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"10 Naked Men" in Ferndale

10 Naked Men
The Ringwald Theatre
May 15--June 8, 2015

The team that brought you Ronnie Larsen’s hit comedy "Making Porn" are at it again as his smash comedy "10 Naked Men" makes its Ferndale debut. "10 Naked Men" is about prostitution in Hollywood and focuses on ten individuals: three hustlers, two producers and two agents, one banker, a single photographer, and a lone actor. All 10 men are involved in the entertainment industry; all are wrapped up in the quest for fame, fortune, and happiness. And yes, they all get naked! Continue..

 

"Bad Jews" at JET

Bad Jews
Jewish Ensemble Theatre
May 20--June 14, 2015

There’s nothing like a death in the family to bring out the worst in people. This unhappy truth is displayed with delectably savage humor in "Bad Jews." The Jewish Ensemble Theatre proudly presents the Michigan premier production of this zesty play by Joshua Harmon; the JET production is directed by Christopher Bremer. This dark comedy about family, faith and legacy is filled with hope, inspiration, wit and laughter. Imagine the audience crammed into a shoebox with a couple of hungry hamsters fighting over a single food pellet! 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..

 

Go Comedy! programming lineup for May, 2015

Go Comedy!
May, 2015

Michigan's largest improv tournament is back for a sixth year. The annual tournament brings 16 of the best improv troupes from across the Detroit region to Go Comedy! in a single elimination competition. In August the final two teams will compete for the $1,005 grand prize and a performance slot on the Go Comedy! schedule. Each week, two teams will face off on the Go Comedy! stage with just 22 minutes to impress the audience with their skills... Continue..

 

An invitation to Elsinore Women’s Asylum

Hamlet
Slipstream Theatre Initiative
May 10--June 7, 2015

You’ve been selected as one of few experts in the psychiatric field to examine and diagnose the girls at our Institution. We ask that you please come prepared to determine which of these young women is most suitable for release. In preparation for your visit, the patients have decided to put on a “play” for you. As we believe art is the best expression of the inner neuroses of these girls, we encouraged them to choose a play that was most appropriate for them, and they chose Hamlet, by William Shakespeare... Continue..

 

World premiere in Lansing of three original works

Mother's Nature
Ixion Theatre Ensemble
May 23-31, 2015

Ixion Theatre Ensemble brings three, original, locally written, one act plays to Lansing in "Mother's Nature," featuring the work O.G. Ueberroth in "Family Tradition," Terry Palczewski in "Enough is Enough," and Michigan State University graduate student Andy Head's "Generations." The production is directed by Ixion artistic director, jeff croff and features Rachel Wilder, Isabella Croff, Josephine Croff, Oralya Garza, Rikki Perez, Erica Beck, Jacqueline Payne, and SaDonna Croff... Continue..

 

Michigan Premiere of Tony-nominated play

Outside Mulligar
Willamston Theatre
May 21--June 21, 2015

Williamston Theatre, located at 122 S. Putnam Street in downtown Williamston, presents the Michigan premiere of the 2014 Tony Nominated play "Outside Mullingar" by John Patrick Shanley. Performances begin Thursday, May 21 and run through Sunday, June 21. Outside Mullingar begins with five preview performances starting Thursday, May 21. During the first four previews audience members will have the opportunity to take part in the process of creating a show by participating in a talkback session with the director following each performance. Continue..

 

Marionettes and classical music tell an old story for children

Sleeping Beauty
PuppetARTTheatre
May 2-31, 2015

PuppetART’s production of "Sleeping Beauty" is a puppet ballet. The story is told through the movement of the puppets and the wonderful classical music that accompanies the show. Children should definitely be reread the story of "Sleeping Beauty." A good edition is the one illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman... Continue..

 

Opening This Period

A summer comedy from Tennessee Williams

A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur
Tipping Point Theatre
May 28--June 28, 2015

"A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur," by Tennessee Williams, is a lovely summer comedy for all ages. Set in a cramped St. Louis apartment in the mid-1930s, where Dorothea, a high school civics teacher, rooms with Bodey, a plain but caring and kind-hearted German-American spinster. Dorothea, a hopeless romantic, dreams of marriage with the principal of the school, while her protective roommate, Bodey, hopes to match Dorothea up with her fat, cigar-smoking twin brother, Buddy. Bodey tries to persuade Dorothea to join them for a picnic at Creve Coeur, a nearby amusement park... Continue..

