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Theater Events for the period Sept. 13-22

By | 2007-09-13T09:00:00-04:00 September 13th, 2007|Entertainment|

EDITOR’S PICK:
The Michigan State Department of Theatre will present the contemporary play “As Bees In Honey Drown” by Douglas Carter Beane. The play is a satirical comedy about a new writer hypnotized by a muse who promises success beyond his wildest dreams. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 18-20; 8 p.m., Sept. 21-22; and 2 p.m., Sept. 23 in the Arena Theatre located in the lower level of the Auditorium building on Michigan State’s Campus in East Lansing.
“As Bees in Honey Drown” tells the story of Alexa Vere de Vere, who has been preying on almost-famous artists for years. That is until Evan Wyler, a new author, comes up with a plan that involves all of her victims and helps his career.
Admission is $10 for general public and $8 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased at the box office in the Auditorium before the show, online at whartoncenter.com, or by calling 1-800-WHARTON.
Donald V. Calamia

PROFESSIONAL THEATER/OPERA:

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
Don’t Dress for Dinner A wealthy Frenchman plans a luxurious weekend with his chic mistress, so what could go wrong? In a farce, plenty! Tipping Point Theatre, Northville. Thu.-Sun., through Sept. 29. $18-$35. 248-347-0003. http://www.tippingpointtheatre.org
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. Previews Sept. 12-16 ($19.75); runs Wed.-Sun., Sept. 19-Nov. 4. $39.50. 313-963-9800. http://www.gemtheatre.com
An Evening with Martin Short The star of movies, TV and Broadway brings his humor, musical talent and “special guest” Jiminy Glick to Flint for one special night of entertainment. The Whiting, Flint. Sat., Sept. 22. $27-$68. 810-237-7333. http://www.thewhiting.com
Hello Muddah! Hello Fadduh! The hilarious musical spun off the song parodies of Allan Sherman returns to kick off the 2007-08 season. Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company, West Bloomfield. Wed., Thur., Sat. & Sun., through Sept. 16. $29-$39. 248-788-2900. http://www.jettheatre.org
Mrs. Warren’s Profession The now-grown daughter of a 19th century brothel owner discovers the truth about her mother. BoarsHead Theater, Lansing. Wed.-Sun., through Sept. 30. $12-$25. 517-484-7805. http://www.boarshead.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. Fri.-Sat., Sept. 21-22 at Mackenzie Hall in Windsor, Ontario (519-255-7600); and Fri.-Sat., Sept. 27-Oct. 13 and Sun., Oct. 7 at the Furniture Factory, Detroit (313-831-1939). $20. http://www.breathearttheatre.com
The Rat Pack Is Back Go back through time to the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas when four show business legends regale audiences with a freewheeling, no-holds-barred show. Cobb Great Hall at the Wharton Center, East Lansing. Fri., Sept.21. $25-$43. 800-WHARTON. http://www.whartoncenter.com
Real Women Have Curves Set in a tiny clothing factory, five full-figured Mexican-American women race to meet an impossible deadline that could make or break the business. Mah-Dey Theatre and Matrix Theatre Companies at the Matrix Theatre, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., through Sept. 30. $15. 313-887-0403. http://www.matrixtheatre.org
Recent Tragic Events Everyone knows where they were on 9/11, but who remenbers 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
Scenes from American Life A fast-paced, daring and funny look at adult hypocrisy in America from the 1930s to the present and beyond. Ledges Playhouse Theatre Company, Grand Ledge. Thu.-Sun., through Sept. 16. $15. 517-679-1052. http://www.ledgesplayhouse.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
Truth in Translation A company of South African actors and musicians tells how the people of that country have sought to answer the question, “Can we forgive the past to survive the future?” The Whiting, Flint. Wed., Sept. 12 & Sat., Sept. 15. Free. 810-237-7333. http://www.thewhiting.com

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY THEATER:

