Theater Events for the period Sept. 27-Oct. 6

By | 2007-09-27T09:00:00-04:00 September 27th, 2007|Entertainment|

EDITOR’S PICK:
The Peppermint Creek Theatre Company is thrilled to open its 2007-08 Season with “Fiction” by Steven Dietz! Linda and Michael Waterman are both successful writers, happily married to one another. They thrive on the give and take of their unusually honest and candid relationship. However, when Linda is given three weeks to live, they decide to share their diaries with one another and the boundaries between past and present, fact and fiction, trust and betrayal begin to break down. No life, as it turns out, is an open book.
Starring Brad Rutledge, Heather Lewis, and Caitlin Inman, “Fiction” runs Sept. 27 – 30 & Oct. 4 – 6. All shows will be performed at Perspective2, located at 319 Grand River in Old Town Lansing. All shows begin at 8 p.m., except the first Sunday at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $15 ($10 for students/seniors). For more information and to order tickets call 517-927-3016.
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
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., Oct. 2-7. $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., Oct. 5-Nov. 3. $15. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com
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
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
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 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
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 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
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., Oct. 2-21. $25-$70. 313-872-1000. http://www.broadwayindetroit.com

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY THEATER:

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
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. University of Michigan Dept. of Theatre and Drama at the Arthur Miller Theatre, Ann Arbor. Fri.-Sun., Oct. 4-14. $24. 734-764-2538. http://www.music.umich.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
Company Five married couples want to see their commitment-phobic friend Bobby settle down and get married. Grosse Pointe Theatre, Grosse Pointe. Wed.-Sat., through Sept. 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. Fri.-Sun., through Sept. 30. $15. 313-561-TKTS. http://www.playersguildofdearborn.org
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
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. Fri.-Sat., through Sept. 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. Thur.-Sat., through Sept. 29. $16. 734-483-7345. http://www.ptdproductions.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. Sept. 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., 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 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. Fri.-Sun., through Sept. 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
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., through Sept. 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:

ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE – will hold its first annual fundraiser, “Give Back the Magic” to benefit outreach programs for at-risk youth, Oct. 6 at the Anton Art Center in Mt. Clemens, 586-907-9811; FLINT CULTURAL CENTER – the Ruth Mott Foundation awarded a $257,550 grant for programs at Flint Youth Theatre, Sloan*Longway and The Whiting.

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