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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..

 

Two Muses Theatre presents Tony award-winning comedy

God of Carnage
Two Muses Theatre
April 10-26, 2015

Two Muses Theatre presents Tony Award-winning comedy "God of Carnage" starring a team of theatre-company artistic directors. Who’s being childish: The two 11-year-old boys from a private elite elementary school who duke it out on the playground, or their parents who go at it over coffee, rum and clafouti? (And what is clafouti, anyway?)... Continue..

 

Thunder Bay's celebration of the mating game

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change
Thunder Bay Theatre
April 16-May 3, 2015

This celebration of the mating game takes on the truths and myths behind that contemporary conundrum know as 'the relationship.' Act I explores the journey from dating and waiting to love and marriage, while Act II reveals the agonies and triumphs of in-laws and newborns, trips in the family car and pick-up techniques of the geriatric set... Continue..

 

Mary Poppins flies at the Riverbank Theatre

Mary Poppins
Riverbank Theatre
April 10-26, 2015

Mary Poppins is full of fantasy and magic, and yes, Mary will fly! Bert, the jack-of-all-trades, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family how to value each other again. Continue..

 

Slipstream Theatre Initiative offers "The Merchant of Venice"

Merchant of Venice
Slipstream Theatre Initiative
April 5-30, 2015

Slipstream Theatre Initiative proudly presents its fourth production, Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice." Opening April 5th (Easter Sunday) and running Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through April 30th at Michigan Actors Studio in Ferndale, this show benefits the Jewish Historical Society. Continue..

 

"On Golden Pond" at The Encore Theatre

On Golden Pond
The Encore Theatre
April 9-26, 2015

The Encore Musical Theatre Company is proud to present "On Golden Pond" starring Thomas D. Mahard and Ellen Finch, written by Ernest Thompson and directed by Daniel C. Walker. "On Golden Pond" will preview on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 3:00pm and will open on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 8:00pm and continue through April 26. Lovable curmudgeon Norman Thayer is as tart-tongued as ever... Continue..

 

Original post-apocalyptic road comedy at Planet Ant

See You Next Doomsday
Planet Ant Theatre
April 10-May 2, 2015

Doomsday comes to Hamtramck April 10 at Planet Ant when the original comedy "See You Next Doomsday" premieres for a four week run. Tickets ($10-$20) are on sale now. With more than 50 original productions between them, Mike McGettigan and Shawn Handlon, two of Detroit's most prolific writers, have come together for another original premiere at Planet Ant. In "See You Next Doomsday," Oliver finds himself stranded on a nightmarish future Earth... Continue..

 

"Sirens" is a mystical expedition

Sirens
Williamston Theatre
March 26 – April 26, 2015

Mid-Michigan’s award winning professional theatre company, Williamston Theatre, is collaborating with the MSU Department of Theatre on their upcoming production "Sirens" by Deborah Zoe Laufer. "Sirens" begins with five preview performances starting Thursday, March 26. Performances will run Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at eight o’clock and Sunday matinees at two o’clock with additional three o’clock matinees on Saturdays starting April 4. Continue..

 

World premier performance at the Jewish Ensemble Theatre

Sugarhill
Jewish Ensemble Theatre
April 15--May 10, 2015

On a hot muggy night as we sit on the precipice of a new era, a stranger comes to Sugarhill, Louisiana setting off unimagined ripples that both fulfill a child’s wish and test a family's love and strength. Sugarhill won both First Place, and the Audience Favorite Award in the Dayton Playhouse FutureFest Competition, and was a selection at the Long Beach Playhouse New Works Festival in August 2014, and a finalist for the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company’s 2014 Generations Competition. Continue..

 

Pulitzer Prize-winning drama at the Purple Rose Theatre

Talley's Folly
Purple Rose Theatre
April 2-May 23, 2015

Do you believe that one mesmerizing evening can change the course of two lives forever? Join us for PRTC benefactor Lanford Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning romantic comedy "Talley's Folly," about a pair of mismatched souls longing to find love after nearly giving up on the dream. Continue..

