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May 16 - June 16, 2013
The Williamston Theatre, mid-Michigan's award winning professional theater company, is thrilled to present the world premiere of "10:53" by Michigan playwright Annie Martin. Tickets for this quirky, thoughtful comedy, which begins previews May 16, are now on sale. The worst part of a hospital waiting room is normally the waiting, but in the midst of a prolonged family medical crisis, Kathryn regards the waiting room as a welcome refuge from her increasingly chaotic life. Continue..
The Purple Rose Theatre
March 28 - June 1
The Purple Rose Theatre Company is pleased to continue its 2012-13 season with "33 Variations" by Moises Kaufman ("The Laramie Project"). Moving between the past and the present, "33 Variations" centers on acclaimed musicologist Katherine Brandt and the object of her professional passion: Ludwig van Beethoven. In 19th century Austria, Beethoven wrestles with a commission he cannot complete. In present day, Katherine struggles to unlock the mystery behind Beethoven's obsession with a simple waltz. Continue..
Boner and the Neudge
Go Comedy! is set to embark on hilarious journeys this month with the debut of its latest original comedies "Ahoy!" and "Boner and The Neudge." This spring, cross the Go Comedy! gangway and embark on a journey aboard the Abandon - the luxurious flagship of the Indulgence Cruises fleet. Visit the buffet!* See a show! Take an excursion! Find a new lover! Consult the onboard attorney! Leave your land-lubbing inhibitions in the lobby and take a kaleidoscopic glimpse into the lives of dozens of cruisers. Continue..
Michigan Opera Theatre
May 11-19, 2013
Giuseppe Verdi's "Aida," the epitome of grand opera, will be presented by Michigan Opera Theatre for five performances May 11-19 at the Detroit Opera House. The production will be sung in Italian with English supertitles projected above the stage. Verdi's "Aida," with libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni, made its world premiere in Cairo, Egypt in 1871. Though Verdi's expansive body of work has earned him a reputation as the greatest Italian musical dramatist - with more than 25 operas to his credit - it is his "Aida," more than any other work, that has secured a special place in the repertoire of opera companies worldwide. Continue..
August: Osage County
The Ringwald Theatre
May 10 - June 3, 2013
The Ringwald Theatre is proud to present Tracy Letts' modern masterpiece "August: Osage County" beginning May 10. Capping off a successful "Season of Family," The Ringwald has indeed saved what is arguably the best for last; certainly the biggest for last. The Ringwald has had great success with the plays of Tracy Letts in the past, producing two of his works: "Bug" and "Killer Joe." "August: Osage County" promises to be every bit as compelling as his past works. Continue..
Brimstone and Treacle
Planet Ant Theatre
May 10 - June 1, 2013
Planet Ant Theatre showcases the dark side of comedy with Dennis Potter's most celebrated and controversial play, "Brimstone and Treacle," directed by Dave Davies May 10 - June 1. The lives of Thomas and Amy Bates, a middle-class couple living in a North London suburb, have been catastrophically affected when a hit-and-run accident leaves their teenage daughter in a catatonic state. Continue..
Detroit Ensemble Theatre
May 3-19, 2013
The Detroit Ensemble Theatre at the Michigan Actors Studio continues its 2012-13 season with the original play "Captain Buffalo." Written by local playwright Patrick Moug and directed by DET veteran Barton Bund, the story of following ones dreams regardless of peer pressure comes to life on the DET stage beginning Friday, May 3. Continue..
Catch Me If You Can
May 7-19, 2013
Based on the hit DreamWorks film and the incredible true story that inspired it, the first national tour of the high-flying Broadway musical "Catch Me If You Can" will land in Detroit at the Fisher Theatre for a limited engagement, May 7-19. Tickets will go on sale Sunday, March 3 at 10 a.m. "Catch Me If You Can" captures the astonishing true story of Frank Abagnale Jr., a world-class con artist who passed himself off as a doctor, a lawyer, and a jet pilot — all before the age of 21. Continue..
Mosaic Youth Theatre
May 10-19, 2013
The internationally acclaimed Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit's upcoming performance of "Hastings Street" is a lively play with music set in Detroit's historic Black Bottom neighborhood and Paradise Valley entertainment district in the 1940s. Presented by Ford Motor Company Fund, "Hastings Street" will run for two weekends May 10-12 and 17-19 at the Detroit Film Theatre inside the Detroit Institute of Arts. Continue..
Life Could Be a Dream
Meadow Brook Theatre
April 24 - May 19, 2013
The Big Whopper Radio contest is coming up, and the Crooning Crabcakes are hitting the stage. The boys just need a little polish — and a great lead singer — and they'll be ready for the big time! With songs like "Runaround Sue," "The Duke of Earl," "Angel Eyes" and its title song, "Life Could Be a Dream" is sure to rock you back to the '60s for a great time. Continue..
My Name is Asher Lev
The Jewish Ensemble Theatre
May 1-19, 2013
The Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company's next main-stage show, "My Name is Asher Lev," will begin previews Wednesday, May 1 and has been extended through Saturday, May 25. This show is a co-production with Ann Arbor's Performance Network Theatre. In 2003 JET received a wonderful responses when it staged "The Chosen," Potok's award-winning novel adapted for the stage by Aaron Posner. Continue..
One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest
What A Do Theatre
May 10-25, 2013
The 2012-13 What A Do Theatre season will close its main stage production series with "One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest," a play adapted by Dale Wasserman based upon the novel by Ken Kesey. This play has changed the face of American culture. "One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest" follows Randall McMurphy, a charming rogue who is committed to a mental institution instead of going to prison. He quickly learns that he clashes with head nurse Ratched. Continue..
Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company
April 26-May 18, 2013
Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company of Detroit presents Jean Genet's classic "The Maids," translated by Bernard Frechtman. Directed by Frannie Shepherd-Bates and running April 26-May 18, this play is exactly what audiences have been demanding and waiting for. Hearkening back to Magenta Giraffe's inaugural production of Jean-Paul Sartre's "No Exit," "The Maids" is being produced as a direct result of audience feedback. Continue..
Performance Network Theatre
April 25-June 2, 2013
Set on April 3, 1968, "The Mountaintop" explores the night Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spent at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis on the eve of his assassination. Directed by Carla Milarch, "The Mountaintop" begins previews at Performance Network Theatre on April 25, with opening night on May 3. Continue..
May 4-18, 2013
The weather has broken, the forecast is 77 degrees, and PuppetART has much to be excited about with all the new hustle and bustle of Downtown Detroit - and that includes the opening of "Turtle Island" on Saturday, May 4 at 2 p.m. PuppetART's 2012-13 season continues with "Turtle Island" for the month of May. The show has been well-received by audiences young and old and will continue into the 2013-14 season. Continue..
Jamie and Jordan
May 25, 2013
The Children's Theatre Network of Performance Network Theatre invites audiences to gather on Saturday, May 25 at 1 p.m. for the perfect family summer kickoff, "Jamie and Jordan," a baseball-themed musical about health and friendships with book and lyrics by Kim Carney and music by Gene Gaunt. This hilarious musical tale teaches children about the importance of a healthy lifestyle and healthy friendships. Continue..
Staged Reading Festival
Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company
May 24-26, 2013
As part of its mission to reestablish and expand Detroit's theater district, Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company has chosen plays by Michigan natives and current Michigan residents to stage as part of a festival to take place May 24-26 at The Abreact Performance Space. Continue..