Encore Theatre: It's a Wonderful Life

Encore Musical Theatre Company presents It's a Wonderful Life through Dec. 23 at 3126 Broad Street, Dexter. Jon Huffman, co-author of Club Morocco, directs this professional company in a revival of his and Encore founder Dan Cooney's adaptation of the beloved Frank Capra Christmas film about a good man tested by bad fortune. Performance and ticket information is here.

Skyline High: Into the Woods

If you're looking for something fun to see this weekend Nov. 18-20, check out Into the Woods at Skyline High School. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, this show is sure to be delightful. If you go, keep an eye out for Prince Charming -- who has a roving eye -- and the witch who raps. Sounds like great fun!

Young People's Theater: Oliver!

Based on the classic novel Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens, the play Oliver! is always a delight. Young People's Theater will present the play Thursday Nov. 17 through Sunday Nov. 20 at Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. Plan to go and enjoy the pathos, humor, and songs, including "Food, Glorious Food," "I'd Do Anything," "Where is Love?" "Consider Yourself," "As Long As He Needs Me," "Who Will Buy" and "Reviewing the Situation." Ticket information is here.

Huron Players: The Beaux' Stratagem

The Huron High School Players continue their production of “The Beaux’ Stratagem” this weekend Nov. 4 and 5. The play is an adaptation by Thornton Wilder and Ken Ludwig of a comedy by George Farquhar. The story is about two young men who fall on hard times and try to charm young heiresses to marry them. When one of the men falls in love, the plot thickens. Ticket information is here.

Purple Rose: Escanaba in da Moonlight

Escanaba in da Moonlight by Jeff Daniels -- "reloaded for the next generation" -- is playing through Dec. 17 at Purple Rose Theater in Chelsea. The show is directed by Guy Sanville. On the PRTC web page, the current Featured Artist is Wayne David Parker: "With his role as 'da Jimmer in this fall's production of Escanaba in da Moonlight, Wayne David Parker is making it an even two-dozen productions at the PRTC, where he is also a resident artist." Horray for Mr. Parker!

Verdi's Rigoletto Highlights With Music Expert Richard LeSueur

Sunday November 6, 2011: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

In anticipation of the performance of selections from Verdi's Rigoletto by the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra (which will occur Saturday, November 12 at the Michigan Theatre), Richard LeSueur, opera lover extraordinaire, will discuss the plot and the music of this classic opera.

This tragic tale of ill-fated love was the first opera of Verdi's great middle period and contains some of the most popular arias and ensembles in the operatic world. This lecture will include recordings of some of these highlights.

Pioneer Theatre Guild: Phantom of the Opera Opens this Weekend

The fall musical at Pioneer High, The Phantom of the Opera, opens this weekend on Saturday Nov. 5. Based on the original story by Gaston Leroux, the production also owes thanks to the book and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. U-M musical theater students are helping with the show. For ticket information, click here.

The Essential Samuel Beckett With Theater Historian And Beckett Specialist Enoch Brater

Tuesday October 25, 2011: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Theater historian and Samuel Beckett specialist Enoch Brater presents an overview of the life and works of playwright Samuel Beckett, his influence upon modern theater, and the landmark productions of Beckett's works staged by the Gate Theatre of Dublin. This event is co-sponsored by the University Musical Society and the U-M Department of English Language and Literature.

Ireland's acclaimed Gate Theatre is largely considered the leading interpreter of the great Irish modernist writer, playwright, and humorist Samuel Beckett in the world and this event is held in conjunction with University Musical Society's double-bill of two one-act Beckett plays ("Endgame" and "Watt") performed by the Gate Theatre Of Dublin and at the Power Center Oct. 27 - 29.

Never exactly mainstream, Beckett is nonetheless considered one of the most important European writers of the 20th century for his influence on modern literature and for his ability to impress shock and confound.

Interview With Barry McGovern, Actor And Renowned Beckett Performer With The Gate Theatre Of Dublin

Sunday October 23, 2011: 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Do not miss this special event as actor Barry McGovern, one of the world's leading interpreters of Samuel Beckett's works, is interviewed by U-M Professor Enoch Brater. McGovern will discuss his work with the Dublin's Gate Theatre and his new solo performance adaptation of Beckett's novel "Watt." Ireland's acclaimed Gate Theatre is largely considered the leading interpreter of the great Irish modernist writer, playwright, and humorist Samuel Beckett in the world.

This event is held in conjunction with University Musical Society's double-bill of two one-act Beckett plays (Endgame and Watt) performed by the Gate Theatre and featuring Barry McGovern at the Power Center Oct. 27 - 29.

Performance Network: "Marie Antoinette: The Color of Flesh"

Put this on your calendar: Performance Network is staging "Marie Antoinette:The Color of Flesh" -- historical fiction -- beginning with previews July 28 and running through Aug. 28. The play by Joel Gross is about an imagined love triangle between Marie Antoinette, her portrait painter, and an aristocrat lover to both. A preview is here.

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