Theater Events for the period May 3-12

By |2007-05-03T09:00:00-04:00May 3rd, 2007|Entertainment|
PROFESSIONAL THEATER/OPERA:

The Abduction from the Seraglio To celebrate Mozart’s 250th birthday, MOT stages this classic romantic drama for the very first time. Michigan Opera Theatre at the Detroit Opera House, Detroit. May 12, 13, 16, 18 & 19. $28-$120. 313-237-7464. http://www.michiganopera.org
Amadeus Salieri wants only one thing – but the musical talent resides within rival Mozart. Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Previews May 3 ($20-$28); runs Thu.-Sun., May 4-June 10. $25-$37. 734-663-0696. http://www.performancenetwork.org
Before and Laughter A peek behind the scenes of a 1950s era variety show. Planet Ant Improv Colony at Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Thu.-Sun., through May 5. $15. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com
City in a Strait Bounce through time in a poignant story about Detroit’s most notorious baddie, The Red Dwarf, who cursed Detroit to an eternity of chaos and misfortune. Mosaic Youth Theatre at the Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Detroit, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., May 11-20. $18. 313-872-6910, ext. 4005. http://www.mosaicdetroit.org
An Inspector Calls A classic murder mystery: An inspector calls on a wealthy family to investigate the death of a young girl. Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company at the Aaron DeRoy Theatre on the campus of the Jewish Community Center, West Bloomfield. Wed., Thu., Sat. & Sun., through May 19. $29-$39. 248-788-2900. http://www.jettheatre.org
Julius X The tragedy of “Julius Caesar” is explored through the life of civil rights activist Malcolm X. A Studio 2g production of Plowshares Theatre Company at Boll Family YMCA, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., through May 20. $22.50-$28. 313-872-0279. http://www.plowshares.org
Mamaphobia: A Comedy About Motherhood Chicago comedienne Peggy Ward performs her one-woman show about the joys and tribulations of motherhood. A fundraiser to benefit ASHLEY’S Friends. Sat., May 5 at The Coffee Beanery Cafe, Berkley. $25, which includes a warp and a coffee or soda. 248-219-9604. http://www.ashleysfriends.org
Music from a Sparkling Planet Three grown men set out on a hilarious quest to find a childhood icon who used to host Saturday morning cartoons. Williamston Theatre, Williamston. Thu.-Sun., through June 10. $18-$22. 517-655-7469. http://www.williamstontheatre.org
Respect: A Musical Journey A funny, exuberant look at the lives of women as reflected in music. Gem Theatre, Detroit. Runs every Wed.-Sun. through July 1. $39.50. 313-963-9800. http://www.gemtheatre.com
Sex&Violets.com The North American debut of a dark and erotic world in which two people’s every move on the internet is manipulated and monitored by a cyber demon. Icarus Falling at the ACD.net Metro Internet Exchange (MIX), Lansing. Fri.-Sat., through May 12. $10. 517-290-4375. http://www.icarusfalling.com
Sherlock’s Veiled Secret The world’s greatest detective comes out of retirement to solve a blackmail case with a woman he claims is his daughter. Broadway Onstage, Eastpointe. Fri.-Sat. and select Sundays, through May 19. $14-$16. 586-771-6333. http://www.broadwayonstage.com
The Sisters of Swing A touching tribute to the Andrews Sisters. Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester. Wed.-Sun., through May 20. $22-$38. 248-377-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.com
Sweet Charity A funny, poignant and tender look at the misadventures of a dance hall hostess who always gives her heart and earnings to the wrong man. Fisher Theatre, Detroit. Tue.-Sun., through May 20. $38-$78. 313-872-1000. http://www.broadwayindetroit.com
Translations A small Irish community in 1833 faces the brink of irrevocable transformation. Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in repertory through May 19. $15-$28. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com
Whackjob The world premiere of a comedy in two acts by Wilde Award-winning writer and director Mike McGettigan. The Abreact, Detroit. Fri.-Sat., through May 12. Free/donations accepted. 313-247-5270. http://www.theabreact.com
When the Lights Come On A Division I football coach in the early days of his career tries to keep his priorities straight as he fights to recruit the star player who will save his job. Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea. Wed.-Sun., through May 12. $25-$35. 734-433-7673. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org
Wonder of the World After a wife discovers a scandalous object in her husband’s drawer, she flees to Niagara Falls in search for the life she thinks she missed. Breathe Art Theatre Project at the Furniture Factory, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., through May 12. $12-$20. 313-831-1939. http://www.breathearttheatre.com
Wrongful Life A mother whose doctor talked her out of an abortion is sued by the daughter she gave birth to for giving her a “wrongful life.” Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., through May 20. $17-$20. 313-868-1347. http://www.detroitreptheatre.com

SEMI-PROFESSIONAL THEATER:

Victor Herbert Festival IV Three operettas will be performed in concert form by the Comic Opera Guild featuring a cast of 20 soloists: “Madcap Duchess,” Fri., May 4 at Madonna University, Livonia; “Miss Dolly Dollars,” Sat., May 5 at Madonna University, Livonia; and “The Viceroy,” Sun., May 6 at UM School of Music Recital Hall, Ann Arbor. $10. 734-973-3264.

