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Theater, Dance, & Opera

The Ann Arbor area plays host to several community and semi-professional theater companies, with new shows going up every month. Ballet, modern, and traditional dance concerts abound, along with musical theater productions from Broadway to grand opera.





 
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Wednesday


May 2013
 3 & 8 p.m. 

"33 Variations": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Mar. 28-June 1. See review. Guy Sanville directs Moisés Kaufman's drama that shifts between Beethoven in 19th-century Austria, obsessing over a commission he can't complete, and a present-day musicologist who struggles to understand both her daughter and the mystery behind Beethoven's oft overlooked Diabelli Variations. Cast: Michelle Mountain, Melanie Reihing, Michael Brian Ogden, Richard McWilliams, David Bendena, Daniel Britt, Rhiannon Ragland.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed., Sat., & May 30), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Mar. 28-Apr. 4 previews: Tickets $22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $32 (Sat. eve.). After Apr. 4: Tickets $27 (Wed. & Thurs.), $37 (Fri. eves. & weekend matinees), & $42 (Sat. eves.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
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Thursday


May 2013
 Evening time TBA 

"Just Desserts: One Acts, Shorts, & Skits": Community High School Ensemble Theater.

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Community High students present a series of 10-minute scenes, monologues, songs, and dances.
7:30 p.m., Community High School Craft Theater, 401 N. Division. (Parking available in the lot behind the school, N. Fifth Ave. at Detroit St.) $15 (students, $10) in advance at ShowTix4U.com and at the door. 994-2021. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"The Tempest": Greenhills School.

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May 9 & 10. Ben Cohen directs students in Shakespeare's culminating work, a visionary romance set on a magical island ruled by the enigmatic but benevolent sorcerer Prospero and his beautiful daughter Miranda.
7 p.m., Greenhills School Campbell Center for the Performing Arts, 850 Greenhills Dr. Free. 769-4010. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"The Mountaintop": Performance Network Professional Season.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Apr. 25-June 2. Carla Milarch directs the Michigan premiere of Katori Hall's 2010 Olivier Award-winning drama, set in Martin Luther King's Memphis hotel on the eve of his assassination, about the relationship that develops between King and a talkative motel maid who shows up on his doorstep and begins to challenge the efficacy of his leadership. Stars Brian Marable and Carollette Phillips.

The May 19 performance is preceded at 6:30 p.m. by a "Cultural Conversation" ($10; reservations suggested) hosted by Performance Network artistic director Carla Milarch with the director, designers, and cast.

The June 2 performance is followed by a talk by veteran local storyteller LaRon Williams, a specialist in African and African American folktales, on how the play's complex characters and unusual plot devices affect the depiction of MLK's last night.

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7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), & 3 p.m. (May 11 & 25), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (Apr. 25), $22 (Apr. 26 & 28 & May 2), and $30 (Apr. 27). May 3 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After May 3: $27 & $29 (Thurs.), $32 & $34 (Fri. & Sun.), $25 & $27 (Sat. matinee), $39 & $41 (Sat. eve.). $3 discount for seniors age 60 & over. Tickets available in advance at performancenetwork.org & by phone, and at the door. $10 student discount in advance, half-price student tickets at the door only. For reservations, call 663-0681; to charge by phone, call 663-0696. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"33 Variations": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Mar. 28-June 1. See review. Guy Sanville directs Moisés Kaufman's drama that shifts between Beethoven in 19th-century Austria, obsessing over a commission he can't complete, and a present-day musicologist who struggles to understand both her daughter and the mystery behind Beethoven's oft overlooked Diabelli Variations. Cast: Michelle Mountain, Melanie Reihing, Michael Brian Ogden, Richard McWilliams, David Bendena, Daniel Britt, Rhiannon Ragland.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed., Sat., & May 30), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Mar. 28-Apr. 4 previews: Tickets $22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $32 (Sat. eve.). After Apr. 4: Tickets $27 (Wed. & Thurs.), $37 (Fri. eves. & weekend matinees), & $42 (Sat. eves.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"The Lion in Winter": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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May 9-12. Thom Johnson directs local actors in James Goldman's popular black comedy, a fictionalization of the historical strife between England's 12th-century King Henry II, his estranged wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and their three sons. Reunited for the Christmas holidays, Eleanor and Henry quarrel over who should be heir to the throne--Eleanor's choice is Richard (the Lionhearted), while Henry favors his weakling youngest, Jeffrey. The resentful middle son, Geoffrey, meanwhile plots revenge on the whole family. The play is unabashedly modern, viciously funny, and fraught with Freudian overtones; the dialogue is bitingly satirical, the plot an intricate chess game of strategy, countermoves, and intrigue.
8 p.m. (May 9-11) & 2 p.m. (May 12), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $22 (seniors age 60 & over, $20; students, $11; Thurs., $17) in advance at a2ct.org & by phone. 971-2228. [map]
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Friday


May 2013
 Evening time TBA 

"Just Desserts: One Acts, Shorts, & Skits": Community High School Ensemble Theater.