 

Critically-acclaimed "Tender Napalm" gets Michigan premiere

Tender Napalm
The Ringwald Theatre
April 11--May 4, 2015

The author of "Mercury Fur" strikes again. Critically-acclaimed "Tender Napalm" gets Michigan premiere at Ferndale theatre. In 2011, The Ringwald Theatre produced Philip Ridley’s disturbing, unshakeable, unlike-anything-you’d-ever-seen "Mercury Fur" to great acclaim. Now, four years later, comes his "Tender Napalm," making its Michigan premiere at The Ringwald. Continue..

 

Hilarious spoof of an Alfred Hitchcock classic

The 39 Steps
Hilberry Theatre Company
April 10-25, 2015

The Hilberry Theatre Company is pleased to present the final production of its 52nd season. "The 39 Steps," running April 10 to April 25, takes a well-known story immortalized on film by Alfred Hitchcock and adds comedic, suspenseful, and fast-paced twists. The play is adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel by John Buchan and the movie by Alfred Hitchcock. This hilarious spoof of the 1935 Hitchcock thriller blends frenzied performances and wildly inventive stagecraft with spies, murder, and some good old-fashioned romance! Continue..

 

Mother and daughter take the stage for "Gamma Rays"

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds
Ixion Ensemble
April 18-26, 2015

Real life mother and daughter PK and Kaleel VanVoorhees take the stage in Ixion Ensemble's production of "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds" by Paul Zindel. Performances are April 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 7 p.m. on Sundays. Ixion returns to AA Creative Corridor, 1133 S. Washington Ave. Lansing, MI, for the third show of its inaugural season. Tickets are $15 at the door. Continue..

 

An American classic at Farmers Alley Theatre

The Glass Menagerie
Farmers Alley Theatre
April 10-26, 2015

Opening April 10, Farmers Alley Theatre is proud to present our first "American Classic" when we bring Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie" to life this spring. Celebrating its 70th anniversary, this revered work is as poignant now as it was when it first hit Broadway in 1945. "The Glass Menagerie" tells the story of the Wingfield family: mentally fragile Laura; her brooding younger brother, Tom; and their mother Amanda, a faded Southern belle desperately trying to raise her children alone. Continue..

 

Nerve goes to “The Heights”

The Heights
Nerve at Gallery 17
April 17-25, 2015

In April, nerve, a performance group led by award-winning writer Kathe Koja that brings immersive shows to non-traditional spaces, will recreate Emily Brontë’s passionate novel “Wuthering Heights” at Gallery 17 in Detroit. Nerve has pioneered immersive, audience-participatory events in the style of “Sleep No More”, creating landscapes for the audience to explore while interacting with performers... Continue..

 

A comedic drama about two unlikely roommates

The Kiss of The Sun for Pardon
Detroit Repertory Theatre
March 26-May 17, 2015

"The Kiss of The Sun for Pardon" is a comedic drama about two unlikely roommates. Oriel is a young woman, a much abused, barefoot, African American loner with a quick temper. She answers an ad for food and lodging at T-Bone’s single story house and seedy yard. T-Bone is an obese, wheelchair bound, white, redneck in his mid-sixties who has a cranky temper but loves his orchids and his coupons. The price for Oriel’s food and lodging is taking care of T-Bone’s household needs –– no wages and no other demands. On the surface the two seem to be polar opposites in every way, but they turn out to be more alike than either one is able or willing to admit. Continue..

 

Spring weather brings in "The Outgoing Tide"

The Outgoing Tide
Tipping Point Theatre
April 9-May 3, 2015

Join TPT for a timeless story of family and identity. "The Outgoing Tide," by Bruce Graham, makes its Michigan Premiere at TPT. Gunner has retired from his trucking business and now lives in their summer home on the Chesapeake Bay with his wife of 50 years. He has come up with an unorthodox plan to secure his family’s future. His plan is met with resistance from his wife, Peg and son, Jack, who have plans of their own... Continue..

 

The Abreact presents two plays by the British master of intimidation, with drinking in between

Two Plays by Harold Pinter
The Abreact
April 17-May 9, 2015

“He tugs, he’s tugging, he kills, he’s killing, the rat’s head, with a snap, the cloth of the rat’s head tears.”The Abreact presents two plays by the British master of intimidation, Harold Pinter – One for the Road and The Dwarfs. Premiering in 1983, One for the Road is one of Pinter’s most overtly political works, a menacing treatise on how power and humiliation are used as the tools of totalitarianism. Continue..

