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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


October 2013
 3 & 8 p.m. 

"The Vast Difference": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Sept. 19-Dec. 14, except Nov. 28. Local actors present a revival of Jeff Daniels' acclaimed 1993 comedy about a Midwestern flight attendant who is having a midlife crisis complicated by memories of his dead father and the fact that his wife wants him to have a vasectomy. Cast: Richard McWilliams, Stephanie Buck, David Bendena, Michael Brian Ogden, Drew Parker, Rusty Mewha, Nathan Eyde, and Rhiannon Ragland.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Sept. 19-25 previews: Tickets $22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $32 (Sat. eve.). After Sept. 25: 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


October 2013
 7 p.m. 

"A Night in Vienna with Mozart and Freud": Jewish Community.

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Local actors perform local psychologist Julie Jaffee Nagel's dramatized conversation between Mozart and Freud, who act out their disagreements about music and other topics. The program includes a performance of Mozart's Sonata in A minor.
7 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $30 (JCC members, $20). 971-0990. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Martians Over Brooklyn": Dexter High School Drama Club.

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Oct. 24-27. Tomi Dres directs students in Laurie Bryant's comedy inspired by the infamous 1938 Orson Welles Mercury Theatre radio broadcast. The action plays out in a Brooklyn home where a family is dealing with abandonment by their father.
7 p.m. (Oct. 24-26) & 2 p.m. (Oct. 27), Dexter Center for the Performing Arts, Dexter High School, 2200 N. Parker (south of Shield from Baker Rd.), Dexter. $10 (students & seniors, $8). 424-4240. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"An Iliad": Performance Network Professional Season.

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Oct. 8 & 15. John Manfredi presents a concert reading of Dennis O'Hare and Lisa Peterson's one-man drama, an adaptation of the Robert Fagles translation of Homer. The play spins the familiar tale of divine interventions, endless battles, and undying love through the eyes of an anonymous narrator whose enigmatic experiences of humanity's deep-seated attraction to violence, destruction, and chaos reverberate with contemporary wars and civil conflicts. Edge Boston calls it "haunting, poetic, mesmerizing, and ultimately, astonishing."
7:30 p.m., Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. $15 in advance at pntheatre.org and at the door. 663-0681. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"The Vast Difference": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Sept. 19-Dec. 14, except Nov. 28. Local actors present a revival of Jeff Daniels' acclaimed 1993 comedy about a Midwestern flight attendant who is having a midlife crisis complicated by memories of his dead father and the fact that his wife wants him to have a vasectomy. Cast: Richard McWilliams, Stephanie Buck, David Bendena, Michael Brian Ogden, Drew Parker, Rusty Mewha, Nathan Eyde, and Rhiannon Ragland.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Sept. 19-25 previews: Tickets $22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $32 (Sat. eve.). After Sept. 25: 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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Friday


October 2013
 7 p.m.  Free! 

Annual Halloween Concert: Greenhills School.

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Greenhills students in grades 6-12 host a lively family-oriented variety show featuring theater, music, and surprises.
7 p.m., Greenhills School Campbell Center for the Performing Arts, 850 Greenhills Dr. Free. 205-4057. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Martians Over Brooklyn": Dexter High School Drama Club.

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Oct. 24-27. Tomi Dres directs students in Laurie Bryant's comedy inspired by the infamous 1938 Orson Welles Mercury Theatre radio broadcast. The action plays out in a Brooklyn home where a family is dealing with abandonment by their father.
7 p.m. (Oct. 24-26) & 2 p.m. (Oct. 27), Dexter Center for the Performing Arts, Dexter High School, 2200 N. Parker (south of Shield from Baker Rd.), Dexter. $10 (students & seniors, $8). 424-4240. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"An Iliad": Performance Network Professional Season.

