Theater Events for the period Feb. 22-March 3

Compiled by Donald V. Calamia

PROFESSIONAL THEATER/OPERA:

Amadeus The story of two brilliant composers, Mozart and Salieri: one humbly gifted and the other viciously envious. Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in repertory through March 3. $15-$28. 313-577-2972. HYPERLINK "http://www.hilberry.com"

Between Men and Cattle The president of a conservative, white university arranges a meeting with the black man he interviewed 30 years later to find out, in part, what went wrong during their previous encounter. Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., through March 18. $17-$20. 313-868-1347. HYPERLINK "http://www.detroitreptheatre.com"

Blue Surge The lives of two cops and two prostitutes are intertwined and changed forever over the course of a crazy year. Do What I Want Productions at the Blackbird Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., through Feb. 25. $18. 734-332-3848. HYPERLINK "http://www.blackbirdtheatre.net"

Fatal Error An office worker's "weirdest day on record" finds him careening from his cubicle world to a strip club where three women claim to be his wife, to a therapy session and an interrogation by a sexually frustrated Nazi. Icarus Falling at the Creole Gallery, Lansing. Fri.-Sat., through March 3. $10. 517-290-4375. HYPERLINK "http://www.icarusfalling.com"

Fools Neil Simon's comedy about a town cursed with stupidity. Broadway Onstage, East Pointe. Fri-Sat & select Sundays, through March 24. $14-$16. 586-771-6333. HYPERLINK "http://www.broadwayonstage.com"

Fully Committed A one-man comedy about a New York actor working the reservation line at the city's trendiest restaurant. Williamston Theatre, Williamston. Thu.-Sun., through March 25. $18-$22. 517-655-7469. HYPERLINK "http://www.williamstontheatre.org"

I Can't Stop Loving You A musical revue of the music and life of Ray Charles. Fisher Theatre, Detroit. Tue.-Sun., through March 4. $32.50-$67.50. 313-872-1000. HYPERLINK "http://www.broadwayindetroit.com"

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Andrew Lloyd Webber's early blockbuster musical uses contemporary tunes to tell an ancient biblical story. Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Township. Fri.-Sat., Feb. 23-24. $40-$50. 586-286-2222. HYPERLINK "http://www.macombcenter.com"

Language Lessons The world premiere of Joseph Zettelmaier's story about a young ballerina and a retired American diplomat who unearth each other's long-buried secrets and learn how similar their worlds really are. Performance Network, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., through Feb. 25. $25-$37. 734-663-0696. HYPERLINK "http://www.performancenetwork.org"

Love, Shakespeare Examine the trials and tribulations of falling in love through four of Shakespeare's most famous plays. The Acting Company at The Whiting, Flint. Wed., Feb. 28. $25. 810-237-7333. HYPERLINK "http://www.thewhiting.com"

Marriage of Figaro The Bulgarian State Academic Opera presents this hilarious and tender exploration of love , infidelity and forgiveness. The Whiting, Flint. Fri., March 2. $15-$30. 810-237-7333. HYPERLINK "http://www.thewhiting.com"

Mixed Ferndale resident and WSU theater alum Jennifer George presents an original thought-provoking work that tackles race, diversity and multi-ethnicity. Boll Family YMCA, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., through March 11. $25. 313-309-9622. HYPERLINK "http://www.ymcametrodetroit.org"

"1964"...The Tribite A Beatles tribute band recreates an early '60s live concert. Wharton Center, East Lansing. Fri., Feb. 23. $27. 517-432-2000. HYPERLINK "http://www.whartoncenter.com"

A Number Human cloning is the subject of this beguiling hour-long psychological thriller. Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Thu.-Sun., through March 3. $15. 313-365-4948. HYPERLINK "http://www.planetant.com"

On Golden Pond Generations collide during a family's visit to its lakeside cottage. Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester. Wed.-Sun., through March 11. $28-$38. 248-377-3300. HYPERLINK "http://www.mbtheatre.com"

On the Verge A lighthearted excursion through space, time, history, feminism and fashion with three 19th century female explorers. Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in repertory through April 7. $15-$28. 313-577-2972. HYPERLINK "http://www.hilberry.com"

The People vs. Friar Lawrence, the Man Who Killed Romeo and Juliet An irreverent take on the star-crossed lovers for those who prefer their Shakespeare a little saucy rather than stiff-lipped. BoarsHead Theater, Lansing. Wed.-Sun., through Feb. 25. $25-$40. 517-484-7805. HYPERLINK "http://www.boarshead.org"

The Pirates of Penzance The internationally acclaimed Carl Rosa Opera Company of London makes three local stops with the witty Gilbert & Sullivan show about pirates, bumbling policemen and an eccentric mayor. Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Township, Thu., Feb. 22, $40-$50, 586-286-2222, HYPERLINK "http://www.macombcenter.com"; Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, Dearborn, Sat., Feb. 24, $37-$45, 313-943-2354, HYPERLINK "http://www.dearbornfordcenter.com"; and Wharton Center's Cobb Great Hall, East Lansing, Sun., Feb. 25, $24-$40, 517-432-2000, HYPERLINK "http://www.whartoncenter.com"

