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Theater Events for the period Nov. 30-Dec. 9

By |2006-11-30T09:00:00-05:00November 30th, 2006|Uncategorized|
PROFESSIONAL THEATER/OPERA:

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. 30, Dec. 1-3, 6-10, 14-17 & 20-24. $25-$40. 248-377-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.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. Performed first at Williamston Theatre, Williamston, Thu.-Sun., through Dec. 3, $18-$22, 517-655-7469, http://www.williamstontheatre.org; then at Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester, Mon.-Wed., Dec. 11-20, $30, 248-377-3300, http://www.mbtheatre.com

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., through Dec. 9. $18. 734-332-3848. http://www.blackbirdtheatre.net

Holiday Memories Two of Truman Capote’s short stories, “The Thanksgiving Visitor” and “Christmas Memories,” are adapted to the stage by Russell Vandenbroucke. BoarsHead Theater, Lansing. Previews Dec. 6-7; runs Wed.-Sun., Dec. 6-31 (except Dec. 23-27). $20-$35. 517-484-7805. http://www.boarshead.org

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

Jaques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris Brel’s ideas and music based on life and love, war and peace are transformed into a thrilling musical experience. Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company at the Aaron DeRoy Theatre on the campus of the Jewish Community Center, West Bloomfield. Previews Dec. 5-7 & 9; runs Wed., Thu., Sat. & Sun., Dec. 9-Jan. 6. $32-$39. 248-788-2900. http://www.jettheatre.org

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

The Nutcracker’s Nuts The residents of a retirement home decide to stage “The Nutcracker” at Christmas rather than their usual “A Christmas Carol” – forgetting that it’s a ballet, and the rotund lady who wants to play Clara can’t dance. Broadway Onstage, Eastpointe. Fri-Sun., Dec. 1-17. $14-$16. 586-771-6333. http://www.broadwayonstage.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

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY THEATER:

A Christmas Carol The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future materialize once again. Bonstelle Theatre, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., Dec. 8-17. $8/children; $14/adults. 313-577-2960. http://www.bonstelle.com

Merchant of Venice Shakespeare’s popular play about love and revenge. Lansing Community College Performing Arts Dept. at the LCC’s Black Box in room 168 of the Gannon Building, Lansing. Fri.-Sat., Dec. 8-9. Free. 517-483-1488. http://www.lcc.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., through 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., through 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. Fri.-Sat., through Dec. 2. $10. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com

A Christmas Carol: Marley’s Revenge Jacob Marley orchestrates Scrooge’s nightmares with the hope he might be redeemed. Buckham Alley Theatre, Flint. Dec. 1-2, 8-10 & 15-17. $10. 810-239-4477. http://www.buckhamtheatre.org

A Christmas Story Adapted for the stage by Philip Grecian from the holiday film by Jean Shepard. Sunsets with Shakespeare at RE Olds Anderson Rotary Barn at Woldumar Nature Center, Lansing. Thu.-Sun., Dec. 7-17. $10. http://www.sunsetswithshakespeare.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

Inspecting Carol A man walks into a small Midwestern theater to audition and is suspected of being a spy for the National Endowment for the Arts. Whole Art Theatre in the Epic Theatre, Kalamazoo. Fri.-Sat., Dec. 1-16. $20. 269-345-7529. http://www.wholeart.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. Thu.-Sat., through 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. 30-Dec. 3, 7-9 & 15-17. $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., through Dec. 9. $25. 616-234-3968. http://www.actorsatspectrum.org

THEATER FOR FAMILIES & 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., through Dec. 31. $13/children, $24/adults. 313-872-0279. http://www.plowshares.org

Pied Piper – the Musical The rats are taking over more than the village of Hamelin! Stagecrafters Youth Theatre at the Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak. Thu.-Sun., Dec. 7-10. $6/youth, $9/adults. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.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

17 Reasons I Hate People A world premiere comedy that shares all the reasons that humanity rubs us the wrong way. Whole Art Theatre, Kalamazoo. Fri.-Sat., Dec. 8-16. $5, includes complimentary donuts and coffee. 269-345-7529. http://www.wholeart.org

AUDITIONS AND FUNDRAISERS:

WHOLE ART THEATER – auditions for “The Car Plays,” Dec. 3-4, 269-345-7529; STAGECRAFTERS – auditions for “Signature Broadway,” Dec. 17 & 19, 248-541-8027.

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