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Theater Events for the period Nov. 16-25

By | 2016-06-11T09:00:00-04:00 June 11th, 2016|Uncategorized|
PROFESSIONAL THEATER/OPERA:

Annie It’s a hard-knock life for the beloved little red-haired girl. Broadway Theatre Guild at DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids. Tue.-Sun., Nov. 21-16. $22-$67. 616-235-6285. http://www.bwaygr.org

Arborophilia An oblique comedy that manages to twist thoughts, maul marriage, poke politics, whack weather, muddy money and loop love around a tree. Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., through Dec. 30. $20. 313-868-1347. http://www.detroitreptheatre.com

The Barber of Seville The comedic masterpiece by Gioacchino Rossini about two men who vie for the hand of the same woman. Michigan Opera Theatre at the Detroit Opera House, Detroit. Nov. 15, 17-18. $28-$120. 313-237-7464. http://www.michiganopera.org

The Bluest Eye Toni Morrison’s debut novel about a little girl discovering her own beauty is given loving treatment by playwright Lydia Diamond. Plowshares Theatre Company at the City Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., through Nov. 19. $15-$28. 313-872-0279. http://www.plowshares.org

A Christmas Carol The 25th anniversary family favorite production features the return of director Charles Nolte and Peter Thomson as Scrooge. Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester. Nov. 25-26, 30, Dec. 1-3, 6-10, 14-17 & 20-24. $25-$40. 248-377-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.com

Comedies of Menace Explore Absurdism through the ages with “The Dumb Waiter” and “The Devil’s Game.” The Abreact, Detroit. Fri.-Sat., through Nov. 25, plus Sun., Nov. 19. Free/donations accepted. 313-247-5270. http://www.theabreact.com

Escanaba in Love The world premiere of Jeff Daniels’ hilarious prequel to his popular comedy set in the Soady deer camp during World War II. Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea. Wed.-Sun., through Dec. 23. $25-$35. 734-433-7673. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org

Every Christmas Story Ever Told See what happens when an obligatory production of “A Christmas Carol” becomes infected with every other beloved holiday classic. A co-production of Williamston Theatre and Meadow brook Theatre at Williamston Theatre, Williamston. Thu.-Sun., Nov. 24-Dec. 3. $18-$22. 517-655-7469. http://www.williamstontheatre.org

The Fantasticks Two young people fall in love, run off to see the world and learn a valuable lesson. Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Previews Nov. 16; runs Thu.-Sun, Nov. 17-Dec. 31. $25-$37. 734-663-0696. http://www.performancenetwork.org

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas A new stage adaptation of the beloved holiday classic film. Fox Theatre, Detroit. Tue.-Sun., Nov. 17-Dec. 30. $20-$100. 313-471-6611. http://www.olympiaentertainment.com

Legends! Two desperate and waning movie star divas – who have hated each other for decades – are courted by an unscrupulous young producer to star in his next Broadway show. Cobb Great Hall at Wharton Center, East Lansing. Tue.-Sun., through Nov. 19. $25-$58. 517-432-2000. http://www.whartoncenter.com

Long Day’s Journey Into Night The Eugene O’Neill classic that some believe to be an autobiographical representation of his own family. Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Thu.-Sun., through Nov. 18. $15. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com

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

Mr. 80% Two women desperate for a third roommate advertise for another woman or a gay man and end up with a straight male stand-up comic and his partner posing as gay. Broadway Onstage, Eastpointe. Fri.-Sat., through Nov. 18. $16. 586-771-6333. http://www.broadwayonstage.com

Movin’ Out The choreography of Twyla Tharp is mixed with the music of Billy Joel to create the story of lifelong friends through two turbulent decades. Fisher Theater, Detroit. Tue.-Sun., through Nov. 19. $28-$78. 313-872-1000. http://www.nederlanderdetroit.com