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY THEATER:

Lion in the Streets A young immigrant, brutally raped and murdered, returns to find her killer. Lansing Community College performing Arts Dept. at Dart Auditorium, Lansing. Tue., Wed., May 8-9. Free. 517-483-1488. http://www.lcc.edu
Living the Dream Five young actors struggle to find meaning and connection while being dealt setback after setback. Lansing Community College performing Arts Dept. at LCC’s Black Box Theatre in the Gannon Building, Lansing. Fri.-Sat., May 4-5. Free. 517-483-1488. http://www.lcc.edu
Senior Performance Series The “best and brightest students” present “Minnesota Moon” by John Olive and “The American Dream” by Edward Albee. Festival Playhouse of Kalamazoo College at the Dungeon Theatre, Light Fine Arts Building, Kalamazoo. Fri.-Sun., May 4-6. $5. 269-337-7333. http://www.kzoo.edu/theatre

COMMUNITY/CIVIC THEATER:

Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? The popular musical that revisits the good ol’ days of Catholic school education. Avon Players, Rochester Hills. May 4-6, 11-12 & 18-19. $16. 248-608-9077. http://www.avonplayers.org
Harvey A woman has her brother committed to a sanitarium when he claims to have befriended an invisible rabbit named Harvey. Kalamazoo Civic Senior Class Reader’s Theatre at the Carver Center Studio, Kalamazoo. Fri.-Sun., May 4-6. $5. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying A young but bright window cleaner follows the advice he finds in a book and rises to the top of a multi-national company Players Guild of Dearborn, Dearborn. Fri.-Sun., through May 20. $18. 313-561-TKTS. http://www.playersguildofdearborn.org
Lady Windermere’s Fan Oscar Wilde explores the hypocrisy of public morality when he asks: When a woman with a shady past makes a play for your husband, how are you supposed to respond? Michigan Classical Repertory Theatre at Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti. Thu.-Sun., May 10-20. $18. 734-214-6600. http://www.mcrt.org
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot An array of biblical and historical figures debate the case of Judas Iscariot. Peppermint Creek Theatre Company at 110 Charles Street, East Lansing. Thu.-Sat., through May 5. $15. 517-719-3887. http://www.peppermintcreek.org
Signature Broadway An original musical revue that features songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman and Kander & Ebb. Stagecrafters, Royal Oak. Fri.-Sun., through May 13. $14. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.org
Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me Three international prisoners are thrown together in a call in the Middle East, forcing them to come to grips with their fate and with each other. A Black Box series presentation on the main stage of the Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing. Fri.-Sun., May 11-20. $10. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com
Steppin’ Out 4: Civic Does Cinema Many of A2CT’s finest entertainers sing tunes from the movies to raise funds for one of the country’s oldest and most successful community theaters. Ann Arbor Civic Theatre at the Firefly Club, Ann Arbor. Wed.-Thu., May 9-10. $15-$25. 734-971-2228. http://www.a2ct.org
Women of Lockerbie A look at the day when death rained down on Lockerbie, Scotland. Whole Art Theatre at the Epic Theatre, Kalamazoo. Fri.-Sat., through May 5. $20. 269-345-7529. http://www.wholeart.org

THEATER FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES:

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory A good-natured boy wins a tour of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory and experiences the journey of a lifetime. Novi Theatres on the Novi Civic Center Stage, Novi. Fri.-Sun., May 11-20. $10-$12. 248-347-0400.
The Mouse That Roared A young sovereign declares war on America when her tiny country goes bankrupt. Kalamazoo Civic Youth Theatre at the Parish Theatre, Kalamazoo. May 4-6 & 9-12. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com
Young King Arthur A wise man of magic and a scrawny orphan help rescue the throne of England. Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing. Fri.-Sun., through May 6. $5/children; $7/adults. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.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 at 11:30 p.m. $5. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com
The Foursome Four men return home for their fifteenth college reunion and reconnect over a round of golf. StarBrite Presents Dinner Theater at the Premier Entertainment Center, Chesterfield Township. Fri.-Sat., through June 16. $39.95; price includes three-course dinner, show and tax. 586-725-2228. http://www.starbriteprod.com
Going Bare A surgeon faces disastrous consequences after “going bare” – dropping his expensive malpractice insurance. StarBrite Presents Dinner Theater at the Uptown Eatery, Southfield. Fri.-Sat., through May 19. $39.95; price includes three-course dinner, show and tax. 248-423-1452. http://www.starbriteprod.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 through June 3. $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
My Cuzin’s Comedy Show Chaldean, Indian and African-American actors provide a hysterical multi-cultural look at living in the Midwest. A late night alternative production at The Second City, Novi. Every Thursday through May 10. $15. 248-348-4448. http://www.secondcity.com
Out of the Running A new Late Night show written by Mikey Brown and directed by Nate DuFort. Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Fri., Sat., through May 19 at 10:30 p.m. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com

AUDITIONS / FUNDRAISERS:

PERFORMANCE NETWORK THEATRE, BLACKBIRD THEATRE, WILLIAMSTON THEATRE, PLANET ANT THEATRE and TIPPING POINT THEATRE – general auditions for these theaters will be held May 21-22 at Performance Network in Ann Arbor, 734-663-0681.

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