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Oct. 8 & 15. John Manfredi presents a concert reading of Dennis O'Hare and Lisa Peterson's one-man drama, an adaptation of the Robert Fagles translation of Homer. The play spins the familiar tale of divine interventions, endless battles, and undying love through the eyes of an anonymous narrator whose enigmatic experiences of humanity's deep-seated attraction to violence, destruction, and chaos reverberate with contemporary wars and civil conflicts. Edge Boston calls it "haunting, poetic, mesmerizing, and ultimately, astonishing."
7:30 p.m., Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. $15 in advance at pntheatre.org and at the door. 663-0681. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Evil Dead: The Musical": Dexter Community Players.

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See review. Local actors present their annual production of this musical gore-fest, an amalgam of Sam Raimi's cult-classic 1980s low-budget film trilogy about 5 MSU students camping in the Tennessee woods who set free an evil spirit that possesses them. Songs include the doo-wop ballad "All the Men in My Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons" and "Do the Necronomicon," which The New York Times says "cheerfully evokes the 'The Time Warp' from 'Rocky Horror.'"
8 p.m., Copeland Auditorium, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Tickets $15 ("splatter zone," $20). 726-0355, dextercommunityplayers.org. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Sonnets Onstage": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Studio Series.

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Oct. 25-27. Glenn Bugala directs local actors in a production he created in collaboration with the cast. Composed of contemporary and Elizabethan vignettes, the play borrows Shakespeare's language and draws on improv sessions with the actors. Cast: Patrice Carter, Lisa Coveney, Sanders Hamson, Jean Leverich, Alex Mez, and Mo El Zaatari.
8 p.m. (Oct. 25 & 26) & 2 p.m. (Oct. 26 & 27), A2CT Studio, 322 W. Ann. $12 in advance and at the door. 971-2228. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"The Vast Difference": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Sept. 19-Dec. 14, except Nov. 28. Local actors present a revival of Jeff Daniels' acclaimed 1993 comedy about a Midwestern flight attendant who is having a midlife crisis complicated by memories of his dead father and the fact that his wife wants him to have a vasectomy. Cast: Richard McWilliams, Stephanie Buck, David Bendena, Michael Brian Ogden, Drew Parker, Rusty Mewha, Nathan Eyde, and Rhiannon Ragland.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Sept. 19-25 previews: Tickets $22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $32 (Sat. eve.). After Sept. 25: 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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Saturday


October 2013
 12:55-3:10 p.m. 

"The Nose": Quality 16.

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Live broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera production of Shostakovich's satirical opera, based on Gogol's comic story, about the misadventures of a bureaucrat searching for his missing nose. Stars Paulo Szot. Russian, subtitles. This performance is rebroadcast on tape on Oct. 30.
12:55 p.m.-3:10 p.m. (Oct. 26) & 6:30-8:45 p.m. (Oct. 30), Quality 16, 3686 Jackson. Tickets $26 (seniors, $24; kids age 12 & under & students, $20) in advance at gqti.com/met.aspx and at the door. 623-7469. [map]
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 2 & 8 p.m. 

"Sonnets Onstage": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Studio Series.

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Oct. 25-27. Glenn Bugala directs local actors in a production he created in collaboration with the cast. Composed of contemporary and Elizabethan vignettes, the play borrows Shakespeare's language and draws on improv sessions with the actors. Cast: Patrice Carter, Lisa Coveney, Sanders Hamson, Jean Leverich, Alex Mez, and Mo El Zaatari.
8 p.m. (Oct. 25 & 26) & 2 p.m. (Oct. 26 & 27), A2CT Studio, 322 W. Ann. $12 in advance and at the door. 971-2228. [map]
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 3 & 8 p.m. 

"An Iliad": Performance Network Professional Season.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Oct. 8 & 15. John Manfredi presents a concert reading of Dennis O'Hare and Lisa Peterson's one-man drama, an adaptation of the Robert Fagles translation of Homer. The play spins the familiar tale of divine interventions, endless battles, and undying love through the eyes of an anonymous narrator whose enigmatic experiences of humanity's deep-seated attraction to violence, destruction, and chaos reverberate with contemporary wars and civil conflicts. Edge Boston calls it "haunting, poetic, mesmerizing, and ultimately, astonishing."
7:30 p.m., Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. $15 in advance at pntheatre.org and at the door. 663-0681. [map]
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 3 & 8 p.m. 

