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Pigeon Creek hits the road

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Pigeon Creek Shakespeare
April 12 - May 2, 2014

The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company, an award-winning touring company based in West Michigan, will present its production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at Dog Story Theater, 7 Jefferson SE in Grand Rapids April 17-19 and 24-26 at 8 p.m., and April 20 and 27 at 3 p.m. Continue..

 

End of an era: Broadway Onstage ends 20-year run with 'Breaking Legs'

Breaking Legs
Broadway Onstage
April 11 - May 10, 2014

The 20th season of Broadway Onstage Live Theatre and the 33rd and final season of Dennis Wickline Productions comes to a close with the Tom Dulack "family" comedy "Breaking Legs," opening Friday, April 11 and running Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. through Saturday, May 10. "Breaking Legs" takes place in a New England Italian restaurant owned by Lou, a successful mobster. The restaurant is managed by his beautiful unmarried daughter, Angela. 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..

 

The Dio promises a toe-tapping good time

Country Roads:
A Musical Journey
The Dio
April 3 - May 11, 2014

The Dio Dining & Entertainment, Livingston County's only professional dinner theater, is excited to bring a Michigan premiere to the stage with "Country Roads: A Musical Journey" by Leslie Jo Hood. Jimmy's record shop, Country Roads, "Where stars are made," is the Nashville hot spot for aspiring artists. Not only does Jimmy sell some of the best albums, he features new singers in live performances at the shop! Continue..

 

New scripts come to life in 'Dark Night'

Dark Night
Planet Ant Theatre
April 4-19, 2014

Planet Ant will bring works by five local playwrights to the stage this April in "Dark Night," an anthology of the best scripts from the theater's Ant Farm series. Tickets ($10) are on sale now for performances April 4-19. "Dark Night" is an anthology of Planet Ant's favorite short play submissions to The Ant Farm, a quarterly reading of original work by local playwrights. Continue..

 

Williamston Theatre presents a humorous and gritty comedy about finding love

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune
Williamston Theatre
March 20 - April 19, 2014

Williamston Theatre, Mid-Michigan's award winning professional theatre company, presents "Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune" by Terrence McNally. Performances begin Thursday, March 20 and run through Saturday, April 19. Tickets for this witty love story about overcoming fear and taking a chance on love are now on sale. Continue..

 

New 'devised play' introduces theatergoers to the Play House

Life Is Happening To Us Again
A Host of People
April 10-26, 2014

A Host of People presents a performance about the competing, complimentary, maybe even symbiotic relationship between nature and technology. In "Life Is Happening To Us Again," two couples share an apartment across time, lengthening the distances - and deepening the fathoms - they must travel to simply connect. Relating through devices, screens and sites, they find themselves becoming possibly impossibly one with nature. Continue..

 

Lovers with horrifying hobby prove 'love is strange'

Love is Strange
Magenta Giraffe
April 4-26, 2014

Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company of Detroit presents the world premiere of "Love is Strange" by Sean Paraventi. Directed by Frannie Shepherd-Bates, the show runs April 4-26 at The Abreact Performance Space. This twisted love story from the playwright who previously brought "The Current" to the Magenta Giraffe audience, explores a passionate but deeply disturbed relationship between two lovers with a horrifying hobby. Continue..

 

Three decades of friendship and romance at TPT

Old Love
Tipping Point Theatre
April 3 - May 4, 2014

"Old Love," by audience favorite Norm Foster, is a touching comedy about persistence in the pursuit of happiness. The story spans three decades and several meetings between Bud, a salesman, and Molly, his boss' wife. Over time, a growing fondness for Molly developed in Bud's heart, but he never does anything about it until they meet again, for just the third time, at his old boss' funeral. Molly isn't interested, but Bud continues to pursue her despite all odds, and together they tell their stories of good times and bad, through their 25 years of relationships. Continue..

 

Great Escape stages regional favorite

Steel Magnolias
Great Escape Stage Co.
April 10-27, 2014

Great Escape Stage Company is proud to announce the opening of "Steel Magnolias" on Thursday, April 10 and playing three weekends through Sunday, April 27. The show will be the 25th produced by GESC since its establishment in the fall of 2011. Made into an Academy Award-winning film in 1989 that starred Sally Fields and Julia Roberts, the wonderfully written play is about the bond between six women in a small town in northwest Louisiana. Continue..

 

Farce up next at The Encore

The Foreigner
The Encore Musical Theatre
April 10 - May 4, 2014

The Encore Musical Theatre shakes things up with "The Foreigner," a popular comedy that starts performances on Thursday, April 10 at 7 p.m. The official opening night is Friday, April 8, with the show scheduled to run Thursday through Sunday through Sunday, May 4. "The Foreigner" is a hilarious farce about a stranger in a strange land. Charlie and Froggy are two English friends staying at Betty Meek's Fishing Lodge and Inn in rural Georgia. Continue..

 

Date change: The Ringwald jumps back into the expletive-laden title pool

The Motherfucker with the Hat
The Ringwald Theatre
March 28 - April 14, 2014

Best known for his searing plays "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot" and "Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train," Stephen Adly Guirgis' latest play, "The Motherfucker with the Hat," finally makes its Michigan debut. Seen on Broadway in 2011 in an acclaimed production that starred Chris Rock and Bobby Canavale, The Ringwald's production will play an exclusive three-week run at the Ferndale theater. Continue..

 

A collection of world premiere short comedies

The PRTC Spring Comedy Festival:
Lovers, Liars & Lunatics
The Purple Rose Theatre
April 3 - May 24, 2014

The Purple Rose Theatre Company presents the third production of the 2013-14 season, "The PRTC Spring Comedy Festival: Lovers, Liars & Lunatics," a world premiere production by various playwrights. The collection of world premiere short comedies will explore the nature of love, loss, revenge and renewal. The evening includes new plays by Jeff Daniels, David MacGregor, Carey Crim, and other Purple Rose favorites. Continue..

 

Opening This Period

Experience family dysfunction at the Hilberry

August: Osage County
Hilberry Theatre
April 18 - May 10, 2014

The 2008 Tony Award winner for Best Play, "August: Osage County" by Tracy Letts, closes the Hilberry Theatre's 51st season in Midtown Detroit. Playing April 18 through May 10, this Pulitzer Prize-winning play arrives at the Hilberry Theatre fresh off the critically-acclaimed movie adaptation in theaters nationwide. "August: Osage County" is set on the plains of modern day, middle-class Oklahoma. Continue..

 

This spring, Go Comedy! leads winter-weary Detroiters to 'better living'

Better Living through Human Amusements
Go Comedy!
April 17 - June 13, 2014

Go Comedy! wants you to live better with its latest original comedy, "Better Living through Human Amusements," which opens April 17 and continues through June 13. In addition, the theater continues its annual show with the Ferndale Library's Ferndale Reads program, and Michigan's largest improv tournament, BITS, returns April 30. Tickets for all shows are available now. Continue..

 

An early start for Lansing's Renegade(s)

Shop Talk
Renegade Theatre Festival
April 15, 2014

The Renegade Theatre Festival has created a new series called Renegade Readings to showcase the work of local playwrights and lead to the annual free Renegade Theatre Festival, this year running Aug. 14-16. "Shop Talk" is the brainchild of playwright Bill Helder: four short plays by local playwrights that all tell stories of life in "the shop." Continue..

 



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