Respect: A Musical Journey A funny, exuberant look at the lives of women as reflected in music. Gem Theatre, Detroit. Runs every Wed.-Sun. $39.50. 313-963-9800. HYPERLINK "http://www.gemtheatre.com"

Rum and Vodka The tale of a blue collar gent and his trials with the bottle, friends and women. The Abreact, in the Greektown section of Detroit. Fri.-Sat., March 2-17. Free/donations accepted. 313-247-5270. HYPERLINK "http://www.theabreact.com"

Some Girl(s) The Detroit premiere of Neil LaBute's razor-sharp comedy about a soon-to-be married writer who has unfinished business with former girlfriends. Phases Theatre Company and Theater1 at Matrix Theatre, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., through March 4. $15. 313-887-0305. HYPERLINK "http://www.myspace.com/theatreone"

The Subject was Roses Parents with marriage trouble compete for the affection of a son who left for World War II as a boy and returns as man. Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea. Runs Wed.-Sun, through March 17. $25-$35. 734-433-7673. HYPERLINK "http://www.purplerosetheatre.org"

Sweeney Todd Celebrate the season of love with the Demon Barber of Fleet Street and landlady Mrs. Lovett as they bring murder and music to Detroit's coolest theater. The Abreact, on the fringe of Greektown in Detroit. Fri.-Sun., through Feb. 24. Free/donations accepted. 313-247-5270. HYPERLINK "http://www.theabreact.com"

Wit A poetry scholar diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer reassesses her life. Breathe Art Theatre Project at the Furniture Factory, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., through March 3; $20; 313-831-1939). HYPERLINK "http://www.breathearttheatre.com"

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY THEATER:

Joe Turner's Come and Gone A man abducted and illegally pressed into labor for seven years searches for the wife he lost and his place in the world. Bonstelle Theatre, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., March 2-11. $14. 313-577-2960. HYPERLINK "http://www.bonstelle.com"

7 by 10 Student playwrights present two evenings of fully-staged 10-minute plays and three staged readings of one-act plays. Festival Playhouse of Kalamazoo College at the Nelda K. Balch Playhouse, Kalamazoo. Thu.-Sun., through Feb. 25. Free. 269-337-7333. HYPERLINK "http://www.kzoo.edu/theatre"

Tartuffe A religious zealot wears the mask of discovered love. MSU Dept. of Theatre at Wharton Center's Pasant Theatre, East Lansing. Wed.-Sun., through Feb. 25. $15. 517-432-2000. HYPERLINK "http://www.whartoncenter.com".

The Vagina Monologues The annual V-Day performance of Eve Ensler's award-winning play features a number of well-known local women. UDM/Marygrove College at Marygrove College Theatre, Detroit. Sun., Feb. 25. $15. 313-993-3270 or 313-927-1545.

COMMUNITY/CIVIC THEATER:

Breaking the Code How would you treat a man who helped his country and the Allies win World War II - if you found our he was gay? Players Guild of Dearborn, Dearborn. March 2-3, 9-11 & 16-18. $15. 313-561-TKTS. HYPERLINK "http://www.playersguildofdearborn.org"

Chapter Two A widower who can't let go of the past and a woman with past marital problems hilariously upend their ability to embrace the new love they have found. Avon Players, Rochester Hills. March 2-4, 9-11 & 16-17. $14. 248-608-9077. HYPERLINK "http://www.avonplayers.org"

Crack A workshop presentation of a dark, hilarious and edgy one-act play that will nudge the audience to examine issues of class, sexism and homophobia. Hammertheatre above The Factory in the heart of downtown Hamilton, Ontario. Sat., Feb. 24. Pay-what-you-can.

Crowns A joyous celebration of African-American women and their church hats. Kalamazoo Civic Theatre at the Civic Auditorium, Kalamazoo. Fri.-Sat., through Feb. 24. $15-$20. 269-343-1313. HYPERLINK "http://www.kazoocivic.com"

Dinner with a Perfect Stranger A stressed-out skeptical business man sits across the table from a person claiming to be Jesus. Kensington Community Church Drama Team. Sunday, Feb. 25 at Adams High School, Rochester Hills and John Armstrong Performings Arts Center, Clinton Township; and March 3-4 at Kensington Church, Troy. Free. 248-786-0600. HYPERLINK "http://www.kensingtonchurch.org"

Eleemosynary An exploration of the relationships between three remarkable women: a grandmother, a mother and a daughter. Flint City Theatre at the Good Beans Cafe, Flint. Thu.-Sat., through March 3. $7. 810-237-4663. HYPERLINK "http://www.flintcitytheatre.com"

Epic Proportions Two guys go the Arizona desert to be extras in a 1930s Biblical epic and soon become its director and star. Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing. Thu.-Sun., through Mar. 4. $14. 517-482-5700. HYPERLINK "http://www.riverwalktheatre.com"