"The Vast Difference": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Wed.-Sun., Sept. 19-Dec. 14, except Nov. 28. Local actors present a revival of Jeff Daniels' acclaimed 1993 comedy about a Midwestern flight attendant who is having a midlife crisis complicated by memories of his dead father and the fact that his wife wants him to have a vasectomy. Cast: Richard McWilliams, Stephanie Buck, David Bendena, Michael Brian Ogden, Drew Parker, Rusty Mewha, Nathan Eyde, and Rhiannon Ragland.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Sept. 19-25 previews: Tickets $22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $32 (Sat. eve.). After Sept. 25: 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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 7 p.m. 

"Martians Over Brooklyn": Dexter High School Drama Club.

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Oct. 24-27. Tomi Dres directs students in Laurie Bryant's comedy inspired by the infamous 1938 Orson Welles Mercury Theatre radio broadcast. The action plays out in a Brooklyn home where a family is dealing with abandonment by their father.
7 p.m. (Oct. 24-26) & 2 p.m. (Oct. 27), Dexter Center for the Performing Arts, Dexter High School, 2200 N. Parker (south of Shield from Baker Rd.), Dexter. $10 (students & seniors, $8). 424-4240. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"A Midsummer Night's Dream": Dreamland Theater.

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Oct. 19 & 26 and Nov. 2, 9, 16, & 30. The Dreamland Puppet Troupe presents Dreamland owner Naia Venturi's adaptation, with both Venturi's marionettes and Patrick Elkins' shadow puppets, of Shakespeare's delightful comic fantasy about a jealous tiff between the king and queen of the fairies, and the mortals snared in their mischief. With a score by Andrew Bruce Mitchell II. This project was initiated when the Dreamland puppets were used in Arnaud Desplechin's Jimmy P.: The Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian, a nominee for the 2013 Cannes Film Festival Palm d'Or.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.), Dreamland Theater, 26 N. Washington St. Ypsilanti. $10 at the door only. 657-2337. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Evil Dead: The Musical": Dexter Community Players.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

See review. Local actors present their annual production of this musical gore-fest, an amalgam of Sam Raimi's cult-classic 1980s low-budget film trilogy about 5 MSU students camping in the Tennessee woods who set free an evil spirit that possesses them. Songs include the doo-wop ballad "All the Men in My Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons" and "Do the Necronomicon," which The New York Times says "cheerfully evokes the 'The Time Warp' from 'Rocky Horror.'"
8 p.m., Copeland Auditorium, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Tickets $15 ("splatter zone," $20). 726-0355, dextercommunityplayers.org. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"The Manganiyar Seduction": University Musical Society.

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Oct. 26 & 27. Roysten Abel, head of the Indian Shakespeare Company in New Delhi, directs this dazzling theatrical concert combining the ecstatic sounds of traditional Indian folk music with the cosmopolitan visual effects of Amsterdam's red light district. It features an ensemble of Manganiyars, a caste of hereditary singers and instrumentalists from Rajasthan, a desert in northwest India, who perform an array of traditional instruments and sing in Sufi religious couplets. The musicians are seated in 36 red-curtained cubicles arranged in four horizontal rows, one on top of the other, which are illuminated when their occupants perform. "The effect is like that of a gospel Mass or a slow-building rave; a joyous, communal experience of the seductive power of music," writes an Irish Independent reviewer.
8 p.m. (Oct. 26) & 4 p.m. (Oct. 27), Power Center. Tickets $18-$48, in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538.
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Sunday


October 2013
 2 p.m. 

"An Iliad": Performance Network Professional Season.

