Theater Events for the period Nov. 15-24

By |2007-11-15T09:00:00-05:00November 15th, 2007|Entertainment|
PROFESSIONAL THEATER/OPERA:

As Bees in Honey Drown A comic satire on the lure of success in contemporary culture. Breathe Art Theatre Project at the Furniture Factory, Detroit. Fri.-Sat., through Nov. 17. $20. 313-831-1939. http://www.breathearttheatre.com
Back of the Throat A chilling tale that explores the tools our government uses to interrogate suspects. UDM Theatre Company at Marygrove College Theatre, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., through Dec. 2. $15. 313-993-3270. http://theatre.udmercy.edu/
The Baker’s Wife The inhabitants of a French Provincial village share a passion for bread, gossip and arguing with their spouses. Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., through Dec. 23. $30-$42. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org
Betty’s Summer Vacation A red-hot parody of reality TV in which a woman looks for the ultimate summer vacation by renting a room at a cozy beach house. Who Wants Cake? Theatre at The Ringwald, Ferndale. Fri.-Mon., through Dec. 3. $10-$20. 248-556-8581. http://www.whowantscaketheatre.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, 2008. $20-$30. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com
A Christmas Carol Metro Detroit’s longest running holiday show returns for its 26th year of family fun. Meadow Brook Theatre, on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester. Wed.-Sun., Nov. 23-Dec. 23. $25-$40. 248-370-3316. http://www.mbtheatre.com
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) A record-breaking 37 plays and 154 sonnets are touched upon in a mix of pratfalls, puns, willful misreading of names and dialogue, clunky female impersonations, clean-cut ribaldry and broad burlesque. Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in rotating repertory through Dec. 15. $20-$30. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Two con men living on the French Riviera meet on a train and discover the town isn’t big enough for the two of them. Broadway Grand Rapids at DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids. Tue.-Sun., Nov. 20-25. $29-$69. 616-235-6285. http://www.bwaygr.org
Doubt A long-established Mother Superior and principal of a Catholic school mistrusts a young, forward-thinking parish priest. A Michigan premiere at the BoarsHead Theatre, Lansing. Wed.-Sun., through Nov. 18. $12-$25. 517-484-7805. http://www.boarshead.org
Doubt A troubled, African-American student may have been sexually abused, and a Sister suspects the parish pastor is the molester. Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., through Dec. 31. $17-$20. 313-868-1347. http://www.detroitreptheatre.com
Forbidden Christmas One of Detroit’s holiday favorites returns with new spoofs based on the latest Broadway shows and celebrities, with holiday favorites sung by the likes of Cher, Bing, Frank and Britney! Gem Theatre, Detroit. Previews through Nov. 15 ($19.75); runs Tue.-Sun., Nov. 16-Dec. 30 (plus two special New Year’s Eve shows at special prices). $39.50. 313-963-9800. http://www.gemtheatre.com
Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings The truly eternal teenagers continue their supernatural saga to play their very own Christmas special. Tipping Point Theatre, Northville. Thu.-Sun., through Dec. 29 (except Nov. 22). $18-$35. 248-347-0003. http://www.tippingpointtheatre.org
Gales of November A retelling of the tragic story of the Edmund Fitzgerald that sank in Lake Superior 32 years ago. Two locations: Thu., Nov. 15 at Wharton Center’s Cobb Great Hall, East Lansing, $16-$25, 517-432-2000, http://www.whartoncenter.com; and Fri., Nov. 16 at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Township, $25-$40, 586-286-2222, http://www.macombcenter.com
The Lusty and Comical History of Tom Jones An 18th-century good-natured young man finds that his childhood friend has flowered into a magnificent, cultured lady. Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in rotating repertory through Jan. 26, 2008. $20-$30. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com
The Marriage of Figaro A romantic comedy regarded as a cornerstone of the operatic repertoire. Michigan Opera Theatre at the Detroit Opera House, Detroit. Nov. 14, 16-18. $28-$120. 313-237-7464. http://www.michiganopera.org
The Poetry of the Pizza A visiting university poetry scholar finds her life irrevocably altered when she stops by a local pizzeria. Purple Rose Theatre, Chelsea. Wed.-Sun., through Dec. 22. $25-$38. 734-433-7673. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org
This is How It Goes… Neil Labute explores race, power, love and fear through an interracial love triangle. Theatre 1 at The Zeitgeist Performance Venue, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., through Dec. 2. $15. 313-965-9192. http://www.zeitgeistdetroit.org
A Thousand Clowns An unemployed writer of children’s TV shows endeavors to raise his precocious nephew. Broadway Onstage, Eastpointe. Fri.-Sat., through Nov. 17 and select Sundays. $14-$16. 586-771-6333. http://www.broadwayonstage.com
Twelve Angry Men A young delinquent awaits sentence for killing his father, but one juror feels there is reasonable doubt, much to the frustration of his 11 colleagues. Fisher Theatre, Detroit. Tue.-Sun., through Nov. 18. $23-$65. 313-872-1000. http://www.broadwayindetroit.com
Walking With Dinosaurs Fifteen immense, roaring, and snarling “live” dinosaurs once again roam the earth in the show based on the BBC Television series. Cobo Arena, Detroit. Wed.-Sun., Nov. 14-18 & 23-24. $38.50-$72.50. 313-471-6611. http://www.olympiaentertainment.com

