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Marionettes give young children some life lessons

Banana for Turtle
PuppetART Theatre
July 11--August 16, 2015

Banana for Turtle is a set of vignettes that involve five animal friends—Monkey, Python, Parrot, Elephant and Turtle. Created in the style of classical marionette, performance speaks humorously to issues of early childhood. Visual perspectives of the world, confusion over obtuse language terms, means of measuring, social interactions that require polite behavior, physical activity and of course most important learning about the identity of self are concepts that children in preschool to early grades address regularly in their daily lives... Continue..

 

Summer camp

Beaches Be Trippin'
The Ringwald Theatre
July 11--August 3, 2015

The Ringwald Theatre, the undisputed Champ of Camp, is no stranger to the world of parody. Its wildly popular Summer Camp series proves that year after year. This year, The Ringwald will dip its sandy toe into the coastal tides of "Beaches Be Trippin'." See See Bloomers and Whitney Hillary meet cute at a young age on the Jersey Shore and become fast friends. A lifetime of penpal-ism prepares them for a future of laughs, jealousy, big hair, Otto Titsling, and, ultimately (spoiler alert!), death... Continue..

 

A far-fetched plot you wish were true

Buyer & Cellar
Mason Street Warehouse
July 24--August 9, 2015

Alex More has a story to tell. A struggling actor in L.A., he takes an “odd job” working in a private mall in the Malibu basement of a beloved megastar. Alex whiles away his days tending to the opulent and empty subterranean shops, but his boredom is instantly forgotten when his superstar employer pops downstairs to browse. The pair seems to bond in the basement, but will their relationship ever make it upstairs?... Continue..

 

Detroiters: Get ready for ComedySportz

ComedySportz Detroit
Michigan Actors Studio
Beginning Sept. 21, 2013

Ferndale's Michigan Actors Studio premieres ComedySportz improvisational comedy group beginning Sept. 21. This is a fantastic lineup of the best of Metro Detroit's premiere improvisers, who will put on original shows with audience participation every week. Continue..

 

Noel Coward's special summer madness

Hay Fever
Hope Summer Theatre
July 24--August 6, 2015

Retired Diva of the stage, Judith Bliss, her novelist husband and their two adult children have all invited houseguests for the weekend. As they indulge their artistic eccentricities in a series of hilarious flirtations and histrionics, the guests begin to wonder if they’ve landed in a madhouse – and if they can survive the weekend with their own sanity intact...

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World premiere at Tipping Point

Invasive Species
Tipping Point Theatre
July 23--August 23, 2015

Earl Hobbs doesn’t like people. He likes fish and has been fishing Michigan’s lakes all his life. Alone with his secrets, he continues this tradition in a little private fishing hole by his house. Until one summer night he reels in something that leaves him speechless. He researches what this mysterious creature in his fish tank may be, catching the attention of DNR agent, Eden Selkirk. Will these two loners discover they have more in common than just the fish, or will this mysterious aquatic menace threaten her job and disrupt his fishing hole forever? ... Continue..

 

Provocative comedy skewers racism in American media

Jihad Jones and the Kalashnikov Babes
Theatre Nova
July 24--August 16, 2015

Theatre Nova will follow its critically acclaimed "Grounded" with the Midwest Premiere of Yussef El Guindi’s edgy comedy "Jihad Jones and the Kalashnikov Babes," replacing the spot initially reserved for "Irrational." The show runs July 24--August 16 at the Yellow Barn in Ann Arbor. The story follows Ashraf (Michael Lopetrone), a struggling Los Angeles actor whose ‘big break’ comes in the worst form imaginable: the role of an evil Arab terrorist in a Hollywood action blockbuster, the kind of grotesque caricature he thought he’d never accept... Continue..

 

Another pirate adventure for children

Jingle Aargh the Way!
Hope Summer Repertory Theatre
June 17--August 7, 2015

"Jingle Aargh The Way! A Christmas Pirate Adventure" with book, music, and lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt & Mark Friedman and based on a story by Melinda Long, author of "How I Became a Pirate" will play at Hope Summer Repertory Theatre by their Children's Performance Troupe. The "How I Became a Pirate" crew is back! A mysterious message left in the crow’s nest of their ship brings Captain Braid Beard and his pirate mates back to North Beach to seek out young Jeremy Jacob to help solve a riddle and find the Christmas treasure... Continue..

 

Children's book character gets a musical

Junie B. Jones The Musical
Hope Summer Repertory Theatre
July 15--August 7, 2015

It's Junie B.'s first day of first grade and a lot of things have changed for her: Junie's friend Lucille doesn't want to be her best pal anymore. On the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Also, Junie has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher, Mr. Scary, thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament, and a "Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal,” and first grade has never been more exciting... Continue..

 

Classic rock--Leiber and Stoller, that is...

