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What A Do Theatre opens season with Orwell classic

What A Do Theatre
Oct. 10-25, 2014

Opening What A Do Theatre's 2014-15 season is George Orwell's "1984," adapted by Robert Owens. Set in the fictitious town of Oceania, "1984" describes a time in which governmental control overpowers all forms of personal expression, including the thoughts and language of its citizens. The totalitarian regime, adequately named the party, is headed by an ominous figure known only as Big Brother. Continue..


Celebrate the past, present and future of Flint Farmers' Market

9 x Nourished
Flint Youth Theatre
Oct. 17 - Nov. 2, 2014

"9 x Nourished" is the second production in FYT's 2014-2015 Signature Series and is performed onsite at the new Flint Farmers' Market from Friday, Oct. 17 through Sunday, Nov. 2. Through song and dance, a love story, a cooking lesson and more, FYT examines the unique place the Flint Farmers' Market holds in the community. Located at the new Flint Farmers' Market, this dynamic new play celebrates the Market's value to the community's past, present and future. "9 x Nourished" director Janet E. Haley commented on the creation of the play. Continue..


Nerve presents Lewis Carroll classic as immersive voyage into Wonderland

Oct. 10-31, 2014

In October, Detroit-based Nerve, a performance organization that stages immersive, audience participatory shows in non-traditional spaces, will bring Lewis Carroll's classic "Alice" to Ferndale. In Detroit, Nerve has pioneered immersive events in the popular vein of "Sleep No More" and "Play/Date," where the audience wanders the space and interacts with the actors. Similarly, Nerve will recreate Carroll's timeless story as an immersive journey through Wonderland. Continue..


Purple Rose kicks off season with Michigan premiere

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..


Ringwald mash-up proves 'They're all going to laugh at you!'

Are You There God? It's Me, Carrie
The Ringwald Theatre
Oct. 11 - Nov. 3, 2014

The Ringwald Theatre is no stranger to the world of parody. And this October will prove to be no different, as the merry pranksters open their latest production - a musical, no less - "Are You There God? It's Me, Carrie." Written by Lisa Melinn and Dyan Bailey, "Are You There God? It's Me, Carrie" combines the best elements of a Judy Blume novel with the creepiness of Stephen King. It's the 1970s, and pre-teen Carrie White and her religious nut of a mother have just moved to an idyllic New Jersey suburb. Continue..


Classic adventure gets steampunk twist

Around the World in 80 Days
Meadow Brook Theatre
Oct. 1-26, 2014

Phileas Fogg is determined to travel around the globe in 80 days to prove a point - and win a bet. Many miles and adventures stand between Fogg and his goal, not to mention all the comedic characters he meets along the way. "Around the World in 80 Days" plays at Meadow Brook Theatre on the campus of Oakland University from Oct. 1 through Oct. 26. Based on the classic adventure novel by Jules Verne, this new adaptation is by Mark Brown. "The thought that the power of steam could do almost anything is inspired by the machinery of the 19th century and authors like Jules Verne," said Travis Walter, MBT artistic director. 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..


Dracula takes a bite out of Michigan

Dracula the Musical
The Dio
Oct. 3 - Nov. 2, 2014

Livingston County's only professional theater company, The Dio Dining and Entertainment, is excited to announce its upcoming production of Frank Wildhorn's "Dracula The Musical!" "Dracula The Musical" is a thrilling drama of suspense and a Gothic romance of dreamlike temptation from the extraordinary team of Christopher Hampton, Don Black and Frank Wildhorn, the same people who brought musical theater lovers "Jekyll and Hyde" and "The Civil War." Continue..


Entertainment executive helps drive 'Miss Daisy'

Driving Miss Daisy
Performance Network
Sept. 25 - Oct. 26, 2014

The popular "Driving Miss Daisy," directed by 2014 Pulsar Award winner for Best Director and three-time 2014 Wilde Award nominee John Manfredi, will begin its run at Performance Network Theatre on Sept. 25. Co-producing the production and lending a hand in Performance Network's revitalization is longtime Detroit sports and entertainment executive Tom Wilson. Continue..


MOT opens 44th opera season with star power

Michigan Opera Theatre
Oct. 18-26, 2014

Michigan Opera Theatre's 44th fall opera season, sponsored by Ford Motor Company, opens with the company premiere of Richard Strauss' horror-filled opera, "Elektra," for four performances from Oct. 18-26. Opera superstar and Grammy-award winning soprano Christine Goerke will sing all four performances in the title role. This production will be sung in German with English supertitles projected above the stage. Continue..


'Evil Dead' returns for fifth fall engagement at City Theatre

Evil Dead: The Musical
City Theatre
Oct. 1-25, 2014

The hilariously, bloody tradition continues this fall as "Evil Dead: The Musical" celebrates its fifth season performing at the City Theatre, presented by The Ringwald and Olympia Entertainment and locally sponsored by Genisys Credit Union. A pack of new local cast members will rise to bring the familiar tale to life with a four-week engagement starting Wednesday, Oct. 1 through Saturday, Oct. 25 at the City Theatre. Based on Sam Raimi's '80s cult classic films, "Evil Dead: The Musical" unearths the old familiar story. Continue..


