Theater Events for the period Nov. 2-11

By |2006-11-02T09:00:00-05:00November 2nd, 2006|Uncategorized|
PROFESSIONAL THEATER/OPERA:

Antony and Cleopatra A tempestuous love affair tears two great leaders of ancient Rome and Egypt apart. UMS presents the Royal Shakespeare Company at Power Center, Ann Arbor. Performed in repertory through Nov. 11. $30-$150. 734-764-2538. http://www.ums.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. 11, 12, 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

Boomtown 1925 An original play about Detroit’s Jazz Age: Hot jazz, cold drinks and five women who on the forefront of change. Matrix Theatre Company at YMCA Boll Family Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., through Nov. 12. $15. 313-967-0599. http://www.matrixtheatre.org

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

Ctrl+Alt+Delete An exploration of the hubris, avarice and illusion that accompanied the dot.com boom and bust. Icarus Falling at the Creole Gallery, Lansing. Fri.-Sat., through Nov. 11. $10. 517-290-4375. http://www.icarusfalling.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

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. 9-12 & 16; runs Thu.-Sun, Nov. 17-Dec. 31. $25-$37. 734-663-0696. http://www.performancenetwork.org

Frankenstein The world premiere of a highly theatrical and powerful production that traces Dr. Frankenstein’s path from creation to final confrontation with his creature. Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester. Wed.-Sun., through Nov. 5. $22-$38. 248-377-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.com

Julius Caesar A gripping political thriller that explores the complexities of power. UMS presents the Royal Shakespeare Company at Power Center, Ann Arbor. Performed in repertory through Nov. 12. $30-$150. 734-764-2538. http://www.ums.org

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, plus Sun., Nov. 5. $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

Porgy and Bess A well-liked cripple on Catfish Row in South Carolina pursues the young woman of his dreams. Michigan Opera Theatre at the Detroit Opera House, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., through Nov. 5. $28-$120. 313-237-7464. http://www.michiganopera.org

The Price Two long-separated brothers must reunite after the death of their father to sell his possessions. Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company at the Aaron DeRoy Theatre on the campus of the Jewish Community Center, West Bloomfield. Wed., Thu., Sat. & Sun., through Nov. 12. $29-$39. 248-799-2900. http://www.jettheatre.org

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

Rounding Third Two mismatched dads battle to get through the summer as they lead their kids’ little league team through a season of strikeouts and snacks. Williamston Theatre, Williamston. Thu.-Sun., through Nov. 12. $18-$22. 517-655-7469. http://www.williamstontheatre.org

The Tempest Shakespeare’s poignant fairwell to the stage has love, tragedy and comedy in equal measure. UMS presents the Royal Shakespeare Company at Power Center, Ann Arbor. Performed in repertory through Nov. 12. $30-$150. 734-764-2538. http://www.ums.org

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

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY THEATER:

Adam’s Rib A witty battle of the sexes pits married lawyers on opposite sides of an attempted murder case. A Stages of the Law production presented by Lansing Community College Performing Arts Dept. at Dart Auditorium, Lansing. Nov. 3-5 & 10-11. $10. 517-483-1488. http://www.lcc.edu

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. $13. 517-432-2000. http://www.whartoncenter.com

Inherit the Wind It’s science vs. religion as a high school science teacher is set to stand trial for teaching the theory of evolution. Bonstelle Theatre, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., through Nov. 5. $14. 313-577-2960. http://www.bonstelle.com

The Secret Garden Mystery, magic and beauty are combined in this musical adaptation of the classic 1911 children’s novel. Festival Playhouse of Kalamazoo College at Nelda K. Balch Playhouse, Kalamazoo. Thu.-Sun., Nov. 9-12. $15. 269-337-7333. http://www.kzoo.edu/theatre

COMMUNITY/CIVIC THEATER:

Caught in the Net A London bigamist taxi driver finds himself in an internet-age dilemma. Stagecrafters at the Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak. Nov. 3-5, 9-12 & 16-19. $14-$16. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.org

Debbie Does Dallas A rollicking musical based on the 1978 coming of age movie that is vibrant, colorful and steeped in irony. Whole Art Theater at the Epic Theatre, Kalamazoo. Fri.-Sat., through Nov. 4. $22. 269-345-7529. http://www.wholeart.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. Nov. 3-4, 9-12 & 17-18. $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. Nov. 3-4, 10-12 & 17-18. $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. Nov. 9-12 & 16-18. $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. Nov. 10-11, 17-19, 24-26 & Dec. 1-3. $18. 313-561-TKTS. http://www.playersguildofdearborn.org

Proof A troubled, young woman who cared for her brilliant, but unstable father must struggle with her own demons after his death. Avon Players, Rochester Hills. Fri.-Sun., through Nov. 11. $14. 248-608-9077. http://www.avonplayers.org

Tom Jones Banished for an illicit affair with a betrothed woman, an infamous “rake” leaves London on search for adventure. Ann Arbor Civic Theatre at Washtenaw Community College’s Towsley Auditorium, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., Nov. 9-12. $20. 734-971-2228. http://www.a2ct.org

USO Show A musical review comprised of patriotic songs of hope and remembrance in observation of Veterans Day. Kalamazoo Civic Theatre’s Senior Class Reader’s Theatre at the Carver Center Studio Theatre, Kalamazoo. Nov. 10-12. $5. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com

THEATER FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES:

Charlotte’s Web This classic tale of friendship, loyalty and trust has been loved by generations. Kalamazoo Civic Youth Theatre at the Civic auditorium, Kalamazoo. Wed.-Sat., through Nov. 4. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com

Lazer Vaudeville High-tech laser magic is combined with the traditional art of vaudeville to create an original theatrical production. Flint Youth Theatre at The Whiting, Flint. Fri., Nov. 3. $16/children; $18/adults. 810-237-7333. http://www.thewhiting.com

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

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

Samhain Three modern witches stumble upon a soccer mom bingeing on her kids’ Halloween candy. Late Night Series at Whole Art Theatre, Kalamazoo. Fri.-Sat., through Nov. 4. $5; with unlimited coffee, $7. 269-345-7529. {UR: www.wholeart.org}

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind It’s 30 plays in 60 minutes, with fun, frolic and a bit of mayhem. A Late Night feature at the BoarsHead Theatre, Lansing. Fri.-Sat., through Nov. 4. $5. 517-484-7805. http://www.boarshead.org

AUDITIONS AND FUNDRAISERS:

PLAYERS GUILD OF DEARBORN – auditions for “The Women,” Nov. 13-14, 313-561-TKTS; AVON PLAYERS – auditions for “Over the River and Through the Woods,” Nov. 12-13, 248-652-6397.

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