Smokey Joe's Cafe
Hope Summer Repertory Theatre
July 10--August 7, 2015

"Smokey Joe's Cafe" is a song and dance celebration of rock & roll featuring nearly 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded, including, "Jailhouse Rock," "Charlie Brown," "There Goes My Baby," "Stand By Me," and "Spanish Harlem." Celebrating the music of American songwriting legends Leiber and Stoller, the revue first opened on Broadway in 1995 and ran for over 2,000 performances; it was the longest-running musical review in Broadway history. The original Broadway cast recording won a Grammy in 1996. Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller graced the charts with their unforgettable music and lyrics, and now you can hear nearly 40 of their hits all together... Continue..

 

A little murder to end the season...

The Art of Murder
Williamston Theatre
July 16--August 23, 2015

Mid-Michigan’s award winning professional theatre company, Williamston Theatre, located at 122 S. Putnam Street in downtown Williamston, ends their 2014-2015 Season with "The Art of Murder" by Joe DiPietro. Performances begin Thursday, July 16 and run through Sunday, August 23. In a remote estate in the countryside of Connecticut, Jack Brooks, one of the most accomplished and eccentric painters of his generation, and his devoted wife Annie await the imminent arrival of Jack’s art dealer. But the visit is not a standard one. Wronged feelings, a quest for revenge and years of dishonesty threaten to blow apart Jack’s carefully constructed web of lies and deceit... Continue..

 

Christmas in July for a Michigan premiere

The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical
Farmers Alley Theatre
July 17--August 9, 2015

It’s Christmas in July as a brand-new sequel to one of our most beloved shows ever hits the Farmers Alley stage with "The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical." In 2009 and 2010, the original production of "The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical" broke box office records for Farmers Alley Theatre that still stand today! In this Michigan premiere, Betty, Lin and Pickles are back with a new cast of residents at North Florida’s most exclusive manufactured housing community – Armadillo Acres... Continue..

 

Interactive "Shrew" closes the season for Slipstream

Taming of the Shrew
Slipstream Theatre Initiative
July 19--August 4, 2015

Slipstream Theatre Initiative will close its first season with "The Taming of the Shrew" by William Shakespeare. This classic battle of the sexes takes on new life when given to a group of Slipstream regulars and students. As we continue to define and redefine gender identity in today’s society, we might be surprised by how the next generation acknowledges the subject. This interactive production allows the audience and actors to have an ongoing dialogue about perceived gender roles, and offers a unique approach to the concept... Continue..

 

Harper Lee's classic story brought to the stage

To Kill a Mockingbird
Hope Summer Repertory Theatre
June 26--August 8, 2015

Opening June 26th is Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning "To Kill A Mockingbird." With the upcoming release of "Go Set A Watchman" this summer, you won't want to miss this cherished classic exploring the racial injustice that threatens to divide a community. An American classic for the whole family. Performances are at 8:00 p.m. on June 26, 27, July 1, 8, 9, 16, 22, 28, and August 8; and at 1:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on July 18... Continue..

 

Opening This Period

Shakespeare comedy from Water Works

All's Well That Ends Well
Water Works Theatre
July 30--August 9, 2015

Water Works veteran Terry W. Carpenter returns to direct Shakespeare Royal Oak's 15th annual main stage production in Starr Jaycee Park. "All's Well That Ends Well" will take audiences to World War I Europe in the time period and style of the popular PBS series Downtown Abbey. Helena, a commoner, saves the King's life, so he grants her a choice of a husband; she chooses high-society Bertram, who would rather go off to war and chase women than settle down... Continue..

 

More Shakespeare comedy from Water Works

As You Like It
Water Works Theatre
August 1--August 9, 2015

Water Works Theatre Company presents its seventh annual daylight family show, an abbreviated and family friendly version of Shakespeare's "As You Like It," directed by Water Works veteran Travis Reiff. After the man she loves is banished by his evil brother, Rosalind disguises herself as a man and flees along with her cousin Celia to the forest. There they encounter a merry and mad bunch of exiles, including Orlando, who is still heartsick for his Rosalind. Alas, Rosalind can't reveal that she is really a she, now; leaving herself exposed to wooing by another woman (who also thinks she is a man), and the mere "friendship" of the man she loves... Continue..

 

"The Harrowing" plays community gardens

The Harrowing
A Host of People
July 31--Sept. 19, 2015

Detroit performance company A Host of People (Sherrine Azab and Jake Hooker, co-founders) premieres their new work "The Harrowing" July 31-September 20, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at various Detroit community gardens (locations below). Admission is free (includes post show garden party) and is on a first- come, first served basis onsite. A response to the vibrant community garden movement that has become so strong in Detroit, "The Harrowing" draws comparisons between the act of gardening and the act of art-making; between nourishing communities with fresh food and nourishing imaginations with new ways of telling stories... Continue..

