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Theater Events for the period Oct. 4-13

By |2007-10-04T09:00:00-04:00October 4th, 2007|Entertainment|

EDITOR’S PICK:
The Michigan Classical Repertory Theatre will present the medieval morality play “Everyman,” Oct. 11-21 at the Riverside Arts Center at 76 N. Huron Street in Ypsilanti. The show will be directed by MCRT Board Member Isaac Ellis.
The play portrays a complacent Everyman who is informed by Death of his approaching end. As he seeks to find friends to accompany him on his final journey, he looks to Fellowship, his Kindred and Goods; they all desert him, one by one. Even his personal attributes (strength, discretion, beauty, five wits and knowledge) leave him. The only one who is willing to stay by him to the end is Good Deeds. Everyman progresses from despair and fear of death before reaching an acceptance of his fate and, finally, redemption.
Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.
General admission tickets are $18; $15 for students and seniors; and $12 for groups of 6 or more. Thursdays are pay-what-you-can.
For more information or to reserve tickets call 734-214-6600.
Donald V. Calamia

PROFESSIONAL THEATER/OPERA:

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Tennessee Williams’ classic tale of betrayal in a powerful Southern family is staged with an all African-American cast. Blackbird Theatre, Ann Arbor. Fri.-Sun., Oct. 9-Nov. 13. $20. 734-332-3848. http://www.blackbirdtheatre.net
The Clean House The Michigan premiere of a comedy about a quiet little house in a quiet Connecticut town whose inhabitants all believe in one thing: cleanliness! Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., through Oct. 21. $25-$37. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org
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 Oct. 5-Dec. 15. $20-$30. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com
Cyrano The world premiere of David DiChiera’s opera about the French nobleman, soldier and poet who is afflicted with an astonishingly large nose. Michigan Opera Theatre at the Detroit Opera House, Detroit. Oct. 13, 17, 20, 26 & 28. $25-$147. 313-237-7464. http://www.michiganopera.org
Desperate Losers: NSFW (Not Safe For Work) Part One of an original two-part comedy set in 2012 about a Detroit auto worker who struggles to balance his dreams of fame with the realities of work, all the while America slips closer to a dictatorship. The Abreact at The Zeitgeist, Detroit. Fri.-Sat., through Oct. 20. $10. 313-247-5270. http://www.theabreact.com, http://www.zeitgeistdetroit.org
Disney’s High School Musical A jock and a genius navigate the tricky current of peer pressure to follow their dreams. Cobb Great Hall at Wharton Center, East Lansing. Tue.-Sun., through Oct. 7. $25-$58. 800-WHARTON. http://www.whartoncenter.com
Dr. Seward’s Dracula In the wake of the “Dracula incident,” Dr. Seward hides himself away, but Bram Stoker returns hoping to find the subject of his next novel. Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Thu.-Sun., through Nov. 3. $15. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com
Escanaba in Love The prequel to the successful “Escanaba in da Moonlight,” the 2007 Wilde Award-winning romantic comedy moves from the Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea to downtown Detroit for a laugh-filled run. The Historic Gem Theatre, Detroit. Wed.-Sun., through Nov. 4. $39.50. 313-963-9800. http://www.gemtheatre.com
