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Theater Events for the period Nov. 22-Dec. 1

By |2007-11-22T09:00:00-05:00November 22nd, 2007|Entertainment|
PROFESSIONAL THEATER/OPERA:

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., through Dec. 23. $25-$40. 248-370-3316. http://www.mbtheatre.com
Clear and Present Manger An original holiday comedy directed by Margaret Edwartowski. Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Thu.-Sun., through Dec. 22. $15. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.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., through Nov. 25. $29-$69. 616-235-6285. http://www.bwaygr.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
Every Christmas Story Ever Told Three actors toss aside “A Christmas Carol” and instead stage pretty much every BHC – beloved holiday classic. Co-produced by Meadow Brook Theatre and Williamston Theatre at Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester. Nov. 29-30, Dec. 1, 2, 5, 7-9. $30. 248-377-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.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. Tue.-Sun., through 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
Hairspray Sixteen-year-old Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big dreams, sets about to change the world in 1962 Baltimore. Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Township. Fri.-Sat., Nov. 30-Dec. 1. $45-$55. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com
The Lion King The Tony Award-winning Disney family musical returns for a limited, six-week engagement. Broadway in Detroit at the Detroit Opera House, Detroit. Tue.-Sun., Nov. 29-Jan. 6, 2008. $17-$80. 248-645-6666. http://www.broadwayindetroit.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 Nutcracker’s Nuts An elderly piano teacher at a Michigan retirement community suggests they do a different holiday show this year, something like “The Nutcracker,” but the rotund star doesn’t know how to dance. Broadway Onstage, Eastpointe. Fri.-Sun., Nov. 30-Dec. 16. $16. 586-771-6333. http://www.broadwayonstage.com
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
Puppet Scrooge Using projections, hand-crafted puppets and live actors, the Dickens classic is remixed into a unique, here-and-now family show with a Detroit twist. Matrix Theatre, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., Nov. 30-Dec. 16. $15. 313-967-0599. http://www.matrixtheatre.org
They’re Playing Our Song A musical based on the true-life relationship between lyricist Carol Bayer Sager and composer Marvin Hamlisch. Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company at the Aaron DeRoy Theatre on the campus of the Jewish Community Center, West Bloomfield. Previews Nov. 27-29 & Dec. 1 ($30-$33); then runs Wed., Thu., Sat. & Sun., Dec. 1-31. $33-$39. 248-788-2900. http://www.jettheatre.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
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. Fri.-Sat., through Nov. 24. $38.50-$72.50. 313-471-6611. http://www.olympiaentertainment.com

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY THEATER:

Bus Stop A group of travelers is stranded during a snowstorm at a Kansas diner. Wayne State University Studio Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sat., Nov. 29-Dec. 8. $10-$12. 313-577-2972. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu
Freshman Showcase A collection of scenes and monologues designed to introduce MSU’s newest actors and designers to the community. MSU Dept. of Theatre in the Auditorium Arena Theatre on the lower level of the Auditorium Building, East Lansing. Fri.-Sat., Nov. 29-Dec. 1. $7. 517-423-3426. http://www.theatre.msu.edu
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., through Dec. 2. $7. 313-845-9817. http://www.hfcc.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. 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. 23-25, 29-30, Dec. 1-2 & 6-8. $13-$15. 248-553-2955. http://www.farmingtonplayers.org
Christmas Letters A fundraiser to support local families of our troops starring area performers in a USO-style variety show, all tied together by the obnoxious and boastful Christmas letters we all receive. Curtain Up Theatre at the Warren Community Center, Warren. Sat., Dec. 1. $15. 586-771-3536. http://www.curtainuptheatre.org
Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead An “unauthorized parody” of the comic strip Peanuts in which the gang, as young adults, faces the struggles of adolescence. Actors’ Theatre at Spectrum Theatre, Grand Rapids. Thu.-Sat., Nov. 29-Dec. 8. 616-234-3946. http://www.actorstheatregrandrapids.com
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
School House Rock Live! Jr A staged version of the popular children’s educational TV program. Ann Arbor Civic Theatre at Towsley Auditorium on the campus of Washtenaw County College, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., Nov. 29-Dec. 2. $5/children; $8/adults. 734-971-2228. http://www.a2ct.org
Splotski & Dancer An original comedy that asks the timely question: What happens if a reindeer falls out of the sky onto a hunter’s deer blond while he’s in it? Buckham Alley Theatre at Woodside Church, Flint. Nov. 29-20, Dec. 1, 6-8 & 14-16. $10. 810-964-0791. http://www.buckhamtheatre.com
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:
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
Rumpelstiltskin The classic children’s tale is spun into gold in this laugh-filled musical. Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing. Fri.-Sun., through 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. Fri.-Sat., through 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:

ANN ARBOR CIVIC THEATRE – will hold auditions for “Before It Hits Home,” Dec. 5 & 8, 734-971-2228; KALAMAZOO CIVIC THEATRE – will hold auditions for “Shakespeare in Hollywood,” Dec. 9-10, 269-343-2280; MASON STREET WAREHOUSE – is pleased to help WGVU-TV bring warmth to West Michigan with “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive, 269-857-4898.

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