Theater Events for the period May 18-27

By | 2006-05-18T09:00:00-04:00 May 18th, 2006|Uncategorized|
Professional Theater/Opera:

Birds of a Feather A funny, heartwarming story about three generations of the Belanger family. Flanders Theatre Company at Trinity House Theater, Livonia. Fri.-Sun., through May 28. $15. 313-538-5739. http://www.trinityhouse.org.
Cancer! The Musical! A very funny and moving original musical about a very serious disease. Planet Ant, Hamtramck. Fri.-Sun., through May 20. $15. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
Cinderella Rossini’s charming operatic fairy tale. Michigan Opera Theatre at the Detroit Opera House, Detroit. May 17, 19 & 20. $23-$113. 313-237-7464. http://www.michiganopera.org.
Coming of Age Best friends since college must confront death, empty nests retirement and other major life events. Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company at the DeRoy Theatre on the campus of the Jewish Community Center, West Bloomfield. Wed., Thu., Sat. & Sun., extended through May 27. $28-$37. 248-788-2900. http://www.jettheatre.org.
Fear and Faith Matrix Theatre celebrates its 15th birthday with giant puppets, a parade and a play. Matrix Theatre at Holy Redeemer Church, Detroit. Sat., May 20. Free admission. 313-967-0999. http://www.matrixtheatre.org.
Hastings Street An original play with music that explores Detroit’s Black Bottom, Paradise Valley Entertainment District and teenage life of the 1940s. Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit at the Detroit Film Theatre/Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., through May 21. $12-$18. 313-833-4005. http://www.mosaicdetroit.org.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat A blockbuster musical trip through ancient Egypt. Wharton Center, East Lansing. Tue.-Sun., through May 21. $25-$57.50. 517-432-2000. http://www.whartoncenter.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. Wed.-Sun., through June 3. $20-$35. 734-433-7782. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org.
A Life in the Theatre A unique and humorous study of the shifting relationship between a young actor and an established stage veteran. Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., through June 11. $20-$34.50. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org.
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.
Michele Lee A fundraiser in which stage, film and television star Michele Lee recreates her one-woman show. Mason Street Warehouse, Saugatuck. Sat., May 20. $125-$200. 269-857-4898. http://www.masonstreetwarehouse.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., through May 21. $34.50-$39.50. 313-963-9800. http://www.gemtheatre.com.
Sex and the Second City A musical comedy about men, women, love, marriage and everything in-between. Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester. Tue.-Sun., through May 21. $26-$36. 248-370-3316. http://www.mbtheatre.com.
Studio 2g: August Wilson’s 20th Century Staged readings of August Wilson’s 10 signature works over a two-week period: Thu., May 25 at 7pm, “Gem of the Ocean”; Fri., May 26 at 7pm, “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone”; Sat., May 27 at 3pm, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”; Sat., May 27 at 7pm, “The Piano Lesson.” Plowshares Theatre Company at Boll Family YMCA, Detroit. $10. 313-872-0279.
Yemaya’s Belly A poetic epic about emigration, danger and the search for the American Dream. Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., through May 21. $17-$20. 313-868-1347. http://www.detroitreptheatre.com.

Civic/Community Theater:

Aida A modern retelling of the classic opera by Verdi. Avon Players, Rochester Hills. Fri.-Sat., through May 20. $16. 248-608-9077. http://www.avonplayers.org.
Anything Goes A screwball musical set in the 1930s aboard a luxury liner sailing from New York to England. Kalamazoo Civic Theatre at the Civic Auditorium, Kalamazoo. May 19-21, 25-27 & June 1-3. $15-$21. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com.
Guys and Dolls A street-smart gambler falls for a showgirl. Farmington Players, Farmington Hills. Fri.-Sat., through May 20. $15. 248-553-2955. http://www.farmingtonplayers.org.
Humble Boy A poignant and hilarious examination of the pain and joy of family life. Whole Art Theater, Kalamazoo. Fri.-Sat., through May 27. $20. 269-345-7529. http://www.wholeart.org.
Once Upon a Mattress A hilarious musical tweaking of “The Princess and the Pea.” Players Guild of Dearborn, Dearborn. Fri.-Sun., through May 21. $16. 313-561-TKTS. http://www.playersguildofdearborn.org.
The Owl and the Pussycat The comedic clash between an owlish writer and a catty prostitute that changes both their lives. Buckham Alley Theatre, Flint. Fri.-Sun., through May 21. $10. 810-239-4477. http://www.buckhamtheatre.com.
Private Lives A couple once married to each other are honeymooning with their new spouses at the same hotel. Marshall Civic Players at the Franke Center for the Arts, Marshall. Fri.-Sun., through May 21. $12. 269-781-3335. http://www.marshallcivicplayers.org.
Romeo and Juliet The Bard’s popular love tragedy. Flint City Theatre at Red Ink Studios, Flint. Thu.-Sat., through May 27. $5. 810-341-6912. http://www.flintcitytheatre.com.
Urinetown A musical that looks at what could happen if a malevolent corporation took control of all toilet facilities. Actors’ at Spectrum Theater, Grand Rapids. Thu.-Sat., through May 27. $25. 616-234-3946. http://www.actorsatspectrum.org.
A Wilde Time A story-theater adaptation of the wit, hilarity, cynicism, poignancy and petulance of Oscar Wilde. Riverwalk Theatre at Creole Gallery, Lansing. Fri.-Sun., through May 21. $10. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com.

Theater for Young Audiences:

If the Shoe Fits What happens when you meet Shakespeare on the streets of London and he asks you to be in one of his plays? BoarsHead Theater, Lansing. Fri.-Sat., through May 20. $10/adults; $5/children, 517-484-7805. http://www.boarshead.org.
It’s an Art Thing A 3-piece dance concert presented by People Dancing. Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Sat., May 20. $7/children, $10/adults. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org.
The Reluctant Dragon A brave young girl sets out to find a ferocious dragon that frightened her father, only to be surprised by what she finds. Ann Arbor Civic Junior Theatre at Washtenaw Community College’s College Theater, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., through May 21. $5. 734-971-2228. http://www.a2ct.org.

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. Plus, every Wednesday: “Improv Jams.” 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 May 27. $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 “Uncoupled,” “The Damnation Game” and at Midnight, “The X Show”; and the week closes on Sunday with “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., through May 20. $44.95, includes three-course dinner and show. 586-415-4500. http://www.starbriteprod.com.
Perspectives A collection of short plays that explore love, sex, friends and God. The Mosh Pit at Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Late night Wed.-Sat., through May 27. $10. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org.

Auditions/Classes:

OAKLAND UNIVERSITY DEPT. OF MUSIC, THEATRE AND DANCE – offering Summer Theatre Arts Workshops beginning June 12, 248-370-2956.

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