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Community High students present a series of 10-minute scenes, monologues, songs, and dances.
7:30 p.m., Community High School Craft Theater, 401 N. Division. (Parking available in the lot behind the school, N. Fifth Ave. at Detroit St.) $15 (students, $10) in advance at ShowTix4U.com and at the door. 994-2021. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"A Midsummer Night's Dream": St. Augustine's Homeschool Enrichment Program Campion Players.

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May 10-12. Henry Russell directs a cast of area homeschooled teens in Shakespeare's delightful comic fantasy, set in an enchanted forest, about a jealous tiff between the king and queen of the fairies, and the mortals snared in their mischief.
7 p.m. (May 10 & 11) & 3 p.m. (May 12), Whitmore Lake High School, 8877 Whitmore Lake Rd. $5 (family, $20) in advance via email to campionplayers@gmail.com and at the door. 239-3476. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"The Tempest": Greenhills School.

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May 9 & 10. Ben Cohen directs students in Shakespeare's culminating work, a visionary romance set on a magical island ruled by the enigmatic but benevolent sorcerer Prospero and his beautiful daughter Miranda.
7 p.m., Greenhills School Campbell Center for the Performing Arts, 850 Greenhills Dr. Free. 769-4010. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Dance in the Mitten": People Dancing.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less People Dancing dancer Amy Hutchinson

May 10 & 11 (different programs). This local modern dance company presents a pair programs highlighted by 4 new works by its artistic director, Christina Sears-Etter. The duet Tarnish is an abstract exploration of superficial change set to Dave Brubeck's "Unsquare Dance" and John Zorn's "Lonely Woman," and Strive is a group work inspired by the biology of empathy that's set to Zorn's "Uzziel" and "Ahahaj." Latin Tap is a solo with a vibrant Latin aesthetic set to local musician Ken Kozora's live performance on bass of his "Latin Groove," and the group work Matrices features local guitarist and electronic musician Robert Spaulding Newcomb's live performance of his eponymous score. Also, works by 16 guest choreographers from around Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. For detailed nightly schedule, see mittendanceworks.com.
7:30 p.m., Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $17 (youth 12 & under, $12; both nights, $30) in advance at mittendanceworks.com and at the door. 368-7573. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"33 Variations": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Mar. 28-June 1. See review. Guy Sanville directs Moisés Kaufman's drama that shifts between Beethoven in 19th-century Austria, obsessing over a commission he can't complete, and a present-day musicologist who struggles to understand both her daughter and the mystery behind Beethoven's oft overlooked Diabelli Variations. Cast: Michelle Mountain, Melanie Reihing, Michael Brian Ogden, Richard McWilliams, David Bendena, Daniel Britt, Rhiannon Ragland.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed., Sat., & May 30), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Mar. 28-Apr. 4 previews: Tickets $22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $32 (Sat. eve.). After Apr. 4: Tickets $27 (Wed. & Thurs.), $37 (Fri. eves. & weekend matinees), & $42 (Sat. eves.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"The Lion in Winter": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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May 9-12. Thom Johnson directs local actors in James Goldman's popular black comedy, a fictionalization of the historical strife between England's 12th-century King Henry II, his estranged wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and their three sons. Reunited for the Christmas holidays, Eleanor and Henry quarrel over who should be heir to the throne--Eleanor's choice is Richard (the Lionhearted), while Henry favors his weakling youngest, Jeffrey. The resentful middle son, Geoffrey, meanwhile plots revenge on the whole family. The play is unabashedly modern, viciously funny, and fraught with Freudian overtones; the dialogue is bitingly satirical, the plot an intricate chess game of strategy, countermoves, and intrigue.
8 p.m. (May 9-11) & 2 p.m. (May 12), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $22 (seniors age 60 & over, $20; students, $11; Thurs., $17) in advance at a2ct.org & by phone. 971-2228. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"The Mountaintop": Performance Network Professional Season.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Apr. 25-June 2. Carla Milarch directs the Michigan premiere of Katori Hall's 2010 Olivier Award-winning drama, set in Martin Luther King's Memphis hotel on the eve of his assassination, about the relationship that develops between King and a talkative motel maid who shows up on his doorstep and begins to challenge the efficacy of his leadership. Stars Brian Marable and Carollette Phillips.

The May 19 performance is preceded at 6:30 p.m. by a "Cultural Conversation" ($10; reservations suggested) hosted by Performance Network artistic director Carla Milarch with the director, designers, and cast.