Rod puppets bring Russian classic to life

Oct. 4-26, 2014

"Firebird," a traditional heroic tale, returns to PuppetART beginning Oct. 4. "Firebird" is a lush and elaborate production with rod puppets, created in the tradition of Russian folklore. It is full of vivid and colorful scenery. The first act contrasts the dark and mysterious underworld of the second act, with spellbinding music of Stravinsky's "Firebird" as well as folk songs of old Russia, which transports the audience to an enchanted and magical world - a world of fairy tales. Continue..


Go Comedy! loves 'Missed Connections' and 'Scary Stories'

October Schedule
Go Comedy!
Oct. 2 - Nov. 6, 2014

Fall is all about "Missed Connections," "Scary Stories" and deadly improv at Go Comedy! The popular improv troupe Missed Connections will bring an original mix of improv, sketch and movie-making to Thursday nights with "Missed Connections: The Movie (Live on Stage)." In addition, the master's class from Go U! The Improv Academy will present its original sketch show, "Scary Stories and Other Scary Stories," Wednesday nights at 8 p.m., with an original improv show for Halloween, "The Die Centennial," running Thursday nights at 10 p.m. Continue..


Additional programming begins at the Network

Story Time
An Iliad
Performance Network
Oct. 4-25, 2014

Having begun a successful run of "Driving Miss Daisy," the Network is shifting some of its focus to additional programming. Every Saturday beginning Oct. 4, the Network will host a free Story Time at 11 a.m. for children ages 3-8 where a staff member will read from popular children's books. The following week, the Network's Wednesday Night Concert Series begins with a concert reading of "An Iliad" performed by John Manfredi on Wednesday, Oct. 8 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the concert reading are $15. Continue..


Hitchcock film gets zany treatment

The 39 Steps
The Snug Theatre
Oct. 10-26, 2014

Are you a Hitchcock fan? Then "The 39 Steps" is for you! Anyone looking for an evening of non-stop laughs should head to The Snug Theatre Oct. 10-26 for an exciting night of theater! Patrick Barlow creates a stage version of the Hitchcock film that will have you sitting on the edge of your seats. The story follows Richard Hannay, an ordinary Englishman, as he gets more and more "involved" with a top-secret spy organization. Continue..


Original late-night shows take the stage at Planet Ant

The Birth of Chad
The Dogman Prophecies
Planet Ant Theatre
Oct. 10-Nov. 8

Planet Ant Theatre will present two original late-night comedy shows this fall: "The Birth of Chad" by 2014 Colony Fest winners We Have Your Son, and "The Dogman Prophecies" by the theater's The Ant Process class. The improv troupe We Have Your Son will present their original one-act comedy "The Birth of Chad" Oct. 10-25. Continue..


Williamston Theatre kicks off season with haunting world premiere

The Gravedigger, A Frankenstein Story
Williamston Theatre
Sept. 25 - Nov. 2, 2014

Mid-Michigan's award winning professional theater company, Williamston Theatre, starts the 2014-15 season with the world premiere of "The Gravedigger, A Frankenstein Story" by Joseph Zettelmaier. Performances begin Thursday, Sept. 25 and run through Sunday, Nov. 2. Set in the late 1700s in one of Bavaria's forgotten cemeteries, a lone gravedigger finds a hideously scarred man hiding in a freshly dug grave. Continue..


'Witty naughtiness' at an Irish pub

The Penny Seats
Oct. 2 - Nov. 9, 2014

The Penny Seats returns to the stage this October with the musical revue "Tomfoolery," celebrating the words and music of satirist, mathematician and cult favorite, Tom Lehrer. The production also includes an opening short a five-minute mini-musical called "Volcanoes," composed by Ann Arbor's Zach London, who cites Lehrer as an early inspiration. The show will run on Thursdays, Oct. 2, 9, 16 and 23 at Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub and Restaurant, 318 South Main Street, Ann Arbor. Continue..


Opening This Period

Just when you thought it was safe to return to Mars!

Aelita, Queen of Mars
The Acorn Theater
Oct. 24, 2014

he Muscovite Repertory Theater Company seeks fame and fortune in the USA with its silent movie musical extravaganza, "Aelita, Queen of Mars," and among its many stops is The Acorn Theater on Friday, Oct. 24 at 8 p.m. A zany Soviet-Era sci-fi flick that combines live actors and silent film, the first 30 patrons will receive official Soviet-Martian DeelyBoppers! And real Martian soil will be available for purchase, too! Continue..


Matrix premieres 'Do You See It Coming?' at Bioneers Conference

Matrix Theatre Company's original play "Do You See It Coming?" will be featured at the 10th Annual Great Lakes Bioneers Conference on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. Written collaboratively by the Matrix Theatre Company's Writers Circle, "Do You See It Coming?" highlights issues faced by individuals living in the city, such as quality of education, access to transportation, clean water and challenges related to housing. The play challenges members of the audience to not only observe the performance, but to participate in a thought-provoking discussion on where the community is headed and where it should be headed. Continue..


