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THEATER

 

 

The Abreact

Frannie Shepherd-Bates directs a collection of plays humorously jabbing at the Russian comedy aesthetic. Burn the Red Banner: Or, Let the Rebels Have Their Fun is written by Michigan playwright Franco Vitalli. Feb. 3-25.

1301 W. Lafayette, Detroit; theabreact.com.

 

Bonstelle Theatre

Explore the social expectations of race and gender in the early 20th century with Intimate Apparel. This play by Lynn Nottage follows the story of an African-American seamstress living in New York and her potential choices for marriage. Feb. 10-19. $15.

3424 Woodward, Detroit; 313-557-2960; bonstelle.com.

 

Eastern Michigan University Theatre

Directed by Pirooz Aghssa, Dead Man’s Cell Phone is a comedy about a deceased man’s cell phone that won’t stop ringing and the woman who decides to answer it. Feb. 10-19. $7-$15. • No Child, by Nilaja Sun, tells the story of a teacher’s challenges working with inner-city children. Feb. 9-19. $7-$15.

103 Quirk Building, Ypsilanti; 734-481-2282; emich.edu/emutheatre.

 

Fisher Theatre

On Dec. 4, 1956, Sam Phillips gathered four of rock ’n’ roll’s biggest stars for the first and only time. Million Dollar Quartet is the Broadway musical re-creating the union of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. Through Feb. 5. • In 1987, a small-town girl meets a big-city rocker in L.A.’s most famous rock club. They fall in love to the greatest songs of the ’80s in Rock of Ages. Feb. 21-26. $35-$90. • Based on the Oscar-winning movie, Shrek the Musical is a twist on the classic fairytale prince story and stars an unlikely green hero. Feb. 28-March 11.

3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit; 313-872-1000; broadwayindetroit.com.

 

Hilberry Theatre

When Hollywood comes to an island off the Irish coast, a local boy gets a chance at fame in The Cripple of Inishmaan. Through Feb. 4. $25-$30. • Adapted from Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand, Frank Langella’s Cyrano tells the tale of a swordsman-poet with an unfortunate nose as he uses his literary gift to woo Roxane away from her handsome love interest, Christian. Through March 10. $25-$35. • A sensuous Southern romance by Tennessee Williams, Summer and Smoke shows the emotional battle of spiritual devotion versus physical desire. Feb. 24-April 21. $30.

4743 Cass, Detroit; 313-577-2972; hilberry.com.

 

JET (Jewish Ensemble Theatre

Plot twists, self-serving agendas, and betrayal are all in David Mamet’s Race. The story, directed by Christopher Bremer, revolves around a man accused of rape, and the defense created by a small law firm. This production includes racial and sexual references, as well as provocative language. Through Feb. 19. $36-$43.

6600 W. Maple, West Bloomfield; 248-788-2900; jettheatre.com.

 

Meadow Brook

Mary Stuart is a revisionist historical commentary on the final days of Mary, Queen of Scots, who was sentenced to death by her cousin, Elizabeth I of England. This play was written by Friedrich Schiller and adapted by Peter Oswald. Feb. 8-March 4. $24-$39.

207 Wilson Hall, Oakland University, Rochester; 248-377-3300; mbtheatre.com.

 

Music Hall

Winner of three 2010 Tony Awards, FELA! is an inspiring tale of courage, passion, and love. Presented by Shawn Jay-Z Carter and Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith, it tells the true story of Nigerian musician Fela Kuti. Feb. 14-March 4. $30-$100. • The classic children’s tale explores the importance of beauty and a search for love in Corbin’s Ugly Duckling and The Tortoise and the Hare. 4 p.m., Feb. 12, $7 and $17.

350 Madison, Detroit; 313-887-8500; musichall.org.

 

Performance Network Theatre

A co-production with the Jewish Ensemble Theatre, God of Carnage is a comedy showing that maturity and polite conversation has its limits. Through Feb. 19. $25-$41.

120 E. Huron, Ann Arbor; 734-663-0681; performancenetwork.org.

 

Planet Ant

In this exploration of the American pioneer experience, a family must choose between struggling through a torturous winter in their one-room Colorado cabin or attempting to escape to the bottom of the mountain. Snowbound is directed by Kate Peckham and written by Margaret Edwartowski. Feb. 17-March 10. $20.

2357 Caniff, Hamtramck; 313-365-4948; planetant.com.

 

Purple Rose

In this tribute to fathers and sons, Agostino, a retired stone mason, is evicted from his home to make room for a new highway. He refuses to leave and his son must persuade him to let go of the house and memories. A Stone Carver is by William Mastrosimone. Through March 10. $25-$40.

137 Park St., Chelsea; 734-433-7673; purplerosetheatre.org.

 

Tipping Point Theatre

The Love List makes audiences consider the adage “Be careful what you wish for.” Bill creates a list of the 10 ideal traits in a partner. When she appears, Bill and his friends experiment with the list and watch disaster ensue. Through Feb. 19. $28-$30.

361 E. Cady St., Northville; 248-347-0003; tippingpointetheatre.com.

 

University Musical Society

Traveling Light relays the story of Motl Mendl, a young European who revolutionized cinematography in the 1900s. After becoming a famous American film director, he looks back at his early life. Directed by Nicholas Hynter, this new play by Nicholas Wright is presented by National Theatre Live. 7 p.m. Feb. 19. $12-$22.

Michigan Theatre, 603 E Liberty, Ann Arbor; 734-764-2538; ums.org.

 

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On Jan. 30, more than 400 members and guests attended the Detroit Yacht Club's Commodores Ball. The first Detroit Yacht Club Officers’ Ball was held on the first Thursday after New Year’s in January 1878. The first Commodore to be honored was Samuel Cowan; this year Commodore James Gierlach was recognized. The second Commodore of the Club and all 30 members of the Club were in attendance as well as invited guests. Formal attire has continued to be a hallmark of this event making it, perhaps, the oldest continuous formal event in the City of Detroit. The event opened with cocktails and a Receiving Line, followed by a formal dinner followed by a Grand March led by the Officers of the Club organized by rank. Dancing continued until the wee hours of the morning.

19th Annual Circle of Friends Luncheon

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