 

"Henry the IV" (both parts) from MSF in Canton

Henry IV, Parts I and II
Michigan Shakespeare Festival in Canton
August 1-16, 2015

The Michigan Shakespeare Festival inspires and entertains a diverse audience while further developing an appreciation for professional performances of Shakespeare's works and other classical plays. Michigan Shakespeare Festival's 2015 Season will perform at two locations; their season includes "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Henry IV," and "The Rivals." As the official Shakespeare Festival of the State of Michigan, the Michigan Shakespeare Festival is dedicated to producing world-class classical plays... Continue..

 

"A Midsummer Night's Dream" at midsummer in Canton

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Michigan Shakespeare Festival in Jackson
July 29-August 16, 2015

The Michigan Shakespeare Festival inspires and entertains a diverse audience while further developing an appreciation for professional performances of Shakespeare's works and other classical plays. Michigan Shakespeare Festival's 2015 Season will perform at two locations; their season includes "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Henry IV," and "The Rivals." As the official Shakespeare Festival of the State of Michigan, the Michigan Shakespeare Festival is dedicated to producing world-class classical plays... Continue..

 

Jeff Daniels brings “Onstage & Unplugged” back to Purple Rose

Onstage & Unplugged
Purple Rose Theatre
July 28--August 2, 2015

Actor, playwright, director and founder of The Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea Jeff Daniels will bring is “Onstage & Unplugged” show back to the theater in an eight-performance run July 28-August 2. The run of shows comes as the theater unexpectedly cut the run of “2AZ” short. All performances will be at The Purple Rose Theatre Company, 137 Park Street, Chelsea. The week of Daniels shows will conclude with the 4th annual Purple Rose Backyard BBQ fundraiser on Sunday, August 2nd at the beautiful Zingerman's Cornman Farms in Dexter... Continue..

 

"Prairie Home Companion" tour hits Michigan

Prairie Home Companion
The Wharton Center
July 30, 2015

Garrison Keillor has embarked on what may be his most ambitious tour to date – 30 cities in 36 days – a coast-to-coast, sea to shining sea bus tour to celebrate his popular radio show "A Prairie Home Companion’s" 41st anniversary. Garrison Keillor was born in 1942 in Anoka, Minnesota, and began his radio career as a freshman at the University of Minnesota. He went to work for Minnesota Public Radio in 1969, and on July 6, 1974, he hosted the first broadcast of "A Prairie Home Companion." Today, some 4 million listeners on more than 600 public radio stations tune in to the show each week... Continue..

 

THE comedy of manners from MSF in Canton

The Rivals
Michigan Shakespeare Festival in Jackson
July 29--August 16, 2015

The Michigan Shakespeare Festival inspires and entertains a diverse audience while further developing an appreciation for professional performances of Shakespeare's works and other classical plays. Michigan Shakespeare Festival's 2015 Season will perform at two locations; their season includes "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Henry IV," and "The Rivals." As the official Shakespeare Festival of the State of Michigan, the Michigan Shakespeare Festival is dedicated to producing world-class classical plays... Continue..

 

Feel-good rock musical

Rock of Ages
The Barn Theatre
July 28--August 9, 2015

Opening July 28 and playing until August 9 at the Barn Theatre School will be "Rock of Ages" – the ultimate rock mix-tape musical, a hilarious story of dreams, and love.

Set in L.A.'s infamous Sunset Strip in 1987, "Rock of Ages" tells the story of Drew (played by favorite Michael Tuck) and Sherrie (played by third year apprentice Julie Grisham). This big city rocker and small town girl head to the coast to chase their dreams of making it big and falling in love... Continue..

 

A dystopee-an musical farce... that audiences might find all too familiar

Urinetown, the Musical
Penny Seats Theatre
July 30--August 15, 2015

"Urinetown: The Musical!," the Tony award-winning hit from 2001, will be performed by Ann Arbor's Penny Seats Theatre Company July 30, 31, Aug 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, and 15. Set in an admittedly absurd dystopian future where one must pay to pee, the show lampoons corporate bureaucracy, pie-in-the-sky optimism, revolution without a plan, and the musical theatre genre itself. With a full pit orchestra (led by Richard Alder) on the band shell stage, the action takes place around the audience in the park... Continue..

 

Open Book outside at Market Center Park

Wiley and the Hairy Man
Open Book Theatre
August 1-9, 2015

Open Book will present a professional production for the whole family in the new amphitheater at Market Center Park, near the corner of Eureka and Trenton where the old Montgomery Ward building once stood. "Wiley and the Hairy Man," by Suzan Zeder is a spine tingling tale based on an old American folktale. It tells the story of a young boy named Wiley who goes deep into the swamp to conquer his only fear: the mythical Hairy Man... Continue..

 



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