Recently we shared the 2011-2012 season lineup for WSU’s outstanding graduate theatre program at the Hilberry. Meanwhile, the Bonstelle Theatre, WSU’s premier undergraduate program, is gearing up for its 61st season. Continuing its tradition of challenging young actors and designers with a broad range of theatrical styles, the Bonstelle conce again promises to charm audiences with a fun mix of comedies, classics, modern morality stories and crazy musicals.
Noises Off, by Michael Frayn – October 14-23, 2011
This play-within-a-play comedy is doubly funny as we watch the performance of a failing sex farce from the point-of-view of the antic cast. Out-of-control egos, memory loss and passionate affairs turn every performance into a high-risk adventure. Progressing from flubbed lines and missed cues in rehearsal to mounting friction between cast members in the final performance, Noises Off is a comic triumph of slamming doors, falling trousers and flying sardines.
Twelfth Night, by William Shakespeare – December 2-11, 2011
A shipwreck separates twins, but tragedy quickly turns to comedy when they wash up in a land turned upside-down by love. With raucous antics, ravishing language and rich characters, Shakespeare creates a bittersweet tale of laughter and longing, jealousy and triumph. And of course, since this is a Shakespeare COMEDY, there are the usual cases of mistaken identity, cross-dressing, fights, duels, and no fewer than three marriages.
In the Red and Brown Water, by Tarell Alvin McCraney – February 10-19, 2012
As a girl, Oya must choose between her dream of becoming a star athlete or caring for her mother. As a woman, she’s torn between the man she lives with and the man she can’t live without. This fusion of contemporary African-American culture and elements from Yoruba mythology is an inspiring story about how our choices make us who we are.
Hairspray, by Mark O’Donnell, Thomas Meehan, Scott Wittman and Mark Shaiman – April 13-22, 2012
This musical was a hit on Broadway and in the Hollywood film version. Pleasantly plump teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire – to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show – and she does! Triumphant Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star, but she must use her newfound power to vanquish the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin and integrate a TV network – all without denting her ‘do!
Season tickets are priced as low as $48.00; to subscribe, call (313) 577-2960, visit the theatre website, or visit the Wayne State University Box Office at 4743 Cass Avenue on the corner of Hancock. Full time hours begin in October.