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Theater Events for the period Oct. 12-21

By |2006-10-12T09:00:00-04:00October 12th, 2006|Entertainment|
PROFESSIONAL THEATER/OPERA:

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., Oct. 19-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., Oct. 19-Nov. 12. $15. 313-967-0599. http://www.matrixtheatre.org

Closer A quartet of strangers meet, fall in love and become caught in a web of betrayal. Breathe Art Theatre Project at 1515 Broadway, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., through Oct. 14. $20. 519-980-0607. http://www.breathearttheatre.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

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

Jesus Christ Superstar Internationally beloved star Ted Neeley returns to the popular rock musical for his final tour. Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp. Oct. 13-14. $40-$50. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com

The Judy Variety Show Area favorite Michael Holmes returns Judy Garland and a bevy of guests to the stage in an unforgettable evening of music, song and laughter. Bertha Krueger Reid Theatre at Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Saugatuck. Sat., Oct. 21. $20. 269-857-2399. http://www.sc4a.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

Lydie Breeze Part one of John Guare’s Civil War drama about a group of Confederate soldiers who leave the country to form their own Utopian society. Blackbird Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sat., through Oct. 14. $18. 734-332-3848. http://www.blackbirdtheatre.biz

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

My Mother’s Italian, My father’s Jewish and I’m in Therapy A riotous, one-man comedy starring Steve Solomon who combines comic voices and sound effects to bring alive a myriad of people from all walks of life. Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Detroit. Thu.-Fri., Oct. 19-20. $22.50-$27. 313-887-8501. http://www.musichall.org

Of Mice and Men The John Steinbeck classic about two drifters with big dreams. The Theatre Company at The University of Detroit Mercy at the Marygrove College Theatre, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., through Oct. 15. $15. 313-933-3270. http://theatre.udmercy.edu

Pippin Mickey Dolenz stars as Charlemagne in this mischievous, magical musical. Wharton Center, East Lansing. Tue.-Sun., Oct. 17-22. $25-$58. 517-432-2000. http://www.whartoncenter.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. Oct. 21, 22, 25, 27-29 & Nov. 2-5. $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. Previews Oct. 17-19 & 21; runs Wed., Thu., Sat. & Sun., Oct. 21-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. $39.50-$44.50; previews half-price. 313-963-9800. http://www.gemtheatre.com

The Retreat from Moscow A middle-aged couple make peace with their flawed marriage. Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., through Oct. 29. $25-$37. 734-663-0696. http://www.performancenetwork.org

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 Oct. 20-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

Sarah Jones The Tony Award-winning playwright, actor and poet performs a new rendition of the many personalities she inhabits in the Broadway smash hit “Bridge & Tunnel.” Pasant Theatre at Wharton Center, East Lansing. Tue., Oct. 17. $23. 517-432-2000. http://www.whartoncenter.com

Stomp The international percussion sensation returns for yet another foot-stompin’ visit. Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp. Thu.-Sat., Oct. 19-21. $40-$50. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com

Tesserae One-Act Play Festival Eight challenging, thought-provoking and bold one-act plays performed by Detroit area young people. Mosaic Youth Theatre at the General Motors Mosaic Theatre, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., Oct. 13-15. “Pay what you can” admission. 313-872-6910. http://www.mosaicdetroit.org

Vampire Lesbians of Sodom and Theodora, She-Bitch of Byzantium A Charles Busch double-header: a beautiful pair of beautiful bloodsuckers and an empress whose Gypsy lover is her husband’s would-be assassin. Korda Artistic Productions at The Wellington, Windsor. Oct. 13-14 & 20-22. $15. 519-562-3394. http://www.kordaproductions.com

Voices in My Head Female serial killer Jasmine Wright is pushed over the edge after the failure of a romantic relationship. Red Haze Productions at 1515 Broadway, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., Oct. 19-22. $20. 313-585-4921.

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY THEATER:

Cripple of Inishmaan A bawdy Irish comedy about an orphaned and crippled boy who seeks the bright lights of Hollywood. Oakland University Dept. of Music, Theatre and Dance in the Varner Studio Theatre, Rochester. Thu.-Sun., through Oct. 22. $12. 248-370-3013.