The June 2 performance is followed by a talk by veteran local storyteller LaRon Williams, a specialist in African and African American folktales, on how the play's complex characters and unusual plot devices affect the depiction of MLK's last night.

.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), & 3 p.m. (May 11 & 25), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (Apr. 25), $22 (Apr. 26 & 28 & May 2), and $30 (Apr. 27). May 3 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After May 3: $27 & $29 (Thurs.), $32 & $34 (Fri. & Sun.), $25 & $27 (Sat. matinee), $39 & $41 (Sat. eve.). $3 discount for seniors age 60 & over. Tickets available in advance at performancenetwork.org & by phone, and at the door. $10 student discount in advance, half-price student tickets at the door only. For reservations, call 663-0681; to charge by phone, call 663-0696. [map]
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Saturday


May 2013
 3 & 8 p.m. 

"33 Variations": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Mar. 28-June 1. See review. Guy Sanville directs Moisés Kaufman's drama that shifts between Beethoven in 19th-century Austria, obsessing over a commission he can't complete, and a present-day musicologist who struggles to understand both her daughter and the mystery behind Beethoven's oft overlooked Diabelli Variations. Cast: Michelle Mountain, Melanie Reihing, Michael Brian Ogden, Richard McWilliams, David Bendena, Daniel Britt, Rhiannon Ragland.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed., Sat., & May 30), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Mar. 28-Apr. 4 previews: Tickets $22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $32 (Sat. eve.). After Apr. 4: Tickets $27 (Wed. & Thurs.), $37 (Fri. eves. & weekend matinees), & $42 (Sat. eves.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
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 3 & 8 p.m. 

"The Mountaintop": Performance Network Professional Season.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Apr. 25-June 2. Carla Milarch directs the Michigan premiere of Katori Hall's 2010 Olivier Award-winning drama, set in Martin Luther King's Memphis hotel on the eve of his assassination, about the relationship that develops between King and a talkative motel maid who shows up on his doorstep and begins to challenge the efficacy of his leadership. Stars Brian Marable and Carollette Phillips.

The May 19 performance is preceded at 6:30 p.m. by a "Cultural Conversation" ($10; reservations suggested) hosted by Performance Network artistic director Carla Milarch with the director, designers, and cast.

The June 2 performance is followed by a talk by veteran local storyteller LaRon Williams, a specialist in African and African American folktales, on how the play's complex characters and unusual plot devices affect the depiction of MLK's last night.

.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), & 3 p.m. (May 11 & 25), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (Apr. 25), $22 (Apr. 26 & 28 & May 2), and $30 (Apr. 27). May 3 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After May 3: $27 & $29 (Thurs.), $32 & $34 (Fri. & Sun.), $25 & $27 (Sat. matinee), $39 & $41 (Sat. eve.). $3 discount for seniors age 60 & over. Tickets available in advance at performancenetwork.org & by phone, and at the door. $10 student discount in advance, half-price student tickets at the door only. For reservations, call 663-0681; to charge by phone, call 663-0696. [map]
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 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Cultural Show: Children's Russian Club of Ann Arbor.

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Local Russian children present (in Russian) their original dramatization of La Perruche et le Poulet, Robert Thomas's play about a woman who discovers her employer's been murdered, and has just enough time to call the police before she faints. The body disappears before the police arrive. English synopses provided.
4:30 p.m., WCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Bldg. Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. 741-1953. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"A Midsummer Night's Dream": St. Augustine's Homeschool Enrichment Program Campion Players.

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May 10-12. Henry Russell directs a cast of area homeschooled teens in Shakespeare's delightful comic fantasy, set in an enchanted forest, about a jealous tiff between the king and queen of the fairies, and the mortals snared in their mischief.
7 p.m. (May 10 & 11) & 3 p.m. (May 12), Whitmore Lake High School, 8877 Whitmore Lake Rd. $5 (family, $20) in advance via email to campionplayers@gmail.com and at the door. 239-3476. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Dance in the Mitten": People Dancing.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less People Dancing dancer Amy Hutchinson

