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Theater Events for the period Oct. 16 – 25

By | 2016-03-10T09:00:00-05:00 March 10th, 2016|Uncategorized|
Professional Theater:

Dirty Story An outrageously dark comedy about the battle of the sexes that satirizes the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Staged Wednesday through Sunday by the Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company, West Bloomfield, Oct. 22 – Nov. 23. Tickets: $22 – $32. 248-788-2900. www.jettheatre.org.
The Diviners A disenchanted preacher in the early 1930s confronts a traumatized boyÕs fear of water after the drowning of his mother. Presented Thursday through Sunday by The Theatre Company, a mix of professional and student actors, at McAuley Auditorium on the Outer Drive Campus of University Detroit Mercy through Oct. 19. Tickets: $12. 313-993-6461. http://theatre.udmercy.edu.
The Good Doctor A composite of sketches and stories written by Neil Simon based on earlier works of Anton Chekhov. Staged Wednesday through Sunday at the Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea, through Dec. 20. Tickets: $17.50 – 32.50. 734-433-7673. www.purplerosetheatre.org
The Gravity of Honey A story of faith and friendship about two lost souls, a nightclub singer and a Catholic priest, who are thrown together by an act of God. Staged Wednesday through Sunday by Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester, through Nov. 9. Tickets: $22 – $38. 248-370-3316. www.mbtheatre.com.
Great Expectations Adventures arise when an unknown benefactor sends a working class young man to London to become a gentleman. Performed in repertory Wednesday through Saturday at the Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, Oct. 17 – Dec. 13. Tickets: $12 – $20. 313-577-2972. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu/t_hilberry.html.
Home A young black man searches for everything he wants in life, only to realize he had those things back home. Presented Thursday through Sunday by Plowshares Theatre Company at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, Oct. 18 – Nov. 9. Tickets: $20. 313-872-0279. www.plowshares.org.
The House of Blue Leaves A dark, yet comedic look at the values of American society and the seemingly insurmountable obstacles of life. Performed in repertory Wednesday through Saturday at the Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, through Dec. 6. Tickets: $12 – $20. 313-577-2972. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu/t_hilberry.html.
Late Night Catechism The irrepressible Sister is back once again to teach an adult catechism class made up of the entire theater audience. Staged Tuesday through Sunday at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp., through Oct. 19. Tickets: $25 – $29. 586-286-2222. www.macombcenter.com
Les Miserables A fugitive is pitted against a cruel and self-righteous inspector in a lifelong struggle to evade capture for a crime he paid for long ago. Presented at Whiting Auditorium, Flint, through Oct. 19. Tickets: $32 – $65. 810-237-7333. http://thewhiting.com.
Mama Mia ABBAÕs greatest hits are woven into three love stories that will have audiences singing and dancing in the aisles. Staged Tuesday through Sunday at the Fisher Theatre, Detroit, through Nov. 15. Tickets: $32.50 – $72.50. 248-645-6666. www.nederlanderdetroit.com
Our Town Thorton WilderÕs Pulitzer Prize-winning classic that reminds us how important it is to savor every moment, no matter how commonplace it may seem. Staged Wednesday through Sunday at the BoarsHead Theatre, Lansing, through Oct. 26. Tickets: $19 – $29. 517-484-7805. www.boarshead.org.
Tongue of a Bird A lyrically poetic story about a search and rescue pilotÕs journey to find a child and recover her own childhood memories. Staged Thursday through Sunday at Performance Network, Ann Arbor, Oct. 16 – Nov. 9. Tickets: $22.50 & 27.50. 734-663-0681. www.performancenetwork.org.
The Trip Four girlfriends embark on a cross-country trip that tests the limits of their friendship and changes their lives forever. Presented Friday through Sunday by the African Renaissance Theater at the Hastings Street Ballroom, Detroit, through Nov. 2. Tickets: $20. 877-865-6818.
Triple Espresso A high-energy family-friendly comedy featuring songs, parody send-ups and vaudeville-style ensemble comedy. Staged Tuesday through Sunday at the historic Gem Theatre, Detroit, through December. Tickets: $32.50 & $37.50. 313-463-4216. www.gemtheatre.com.
Twelve Angry Jurors ItÕs democracy in action as the fate of a 19-year-old who is accused of stabbing his father to death is decided by twelve ticked-off jurors. Staged Friday through Sunday by the Detroit Ensemble Theatre, Roseville, Oct. 24 – Nov. 9. Tickets: $12. 586-790-5666.