The Glass Menagerie The classic American tale of a faded, tragic remnant of Southern gentility who lives in poverty with her son and daughter in St. Louis. The University of Detroit Mercy Theatre Company at Marygrove College Theatre, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., through Oct. 14. $15. 313-993-3270. http://theatre.udmercy.edu
Guys on Ice Two buddys spend the day in a shanty on the ice solving some of life’s mysteries. Williamston Theatre, Williamston. Previews Oct. 4-7 & 11 ($15); runs Thu.-Sun., Oct. 12-Nov. 11. $18-$24. 517-655-7469. http://www.williamstontheatre.org
Old Wicked Songs A young piano prodigy trying to overcome an artistic block takes voice lessons from a professor with a troubled past. Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company in the Aaron DeRoy Theatre on the campus of the Jewish Community Center, West Bloomfield. Previews Oct. 9-11 & 13; runs Wed., Thu., Sat. & Sun., Oct. 13-Nov. 4. $30-$39. 248-788-2900. http://www.jettheatre.org
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest The staff of a “therapeutic community” finds sadistic pleasure in exploiting the fears and desires of its patients. Matrix Theatre Company at the Boll Family YMCA, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., Oct. 11-Nov. 11. $15. 313-967-0599. http://www.matrixtheatre.org
The Pillowman Police drag a writer and his brother in for questioning about a series of bizarre murders for which the only clues are his stories. Breathe Art Theatre Project at the Furniture Factory, Detroit. Fri.-Sat., through Oct. 13 and Sun., Oct. 7. $20. 313-831-1939. http://www.breathearttheatre.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. Previews Oct. 4-7 & 10-11 ($20-$25); runs Wed.-Sun., Oct. 12-Dec. 22. $25-$38. 734-433-7673. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org
Recent Tragic Events Everyone knows where they were on 9/11, but who remembers the day after? Who Wants Cake? Theatre at The Ringwald, Ferndale. Fri.-Mon., through Oct. 8. $10-$20. 248-556-8581. http://www.whowantscaketheatre.com
Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure The Victorian underworld comes alive in this suspenseful confrontation between the World’s Greatest Detective and his arch enemy, Professor Moriarity. Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester. Previews Oct. 10-12 ($22-$28); runs Wed.-Sun., Oct. 13-Nov. 4. $28-$38. 248-377-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.com
Something to Hide A writer, a wife, a mistress, a pregnancy – and a shocking death in the English countryside. Broadway Onstage, Eastpointe. Fri., Sat. and select Sundays, through Oct. 6. $14-$16. 586-771-6333. http://www.broadwayonstage.com
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Six young people in the throes of puberty learn that winning isn’t everything and losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser. Fisher Theatre, Detroit. Tue.-Sun., through Oct. 21. $25-$70. 313-872-1000. http://www.broadwayindetroit.com
What’s Done in the Dark A high-spirited Tyler Perry production that asks “Everyone has a song and dance to tell, but is everyone telling the whole story?” Fox Theatre, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., Oct. 12-14. $45.50-$55.50. 313-471-6611. http://www.olympiaentertainment.com

