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Theater Events for the period Nov. 23-Dec. 2

By | 2006-11-23T09:00:00-05:00 November 23rd, 2006|Uncategorized|

TE1 Skriker Pub3.jpg: In HFCC’s live stage presentation of Caryl Churchill’s “The Skriker,” Laura McCallum (left), a human incarnation of an ancient, evil fairy, attempts to tempt Devona Moore (right) into the ways of the underworld as a wicked guardian of the underworld, Rawheadandbloodybones (HFCC actor Michael Cochran in a motion capture suit, giving life to a digital puppet), observes. The scenery and creatures are generated in 3D stereo and the audience wears polarized glasses to view the show. Photo: Courtesy HFCC

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., through Nov. 26. $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
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. 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., extended through Jan. 20, 2007. $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., through 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. Thu.-Sun, through Dec. 31. $25-$37. 734-663-0696. http://www.performancenetwork.org
The Great American Egg Nog Festival II An irreverent holiday celebration that features “The Santaland Diaries” and “Santa’s Celebrity Roast.” Blackbird Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sat., Nov. 30-Dec. 9. $18. 734-332-3848. http://www.blackbirdtheatre.net
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas A new stage adaptation of the beloved holiday classic film. Fox Theatre, Detroit. Tue.-Sun., through Dec. 30. $20-$100. 313-471-6611. http://www.olympiaentertainment.com
Menopause The Musical The hilarious musical set in Bloomingdales concludes its record-shattering run. Century Theatre, Detroit. Every Tue.-Sun. through Dec. 17. $39.50. 313-963-9800. http://www.gemtheatre.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. Every Thu.-Sun. $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 through Feb. 3, 2007. $15-$28. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com
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:

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. 22, 24-25. $8-$10. 313-577-2972. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu
Short Play Fest ’06 An evening of original works by national and local playwrights. Flint City Theatre at Good Beans Cafe, Flint. Thu.-Sat., Nov. 30-Dec. 2. $7. 810-237-4663. http://www.flintcitytheatre.com
The Skriker A dark fantasy that combines live action and 3D motion capture about the plight of two sisters who are stalked by The Skriker, an ancient fairy from the underworld. Henry Ford Community College’s Virtual Theatricality Lab, Dearborn. Wed.-Sat., Nov. 29-Dec. 2. $15. 313-845-6478. http://www.hfcctheater.com

COMMUNITY/CIVIC THEATER:

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
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. 24-26 & Nov. 30-Dec. 2. $15. 248-553-2955. http://www.farmingtonplayers.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
Tick…Tick…Boom! The West Michigan premiere of the musical that focuses on the days leading up to playwright Jonathon Larson’s 30th birthday. Actors’ Theatre at Spectrum Theater, Grand Rapids. Thu.-Sat., Nov. 30-Dec. 9. $25. 616-234-3968. http://www.actorsatspectrum.org

THEATER FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES & FAMILIES:

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., through Dec. 31. $13/children, $24/adults. 313-872-0279. http://www.plowshares.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., through Dec. 10. $5/children, $7/adults. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com
Treasure Island Britain’s century-old tradition, the Christmas Panto, returns with this musical adaptation of the classic tale by Robert Louis Stevenson. EMU Theatre at Quirk Theatre, Ypsilanti. Dec. 2-3 & 8-9. $6/children; $15/adults. 734-487-1221.

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
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., through Dec. 31. $15-$20. 248-348-4448. http://www.secondcity.com

AUDITIONS AND FUNDRAISERS:

ANN ARBOR CIVIC THEATRE – auditions for “Parallel Lives,” Dec. 9-10, 734-971-2228; STAGECRAFTERS – hosting its fifth annual “Breakfast with Santa,” Dec. 10, 248-541-6430; KALAMAZOO CIVIC THEATRE – auditions for “Crowns,” Dec. 10-11, 269-343-2280.

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