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All in the Timing
Nov. 21 - Jan. 31, 2015
From a blind date that resets at the ring of a bell to three chimpanzees writing the first draft of a Shakespearean play, there is madness for all tastes as the Hilberry Theatre Company presents "All in the Timing" by David Ives. This production, featuring eight of Ives' one-act plays, will be performed in repertory, opening Friday, Nov. 21 and running through Jan. 31, 2015. First seen off-Broadway in 1993 and in a 2013 revival at New York's Primary Stages, "All in the Timing" is a collection of comedic scenes that are simultaneously intelligent and perplexing. Continue..
The Purple Rose Theatre
Sept. 18 - Dec. 20, 2014
he Purple Rose Theatre Company is thrilled to bring the bittersweet comedy "Annapurna" by Sharr White to Michigan for the first production of its 24th season. What if you had experienced the defining moment of your life – but couldn't remember it? Sharr White's heartfelt and remarkable play deals with that dilemma and the unpredictable eccentricities of love. Continue..
Detroit Repertory Theatre
Nov. 6 - Dec. 28, 2014
The world premiere production of "Buzz," a biting comedy about a lecherous CEO and his wily stock clerk, will open the Detroit Repertory Theatre's 58th season on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 8:30 p.m. The play is written by native Michiganian Richard Strand, and as is the tradition for opening nights at the Rep, a complimentary champagne afterglow will follow the play with the cast and crew of the production. The production continues Thursday through Sunday through Dec. 28. Continue..
The Encore Musical Theatre Company
Nov. 20 – Dec. 21, 2014
The Encore Musical Theatre Company is excited to announce the world premiere of "Christmas Caroled" by artistic director Daniel C. Cooney and Dayle Ann Hunt. "Christmas Caroled" tells the story of a washed-up and bitter entertainer who is transported into his own past on Christmas Eve. Along the way, he is reunited with his longtime partner, is visited by both happy and painful memories, and rediscovers the importance of family, all while performing in their old Christmas television special. Continue..
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..
Go Comedy! Improv Theater
Nov. 20 - Dec. 28, 2014
As Go Comedy! celebrated its six-year anniversary on Nov. 13, the award-winning improv theater is putting the final touches on its sixth original holiday show, "Hashtag The Holidays," opening Thursday, Nov. 20. In the fall of 2008, the former Ferndale Secretary of State office was transformed into Go Comedy! Improv Theater - a catalyst for hundreds of original shows, a robust improv academy and an incubator for innovation, inspiration and integrity. Continue..
Two Muses Theatre
Nov. 14 - Dec. 7, 2014
Two Muses Theatre, whose mission is to provide opportunities for women in theater, brings back Neil Simon and a whole lot of women with Simon's semiautobiographical "Jake's Women." After opening its doors in 2011 with the female version of Simon's "The Odd Couple," Two Muses returns to the popular playwright for a hilarious foray into the world of modern relationships. In an age where our phones answer all our questions, and blogs, vlogs, tweets and instagrams tell an entire story, the allure of an actual paperback novel may be becoming a thing of the past. Continue..
The Motherfucker With The Hat
Nov. 14-29, 2014
As they prepare for the Nov. 14 opening of the Stephen A. Guirgis play "The Motherfucker With The Hat," 4TheatrSake's brother/sister founders Sean Rodriguez Sharpe and Sherina Rodriguez Sharpe realize that creating thought-provoking art in Detroit might be the most rewarding experience of all. As Downtown Detroit is growing rapidly and filling with new residents, 4TheatrSake aims to facilitate a new type of theater specific to the New Detroit experience. Continue..
Tipping Point Theatre
Nov. 13 - Dec. 14, 2014
Tipping Point Theatre continues its eighth season with a classic American story of love, faith and the notion that the power to be happy lies within ourselves. With "The Rainmaker," by N. Richard Nash, the theater brings together new and familiar TPT artists in a collaboration that continues the season's "All in the Family" theme. At a time of devastating drought in the West comes the story of "plain" Lizzie Curry, whose father and two brothers are worried as much about her potential future as an old maid as they are about their dying cattle. Continue..
Rapture, Blister, Burn
Nov. 14 - Dec. 7, 2014
Matrix Theatre opens its mainstage season with "Rapture, Blister, Burn," the hilarious comedy from Gina Gionfriddo, author of "Becky Shaw." A 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist, the play highlights two friends who chose different paths after graduate school: Gwen built a family, and Catherine chose a career. Twenty years later, they meet again and question their choices, as each envies the other's life. The play is a humorously candid, multi-generational debate of the age-old question: Can a woman really have it all? Continue..
Romeo and Juliet
Oct. 24 - Dec. 13, 2014
The Hilberry Theatre's 52nd season continues with William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," returning to the Hilberry stage for the first time since 2006. The production plays from Oct. 24 to Dec. 13, with additional student matinees scheduled throughout early 2015. Director Blair Anderson and the production team offer a fresh, contemporary take on Shakespeare's well-known tale of Verona's star-crossed lovers. Continue..