Fat Pig The fallout from his circle of friends forces a man to confront his own insecurities when he dates a woman who is unapologetically overweight. Stagecrafters' 2nd Stage at the Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak. March 2-4 & 8-11. $12. 248-541-6430. HYPERLINK "http://www.stagecrafters.org"

Les Liaisons Dangereuses A stage adaptation of one of the most scandalous and controversial novels in European literature. Michigan Classical Repertory Theatre at Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti. Thu.-Sun., March 1-11. $18. 734-214-6600. HYPERLINK "http://www.mcrt.org"

Lost Treasures of African American Theatre A combination of comedy sketches from the vaudeville circuit for African-American performers, plus the one-act play "Happy Ending" by Douglas Turner Ward and the comic duo SASS. Buckham Alley Theatre, Flint. Fri.-Sun., through Feb. 25. $10. 810-239-4477. HYPERLINK "http://www.buckhamtheatre.com"

THEATER FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES:

Court-Martial at Fort Devens A group of young black women refuse second-class status in the U.S. Army during World War II. BoarsHead Theatre, Lansing. Sat., Feb. 24. $6-$7. 517-484-7800, ext. 103. HYPERLINK "http://www.boarshead.org"

Hansel and Gretel A musical update on the classic Brothers Grimm tale. Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Sat., Feb. 24. $7/children; $10/adults. 734-663-0681. HYPERLINK "http://www.performancenetwork.org"

Honk Jr. A delightful retelling of "The Ugly Duckling." Kalamazoo Civic Youth Theatre at the Parish Theatre, Kalamazoo. March 2-4 & 7-10. 269-343-1313. HYPERLINK "http://www.kazoocivic.com"

Middle Passage An unrelenting look at the slave trade route between Africa and America based on historical events. Flint Youth Theatre, Flint. Fri.-Sat., through Feb. 24. $10-$12/children; $12-$14/adults. 810-237-1530. HYPERLINK "http://www.flintyouththeatre.com"

Super Grover! Ready for Action When Super Grover loses his superness, Sesame Street needs a hero! Fox Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., through Feb. 25. $10-$32. 313-471-6611. HYPERLINK "http://www.olympiaentertainment.com"

Willy Wonka A scrumptious musical theater treat for the whole family that features live actors, puppets and plenty of surprises. Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp. Sat., March 3. $15-$20. 586-286-2222. HYPERLINK "http://www.macombcenter.com"

IMPROVISATION/LATE NIGHT/INTERACTIVE/DINNER THEATER:

Big Time An improvised musical featuring Amy Phillips and Matt Naas with various guest stars, often preceded by improv masters Schtick Mahorn, featuring Second City studs Brett Guennel and Tim Robinson. Late Night at Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Every Thursday. $5. 313-365-4948. HYPERLINK "http://www.planetant.com"

Improv Inferno The Ann Arbor hotspot for comedy is back with four nights of laughs: "The Catfight" on Thu.; "Citizen Improv" on Fri.; "The Damnation Game" on Sat.; and "Get Up! Stand Up!," "Rap It Up!" and "The Sweet Spot with Eye Candy" on Sun. All shows at Live at PJ's, Ann Arbor. $5-$10. 734-214-7080. HYPERLINK "http://www.improvinferno.com"

Monday Night @ Planet Ant The Ant's resident improvisational troupe, the Improv Colony, is joined each week by a Guest Team that performs the evening's first act; plus, "AntJam." Planet Ant, Hamtramck. Every Monday. $5. 313-365-4948. HYPERLINK "http://www.planetant.com"

Murder: The Next Generation A house detective must solve the mystery of the missing crystals and the murder of an alien on Deep Space Noir. StarBrite Presents Dinner Theater at the Premier Entertainment Center, Chesterfield Township. Fri.-Sat., through March 31. $39.95; price includes three-course dinner, show and tax. 586-725-2228. HYPERLINK "http://www.starbriteprod.com"

Parrot Heads of the Caribbean An interactive musical-comedy-who-done-it set in Havana's Margarita Cantina. StarBrite Presents Dinner Theater at the Uptown Eatery, Southfield. Fri.-Sat., through March 24. $39.95; price includes three-course dinner, show and tax. 248-423-1452. HYPERLINK "http://www.starbriteprod.com"

Second City's 29th Original Revue Watch and provide feedback as Second City creates its latest original revue that will premiere in late February. The Second City, Novi. Wed.-Sun., through Feb. 25. $15-$20. 248-348-4448. HYPERLINK "http://www.secondcity.com"

Simply Coney An all-new late night comedy written and performed by the winning improv troupe of Colony Fest 2006. Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Thu.-Sat., through March 3. $5. 313-365-4948. HYPERLINK "http://www.planetant.com"

AUDITIONS/NEWS:

ANN ARBOR CIVIC THEATRE - auditions for its Junior Theatre production of "Stone Soup," March 10-11, 734-971-2228; AVON PLAYERS - auditions for "Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?," March 4-5, 248-608-9077; KALAMAZOO CIVIC YOUTH THEATRE - auditions for "The Mouse That Roared," March 11-12, 269-343-2280.

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