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The Moon Marigolds The special talents of a young girl lauches a family into profound confrontation with the past. Wayne State University Dept. of Theatre’s Ph.D. Directors’ Series at the Studio Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sat., through Oct. 21. $8-$10. 313-577-2972. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu

Noises Off Take a peek behind the curtain in this hilarious farce of slamming doors, dropping pants and shocking affairs. Eastern Michigan University Dept. of Theatre at Quirk Theatre, Ypsilanti. Oct. 13-15 & 19-21. $15. 734-487-1221. http://www.myspace.com/emutheatre

Romeo and Juliet Discover true love amidst a war of households. Michigan State University Dept. of Theatre at The Pasant Theater at Wharton Center, East Lansing. Thu.-Sun., through Oct. 15. $15. 517-432-2000. http://www.theatre.msu.edu

COMMUNITY/CIVIC THEATER:

42nd Street The big, bold, razzmatazz musical that celebrates what dreams are made of. Kalamazoo Civic Theatre in the Civic Auditorium, Kalamazoo. Extended again: Fri.-Sat., Oct. 13-14. $17-$22. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com

The Full Monty The revealing musical about six unemployed steelworkers who come up with a bold way to make some cash. St. Dunstan’s Guild of Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills. Oct. 13-14, 20-22 & 26-28. $18. 248-737-3587. http://www.stdunstanstheatre.com

God’s Favorite If you think being teacher’s pet is hard, try being God’s favorite! Sunsets with Shakespeare at the RE Olds Anderson Rotary Barn at Woldumar Nature Center, Lansing. Thu.-Sun., through Oct. 15. $10. http://www.sunsetswithshakespeare.com

House of Sourdhes The world premiere of a new musical about a lost king, an exiled princess, a fallen cleric and a treacherous legacy set against the backdrop of the Byzantine Empire and Persia. Trenton Village Theatre, Trenton. Oct. 20-22 & 26-29. $12. 734-671-2202. http://www.dypac.com

To Kill a Mockingbird A tough and tender story of race, class, justice and the pain of growing up. Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing. Thu.-Sun., through Oct. 22. $10-$14. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com

Krapp’s Last Tape and A Slight Ache A pair of short dramas by Beckett and Pinter. Riverwalk Theatre at Creole Gallery, Lansing. Fri.-Sun., through Oct. 15. $10. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com

Lobby Hero “What would I do” is the question of the day in this serio-comic drama by Kenneth Lonergan. A Stagecrafters’ 2nd Stage production at the Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak. Oct. 13-15 & 19-22. $12. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.org

The Merry Wives of Windsor Two married women wooed by the same man compare notes and set about to teach him a lesson. Kalamazoo Civic Theatre at the Suzanne D. Parish Theatre, Kalamazoo. Oct. 12-15 & 20-21. $15-$20. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com

The Pillowman A new gothic thriller about a fiction writer in a totalitarian state who is interrogated about his gruesome short stories. Peppermint Creek Theatre Company at Hannah Community Center, East Lansing. Thu,-Sat., through Oct. 14. $15. 517-719-3887. http://www.peppermintcreek.org

Scream Theater Tales of suspense and terror will chill your soul this Halloween season. Flint City Theatre at Clarkston Village Players’ Depot Theater, Clarkston. Sat., Oct. 21. $12. 248-625-8811. http://www.clarkstonvillageplayers.org

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee Eric Bogosian’s edgy, frenetic riff on pop culture and the information age. Ann Arbor Civic Theatre’s Studio Theater, Ann Arbor. Fri.-Sat., Oct. 20-28. $10-$15. 734-971-2228. http://www.a2ct.org

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

Swindling Jehovah One of the latest works by LGBT playwright Randy Wyatt. A Late Night Series production of Whole Art Theater, Kalamazoo. Fri.-Sat., through Oct. 14. $5. 269-345-7529. http://www.wholeart.org

Throw Mummy from the Train Help unravel the mystery of the missing mummy. Random Acts on the Charlotte Mystery Train, Charlotte. Every Saturday, through Oct. 28. $57.95 includes dinner and show. 888-726-8277. http://www.random-acts.net

AUDITIONS AND FUNDRAISERS:

UPTOWN DINNER THEATER – holding auditions for upcoming shows, Nov. 6, 248-390-5443; ANN ARBOR CIVIC THEATRE – looking for directors for 2007-08 season, 734-971-2228.

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