Theater Events for the period Sept. 20-29

By | 2007-09-20T09:00:00-05:00 September 20th, 2007|Uncategorized|

EDITOR’S PICK:
The Festival Playhouse of Kalamazoo College Diversity Guest Artist Series presents a visually engaging and politically charged live art documentary about one man’s escape from hurricane Katrina, at 8 p.m., Sept. 29 in the Nelda K. Balch Playhouse on the campus of Kalamazoo College.
“The Cone of Uncertainty: New Orleans After Katrina” is a multi-media performance written and performed by New Orleans performance artist Jose Torres Tama who managed to escape the social chaos that submerged the city after Hurricane Katrina on a stolen school bus, which was operating a rescue mission of Creole families. In this one-man show, he tells his story of survival, explores the criminal negligence of federal officials, and the apocalyptic abandonment of a people who were made to beg for help and water in front of national TV cameras.
The event is free and open to the public.
Call 269-337-7130 for more information.
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
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., Sept. 28-Oct. 20. $10. 313-247-5270. http://www.theabreact.com, http://www.zeitgeistdetroit.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. Wed.-Sun., through 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
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., Sept. 28-Oct. 14. $15. 313-993-3270. http://theatre.udmercy.edu
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
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

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., through Sept. 23. $10. 800-WHARTON. http://www.theatre.msu.edu
The Cone of Uncertainty: New Orleans After Katrina A live art documentary about one man’s escape from hurricane Katrina. The Festival Playhouse of Kalamazoo College Diversity Guest Artist Series at the Nelda K. Balch Playhouse, Kalamazoo. Sat., Sept. 29. Free. 269-337-7130. http://www.kzoo.edu/theatre

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. 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. 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. 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
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
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., Sept. 27-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 Five plays in 10 days, including four by Michigan playwrights: “Conspiracy” by Von Washington Sr. (Thu., Sept. 27), “The Home Team” by Kim Carney (Fri.-Sat., Sept. 28-Oct. 6), “Mint” by Randy Wyatt (Sun., Sept. 30), “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
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. 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. Fri.-Sat., through Sept. 29. $20. 269-345-7529. http://www.wholeart.org

THEATER FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES:

Flamenco with La Chispa and Company An action-packed hour of Flamenco, music, authentic Spanish costumes, cultural insights and audience participation. Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Sat., Sept. 29. $10/adult; $7/children. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.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., 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
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 JUNIOR THEATRE – will hold auditions for “School House Rock Live! Jr.,” Sept. 23-24, 734-971-2228; DETROIT REPERTORY THEATRE – is now accepting registrations for its fall session of acting workshops, 313-868-1347; KALAMAZOO CIVIC THEATRE – will hold auditions for its Senior Reader’s Theatre production of “Stars and Stripes,” Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 269-343-2280.

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