You'll leave laughing at JET

Enter Laughing
The Jewish ENsemble Theatre
Oct. 22 - Nov. 16, 2014

"Enter Laughing," the second play of The Jewish Ensemble Theatre's 26th season, was chosen to provide audiences with performances filled with youthful hope, romanticism and, of course, laughter. The play is based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Carl Reiner. It features a plot about an aspiring actor's attempt to extricate himself from overly protective parents who believe he should be a married pharmacist. With two too many girlfriends, he struggles to meet many challenges in 1930s New York City where everything that can go wrong, does. Continue..


Ghoulish holiday fun (for adults)

Exorcise Routine
Crawlspace Eviction
Oct. 24-25, 2014

Crawlspace Eviction returns to Farmers Alley Theatre for two nights of ghoulish comedy, Oct. 24-25 at 8 p.m. Your wrists are tired from carving rudimentary shapes into pumpkins. You deserve a night of laughs away from beggarly children. For two nights only, Crawlspace Eviction presents "Exorcise Routine," during which we will bring haunting Halloween laughs to the darkest of holidays. Feel free to come in your favorite costume - or least favorite costume - whichever's more comfortable. Continue..


Single tickets to much-anticipated 'Musical' now on sale

Motown the Musical
Fisher Theatre
Oct. 21 Nov. 16, 2014

Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy, and Broadway In Detroit are proud to announce that single tickets for the Detroit engagement of "Motown the Musical" will go on sale Friday, July 18 at 10 a.m. "Motown the Musical" will play at Detroit's Fisher Theatre, Oct. 21 Nov. 16. Continue..


Plenty of pink (and fun) at Miller

Pinkalicious the Musical
Miller Auditorium
Oct. 26, 2014

"Pinkalicious the Musical" comes to Miller Auditorium on Sunday, Oct. 26 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The one-hour musical, with book and lyrics by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann and music, lyrics and orchestrations by John Gregor, is based on the popular children's book "Pinkalicious" by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann. In "Pinkalicious the Musical," Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Continue..


A Halloween musical parody

Poltergeist: A Musical Parody
Stark Turn Players
Oct. 23-26, 2014

Audiences have come to expect the Stark Turn Players' irreverent parodies of favorite horror films set to music to celebrate the Halloween season. This year's show is no exception: a parody based on the 1982 film "Poltergeist." Mom spends her time playing Farmville and Minecraft on her smart phone, Dad just wants to watch Honey Boo-Boo on TV and can't figure out how his little girl gut sucked into a flat screen TV... Continue..


Family fun at Wharton Center

Post Comedy Theatre
Wharton Center
Oct. 26, 2014

Robert Post is an energetic, physical comedian equipped with an equally theatrical mind. His "one-man show" - "Post Comedy Theatre - includes mime, juggling, acting and plenty of satire, and it's coming to Wharton Center's Pasant Theatre on Sunday, Oct. 26 at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. "Post Comedy Theatre" is a family-friendly show, encouraging children to use their imagination. Continue..


Hilberry returns to its classic and educational roots

Romeo and Juliet
Hilberry Theatre
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..


Absurdist classic comes to Power Center

Six Characters in Search of an Author
University Musical Society
Oct. 24-25, 2014

Luigi Pirandello won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1934 for his "bold and brilliant renovation of drama and the stage." His "Six Characters in Search of an Author," which dates from 1921, is an absurdist meta-theatrical play about the relationship between authors and their characters. The University Musical Society will present Theatre de la Ville's "Six Characters in Search of an Author" at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 and Saturday, October 25 at Power Center. Continue..


Miller classic: Still timely today

The Crucible
Great Escape Stage Company
Oct. 23 - Nov. 2, 2014

Opening next at Great Escape Stage Company is Arthur Miller's classic tale of mass hysteria and public manipulation, "The Crucible." Based on the incidents and people of the 1692 witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts, "The Crucible" was written by Miller in 1953 as an allegory on McCarthyism, and it remains a powerful sermon even today. Continue..


Puzzle Piece tackles controversial season opener

White People
Puzzle Piece Theatre
Oct. 24 - Nov. 9, 2014

Issues of prejudice, racism and white privilege are examined in the controversial play "White People," written by playwright J.T. Rogers, which was nominated for both the John Barrymore Award and L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play of the Year. The play gets an anticipated revival by Detroit's Puzzle Piece Theatre this fall, when it opens Oct. 24 and runs through Nov. 9. Continue..


Kids will learn 'music is awesome'

Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! Music is Awesome!
Fox Theatre
Oct. 22, 2014

DHX Media, a key player internationally in the creation of content for families and children, announced today that Yo Gabba Gabba! will take the Fox Theatre stage this Fall with "Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! Music is Awesome!" on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. The new live stage show marks the fifth anniversary of the live tour and features DJ Lance Rock, (Lance Robertson, St. Louis native and founding member of psychedelic electronic pop band The Ray Makers), the colorful cast of Yo Gabba Gabba! characters, fan favorite Leslie Hall and beat boxing legend Biz Markie. Continue..


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