University/College Theater:

Great Expectations Eccentric characters and unexpected twists and turns are what Pip encounters when he strives to become a gentleman. Presented by the Oakland University Dept. of Music, Theatre and Dance at Varner Studio Theatre, Rochester, through Oct. 19. Tickets: $12. 248-370-3013.
Marisol A young Puerto Rican woman learns that recent absurd events are the result of God going senile. Staged Thursday through Saturday at the Wayne State Studio Theatre, Detroit, through Oct. 18. Tickets: $8. 313-577-2972. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu/t_studio.html.
Much Ado About Nothing A formal duel, a scheming friar and a gaggle of bumbling constables are just what Shakespeare ordered in this battle of love and sex. Staged Friday through Sunday at the Bonstelle Theatre, Detroit, Oct. 24 – Nov. 2. Tickets: $10. 313-577-2960. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu/t_bonstelle.html.

Civic/Community Theater:

Alice in Wonderland DonÕt be late for a very important date when an inquisitive young girl takes a tumble down a rabbit hole. Presented by the Kalamazoo Civic Youth Theatre at the Civic Auditorium, Kalamazoo, Oct. 22 – 26. Tickets: $5 children, $6.50 adults. 269-343-1313. www.kazoocivic.com.
Bat Boy: The Musical The off-Broadway musical hit about a half-boy/half-bat who is taken in by a local veterinarian and his family. Presented by Stagecrafters at the Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak, Oct. 17 – 19, Oct. 23 – 26 & Oct. 30 – Nov. 1. Tickets: $$12. 248-541-6430. www.stagecrafters.org.
Dracula A new adaptation that restores the suspense and seduction of Bram StikerÕs classic vampire novel. Staged Thursday through Sunday by the Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing, through Oct. 26. Tickets: $10 & $12. 517-482-5700. www.riverwalktheatre.com.
Les Liaisons Dangereuses The witty, seductive and wicked world of the Pre-Revolutionary French aristocracy is explored in a parlor room drama that contains adult scenes and subject matter. Staged by St. DunstanÕs Guild of Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills, Oct. 24, 25 & 31 and Nov. 1, 2, 6 – 8. Tickets: $13. 248-644-0527. www.stdunstanstheatre.com.
The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me The sexual, spiritual and political yearnings of gay America come to life through the exploration of the urban gay male experience. Staged Friday and Saturday by the Whole Art Theater, Kalamazoo, through Oct. 18. Tickets: $7. 269-345-7529. www.wholeart.org.
One Flew Over the CuckooÕs Nest A patient swaggers into a mental hospital and takes over, much to the chagrin of Nurse Ratched. Presented by the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre at the Parish Theatre, Kalamazoo, Oct. 16 – 19, & 24 – 25. Tickets: $13 & $16. 269-343-1313. www.kazoocivic.com.

Improvisational Theater:

Best of Second City Touring Company A brand new best-of Second City show continues the celebration of 10 years of comedy in Detroit. Staged every Sunday at Second City Detroit. Tickets: $12. 313-965-2222. www.olympiaentertainment.com.
Comedy Works A hilarious collective of Detroit-area improvisers called The Guild returns to tickle your funny bones. Staged Friday and Saturday at the Century Theatre, Detroit, through Nov. 8. Tickets: $15. 313-963-9800. www.gemtheatre.com.
Empatheatre The topic this month is ÒTwisted Tales,Ó as theatergoers watch their stories
Ten Some of the most hilarious scenes of the past 10 years are assembled in a retrospective that celebrates the best of Second City – Detroit. Staged every Wednesday through Sunday at Second City – Detroit. Tickets: $15 & $20. 313-965-2222. www.olympiaentertainment.com.

AUDITIONS: Kalamazoo Civic Theatre – ÒNoises Off,Ó Nov. 2 & 3, 269-343-2280; Michigan Opera Theatre – ÒMadame ButterflyÓ (child role), Oct. 20, 313-237-3405; Michigan Renaissance Festival, ÒA Christmas with a Twist,Ó Oct. 25, 800-601-4848; Riverwalk Theatre – ÒDreamgirls,Ó Oct. 19 & 20, 517-482-5700.

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