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The Play Ground loves the funky music of the Chenille Sisters and we will be glad to ring in the new year singing along with them. Nationally renowned, our local trio of singer-songwriters Cheryl Dawdy, Connie Huber, and Grace Morand is known for its "unbeatable combination of breathtakingly precise and resonant vocal harmonies, a comic wit that's both corny and subversive, and a delightfully eclectic repertoire of original songs mixed with jazz, swing, folk, and blues standards." The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $35 (includes champagne & party favors.) 10 p.m.

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The Play Ground read Moss Hart's classic autobiography ACT ONE when we were young and we have been fans of this brilliant man ever since. It details his rags to riches life including his longtime collaboration with the moody George Kaufman. This weekend the UM Department of Theatre & Drama will present YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU which opened in 1937 and was the third hit by the golden playwriting team. The play won the coveted Pulitzer Prize, a rarity for a comedy. Kaufman and Hart wrote an amazing eight plays during their ten-year collaboration, each wildly successful including The Man Who Came to Dinner and I'd Rather Be Right. The Play Ground will happily have an aisle seat at the Power Center this weekend. League Ticket Office 734-764-2538, December 7-10.

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"Hallelujah, Hallelujah." Tis the season to sing and hear the glorious Handel's Messiah. We have sung it and listened to it and there is great pleasure in both. The University Musical Society Choral Union and the Ann Arbor Symphony's annual concert is Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3 at Hill Auditorium.

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The first opera we ever saw was when we were in grade school and an opera company came to the auditorium. We will never forget the music, the song and the costumes even if we really didn't understand what was going on. Glorious! Now we have the opportunity to see COSI FAN TUTTE by Mozart again and in an intimate setting much like my school. Don Alfonso claims that women are unfaithful so two young men bet that their girlfriends will remain loyal. This opera's plot was considered scandalous during its time and only gained international popularity in the 20th C. We cannot help but wonder why they picked this one for 3rd graders but we intend to go and be spellbound again. Mendelssohn Theatre, November 17-19.

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Hey, fans of the Indigo Girls, head over to the Michigan Theater Friday night. Since their debut in 1989, the Indigo Girls have continually pushed the boundaries of modern music and of themselves to make some emotional albums. "Their two-women-with-guitars formula may not seem very revolutionary, but the combination of two distinct personalities and songwriting styles provides an interesting balance." They are also involved with a lot of causes. One very timely issue is Rock the vote. Friday, October 20 at 7:30, Tickets: $35.00. Tickets available online at Ticketmaster.

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The Play Ground loved Escanaba in the Moonlight. We, who can barely kill an ant, warmed to this hunting story that spun a hilarious tale of humor and horror. Now, Jeff Daniels has created a prequel, Escanaba in Love, set forty years before the original. Meet the love of young Albert Soady Jr.’s life, Big Betty Baloo - the woman destined to become the mother of Reuben and Remnar Soady - along with a whole new cast of wacky Yoopers. The Purple Rose Theatre Company, September 28 - December 23, 2006. (734) 433-ROSE (7673).

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The Sleep Tite pajama factory workers' raise is long overdue. Seven and a Half Cents (an hour) isn't a lot anymore but we can all relate. Then the union representative and the new superintendent falls in love. Well, perhaps we can't relate to that, but if we picture Harry Connick Jr., the latest Sid on Broadway, perhaps we can dream. Winner of the 1955 Tony Award for Best Musical and for Best Revival in 2006. Can a play be dated but timeless? We think it can. The Pajama Game at the Mendelssohn Theatre Oct 12-15. 763-3333

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The Play Ground doesn't know much about African Violets except that we like them and can sometimes get them on sale at Kroger for $1.00 per. Perhaps, after attending the African Violet Fall Display & Sale at Matthaei this weekend, we will become more discerning. Michigan State African Violet Society. September 30 & October 1. UM Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free admission. 647-7808.

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The Performance Network is celebrating the beginning of its 25th Anniversary Season by featuring The Retreat from Moscow by William Nicholson. This 2004 Tony-award nominated
play deftly navigates comedy, drama and the complexities of a modern marriage. How well do we know the people we marry? Is it wrong to decide it’s time to be honest? This is a powerful story of a husband who decides to be truthful in his marriage, and of the wife and son whose lives will never be the same again. September 14 - October 29, 2006. Ticket info: 663-0681.

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The Gin Game is a two-act, four-scene play about a woman in her twilight years, Fonsia Dorsey, who enters a "home for the aged" and is, for a while, saved from melancholy by the crusty charm of Weller Martin. They were most famously played by Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn back in 1977 and it eventually ran on Broadway for 516 performances. This week Redbud Productions' Lenore Ferber directs local actors in a staged reading of DL Coburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Wed. August 30, 8:00pm at the Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $10 in advance and at the door. 769-2999.

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