Bees In Honey Drown A satirical comedy about a new writer hypnotized by a muse who promises success beyond his wildest dreams. Michigan State Department of Theatre at the Auditorium Arena Theatre, East Lansing. Tue.-Sun., Sept. 18-23. $10. 800-WHARTON. http://www.theatre.msu.edu

COMMUNITY/CIVIC THEATER:

Company Five married couples want to see their commitment-phobic friend Bobby settle down and get married. Grosse Pointe Theatre, Grosse Pointe. Sept. 16, 20-23 & 26-29. $22. 313-881-4004. http://www.gpt.org
Deathtrap A once successful Broadway musical-mystery writer receives a script from a student that he “would kill for.” Players Guild of Dearborn, Dearborn. Sept. 14-16, 22-23 & 28-30. $15. 313-561-TKTS. http://www.playersguildofdearborn.org
The Full Monty A group of unemployed steelworkers come up with a revealing way to make some quick cash. Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing. Thu.-Sun., through Sept. 23. $19. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum In exchange for his freedom, a crafty slave struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan for his young master. Avon Players, Rochester Hills. Sept. 14-16, 21-23 & 28-29. $16. 248-608-9077. http://www.avonplayers.org
Hollywood Arms The story of growing up poor in Hollywood, based on the memories of actress Carol Burnett. P.T.D. Productions at the Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti. Sept. 20-23 & 27-29. $16. 734-483-7345. http://www.ptdproductions.com
Hit Parade Take a trip down memory lane with 53 young-at-heart seniors who will have the audience singing and swaying to the sounds of Frank Sinatra, Ethel Merman, Judy Garland and Jackie Gleason and the June Taylor Dancers. Novi Theatres at the Novi Civic Center, Novi. Thu.-Fri luncheon and matinees through Sept. 14 ($20); Sunday matinees through Sept. 16 ($15). 248-347-0400.
The Music Man The quintessential American musical about a fast-talking salesman who blows into a sleepy Iowa town and finds more than he bargained for. Ann Arbor Civic Theatre at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., through Sept. 16. $15-$24. 734-971-2228. http://www.a2ct.org
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. Sept. 21-22, 27-30 & Oct. 4-6. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com
Thoroughly Modern Millie A wide-eyed ingenue from the Midwest arrives in the big city with nothing but her up-to-the-minute ideas about love and money. Stagecrafters at the Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak. Sept. 13-16, 20-23 & 28-30. $16-$18. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.org
The Vagina Monologues A one-woman show that gives voice to a chorus of lusty, outrageous, poignant and thoroughly human stories about women. Whole Art Theatre at the Epic Theatre, Kalamazoo. Sept. 13-15, 21-22 & 28-29. $20. 269-345-7529. http://www.wholeart.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
Crawlspace Eviction The popular West Michigan improv troupe kicks off its fifth season with “Menopause with a Cause.” Whole Art Studio, Kalamazoo. Sept. 21-22. $10. 269-599-7390. http://www.crawlspaceeviction.com
The End of an Error or The Last Days of George W. Bush Broadcasting live from a secret bunker 500 feet below the White House comes a comedy of political proportions! Late Night at the Whole Art Studio Theatre, Kalamazoo. Fri.-Sat., Sept. 21-29. $5. 269-345-7529. http://www.wholeart.org
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., Sept. 21-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
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:

CRAWLSPACE EVICTION – auditions for the popular Kalamazoo-based improv troupe are scheduled for Sept. 29, 269-599-7390; ICARUS FALLING – auditions for the 2007/08 season will be held Sept. 17, 517-290-4375; MOSAIC YOUTH THEATRE OF DETROIT – has announced auditions for young people ages 11-18 from all over metro Detroit, Sept. 24-26, 313-872-6910; STRATFORD FESTIVAL OF CANADA – Former Detroit resident and Canadian playwright Joanna McClelland Glass will premiere her new play “Palmer Park” at the festival’s Studio Theatre in 2008.

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