Polish Joke A Polish-American taught not to value his ethnic identity tries to reinvent himself as sort of a non-ethnic everyman. The Theatre Company at The University of Detroit Mercy at the Marygrove College Theatre, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., through Dec. 3. $15. 313-993-3270. http://theatre.udmercy.edu

Private Lives A divorced couple learns what happens when you can’t live with other, yet you can’t live without each other. Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in repertory through Nov. 30. $15-$28. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com

The Rat Pack is Back! Frank, Sammy, Dean and Joey return one more time to roll back the years and relive some of the most exciting times in popular entertainment. The Historic Gem Theatre, Detroit. Every Tue.-Sun through Dec. 31. $39.50-$44.50; previews half-price. 313-963-9800. http://www.gemtheatre.com

Romeo and Juliet Young romance pays the price in a love/hate relationship between the Capulet and Montague families. Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in repertory through Dec. 16. $15-$28. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com

Moses:39 Detroit’s premier performance artist is back by popular demand in his unique multimedia performance art piece. Satori Circus at 1515 Broadway, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., beginning Nov. 22. $15-$20. 313-965-1515.

Side Man The twilight years of the big bands are examined through the life of a “sideman,” a backup to the “star” bandleaders. . Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in repertory Nov. 17-Feb. 3, 2007. $15-$28. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com

Unnecessary Farce World premiere comedy about two rookie cops on a stake-out in a hotel room hoping to catch a top city official in an embezzlement scam. BoarsHead Theatre, Lansing. Wed.-Sun., through Nov. 19. $20-$35. 517-484-7805. http://www.boarshead.org

The Weird Sisters The comedic antics and musical mastery of a trio of feather and rhinestone clad siblings who pepper their singing with saucy stories, spicy scenarios and sizzling situations. Mason Street Warehouse, Saugatuck. Sat., Nov. 25. $25. 269-857-4898. http://www.masonstreetwarehouse.org

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY THEATER:

The Children’s Hour and Tea and Sympathy Two plays, two boarding houses – one for girls and one for boys – and two rumors of homosexuality. Michigan State University Dept. of Theatre at Wharton Center’s Pasant Theatre, East Lansing. Plays in repertory through Nov. 19. $13. 517-432-2000. http://www.whartoncenter.com

Hambone Humor and drama are used to examine the generational and social effects of racial hatred that still exist today. Wayne State University Dept. of Theatre’s Ph.D. Directors’ Series at the Studio Theatre, Detroit. Nov. 16-18, 22, 24-25. $8-$10. 313-577-2972. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu

Singin’ in the Rain A musical based on the 1952 MGM film about a quintessential silent screen couple at the dawn of the talkies. MUSKET at the Power Center for the Performing Arts, Ann Arbor. Fri.-Sun., Nov. 17-19. $7. 734-763-TKTS.

When Night Dogs Run A riveting revue from the works of Shakespeare. Eastern Michigan University Theatre at Sponberg Theatre, Ypsilanti. Sat.-Sun., Nov. 18-19. $6. 734-487-1221. http://www.emich.edu/public/cta/ted

COMMUNITY/CIVIC THEATER:

Arms and the Man Shaw’s classic bedroom farce about a Serbian army officer who takes refuge in the bedroom of a Bulgarian aristocrat. Whole Art Theatre at Studio 246, Kalamazoo. Fri.-Sat., through Nov. 18. $20. 269-345-7529. http://www.wholeart.org

Camping with Henry & Tom A comedic and dramatic clash of great minds based on a true life camping trip between Henry Ford and Thomas Edison. Riverwalk Theatre at Creole Gallery, Lansing. Nov. 24-26 & Dec. 1-2. $10. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com

Caught in the Net A London bigamist taxi driver finds himself in an internet-age dilemma. Stagecrafters at the Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak. Thu.-Sun., through Nov. 19. $14-$16. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.org