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY THEATER:

Arts or Crafts A new show that explores the question: What takes craft to the level of art? MSU Dept. of Theatre at Wharton Center’s Pasant Arena Theatre, East Lansing. Tue.-Sun., through Nov. 18. $15. 800-WHARTON. http://www.theatre.msu.edu
Cinderella (La Cenerentola) Rossini’s realistic variation on the classic fairy tale. MSU Opera Theatre and Chamber Orchestra at MSU’s Concert Auditorium, East Lansing. Fri.-Sun., through Nov. 18. $18. 517-432-2000. http://www.music.msu.edu/events/bigcalendar.php
Hamlet The classic tale with a deliberate twist: The entire cast is female! Playhouse Festival of Kalamazoo College at the Nelda K. Balch Playhouse, Kalamazoo. Thu.-Sun., through Nov. 18. $15. 269-337-7333. http://www.kzoo.edu/theatre
To Kill a Mockingbird The social, racial and tolerance issues of the deep south in the 1930s are examined through the eyes of Scout and her sibling Jem. Henry Ford Community College Theater at the Adray Auditorium inside the Mackenzie Fine Arts Center, Dearborn. Fri.-Sun., Nov. 23-Dec. 2. $7. 313-845-9817. http://www.hfcc.edu
Steel Pier Set in the world of marathon dances during the Great Depression, a stunt pilot, a faded dancer and her conniving secret spouse are all eager to find fame, fortune and love in Atlantic City. Oakland University Dept. of Music, Theatre and Dance at the Varner Studio Theatre, Rochester. Wed.-Sun., through Nov. 18. $16/$6 for 10 a.m. matinees. 248-370-3013. http://www2.oakland.edu/mtd
Two by Fassbinder: Katzelmacher and Pre-Paradise Sorry Now Two chilling, yet grimly compelling one-acts by German wunderkind film director Rainer Werner Fassbinder. UM Dept. of Theatre & Drama at the Arthur Miller Theatre, Ann Arbor. Recommended for ages 18 and above. Thu.-Sun., through Nov. 18. $24. 734-764-2538. http://www.music.umich.edu

COMMUNITY/CIVIC THEATER:

Bat Boy: The Musical A half boy/half bat is discovered in a cave and becomes a member of the town veterinarian’s family – much to the chagrin of some narrow-minded townsfolk. Whole Art Theatre at the Epic Theatre, Kalamazoo. Nov. 15-17, 30, Dec. 1, 7-8 & 15-16. $22. 269-345-7529. http://www.wholeart.org
Brighton Beach Memoirs The classic Neil Simon comedy. Spotlight Players at The Village at Cherry Hill, Canton. Fri.-Sun., through Dec. 1. $15-$18. 734-394-5460. http://www.spotlightplayers.net
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof The timeless story of a family in crisis: the handsome Brick and his cunning wife, Maggie. Farmington Players at the Barn Theatre, Farmington Hills. Nov. 16-18, 23-25, 29-30, Dec. 1-2 & 6-8. $13-$15. 248-553-2955. http://www.farmingtonplayers.org
Crimes of the Heart A bittersweet tale of three women coming home and reconciling their messy lives with their small-town upbringing. Stagecrafters at the historic Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak. Thu.-Sun., through Nov. 18. $14-$16. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.org
The Full Monty Unemployed steelworkers in Buffalo decide to raise money by staging a “girls’ night out.” Players Guild of Dearborn, Dearborn. Fri.-Sun., through Dec. 2. $18. 313-561-TKTS. http://www.playersguildofdearborn.org
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Next A charming convict fakes insanity to avoid a harsh prison sentence. Avon Players, Rochester Hills. Fri.-Sat., through Nov. 16-17. $14. 248-608-9077. http://www.avonplayers.org
I Am My Own Wife The true story of a German transvestite who managed to survive the Nazi onslaught and the repressive communist regime. Peppermint Creek Theatre at Perspective2 in Old Town Lansing. Thu.-Sun., through Nov. 17. $15. 517-927-3016. http://www.peppermintcreek.org
Ladylike A world premiere workshop presentation by Sky Gilbert about a male-to-female transsexual who chats about her life, her boyfriend and what it means to be feminine. Hammertheatre about The Factory at 126 James Street North in downtown Hamilton, Ontario. Sat., Nov. 17. Pay-what-you-can.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream The Shakespeare favorite is reworked to incorporate the Mesopotamian legend of the Baghdad that once was. Ann Arbor Civic Theatre at Lydia Mendelssohn Theater, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., through Nov. 18. $13-$20. 734-971-2228. http://www.a2ct.org
1964: The Tribute A recreation of the historic debut of the Beatles at Carnegie Hall. Macomb Center for the Arts, Clinton Township. Sat., Nov. 17. $40-$55. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com
The Odd Couple The female version of the Neil Simon classic opens the season’s 60th season. Grosse Pointe Theatre at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, Grosse Pointe Farms. Wed.-Sat., through Nov. 17. $16. 313-881-4004. http://www.gpt.org
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie A passionate, narcissistic teacher at an all-girl school in 1930s Scotland sets out to mold her young students in “progressive” subjects. Park Players at the North Rosedale park Community House, Detroit. Fri.-Sat., through Nov. 17. $12-$24. 313-835-1103.
The Wizard of Oz The musical stage adaptation of the MGM classic will take people of all ages over the rainbow to the merry old Land of Oz. Kalamazoo Civic Theatre in the Civic Auditorium, Kalamazoo. Nov. 23-25, 29-30, Dec. 1-2 & 6-8. $17-$22/adults; $9/children. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com