Stupid Fucking Bird
The Ringwald Theatre
Nov. 14 - Dec. 8, 2014
Aaron Posner's "Stupid Fucking Bird," a "sort-of" adaptation of Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull," makes its Michigan premiere beginning Nov. 14 at Ferndale's The Ringwald Theatre. After previous productions played in Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Los Angeles to great acclaim, The Ringwald is honored to bring the play to Detroit. Continue..
Nov. 1-30, 2014
Next at PuppetART is "Turtle Island," a parable inspired by the legend that came from the heart and soul of the Native People of North America. Combining different types of puppets, amazing light effects, actors and masks, the story tells how two brothers struggled to understand that people are a living part of the natural world, that all things are connected. This show is great for all ages. Continue..
Elf the Musical
DeVos Performance Hall
Nov. 28-30, 2014
NETworks Presentations, LLC, Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures and Unique Features are thrilled to bring the Broadway musical "Elf" to DeVos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids from Nov. 28-30 for five performances. Presented by Broadway Grand Rapids, "Elf" is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Continue..
Elf the Musical
Nov. 25-26, 2014
NETworks Presentations, LLC, Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures and Unique Features are thrilled to bring the Broadway musical "Elf" to Miller Auditorium in Kalamazoo for two performances on Nov. 25 and 26. Part of the PNC Broadway in West Michigan Series, "Elf" is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy's enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. Continue..
Gift of the Magi
Performance Network Theatre
Nov. 28 - Dec. 21, 2014
The second of the Network's two holiday shows, a world premiere co-produced by Detroit sports and entertainment executive Tom Wilson and in partnership with Etico Productions, "Gift of the Magi" journeys through both a traditional and a contemporary retelling of the classic O. Henry story. Performances begin Nov. 28 and run Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only through Dec. 21. Written by Annie Martin and directed by Suzi Regan, who also wrote the music, this world premiere two-person play starring Alysia Kolascz and Barton Bund explores the idea that while the holiday season is a time of abundance, the most important gift we can give and receive is love. Continue..
Home for the Holidays
The Dio - Dining and Entertainment
Nov. 28 - Dec. 23, 2014
The Dio - Dining and Entertainment is thrilled to announce the return of the original musical "Home for the Holidays." Conceived and written by Dio owners Steve DeBruyne and Matthew G. Tomich, the production has received rave reviews from audiences and critics alike since its debut in 2012. When the cast of "Home for the Holidays" gathers for their Christmas Eve performance, stage manager Nick and his wife expect a smooth evening of seasonal fun. Continue..
Planet Ant Theatre
Nov. 28 - Dec. 20, 2014
Planet Ant Theatre is proud to present the Detroit premiere of Jonas Hassen Khemiri's "Invasion!," called "a clever and sometimes-wrenching kaleidoscopic journey through the looking-glass of prejudice, fear and internalized self-loathing" by the Chicago Tribune. Originally produced in Khemiri's native Swedish, the work has been meticulously translated by Rachel Wilson-Broyles, winning it a 2011 Obie for playwriting and a New York Times Critics' Pick. Continue..
Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol
Thunder Bay Theatre
Nov. 28 - Dec. 14, 2014
For the last production of its 2014 fall season at Thunder Bay Theatre, the team is pulling out all the stops for "Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol." Written by Tom Mula, the play is offered in two renditions: as a one man show, and as a four person piece. Thunder Bay Theatre has created a third rendition, with a total cast of seven. "We haven't added any characters or created new lines, just divided the roles a little more freely, to really give the show the strong ensemble feel that jumped off the page on my first read," says artistic director and show director, Jeffrey Mindock. Continue..
Miracle on South Division Street
Nov. 28 - Dec. 28, 2014
Mid-Michigan's award-winning professional theater company, Williamston Theatre, celebrates the holiday season with "Miracle on South Division Street" by Tom Dudzik. Tickets for this charming tale are now on sale. Meet the Nowaks of Buffalo, New York. Clara and her three grown kids have always known they were special, ever since the miraculous night in 1942 when the Blessed Mother appeared to Grandpa in his barbershop. Continue..
Sister's Christmas Catechism
Nov. 28, 2014
Everyone's favorite Sister is back this holiday season when "Sister's Christmas Catechism" comes to the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Nov. 28 at 7:30 p.m. It's "CSI: Bethlehem" in this holiday mystery extravaganza, from the author of "Late Nite Catechism," as Sister takes on the mystery that has intrigued historians throughout the ages - whatever happened to the Magi's gold? ("We know that Mary used the frankincense and myrrh as a sort of potpourri - they were in a barn after all.") Continue..
This Wonderful Life
Performance Network Theatre
Nov. 25 - Dec. 18, 2014
The first of Performance Network's two holiday shows, "This Wonderful Life," begins Nov. 25 and runs Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only through Dec. 18. Co-produced by Detroit sports and entertainment executive Tom Wilson, "This Wonderful Life" is a one-man tour-de-force adaptation of the classic film about George Bailey and Bedford Falls. Written by Steve Murray and directed by Tony Caselli, "This Wonderful Life" is a wonderful way to start the holiday season. Continue..