Theater Events for the period Sept. 9 – 18

By |2009-04-09T09:00:00-04:00April 9th, 2009|Uncategorized|
Professional Theater:

Camelot Robert Goulet stars as the knight in shining armor in this Lerner & Loewe perennial favorite. Presented at the Fisher Theatre, Detroit, through Sept. 12. Tickets: $20.50 – $69.50. 313-872-1000. www.nederlanderdetroit.com.
Duck Hunter Shoots Angel A world premiere comedy about a tabloid journalist on a search for two swamp poachers who believe they shot a celestial being. Presented Wednesday through Sunday at Purple Rose Theatre, Chelsea, extended through Sept. 18. Tickets: $17.50 – $32.50. 734-433-7673. www.purplerosetheatre.org.
Golf: The Musical Vignettes and musical numbers celebrate the passions and foibles of one of America’s favorite pastimes. Presented Wednesday through Sunday at Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester, through Sept. 19. Tickets: $20 – $36. 248-377-3300. www.mbtheatre.com.
Humble Boy A freewheeling adaptation of “Hamlet” in which an Oxford scholar returns home for his beekeeper father’s funeral only to find a swarm of dysfunctional family troubles. Presented Thursday through Sunday at Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor, Sept. 16 – Oct. 31. Tickets: $20 – $32.50. 734-663-0681. www.performancenetwork.org.
Mass Appeal A jaded priest finds his life turned upside down by a seminarian’s passionate views on life and death. Presented Friday through Sunday by the Detroit Ensemble Theatre, Roseville, Sept. 10 – 25. Tickets: $15. 586-246-2523.
Menopause The Musical A joyful musical parody about four women who have nothing in common except a certain shared experience! Presented Tuesday through Sunday at the Gem Theatre, Detroit, for an open run. Tickets: $39.50. 313-963-9800. www.gemtheatre.com.
The Mercy Seat A complex and brutally honest exploration of how the attacks on the World Trade Center affected a self-absorbed, New York couple. Staged Friday and Saturday by Breathe Art Theatre Project at the Capitol Theatre, Windsor, Sept. 10 – 18. Tickets: $22 CAD. 519-253-7729.
Over the Tavern There are 1,300 religions, and young Rudy Pazinski has decided to “shop around” – much to the dismay of Sister Clarissa. Presented Wednesday through Sunday at BoarsHead Theatre, Lansing, Sept. 9 – 25. Tickets: $20 – $33. 517-484-7805. www.boarshead.org.
Waking the Witch The sacred feminine energy that lives in both men and women is explored. Presented Thursday through Sunday at Planet Ant, Hamtramck, Sept. 10 – Oct. 10. Tickets: $10 – $15. 313-365-4948. www.planetant.com.

College / University Theater:

Brighton Beach Memoirs Neil Simon’s autobiographical coming of age story set in Brooklyn kicks off Simon’s comedic trilogy, all of which will be staged this season. Staged by the EMU Theatre at Quirk Theatre, Ypsilanti, Sept. 9 – 12 only. Tickets: $8 – $14. 734-487-1221.
The Yellow Boat The true-life story of Benjamin Saar who was born with congenital hemophilia and died of AIDS-related complications at the age of eight. Staged by Techies ‘N Actors, a student group at Oakland University, at Varner Hall Studio Theatre, Rochester, Sept. 9 – 12 only. Tickets: $10. 248-370-3013.

Civic/Community Theater:

The Gift of Life After Death Jarrell is about to become a father when a simple twist of fate has him making the ultimate decision. Presented at Buckham Alley Theatre, Flint, Sept. 16 – 18 & 24 – 26. Tickets: $8. 810-239-4477. www.buckhamtheatre.com.
A Little Night Music There’s no need to send clowns to this Stephen Sondheim romantic masterpieceƉthey’re already there! Presented by Avon Players, Rochester Hills, Sept. 10 – 12, 17 – 19 & 23 – 25. Tickets: $16. 248-608-9077. www.avonplayers.org.
Man of La Mancha An uplifting evening of chivalry, romance and optimism about a man who dreams “The Impossible Dream” and views the world not as it is, but as it should be. Presented by the Village Players, Birmingham, Sept. 10 – 11, 17 – 19 & 24 – 26. Tickets: $15. 248-644-2075. www.birminghamvillageplayers.com.
Marat/Sade An adult musical set in the lunatic asylum of Charenton where the Marquis de Sade was confined and staged plays. Contains brief nudity. Presented Thursday through Sunday at Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing, Sept. 16 – 26. Tickets: $16. 517-482-5700. www.riverwalktheatre.com.
O Jerusalem An untraditional theater piece that explores terrorism through the lens of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and American foreign policy. Staged Friday through Sunday by Sunsets with Shakespeare at the Woldumar Nature Center’s RE Olds Anderson Rotary Barn, Lansing, Sept. 10 – 19. Tickets: $10. For information, contact [email protected]
Quilters A mother and her six daughters stitch a quilt that captures women’s life on the frontier. Presented Friday through Sunday by Marshall Civic Players, Marshall, Sept. 10 – 19. Tickets: $15. 269-781-3335. www.marshallcivicplayers.org.
Tommy The 1960s rock opera that chronicles the adventures of Tommy Walker who withdraws from the world following a traumatic childhood experience. Staged by Stagecrafters at the historic Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak, Sept. 10 – 12, 16 – 19, 23 – 26 & Oct. 1 – 3. Tickets: $16 – $18. 248-541-6430. www.stagecrafters.org.
The White Rose A group of students in Nazi Germany try to undermine the tide of hatred. Presented by the Whole Art Theater, Kalamazoo, Sept. 17 – 18, 24 – 26 & Oct. 1 – 2. Tickets: $18. 269-345-PLAY. 222. www.wholeart.org.
A Whole Lotte Lenya Noted performer Linn Maxwell presents her one-woman show about the life and legend of theatrical icon Lotte Lenya. Presented by Actors’ Theatre at Spectrum Theatre, Grand Rapids, through Sept. 11 only. Tickets: $20. 616-234-3947. www.actorsatspectrum.org.

Theater for Young Audiences:

Cinderella The age-old tale of a young girl, her wicked step-mother and bossy step-sisters, and the prince all brought to life as a marionette ballet with classical music. Staged Saturday only by PuppetArt at the Detroit Puppet Theater, Detroit, Sept. 11, 18 & 25. Tickets: $5/children, $7/adults. 313-961-7777. www.puppetart.org.

Improvisational/Interactive/Dinner Theater:

Bullets for Broadway A murder mystery musical that answers the question, what happens when “The Producers” meets “The Sopranos.” Staged Friday and Saturday by Starbrite Theatrical Productions at the 14th Street Grille and Bar, Madison Heights, Sept. 10 – Oct. 16. Tickets: $39.50 includes dinner. 248-589-9900. www.starbriteprod.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. Presented every Monday night (except holidays) at Planet Ant, Hamtramck. Tickets: $5. 313-365-4948. www.planetant.com.

AUDITIONS AND CLASSES:

Whole Art Theater – “Vampire Lesbians of Sodom,” Sept. 12, 269-345-7529; Richmond Community Theatre – “Lost in Yonkers,” Sept. 20 & 21, 586-727-9518; UM Gilbert & Sullivan Society – “The Gondoliers,” Sept. 13 – 16, 734-761-8327.

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