THEATER FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES:
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day A charming musical based on the classic book by Judith Viorst. Two Bears Productions at the Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor. Sun., Nov. 18. 734-668-8397, ext. 29. http://www.michtheater.org
Jim Fitzsimmons, Magician The Saturday Series for Young Audiences continues with a fast-paced presentation of excitement, music, live doves and more. Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Sat., Nov. 24. $7/children; $10/adults. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat A musical adaptation of the famous biblical story. Farmington Hills Youth Theatre at the Costick Center, Farmington Hills. Thu.-Sun., through Nov. 18. $10. 248-473-1870.
Rumpelstiltskin The classic children’s tale is spun into gold in this laugh-filled musical. Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing. Fri.-Sun., Nov. 23-Dec. 9. $5/children; $7/adults. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com

IMPROV/LATE NIGHT/INTERACTIVE/DINNER THEATER:

Barnhart They didn’t ask for each other; they just have to be family. The Second City, Novi. Sundays through November at 5 p.m. $7. 248-348-4448. http://www.secondcity.com
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
City Limits An innovative new comedy incorporating improvisation and scripted maretial that explores the headlines of today through the eyes of the people and cities of Michigan. The Second City, Novi. Sundays through November at 6 p.m. $7. 248-348-4448. http://www.secondcity.com
Dysfunctional Holiday Revue Ditch the relatives, leave the leftovers and get a healthy dose of comedy cheer, thanks to Second City Chicago. Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Saugatuck. Sat., Nov. 24. $35. 269-857-2399. http://www.sc4a.org
Escanaba in da Moonlight A comedic look at the opening day of the 1989 deer hunting season in the eccentric Soady family deer camp in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. StarBrite Presents at the NEW Premier Theater, Chesterfield Township. Fri.-Sat., through Dec. 1. $39.95 Price includes three-course meal, show and tax. 586-725-2228. http://www.starbriteprod.com
Friday Night Live: A Night of Improv Comedy An improvisational comedy troupe that not only incorporates suggestions from the audience, but also brings audience volunteers on stage to participate! Biz Team Theatricals at the Assumption Cultural Center, St. Clair Shores. Fri., Nov. 23. $12.50-$15. 586-771-8600. http://www.bizteamconsulting.com
Ga/Wayne and the Green Knight A retelling of the classic epic poem done in verse, juxtaposed with modern language. Whole Art Late Night Series at the Whole Art Studio, Kalamazoo. Nov. 16-17, 30 & Dec. 1. $5. 269-345-7529. http://www.wholeart.org
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
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
The New Sunday Night at Planet Ant Theatre A brand new night of improv opens with 2006 Colony Fest champs Simply Coney at 9 p.m.; followed by Improv Inferno’s popular improvised romantic comedy “Uncoupled” at 9:30 p.m.; and improv super group Eye Candy closes the night at 10:30 p.m. Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Every Sunday. $5 for the entire night. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com
The Second City’s Dysfunctional Holiday Revue Get a healthy dose of seasonal satire with a fast-paced, interactive comedy revue that reflects on the year passed. The Second City, Novi. Every Wed.-Sun. $15-$20. 248-348-4448. http://www.secondcity.com
Sorry! Wrong Chimney! A newlywed moonlights as a department store Santa so he can buy his wife an expensive gift. StarBrite Presents at the Uptown Eatery, Southfield. Saturday evenings ($39.95) and Sunday afternoons ($35.95), through Dec. 23. Price includes three-course meal, show and tax. 248-423-1452. http://www.starbriteprod.com
Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding The bride, groom and their crazy Italian relatives return for a special “engagement.” At various times through Dec. 20. The San Marino Club, Troy. $63, which includes dinner, a champagne toast, wedding cake and the show. 313-885-3032.

AUDITIONS/CLASSES/NEWS:

BROADWAY GRAND RAPIDS – Special discounts are available for the Thanksgiving evening performance of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” Buy 1 Get 1 Free or $10 student ticket, 616-235-6285; JEWISH ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY – has received a $25,000 grant from the Chrysler Foundation to sponsor its second show of the current season, “They’re Playing Our Song”; THE WHITING – is conducting a survey that gives the public a voice on what shows they want to see in the 2008-09 season, http://www.thewhiting.com.

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