May 10 & 11 (different programs). This local modern dance company presents a pair programs highlighted by 4 new works by its artistic director, Christina Sears-Etter. The duet Tarnish is an abstract exploration of superficial change set to Dave Brubeck's "Unsquare Dance" and John Zorn's "Lonely Woman," and Strive is a group work inspired by the biology of empathy that's set to Zorn's "Uzziel" and "Ahahaj." Latin Tap is a solo with a vibrant Latin aesthetic set to local musician Ken Kozora's live performance on bass of his "Latin Groove," and the group work Matrices features local guitarist and electronic musician Robert Spaulding Newcomb's live performance of his eponymous score. Also, works by 16 guest choreographers from around Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. For detailed nightly schedule, see mittendanceworks.com.
7:30 p.m., Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $17 (youth 12 & under, $12; both nights, $30) in advance at mittendanceworks.com and at the door. 368-7573. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"The Lion in Winter": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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May 9-12. Thom Johnson directs local actors in James Goldman's popular black comedy, a fictionalization of the historical strife between England's 12th-century King Henry II, his estranged wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and their three sons. Reunited for the Christmas holidays, Eleanor and Henry quarrel over who should be heir to the throne--Eleanor's choice is Richard (the Lionhearted), while Henry favors his weakling youngest, Jeffrey. The resentful middle son, Geoffrey, meanwhile plots revenge on the whole family. The play is unabashedly modern, viciously funny, and fraught with Freudian overtones; the dialogue is bitingly satirical, the plot an intricate chess game of strategy, countermoves, and intrigue.
8 p.m. (May 9-11) & 2 p.m. (May 12), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $22 (seniors age 60 & over, $20; students, $11; Thurs., $17) in advance at a2ct.org & by phone. 971-2228. [map]
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Sunday


May 2013
 2 p.m. 

"33 Variations": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Mar. 28-June 1. See review. Guy Sanville directs Moisés Kaufman's drama that shifts between Beethoven in 19th-century Austria, obsessing over a commission he can't complete, and a present-day musicologist who struggles to understand both her daughter and the mystery behind Beethoven's oft overlooked Diabelli Variations. Cast: Michelle Mountain, Melanie Reihing, Michael Brian Ogden, Richard McWilliams, David Bendena, Daniel Britt, Rhiannon Ragland.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed., Sat., & May 30), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Mar. 28-Apr. 4 previews: Tickets $22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $32 (Sat. eve.). After Apr. 4: Tickets $27 (Wed. & Thurs.), $37 (Fri. eves. & weekend matinees), & $42 (Sat. eves.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
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 2 p.m. 

"The Lion in Winter": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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May 9-12. Thom Johnson directs local actors in James Goldman's popular black comedy, a fictionalization of the historical strife between England's 12th-century King Henry II, his estranged wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and their three sons. Reunited for the Christmas holidays, Eleanor and Henry quarrel over who should be heir to the throne--Eleanor's choice is Richard (the Lionhearted), while Henry favors his weakling youngest, Jeffrey. The resentful middle son, Geoffrey, meanwhile plots revenge on the whole family. The play is unabashedly modern, viciously funny, and fraught with Freudian overtones; the dialogue is bitingly satirical, the plot an intricate chess game of strategy, countermoves, and intrigue.
8 p.m. (May 9-11) & 2 p.m. (May 12), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $22 (seniors age 60 & over, $20; students, $11; Thurs., $17) in advance at a2ct.org & by phone. 971-2228. [map]
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 2 p.m. 

"The Mountaintop": Performance Network Professional Season.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Apr. 25-June 2. Carla Milarch directs the Michigan premiere of Katori Hall's 2010 Olivier Award-winning drama, set in Martin Luther King's Memphis hotel on the eve of his assassination, about the relationship that develops between King and a talkative motel maid who shows up on his doorstep and begins to challenge the efficacy of his leadership. Stars Brian Marable and Carollette Phillips.

The May 19 performance is preceded at 6:30 p.m. by a "Cultural Conversation" ($10; reservations suggested) hosted by Performance Network artistic director Carla Milarch with the director, designers, and cast.

The June 2 performance is followed by a talk by veteran local storyteller LaRon Williams, a specialist in African and African American folktales, on how the play's complex characters and unusual plot devices affect the depiction of MLK's last night.

.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), & 3 p.m. (May 11 & 25), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (Apr. 25), $22 (Apr. 26 & 28 & May 2), and $30 (Apr. 27). May 3 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After May 3: $27 & $29 (Thurs.), $32 & $34 (Fri. & Sun.), $25 & $27 (Sat. matinee), $39 & $41 (Sat. eve.). $3 discount for seniors age 60 & over. Tickets available in advance at performancenetwork.org & by phone, and at the door. $10 student discount in advance, half-price student tickets at the door only. For reservations, call 663-0681; to charge by phone, call 663-0696. [map]
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 3 p.m. 

"A Midsummer Night's Dream": St. Augustine's Homeschool Enrichment Program Campion Players.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

May 10-12. Henry Russell directs a cast of area homeschooled teens in Shakespeare's delightful comic fantasy, set in an enchanted forest, about a jealous tiff between the king and queen of the fairies, and the mortals snared in their mischief.
7 p.m. (May 10 & 11) & 3 p.m. (May 12), Whitmore Lake High School, 8877 Whitmore Lake Rd. $5 (family, $20) in advance via email to campionplayers@gmail.com and at the door. 239-3476. [map]
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