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Oct. 8 & 15. John Manfredi presents a concert reading of Dennis O'Hare and Lisa Peterson's one-man drama, an adaptation of the Robert Fagles translation of Homer. The play spins the familiar tale of divine interventions, endless battles, and undying love through the eyes of an anonymous narrator whose enigmatic experiences of humanity's deep-seated attraction to violence, destruction, and chaos reverberate with contemporary wars and civil conflicts. Edge Boston calls it "haunting, poetic, mesmerizing, and ultimately, astonishing."
7:30 p.m., Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. $15 in advance at pntheatre.org and at the door. 663-0681. [map]
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 2 p.m. 

"Martians Over Brooklyn": Dexter High School Drama Club.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Oct. 24-27. Tomi Dres directs students in Laurie Bryant's comedy inspired by the infamous 1938 Orson Welles Mercury Theatre radio broadcast. The action plays out in a Brooklyn home where a family is dealing with abandonment by their father.
7 p.m. (Oct. 24-26) & 2 p.m. (Oct. 27), Dexter Center for the Performing Arts, Dexter High School, 2200 N. Parker (south of Shield from Baker Rd.), Dexter. $10 (students & seniors, $8). 424-4240. [map]
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 2 p.m. 

"Sonnets Onstage": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Studio Series.

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Oct. 25-27. Glenn Bugala directs local actors in a production he created in collaboration with the cast. Composed of contemporary and Elizabethan vignettes, the play borrows Shakespeare's language and draws on improv sessions with the actors. Cast: Patrice Carter, Lisa Coveney, Sanders Hamson, Jean Leverich, Alex Mez, and Mo El Zaatari.
8 p.m. (Oct. 25 & 26) & 2 p.m. (Oct. 26 & 27), A2CT Studio, 322 W. Ann. $12 in advance and at the door. 971-2228. [map]
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 2 p.m. 

"The Vast Difference": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Wed.-Sun., Sept. 19-Dec. 14, except Nov. 28. Local actors present a revival of Jeff Daniels' acclaimed 1993 comedy about a Midwestern flight attendant who is having a midlife crisis complicated by memories of his dead father and the fact that his wife wants him to have a vasectomy. Cast: Richard McWilliams, Stephanie Buck, David Bendena, Michael Brian Ogden, Drew Parker, Rusty Mewha, Nathan Eyde, and Rhiannon Ragland.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Sept. 19-25 previews: Tickets $22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $32 (Sat. eve.). After Sept. 25: 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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 4 p.m.  Free! 

Friends of Opera Competition Winner Recital: U-M School of Music.

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2013-14 winner Antonina Chekhovskaya performs operatic works and other songs. Accompanist is Dylan Perez.
4 p.m., Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 4 p.m. 

"The Manganiyar Seduction": University Musical Society.

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Oct. 26 & 27. Roysten Abel, head of the Indian Shakespeare Company in New Delhi, directs this dazzling theatrical concert combining the ecstatic sounds of traditional Indian folk music with the cosmopolitan visual effects of Amsterdam's red light district. It features an ensemble of Manganiyars, a caste of hereditary singers and instrumentalists from Rajasthan, a desert in northwest India, who perform an array of traditional instruments and sing in Sufi religious couplets. The musicians are seated in 36 red-curtained cubicles arranged in four horizontal rows, one on top of the other, which are illuminated when their occupants perform. "The effect is like that of a gospel Mass or a slow-building rave; a joyous, communal experience of the seductive power of music," writes an Irish Independent reviewer.
8 p.m. (Oct. 26) & 4 p.m. (Oct. 27), Power Center. Tickets $18-$48, in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538.
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 7 p.m. 

"Macbeth": University Musical Society/National Theatre Live.

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Taped broadcast of the Manchester International Festival's live production of one of Shakespeare's best-known and most influential tragedies, the bloody tale of a Scottish lord and his ambitious wife. The production is set within the walls of a deconsecrated Manchester church, and directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh, who also stars in the title role. "From the start this superbly realized, thrilling and chilling production has a filmic fluidity and a hurtling pace," writes a Mail on Sunday (UK) reviewer.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $22 (Michigan Theater & UMS members, $18; students, $12) in advance at the Michigan League and ums.org, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538, (800) 221-1229. [map]
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