'Cheatin','April' among this week's theater openings

By James Sanford

“Cheatin’” (Lansing Civic Players) — Wagging tongues and other wagging body parts stir up big trouble in a tiny Texas town where infidelity is inescapable. Leo Sell, Paul Levandowski, Bob Purosky, Kat Cooper, Sandy Vanlacker, Tim Cody and Tippy Canal star in a farce written by Del Shores; Tony Sump directs. 8 p.m. March 19, 20, 26 and 27 and 2 p.m. March 21 and 28. $10 general admission. 2300 E. Michigan Ave. (517) 484-9115 or civicplayers@juno.com.

“Enchanted April” (Riverwalk Theatre) — Four women (Emily Aslakson, Veronica Garcia-Wing, Abby Murphy and Sandy Thomasson) try to forget their troubles by renting an Italian villa in the spring of 1922. Joseph Baumann, Ian Griffin, Eric Abent and Gloria Vivalda co-star, under the direction of Mary Job. 7 p.m. March 18, 8 p.m. March 19, 20, 26 and 27; 2 p.m. March 21 and 28. $14 general admission; $10 Thursdays; $12 seniors and students ($8 Thursdays). 228 Museum Dr. (517) 482-5700 or www.riverwalktheatre.com.

“In the Blood” (Michigan State University Auditorium Arena Theatre) — Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks puts a contemporary spin on “The Scarlet Letter,” as single mom Hester (Piaget Ventus) encounters hostility and humiliation while looking for help. (Parks will speak at Pasant Theatre at 7:30 p.m. April 5; tickets are $22.50.) Steffi Hill, Chartavia Mushatt, Mildred Jones-Hamm, Mariette Strauss, Sebastian Gerstner, Matt Kaufmann, David Clauson, Curran Jacobs, Eric Eilersen and Dennis Corsi star. Ann Folino White directs. $8; tickets available at the door one hour prior to showtime. 7:30 p.m. March 23-25, 8 p.m. March 26-27, 2 p.m. March 27-28. (517) 355-6690 or theatre.msu.edu.

“A Little Princess” (Mid Michigan Family Theatre) — A young girl in Victorian England goes from riches to rags after her father disappears and she's forced to work as a servant. $6 adults and students, $4 for under 5. 7 p.m. March 19-20, 26-27, 3 p.m. March 21 and 28. 440 Frandor Ave. (517) 339-2145 or www.mmft.net.