 

"Prairie Home Companion" at The Fox

Prairie Home Companion
The Fox Theatre
May 30, 2015

Public radio station Michigan Radio (91.7 FM) and Olympia Entertainment will welcome America's favorite storyteller, Garrison Keillor, to the Fox Theatre on Saturday, May 30 at 5:45 p.m. for a special live broadcast performance of "A Prairie Home Companion." The May 30 show will feature live performances and comedy skits by Keillor and the Prairie Home cast. Keillor will weave local humor into the show and share his signature monologue, "The News from Lake Wobegon," with Detroit audiences... Continue..

 

"I Am Here" sneak preview in Windsor, Ontario

I Am Here
Jackman Dramatic Art Centre, Windsor ONT
May 29-May 30, 2015

On June 10-13, 2015, Gina Lori Riley Dance Enterprises’ new, multimedia, production, will have an exclusive run at the Tarragon Theatre Mainspace in Toronto, Ontario. The company will give ‘sneak preview’ performances in Windsor, Ontario, May 29 and May 30, 2015. "I Am Here" is an audio-visual, theatre creation by Gina Lori Riley in collaboration with several cross-disciplinary artists. The work communicates through a single, masked character as ‘Man-Woman’ and a physical genre that includes digital art and video projections, music-soundscapes, and poetic word... Continue..

 

Boy meets mouse at Performance Network

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Performance Network Theatre
May 30-31, 2015

Directed by John Manfredi and starring Eric Eilersen as The Boy and Sarah McEneaney and The Mouse, "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" is a wonderful tale of a boy who tries to meet the demands of a very needy house guest. Based on the popular children’s book by Laura Numeroff, this whimsical stage adaptation examines when innocent milk­and­cookie snack time goes from mishap to catastrophe. “Don’t miss this play,” said Manfredi. “Your kids will love it because it’s not just fun­-it’s messy fun...” Continue..

 

"Kinky Boots" at The Wharton

Kinky Boots
The Wharton Center
May 26-31, 2015

Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig, lead producers of "Kinky Boots," the smash- hit musical that brings together four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (Book) and Grammy Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper (Tony Award winner for Best Score for "Kinky Boots"), are excited to be bringing "Kinky Boots" to Wharton Center, as part of the MSU Federal Credit Union Broadway at Wharton Center Series... Continue..

 

"Mamma Mia" closes the season at The Whiting

Mamma Mia
The Whiting
May 29-30, 2015

Closing out the 2014-15 Whiting season is the Broadway hit "Mamma Mia!" as part of the McLaren Bright Lights and Broadway Series at The Whiting on May 29 at 8:00 p.m. and May 30 at 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. Writer Catherine Johnson's sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago... Continue..

 

Staged reading of Will Eno's "Middletown" at FYT

Middletown
Flint Youth Theatre
May 31, 2015

As part of their "Off the Press" series, Flint Youth Theatre will present a staged reading of "Middletown" by Will Eno on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. In a small American every-town, a friendship develops between two people standing at the edge of loneliness. Their journey takes them from the local library to outer space and points between. The New York Times said this “delicate, moving and wry amble along the collective road to nowhere… is a prickly awareness of the awesome mystery of existence...” Continue..

 

A musical blast from the past

The Bikinis
Meadow Brook Theatre
May 27--June 21, 2015

In 1964 four friends—Jodi, Karla, Annie and Barbara—formed the band, "The Bikinis," and won their local talent contest on the Jersey Shore. Now, 35 years later, the girls are back together one more time and are guaranteed to get you dancing in the aisles. “The Bikinis, a new musical beach party!” includes hits from the 1960s that everyone remembers like “Under the Boardwalk,” “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’,” “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini," "Heat Wave" and more.. Continue..

 

"The Comedy of Errors" like Shakespeare saw it

A Comedy of Errors
Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company
May 30, 2015

The Grand Haven-based Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company, Michigan’s only year-round, touring Shakespeare Company, will perform "The Comedy of Errors" on May 30 at 2:00 p.m. at the Rose Playhouse, a recreation of an outdoor Elizabethan playhouse at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan. Pigeon Creek is an award-winning theatre company specializing in productions which use the performance conditions from Shakespeare’s time period, such as audience interaction, live music and sound, and cross-gendered casting... Continue..

 

A play where life imitates art imitating life

White Ash Falling 9/11
Detroit Repertory Theatre
May 28--June 28, 2015

"White Ash Falling 9/11" focuses on three actors as they prepare for an off-Broadway production about the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Richard is a talented and intelligent actor who's more concerned with artistry than the size of his paycheck; Julie is a successful actress who hasn't let it go to her head; and Gwen is a renowned character actor. As these three actors prep for their pending show, their personal experiences and exposures to the trauma of 9/11 are revealed... Continue..

 



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