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY THEATER:

Big River, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn A big-hearted American musical of self-discovery and friendship in the 1840s. U of M Dept. of Musical Theatre at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., Oct. 11-14. $18-$24. 734-764-2538. http://www.music.umich.edu
Our Lady of 121st Street Mourners have gathered at a Harlem funeral home to pay their respects to a beloved and feared childhood teacher, but someone has stolen Sister Rose’s body. U of M Dept. of Theatre and Drama at the Arthur Miller Theatre, Ann Arbor. Fri.-Sun., through Oct. 14. $24. 734-764-2538. http://www.music.umich.edu
Pygmalion A lowly flower girl is transformed from a cockney guttersnipe to a fashionable high society lady. The MSU Dept. of Theatre at the Fairchild Theatre located in the Auditorium building on the MSU campus, East Lansing. Oct. 10-14 & 16. $15. 800-WHARTON. http://www.theatre.msu.edu

COMMUNITY/CIVIC THEATER:

Baldwin Honor Role Local business and civic leaders read excerpts of chilling classics appropriately themed for the upcoming autumnal season. Stagecrafters at the Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak. Sat., Oct. 6. $10. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.org
Best Man Two rivals for their party’s presidential nomination dig up dirt on their opponent, but will one forsake their principles and stoop to the other’s level? Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing. Thu.-Sun., Oct. 11-21. $10-$14. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com
Fiction The boundaries between past and present, fact and fiction, trust and betrayal begin to break down when a married couple – both writers – share their diaries when one is given three weeks to live. Peppermint Creek Theatre at Perspective2 in Lansing’s Old Town District. Thu.-Sun., through Oct. 6. $15. 517-927-3016. http://www.peppermintcreek.org
Everyman A complacent Everyman is informed by Death of his approaching end. Michigan Classical Repertory Theatre at the Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti. Thu.-Sun., Oct. 11-21. $18. 734-214-6600. http://www.mcrt.org
Kiss of the Spider Woman A complex relationship develops between two men caged together in a Latin American prison for very different reasons. St. Dunstan’s Guild of Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills. Oct. 12-13, 19-21 & 25-27. $18. 248-737-3587. http://www.stdunstanstheatre.com
Macbeth Shakespeare’s dark depiction of ambition, guilt and murder. Kalamazoo Civic Theatre at the Parish Theatre, Kalamazoo. Oct. 12-13, 18-21 & 26-27. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com
Moonlight, Martinis & Murder Compare clues to solve this fun-filled comedy “whodunit” set in the 1930s. The historic Longacre House, Farmington Hills. Sat., Oct. 6. $40, which includes an array of Hors d’oeuvres provided by Trader Joe’s. 248-473-1848.
Ragtime An epic musical that beautifully paints a nostalgic and powerful portrait of American life at the turn of the 20th century. Kalamazoo Civic Theatre at the Civic Auditorium, Kalamazoo. Thu.-Sat., through Oct. 6. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com
Seven Passages: The Stories of Gay Christians Over 100 gay individuals were interviewed to create this stark and vital look at one of the deepest conflicts in contemporary culture: homosexuality and Christianity. Thu.-Sun., through Oct. 6. Actors’ Theatre at Spectrum Theatre on the campus of Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids. $25. 616-234-3946. http://www.actorsatspectrum.org
Third Coast Playwright’s Festival A festival of five plays in 10 days, including four by Michigan playwrights, concludes with: “The Home Team” by Kim Carney (Fri.-Sat., through Oct. 6), “Passing the Love of Women” by Motti Lerner and Israel Zamir (Thu., Oct. 4), and “As American As” by Ken Prestininzi (Sat., Oct 6). Shenandoah International Playwrights and Whole Art Theatre at the Whole Art Studio Theatre, Kalamazoo. $5 per show or $15 festival pass. 269-664-4694. http://www.wholeart.org
Working Stiffs The world premiere of a comedy/satire by Clawson-based playwright Edward J. Thomas about an ordinary day in the lives of some ordinary folks: the Sandman, Mother Nature, Life, Death and Father Time. Stagecrafters’ 2nd Stage at the Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak. Oct. 12-14 & 18-21. $12. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.org

IMPROVISATION/LATE NIGHT/INTERACTIVE/DINNER THEATER:

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
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
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
Night of the Living Debt The Second City’s 30th revue tackles the issues of today and tickles the funny bone in the process. The Second City, Novi. Every Wed.-Sun. $15-$20. 248-348-4448. http://www.secondcity.com
Screwsbury’s House of Artifacts, Relics and Knick-Knacks An original comedy by the winners of the 2007 Summer Improv Festival, Shark! Late Night at Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Thu.-Sat., Oct. 12-Nov. 13. $5. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com
Smell of the Kill A trio of suburban housewives ponder whether they should free their husbands from their predicament or free themselves from their marriages. StarBrite Presents at the Uptown Eatery, Southfield. Saturday evenings ($39.95) and Sunday afternoons ($36.95), through Nov. 4. Price includes three-course meal, show and tax. 248-423-1452. http://www.starbriteprod.com

AUDITIONS & NEWS:

ANN ARBOR CIVIC THEATRE – will hold auditions for “Bat Boy: The Musical,” Oct. 20-21, 734-971-2228; BEHIND THE CURTAIN – auditions for an original one-act musical written and directed by Linda Pohl, which includes one gay male character, will be held Oct. 24 at The Village Theatre at Cherry Hill, 734-259-2527; BOARSHEAD THEATRE – welcomes three new staff members: Patty Mallett (communications director), Ted Rhyner (production manager) and John Dale Smith (development director); STAGECRAFTERS YOUTH THEATRE – will hold auditions for “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Oct. 6, 248-541-8027; WHOLE ART THEATRE – will hold auditions for “Ain’t Got No Home,” Oct. 14-15, 269-345-7529.

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