What’s taking the stage this fall

By City Pulse Staff

All titles and dates are subject to
change. Please call the theaters or visit their websites for updates,
locations and ticket prices.


“Heroes” (Stormfield Theatre): Tom
Stoppard’s adaptation of French playwright Gerald Sibleyras’ darkly
comic story of a trio of World War I veterans plotting an escape from a
military hospital. Aug. 31-Sept. 18. (517) 372-0945. www.stormfieldtheatre.org


“Phineas and Ferb: The Best Live Tour Ever” (Wharton Center): Musical based on the Disney Channel series. Sept. 4. (800) WHARTON. www.www.whartoncenter.com

“Annie” (Riverwalk Theatre): An
orphan (Brianna Rucinski) finds a dog and her own Daddy Warbucks (Robin
Harris) at the height of the Depression in the evergreen musical. Sept.
8-11, 15-18. (517) 482-5700. www.riverwalktheatre.com

“The Divine Sister” (Lansing Civic Players):
Direct from off-Broadway, a raucous take on Hollywood’s depiction of
nuns by Charles Busch (“The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife”). Sept. 15-25.
(517) 484-9115. www.lansingcivicplayers.org

“Two 9/11 Plays” (MSU Theatre):
One dramatic performance poem and one series of testimonials based on
9/11 statements from survivors and their loved ones. Sept. 20-21, 23-25,
Sept. 27- Oct. 1. (800) WHARTON. theatre.msu.edu

“Blackbird” (Peppermint Creek Theatre Co.):
Doak Bloss and Angela Mishler star in an account of the meeting between
a young woman and middle-aged man, years after their initial romantic
encounter when she was a minor. Sept. 22–25, Sept. 29–Oct. 1. (517)
927-3016. www.peppermintcreek.org

“The Gingerbread House” (LCC Theatre):
A dark comedy exploring the flipside of American parenting: What if
parents could unload their kids for a price? Sept. 23-24, Sept. 30-Oct.
1. (517) 483-1012. www.lcc.edu/cma/events

“Jersey Boys” (Wharton Center):
Tony-winning Broadway musical looks back on the rise to stardom of
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Sept. 28-Oct. 16. (800) WHARTON.

“The Dead Guy” (Williamston Theatre):
A dark satire of reality television, in which the lead character stands
to win fame and fortune — at the expense of his life. Sept. 29–Oct. 30.
(517) 655-7469. www.williamstontheatre.com


“Terra Nova” (Riverwalk Theatre): Historical drama about the first expedition to reach the South Pole. Oct. 7-9, 13-15. (517) 482-5700. www.riverwalktheatre.com

“The Man With the Camera” (Mid Michigan Family Theatre):
Historical drama examining the life of photographer Lewis Hine, whose
work for the National Children’s Labor Commission helped to improve work
and living conditions for children. Oct. 7-9, 14-16 (517) 339-2145.

“Arsenic and Old Lace” (Lansing Civic Players):
The venerable black comedy about a pair of deadly spinsters bent on
cooking up mayhem. Oct. 13-23. (517) 484-9115.

“The Odd Couple” (Starlight Dinner Theatre):
Neil Simon’s culture-clash comedy about miserably mismatched roommates
Oscar and Felix. Oct. 14-15, 21-22. (517) 243-6040.

“A Streetcar Named Desire” (MSU Theatre):
Earthy, blue-collar Stanley and eccentric, delusional Blanche clash in
old New Orleans in Tennessee Williams’ landmark drama. Oct. 14-16,
18-23. (800) WHARTON. theatre.msu.edu

“Conspiracy” (Riverwalk Theatre):
Drama depicting the private meetings held by top officers of the Third
Reich to determine the fate of the millions under Nazi rule. Oct. 20-23,
27-30. (517) 482-5700. www.riverwalktheatre.com

“Imaginocean” (Wharton Center): A trio of fish embarks on a treasure hunt in a black-light puppet show. Oct. 23. (800) WHARTON. www.whartoncenter.com

“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” (Mid Michigan Family Theatre): Halloween tales of a headless horseman and a scientist with a scary split personality. Oct. 28-29. (517) 339-2145. www.mmft.net

“Dracula: The Vampire Play” (All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre):
Bats will fly and fangs will be bared in this youth adaptation of Bram
Stoker’s iconic chiller. Oct. 28-29, Nov. 4-5. www.allofusexpress.org


“Race” (Stormfield Theatre): David Mamet’s legal drama follows a trio of lawyers handling a racially charged case; a “Stages of the Law” theater festival production. Nov. 2-20. (517) 372-0945. www.stormfieldtheatre.org

“God of Carnage” (Peppermint Creek Theatre Co.):
Tensions flare when two sets of parents meet to discuss a playground
altercation between their young children. Nov. 3-6, 10-12. (517)
927-3016. www.peppermintcreek.org

“The Shrike” (LCC Theatre): Melodrama
about a man trapped in a mental asylum who finds himself at the mercy
of institutional law; a “Stages of the Law” theater festival production.
Nov. 4-6, Nov. 11-12. (517) 372-0945. www.lcc.edu/cma/events

“Butterfly: The Story of a Life Cycle” (Wharton Center): The
Japanese Bunraku style of puppetry tells the story of a caterpillar’s
journey to become a Monarch Butterfly. Nov. 6. (800) WHARTON.

“West Side Story” (Wharton Center):
Tony, Maria, the Sharks and the Jets return in a revival of the Stephen
Sondheim/Leonard Bernstein musical about ethnic tensions in 1950s New
York. Nov. 8-13. (800) WHARTON. www.whartoncenter.com

“The Beaux’ Stratagem” (MSU Theatre): Restoration comedy about two men out to bilk heiresses out of their fortunes. Nov. 11-13, 17-20. (800) WHARTON. theatre.msu.edu

“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” (Lansing Civic Players):
Edward Albee’s profile of the volatile relationship between a professor
and his wife on the campus of a small New England college. Nov. 3-13.
(517) 484-9115. www.lansingcivicplayers.org

“This Wonderful Life” (Williamston Theatre):
Revival of the popular, Pulsar-winning one-man retelling of “It’s a
Wonderful Life,” starring John Lepard. Nov. 25-Dec. 23. (517) 655-7469.

“The Surprising Story of the Three Little Pigs” (Riverwalk Theatre):
Children’s literature favorites decide it”s time to rewrite their
stories. Nov. 25-27, Dec. 2-4. (517) 482-5700. www.riverwalktheatre.com


“The Goblins and the Gravedigger” and “The Christmas Coat” (Mid Michigan Family Theatre):
A trio of goblins brighten the holiday for a lonely man; a fable about a
special gift. Dec. 2-4, 9-11. (517) 339-2145. www.mmft.net

“A Christmas Carol” (Lansing Civic Players):
A musical take on Charles Dickens’ story of the miserly Scrooge, who
learns the true meaning of Christmas. Dec. 8-18. (517) 484-9115.

“Julius Caesar” (LCC Theatre): William
Shakespeare’s chronicle of political intrigue and betrayal in ancient
Rome. Dec. 9-11. (517) 483-1012. www.lcc.edu/cma/events

“Rock of Ages” (Wharton Center):
Big hair, big guitars and big power-ballads — jump back to the 1980s for
a hard-rocking musical loaded with Top 40 favorites ranging from “I
Want to Know What Love Is” to “Pour Some Sugar on Me.” Dec. 13-18. (800)
WHARTON. www.whartoncenter.com