 

“Violet" takes audience on a memorable journey

Violet
The Dio
April 3-May17, 2015

The Dio – Dining & Entertainment, Livingston County’s only professional dinner theatre, is very excited to produce the beautiful, and rarely produced musical, "Violet." Winner of the Drama Critics’ Circle Award and Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical when it premiered off-Broadway, "Violet" features a score of show-stopping anthems ranging from American-roots to folk to gospel... Continue..

 

Opening This Period

"Blue Man Group" returns to The Fisher Theatre

Blue Man Group
Fisher Theatre
April 21-26, 2015

"Blue Man Group" returns to Detroit’s Fisher Theatre from April 21-26, 2015. The theatrical tour features brand new content highlighted by classic "Blue Man" favorites. The new sound, set, and video design centering around a proscenium-sized LED curtain and high-resolution screen create an entirely new, high-impact visual experience for Broadway houses across the nation. Continue..

 

Golden Dragon Acrobats at The Fox

Cirque Ziva
The Fox Theatre
April 26, 2015

Following a month-long sold out run on Broadway at the New Victory Theatre, the Golden Dragon Acrobats present "Cirque Zíva" at the Fox Theatre on Sunday, April 26 at 3 p.m. "Cirque Ziva" is a fast-paced, technically innovative and beautifully presented spectacle for all ages. Producer and Artistic Director Danny Chang and his Golden Dragon Acrobats continue their relentless, 30+ year US touring schedule of the centuries-old Chinese art form. Since 1985, they remain the only Chinese acrobatic company touring year-round in the United States and present more than 200 performances annually. Continue..

 

Hit musical by Michigan native Dan Goggin

Meshuggah-Nuns
Meadow Brook Theatre
April 22--May 17, 2015

The Little Sisters of Hoboken are taking an all-expense paid cruise to the Holy Land, but once again find themselves plunged into comedy, song and dance. “Meshuggah-Nuns!” returns to Meadow Brook Theatre on the campus of Oakland University from April 22 through May 17. When nearly the entire cast of the shipboard show gets sick, the sisters step in to star in an onboard variety show... Continue..

 

ArtsPower’s compelling "My Heart in a Suitcase" for grades 4-8

My Heart in a Suitcase
Macomb Center for the Performing Arts
April 21, 2015

My Heart in a Suitcase is ArtsPower’s compelling dramatic adaptation of Anne Lehmann Fox’s courageous autobiographical account of her 1938 journey out of Germany, when she and 10,000 other Jewish children fled without their parents on the Kindertransport, afraid and uncertain of what the future would hold for them and the families they were forced to leave behind... Continue..

 

Urban tale with sci-fi twist

No Second Chances
Street Ink Productions
April 25, 2015

"No Second Chances" will hit Detroit theater patrons like a half-frozen snowball to the face when it debuts at the Redford Theater on April 25. Make no mistake, this is not your run-of-the-mill type performance with the basic boring story lines of love lost and gained, ageless wisdom spouted from the mouth of a “motherly” archetype, and no – there will be no songs about redemption...

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Michigan Equity premiere of Joseph Zettelmaier’s "Salvage"

Salvage
Performance Network Theatre
April 23--May 24, 2015

Beginning April 23, Performance Network will present "Salvage," a story of survival, love and loss, written by Joseph Zettelmaier and directed by Joey Albright. Co-produced by Detroit sports and entertainment executive, Tom Wilson, "Salvage" tells the story of a shy owner of a collectables store in Detroit... Continue..

 

"The Cross and the Light" touring Metro Detroit

The Cross and the Light
Multiple Venues
April 23-May 16, 2015

Wilde Award nominated musical, "The Cross and the Light," is now touring as a music concert and digital media experience with 21 performances at five Catholic churches running April 16 to May 16, 2015... Continue..

 

"Anne Frank" at the Flint Youth Theatre for ages 10 and up

The Diary of Anne Frank
Flint Youth Theatre
April 24--May 10, 2015

"In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart." Seventy years after these words were written by a young girl with every reason to give up, her example of willfulness continues to serve as a reminder of the incredible power of hope. "The Diary of Anne Frank" will run at the Flint Youth Theatre from April 24 through May 10. The play, by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett has been newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman. Continue..

 



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