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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..


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..


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 '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..


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

Hey, kids! Set sail when pirates drop anchor April 25-27

How I Became A Pirate
City Theatre
April 25-27, 2014

Olympia Entertainment and Etico Productions present "How I Became A Pirate," a musical based on the book written by Melinda Long. Children will join the adventures of Jacob Jeremy as he jumps on board to join Capitan Braid Beard and his pirate crew. Buried treasure, sea chanteys, pirate talk - who wouldn't go along? "How I Became A Pirate" lands at the City Theatre Friday, April 25 through Sunday, April 27. Join young Jacob Jeremy as he sets sail with Captain Braid Beard and his mates! Continue..


Award-winning playwrights 'take a village' to celebrate mothering

Motherhood Out Loud
Flint Youth Theatre
April 27, 2014

Flint Youth Theatre's staged reading of "Motherhood Out Loud" conceived by Susan Rose and Joan Stein will be performed Sunday, April 27 at 6 p.m. This sixth and final play of the 2013-14 Off the Press series was written by a collection of award-winning playwrights, including Leslie Ayvazian, Brooke Berman, David Cale, Jessica Goldberg, Beth Henley, Lameece Issaq, Claire LaZebnik, Lisa Loomer, Michele Lowe, Marco Pennette, Theresa Rebeck, Luanne Rice, Annie Weisman and Cheryl L. West. Continue..


Nathan Gunn to light up The Berman stage

Nathan Gunn
The Berman
April 24, 2014

Nathan Gunn has earned a reputation as one of the most exciting and in-demand baritones of the day. He has appeared in internationally renowned opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Paris Opera, and Teatro Real in Madrid - and he rightly owns his reputation as one of the most exciting and in-demand singers of the day. Nathan Gunn, with Julie Jordan Gunn on the piano, comes to The Berman Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. Continue..


Pulitzer nominee next at Farmers Alley

Old Wicked Songs
Farmers Alley Theatre
April 25 - May 11, 2014

Presented in collaboration with the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, Farmers Alley Theatre is proud to present the haunting and musical play "Old Wicked Songs" by Jon Marans. In 1986 Vienna, a young Jewish pianist has come to study. But before he begins his piano instruction, he must first take singing lessons from the harsh, anti-Semitic Professor Mashkan. Continue..


JET concludes 25th season with emotional blackmail

Other Desert Cities
The Jewish Ensemble Theatre
April 23 - May 18, 2014

The Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company's final main stage production of its "Share the Magic" 25th Anniversary 2013-14 season is "Other Desert Cities" by Jon Robin Baitz. Previews begin Wednesday, April 23, with opening night on Saturday, April 26. The production runs until Sunday, May 18. In "Other Desert Cities," Brooke Wyeth returns home after a six-year absence to celebrate a holiday reunion in the Palm Springs, California desert home of her parents, actor and former Ambassador Lyman and his wife Polly Wyeth. Continue..


New flavor added to Shakespearean classic

Richard III
Performance Network
April 24 - June 1, 2014

From April 24 through June 1, William Shakespeare's famous history "Richard III" gets an innovative treatment in this boldly re-imagined tale of power, treachery, seduction and fate. Directed by Julia Glander, this revolutionary take on the age-old classic explores the themes and fate of gender, power and government set in the distant yet ominous future. This is an exciting first-time collaboration between student actors and faculty of Eastern Michigan University Theatre and the artists of Performance Network Theatre. Continue..


Shop Floor to conclude 2014 Staged-Reading Series

Shop Floor Theatre Co.
April 26, 2014

Shop Floor Theatre Company is concluding its 2014 Staged-Reading Series on Saturday April 26 with a performance of "Seeds" by Annabel Soutar. This series of staged readings at Flint's Buckham Gallery is dedicated to exploring contemporary issues and promoting civic dialogue. Each play will feature local actors playing a variety of different roles. The three plays chosen for the 2014 Staged-Reading Series were all created in a similar "documentary" style and explore a variety of contemporary social issues... Continue..


A blessed event comes to Detroit

Sister Act
Fisher Theatre
April 22-May 4, 2014

"Sister Act," the family-friendly, over-the-top spectacle with nuns that rock, opens at Detroit's Fisher Theatre on April 22 for a limited engagement. The Broadway In Detroit show will run through May 4. Tickets will go on sale online Sunday, March 9 at 10:00 a.m. and at the Fisher Theatre box office on Monday, March 10 at 10 a.m. When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place cops are sure she won't be found - a convent! Continue..


America's premier figure skating production showcases our best skaters

Stars on Ice
Joe Louis Arena
April 27, 2014

When America's top figure skaters convened in Boston on Jan. 9 for the U.S. Championships, two things were at stake a trip to Sochi, Russia for the Winter Olympics and a coveted spot skating in the 2014 Tour of the Emmy-Award winning "Stars on Ice." The country's premier figure skating production, "Stars on Ice," is proud to announce that America's figure skating champions and top Olympic medal contenders at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia will headline this year's nationwide tour. Continue..


Michigan premiere brings USO tour to Michigan

The Andrews Brothers
Meadow Brook Theatre
April 23 - May 18, 2014

Songs from the fabulous '40s hit the stage when the USO heads for the South Pacific. The headline act is the Andrews Sisters, but what happens when they get stuck in quarantine? Luckily, three brothers, who also just happen to have the last name of Andrews, know all the tunes! Songs include "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," "Slow Boat to China," "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive," and "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" sung like you've never heard them before. Continue..


Wicked Green celebrates Shakespeare's 450th birthday with gender-twisting 'Twelfth Night'

By Bridgette M. Redman

Shakespeare's plays often lend themselves to modern treatments with some suggesting current themes more than others. When it comes to plays about gender identity as a social construct, it's hard not to think of "Twelfth Night," Shakespeare's comedy in which male actors play women pretending to be men, and both male and female characters fall in love with the same mixed gender character. Continue..


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