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Theater Events for the period Oct. 9 – 18

By |2003-10-09T09:00:00-04:00October 9th, 2003|Uncategorized|
Professional Theater:

Boxes A recovering drug addict has to confront his pat when his niece almost dies of a heroin overdose. Presented Oct. 14 as part of the Staged Reading Series at the BoarsHead Theatre, Lansing. No admission charge. 517-484-7805. www.boarshead.org
The Diviners A disenchanted preacher in the early 1930s confronts a traumatized boy’s 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.
For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls A hilarious one-act parody that satirizes Tennessee Williams’ classic “The Glass Menagerie.” A late evening presentation staged by Planet Ant, Hamtramck, Oct. 10 & 11. Tickets: $5. 313-365-4948. www.planetant.com.
The Glass Menagerie The classic American drama in which a faded Southern Belle constantly meddles in the lives of her grown children. Staged Thursday through Sunday by Planet Ant, Hamtramck, through Oct. 12. Tickets: $15. 313-365-4948. www.planetant.com.
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, Oct. 15 – 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.
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, Oct. 14 – 19. Tickets: $32 – $65. 810-237-7333. http://thewhiting.com.
Mama Mia ABBA’s 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 Wilder’s 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 pilot’s 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, Oct. 10 – 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.

University/College Theater:

Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) A subversive farce about a Ph.D. candidate who sets out to prove Shakespeare’s “Othello” and “Romeo and Juliet” were takeoffs of other comedies. Presented Thursday through Sunday by the University of Michigan Dept. of Theatre & Drama at the Trueblood Theatre, Ann Arbor, through Oct. 12. Tickets: $15. 734-764-2538. www.uprod.music.umich.edu.
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, October 9 – 12 & 14 – 19. Tickets: $12. 248-370-3013.
Guys and Dolls The organizer of the longest-running floating crap game in New York places a bet he thinks is a sure-fire hit. Presented by the University of Michigan Musical Theatre Dept. at Mendelssohn Theatre, Ann Arbor, Oct. 9 – 12. Tickets: $20 – $15. 734-764-2538. www.uprod.music.umich.edu.
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, Oct. 9 – 18. Tickets: $8. 313-577-2972. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu/t_studio.html.

Civic/Community Theater:

A Streetcar Named Desire Visiting in-laws are given a bad rap when Blanche DuBois rides into New Orleans to visit her pregnant sister. Staged by the Farmington Players Oct. 9 – 11. Tickets: $13. 248-553-2955. www.farmingtonplayers.org.
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 Stiker’s classic vampire novel. Staged Thursday through Sunday by the Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing, Oct. 16 – 26. Tickets: $10 & $12. 517-482-5700. www.riverwalktheatre.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, Oct. 10 – 18. Tickets: $7. 269-345-7529. www.wholeart.org
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s 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. 10 – 11, 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 “Twisted Tales,” as theatergoers watch their stories come alive as their anonymously submitted ideas become springboards for comedic and dramatic improvisations. Presented at the Kerrytown Concert House, Ann Arbor, Oct. 10 only. Tickets: $12 – $15. 734-913-9733. www.empatheatre.org.
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: Farmington Players – “Fiddler on the Roof,” Oct. 26, 248-661-1383.

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