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Angels in America
Part 1: Millennium Approaches
The Ringwald Theatre
Feb. 21 - March 17, 2014
Tony Kushner's "Angels in America" is that rare entity: a work for the stage that is profoundly moving, yet very funny; highly theatrical yet steeped in traditional literary values; and most of all, deeply American in its attitudes and political concerns. Although the story is told over two full-length plays ("Part 1: Millennium Approaches" and "Part 2: Perestroika"), The Ringwald will present "Part 1: Millennium Approaches" (for now) for an exclusive 12-performance run beginning Feb. 21. Continue..
Jan. 16 - March 7, 2014
Go Comedy! will convene the new year with two original comedies. "Breaking Convention" will open Jan. 16, followed by "Assembly Required" on Jan. 30. At the Richard Myron Convention Center, a scheduling mishap leads to an entire year's worth of conventions scheduled for the same week. Without a chance to fix the error, the convention center crew has to make it work through hilarious and ridiculous circumstances. Continue..
Matrix Theatre COmpany
Feb. 21 - March 16, 2014
Matrix Theatre Company presents "Collected Stories" by Donald Margulies as its final play for its 2014 main stage season. Running Friday, Feb. 21 through Sunday, March 16, the play explores the relationship between Ruth, a renowned writer and college professor, and Lisa, Ruth's student and protege. As Lisa grows as a writer and eventually becomes Ruth's colleague, she publishes a novel that threatens their relationship and poses a major ethical question regarding creative freedom. Continue..
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..
Driving Miss Daisy
Great Escape Stage Company
Feb. 27 - March 9, 2014
"Driving Miss Daisy," one of modern American theater's most touching and irresistible stories, will be presented by the Great Escape Stage Company from Feb. 27 through March 9. Directed by Fran Rauth, this Pulitzer Prize and Academy Award-winning comedy-drama is sure to warm audiences' hearts with its message of understanding and hope. A moving story of friendship, "Driving Miss Daisy" is set in Atlanta between the years 1948 to 1973. Continue..
The Three Trials of
Jan. 10 - March 22, 2014
Moises Kaufman's "Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde" continues the Hilberry Theatre's 51st season in Midtown Detroit. Playing Jan. 10 through March 22, 2014, Kaufman's Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle award-winning work is a fast-paced, historically accurate, documentary-style piece of theater that reveals the destructive powers of hate and prejudice. Continue..
Italian American Reconciliation
The Box Theater
Feb. 21 - March 8, 2014
It's Amore at The Box Theater, which is pleased to present the romantic comedy "Italian American Reconciliation," written by Academy, Pulitzer and Tony Award winner John Patrick Shanley, Feb. 21 – March 8. Huey Maximilian Bonfigliano has a problem: While he is safely divorced from his shrewish first wife, Janice, who shot his dog and even took a bead on him, he feels he cannot regain his "manhood" until he woos and wins her one more time - if only to put his broken marriage behind him once and for all. Continue..
Meadow Brook Theatre
Feb. 12 - March 9, 2014
The basketball team at Athens University hasn't won a game in more than 30 years. The worst part in transfer student Lysistrata Jones' opinion is that no one seems to mind! "Lyssie J" sets out to change that, rallying the cheerleaders to inspire their boyfriends to win, she announces that the cheerleaders will stop "giving it up" until the team wins. Continue..
Moon Over Buffalo
Feb. 21 - April 5, 2014
On Feb. 21, the Hilberry Theatre's 51st season continues with "Moon Over Buffalo," Ken Ludwig's riotously funny backstage farce. The opening night performance also coincides with the 2014-15 Hilberry Theatre Season Announcement. Set in Buffalo, New York in 1953, the play centers around fading actors George and Charlotte Hay as they struggle to reignite the flame of fame, attempting to save their touring repertory theater company ... and their marriage! Continue..
Murder at the Howard Johnson's
Tipping Point Theatre
Jan. 30 - March 9, 2014
"Murder at the Howard Johnson's," by Ron Clark and Sam Bobrick brings to Tipping Point Theatre a mystery and a murder. Or does it? What can you do with a wife who wants a divorce one minute, then loves you the next? Arlene cannot decide whether to stay with Paul, her dumpy car salesman husband of many years, or leave him for Mitchell, their dentist, who has swept her off her feet. Continue..
