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Non-stop madness at the Hilberry

All in the Timing
Hilberry Theatre
Nov. 21 - Jan. 31, 2015

From a blind date that resets at the ring of a bell to three chimpanzees writing the first draft of a Shakespearean play, there is madness for all tastes as the Hilberry Theatre Company presents "All in the Timing" by David Ives. This production, featuring eight of Ives' one-act plays, will be performed in repertory, opening Friday, Nov. 21 and running through Jan. 31, 2015. First seen off-Broadway in 1993 and in a 2013 revival at New York's Primary Stages, "All in the Timing" is a collection of comedic scenes that are simultaneously intelligent and perplexing. Continue..


Shakespeare classic comedy tours to three West Michigan venues

Allʼs Well That Ends Well
Pigeon Creek Shakespeare
Jan. 9-31, 2015

The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company, a touring company based in Grand Haven, Michigan, will tour its production of "Allʼs Well That Ends Well" to three West Michigan venues in January of 2015. The production opens at the Dog Story Theater in Grand Rapids, and then travels to Seven Steps Up in Spring Lake, and the Beardsley Theater in Muskegon. Continue..


Sesame Street Live celebrates 25 years in Detroit

Make a New Friend
Fox Theatre
Jan. 23 - Feb. 16, 2015

No matter where you’re from or where you’ve been, everyone is special - so join in! Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby, and their Sesame Street friends welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, to Sesame Street. Together, they explore the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities, from singing and dancing, to sharing cookies! Continue..


In dreamy 'Snow Queen,' storytellers reign

By Carolyn Hayes Harmer

Winter doesn't officially begin until late December, but Michigan weather usually arrives early to that particular party. So the timing of the PuppetART original musical "Snow Queen" (script by Luda Mikheyenko, music and lyrics by Maria Mikheyenko, based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen) is right in line with our fast-encroaching frigid wonderland. This ambitious adaptation is notable for blending the worlds of story and storyteller, allowing human characters to help their puppet counterparts surpass the conventional boxes and boundaries of the form. Continue..


A classic comedy about the everlasting bonds of friendship

Steel Magnolias
Purple Rose Theatre Company
Jan. 15 - Mar. 14, 2015

The Purple Rose Theatre Company will ring in the new year with the heartfelt classic comedy, "Steel Magnolias" by American writer, producer and film director, Robert Harling. You may think you know the story of "Steel Magnolias", but you have never experienced the story quite like this. Continue..


World Premiere about Racial Dignity

Sweet Pea's Mama
Detroit Repertory Theatre
Jan. 8 - Mar. 15, 2015

A timely story about racial dignity will have its World Premiere at the Detroit Repertory Theatre on Thursday, Jan. 08, 2015 at 8:30 PM. Coralee is a maid for Abigail and her family. Among other things she cares for Georgie, Abigail's grown developmentally challenged son whom she affectionately calls Sweet Pea. On the day Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated a tragedy occurs in Abigail's home as well that has a devastating effect on everyone, including Coralee's angry young son, Jerome. Continue..


A comedy that spans generations

Things My Mother Taught Me
Meadow Brook Theatre
Jan. 7 - Feb. 1, 2015

Olivia and Gabe are young and in love, and they’re sure that moving together from the east coast to Chicago is the perfect next step. Relocating is always a hassle—so many things can go wrong—but what happens when both sets of parent unexpectedly show up, ready to “help?” “Things My Mother Taught Me,” written by Katherine DiSavino, shows what can happen when a whole lot of love comes together in a small apartment. Continue..


Slipstream Theatre Initiative proudly presents a dark farce of a world premiere

Slipstream Theatre Initiative
Jan. 11-28, 2015

Slipstream Theatre Initiative proudly presents the sophomore production of it's first season, "Tongues", a new play by Bailey Boudreau. A dark farce exploring three socially taboo relationships, Tongues takes uncouth to the next level. Continue..


Comedy of manners to be presented for the first time at Wayne State

The Way of the World
The Hilberry Theatre
Jan. 16 - Mar. 7, 2015

The Hilberry Theatre Company is pleased to present the Restoration comedy, "The Way of the World" by William Congreve, for the first time in the company’s 52 years of presenting classics to Detroit audiences. This comedy of manners is focused on social behavior, manipulation, and life in high society London households. The story skewers the stratified world of serving and aristocratic classes at the turn of the 18th century. Such stories remain fascinating to our more democratic accessibilities, most notably witnessed in popular captivation with series including "Downton Abbey". Continue..


Tragic, yet heartwarming love story in Ann Arbor

Performance Network Theatre
Jan. 15 - Feb. 15, 2015

Patrons of Performance Network will experience the thought-provoking, tragic, yet heartwarming love story “Yellowman” written by Dael Orlandersmith and directed by Lynch Travis. A 2002 Pulitzer Prize finalist, “Yellowman” is a two person, multi character drama about an African-American woman who dreams of life beyond the confines of her small town South Carolina upbringing and the light skinned African-American man whose fate is tragically intertwined with hers. 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..