Duck Hunter Shoots Angel Was it a celestial being that two hunters shot over a swamp in Alabama? Kalamazoo Civic Theatre at Parish Theatre, Kalamazoo. Fri.-Sat., through Nov. 18. $15-$20. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum A crafty slave struggles to win the hand of a beautiful, but slow-witten courtesan for his young master in exchange for his freedom. Hamilton Theatre at the Downtown Arts Center, Hamilton, Ontario. Fri.-Sat., through Nov. 18. $23. 905-522-3032. http://www.hamiltontheatre.com

The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? An award-winning architect with a loving family announces he’s in love with Sylvia – a goat. Peppermint Creek Theatre Company at the former Cafe Aroma, East Lansing. Thu.-Sat., through Nov. 18. $15. 517-719-3887. http://www.peppermintcreek.org

Here’s Love The joyous musical adaptation of “The Miracle on 34th Street” features music, lyrics and book by Meredith Willson. Players Guild of Dearborn, Dearborn. Fri.-Sun., through Dec. 3. $18. 313-561-TKTS. http://www.playersguildofdearborn.org

Moon Over Buffalo Mayhem breaks loose when aging actors in the twilight of their careers learn that Frank Capra is coming to their matinee to consider casting them in his next movie. Farmington Players, Farmington Hills. Nov. 17-19, 24-26 & Nov. 30-Dec. 2. $15. 248-553-2955. http://www.farmingtonplayers.org

Sissy Boy Come and offer your feedback on this workshop-style, one-man, multimedia performance by Dave Garcia as he travels the country in search of America’s thoughts on homosexuality. Buckham Alley Theatre, Flint. Sat., Nov. 18. $5. 810-239-4477. http://www.buckhamtheatre.org

The Sound of Music The hills come alive in this beloved family favorite. Kalamazoo Civic Theatre at the Civic Auditorium, Kalamazoo. Nov. 24-26, Nov. 30-Dec. 3 & 7-9. $17-$22. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com

THEATER FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES:

Dark Cowgirls and Prairie Queens The story of six African-American women who changed the course of Western expansion and history. A Young Company Production of Plowshares Theatre Company at the City Theatre, Detroit. Sat.-Sun., Nov. 25-Dec. 31. $13/children, $24/adults. 313-872-0279. http://www.plowshares.org

How the Grinch Stole Christmas Lamont E. Clegg reads the lovable holiday tale as part of Lansing’s Silver Bells in the City celebration. BoarsHead Theatre, Lansing. Fri., Nov. 17. 517-484-7805. http://www.boarshead.org

Jim Fitzsimmons, Magician A new show that used magic to unlock the creative spirit and overcome imagined limitations. Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Sat., Nov. 25. $7/children, $10/adults. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org

Pinocchio The timeless classic of the little wooden puppet who wants to be a boy. Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing. Fri.-Sun., Nov. 24-Dec. 10. $5/children, $7/adults. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com

Schoolhouse Rock The popular “Broadway Junior” musical adaptation of the award-winning television cartoon series. Farmington Hills Youth Theatre at the Costick Center, Farmington Hills. Thu.-Sun., Nov. 16-19. $8. 734-634-4678.

The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood A funny retelling of the classic tale. Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Junior Theatre at Washtenaw Community College’s College Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., Nov. 16-19. $5. 734-971-2228. http://www.a2ct.org

IMPROVISATION/LATE NIGHT/INTERACTIVE/DINNER THEATER:

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

The Last Resort A New York restaurateur and mob informant establishes a new identity in a run-down hotel in Saskatchewan and worries if one of his guests might be a hired gun. StarBrite Presents Dinner Theater at Uptown Eatery, Southfield. Fri.-Sat., through Nov. 18. $39.95, includes three-course dinner and show. 248-423-1452. http://www.starbriteprod.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

Second City’s Dysfunctional Holiday Revue Catch up with holiday film characters, take an outside look at those awkward family gatherings and experience improvised Christmas Carols in the troupe’s 28th original revue. The Second City, Novi. Every Wed.-Sun. $15-$20. 248-348-4448. http://www.secondcity.com

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