The Purple Rose Theatre
Jan. 16 - March 15, 2014
The Purple Rose Theatre Company will ring in the new year with the powerful play "Redwood Curtain" by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, PRTC touchstone and benefactor Lanford Wilson. "Redwood Curtain" introduces audiences to Geri, a young prodigy searching for her birth father. While visiting her aunt in northern California, Geri meets a homeless veteran, Lyman, who has chosen to hide behind the curtain of the Redwood Forest. Continue..
The Sunshine Boys
Feb. 21 - March 22, 2014
The 20th season of Broadway Onstage Live Theatre and the 33rd, and final, season of Dennis Wickline Productions continues with the Neil Simon comedy "The Sunshine Boys," opening Friday, Feb. 21 and running Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. through Saturday, March 22. "The Sunshine Boys" introduces us to Al Lewis and Willie Clark. Al and Willie as "Lewis and Clark" were top-billed vaudevillians for over 40 years. Continue..
Venus in Fur
Feb. 27 - April 6, 2014
Performance Network Theatre presents its most titillating show of the season, "Venus in Fur" by David Ives, beginning with a week of previews Feb. 27 and closing April 6. The production stars Maggie Meyer and Sebastian Gerstner under the direction of Jennifer Graham as she makes her directorial debut at Performance Network. "Venus in Fur" is the most produced script of the 2013-14 season in America, according to Theatre Communications Group, and was credited by the New York Times as, "Ninety minutes of good, kinky fun." Continue..
Fireside New Play Festival
March 9-12, 2014
Performance Network Theatre's Fireside New Play Festival is an opportunity for audiences to see the hottest plays they've never seen and share their feedback for the playwrights beginning Sunday, March 9 and running through Wednesday, March 12. All performances begin at 7 p.m. In its 13-year history, the Fireside New Play Festival has launched over 20 plays to full productions across the country. Continue..
Hormonal Imbalance ... A Mood Swinging Musical Revue
March 8, 2014
Start with four richly gifted singer-songwriters, add 3/4 cup married life, four kids, three cats, one dog, one piano, a bunch of guitars, ukuleles, mandolins, and a rocking' pink bass, a dollop of sharp social commentary, and a pinch of PMS. Set this on the road to tour for 20 years, throw in a hot flash or two and you've got "Hormonal Imbalance ... A Mood Swinging Musical Revue," an estrogen-fueled hilarious new show that celebrates the best of "Babes, Boys, and Botox," starring the Four Bitchin' Babes at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, March 8 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Continue..
Lightwire: The Show
March 9, 2014
Lightwire Theater, known for its signature brand of dazzling visuals, poignant storytelling and music designed to evoke imagery, brings "Lightwire: The Show" to Tibbits on Sunday, March 9 at 2 p.m. Audiences will recognize the unique performance from "America's Got Talent" on which the group was a semi-finalist. According to Tibbits executive director Christine Delaney, "We are so fortunate to be able to present this outstanding group for our community. I know everyone will be amazed. It is such a fun show." Continue..
Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles
March 8, 2014
Direct from their phenomenally successful Broadway engagement, the internationally-acclaimed Beatles concert, "Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles," returns to the Fox Theatre on Saturday, March 8 at 8 p.m. as part of the Fifth Third Bank Fox Theatre Series. As "the next best thing to seeing The Beatles!" (Associated Press), "Rain" performs the full range of The Beatles' discography live onstage, including the most complex and challenging songs that The Beatles themselves recorded in the studio but never performed for an audience. Continue..
Porgy and Bess
Detroit Opera House
March 4-9, 2014
Broadway in Detroit brings the National Tour of "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess," winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival, to the Detroit Opera House, March 4–9, 2014. Tickets will go on sale Sunday, Sept. 29 at noon. The tour will feature many of the Broadway cast members, including Nathaniel Stampley as Porgy and Alicia Hall Moran as Bess, as well as Kingsley Leggs as Sporting Life, Sumayya Ali as Clara, and Danielle Lee Greaves as Mariah. The cast also includes Dan Barnhill, Allison Blackwell, Roosevelt Andre Credit, Dwelvan David, Sarita Rachelle Lilly, Kent Overshown, and Fred Rose. Continue..
Yes Weed Can
March 7-29, 2014
On March 7, Planet Ant Theatre will bring the legalization of marijuana debate to the stage with the debut the original comedy, "Yes Weed Can." This original musical satire follows three friends - a grower, a user, and a bureaucrat - as it explores the complex issues surrounding the legalization of marijuana and how it became illegal after centuries of accepted use. Written by Jaime Moyer and Shawn Handlon - both alumni of The Second City Detroit - the comedy features eight original songs by Mikey Brown. Continue..