Opening This Period

Original dating comedy premieres in Hamtramck

Armchair Dating
Planet Ant Theatre
Jan. 30 - Feb. 14, 2015

Planet Ant offers an original romantic comedy by award-winning Michigan playwright Margaret Edwartowski. "Armchair Dating" will make its premiere at Planet Ant Friday, Jan. 30 for a three week engagement, ending on Valentine's Day. As Peter and Liz try to maneuver through the game of love, they find they can both benefit from a little side-coaching when their best friends Chuck and Anita do a little Monday morning quarterbacking of the couple's recent match-up. Continue..


Williamston's founders take the stage to kick off the new year

The Best Brothers
Williamston Theatre
Jan. 29 - Mar. 1, 2015

Mid-Michigan’s award-winning professional theatre company, Williamston Theatre starts the year with "The Best Brothers" by Daniel MacIvor. After losing their free-spirited mother in a freak accident, brothers Kyle and Hamilton Best have to find a way to work together to make the final arrangements. Continue..


Get out of the cold for this classic comedy

Bus Stop
The Dio Theatre
Jan. 29 - Mar. 1, 2015

The Dio is thrilled to invite you to their upcoming production, "Bus Stop." In the middle of a howling snowstorm, a bus out of Kansas City pulls up at a cheerful roadside diner. All roads are blocked, and four or five weary travelers are going to have to hole up until morning. Cherie, a nightclub chanteuse in a sparkling gown and a seedy fur-trimmed jacket, is the passenger with most to worry about. Continue..


Estrogen fueled celebration of babes, boys and botox

The Four Bitchin Babes: Hormonal Imbalance
Miller Auditorium
Jan. 31, 2015

Coming to Miller Auditorium on Jan. 31 at 8 p.m., The Four Bitchin’ Babes are an original “Babes Brand” of musical theater with a 25 year career on-stage and in-studio, releasing multiple recordings and a full length DVD. These four seasoned musical comediennes come together on stage and fill it with whimsical songs and shtick, Continue..


Musical celebrates life, love, and ice fishing

Guys on Ice: The Ice Fishing Musical Comedy
The Encore Musical Theatre
Jan. 29 - Feb. 22, 2015

Suitable for the whole family, "Guys On Ice: The Ice Fishing Musical Comedy" by Fred Alley and James Kaplan, running from Jan. 29 - Feb. 22 at The Encore Musical Theatre, follows the exploits of Lloyd and his best friend Marvin in their shanty on Sturgeon Bay in Wisconsin. While waiting for a local cable TV crew to arrive for an interview, they share stories of life, love, ice fishing, and try to dodge their mutual nemesis, Ernie the Moocher. Continue..


Comedic and rewarding journey about family arrives at Tipping Point

Leaving Iowa
Tipping Point Theatre
Jan. 29 - Mar. 8, 2015

Newspaper columnist Don Browning is searching for the perfect spot to scatter his dad’s ashes years after his death. Join him as he sets out on a solo journey across the Midwest and through some of the zany and emotional family road trip vacations he took with his Dad, Mom, and sister. Continue..


Terrence McNally's Tony Award-winning play in Ypsilanti

Master Class
Arbor Opera Theatre
Jan. 29 & 31, 2015

La Divina... La Callas... provocative, alluring, and a master at her art. Terrence McNally's Tony Award-winning play is considered a masterpiece of 20th century theater. Carla Margolis will play Maria, supported by a cast of talented AOT performers and directed by Shawn McDonald. These two performances are presented in collaboration with and supported by the Eastern Michigan University (EMU) Music Department. Continue..


Fugard's masterpiece plays in East Lansing

'Master Harold'...and the boys
Wharton Center
Jan. 30 - Jan. 31, 2015

With the metallic clink of a coin in a jukebox and the scratch of a needle on a record, the character Willie utters the conclusive words, “Let’s dream.” And so they do. Caught up in a whirlwind of post-World War II traumas and the suffocating tensions of racism in 1950s South Africa, the three actors of this masterpiece by Athol Fugard bang and clash against their fluctuating society in this tale of hope, escapism, dark secrets, and the cruel power of language Continue..


Four-time Tony award winning musical featured at Wharton

Wharton Center
Jan. 27 - Feb. 1, 2015

Experience the thrilling 2013 Tony Award winning musical "Pippin," described as “an eye-popping, jaw-dropping, Visually stunning extravaganza. The thrill of the season!” by NY1. "Pippin," as part of the MSU Federal Credit Union Broadway Series at Wharton Center, will feature at Wharton Center from Jan. 27 – Feb. 1. "Pippin" is back on Broadway for the first time since it thrilled audiences 40 years ago. Continue..


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