 8-11. $10-$12. 248-347-0400
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 16-18, 22-25 & 29-31. $15. 248-553-2955. http://www.farmingtonplayers.org
Fat Pig The fallout from his circle of friends forces a man to confront his own insecurities when he dates a woman who is unapologetically overweight. Stagecrafters’ 2nd Stage at the Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak. Thu.-Sun., through March 11. $12. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.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., March 16-25. $15. 269-781-3335. http://www.marshallcivicplayers.org
Les Liaisons Dangereuses A stage adaptation of one of the most scandalous and controversial novels in European literature. Michigan Classical Repertory Theatre at Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti. Thu.-Sun., through March 11. $18. 734-214-6600. http://www.mcrt.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 16-17, 22-25 & 30-31. $15-$20. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com
Phaedra A woman who believes she has a tendency towards unnatural love experiences an incestuous and adulterous passion for her stepson. Whole Art Theatre in the Studio 246 N. Kalamazoo Mall space, Kalamazoo. Fri.-Sat., through March 10. $20. 269-345-7529. http://www.wholeart.org
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., March 16-April 7. $20. 269-345-7529. http://www.wholeart.org
The Tempest Music, magic and mystery pervade Shakespeare’s classic tale of romance, reconciliation and redemption set on a remote island. Ann Arbor Civic Theatre at Washtenaw Community College’s Towsley Auditorium, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., March 15-18. $20. 734-971-2228. http://www.a2ct.org

THEATER FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES:

Honk Jr. A delightful retelling of “The Ugly Duckling.” Kalamazoo Civic Youth Theatre at the Parish Theatre, Kalamazoo. Wed.-Sun., through March 11. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com
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., March 16-25. $10/students; $12/adults.
School House Rock Live, Jr. A hip and educational treat that shows young people that learning cab be fun. DYPAC at the Trenton Village Theatre, Trenton. Fri.-Sun., March 9-18. $8/students; $10/adults. 734-692-7749. http://www.dypac.com

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
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. $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/BENEFITS:

KALAMAZOO CIVIC THEATRE – holding auditions for “My Favorite Year,” March 25-26, 269-343-2280; BIZ TEAM CONSULTING – spring and summer improv classes will be offered for teens and adults in St. Clair Shores taught by area professionals such as Dave Davies, Rich Goteri and Margaret Edwartowski, 313-808-1710.

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