Get out of the cold and get into the warmth of live theater productions. In Flint & Genesee, there are a number of local community theater companies as well as larger institutions that bring touring shows to the area. Local and visitors are not at a loss for performing arts in Flint & Genesee.
Here are a few shows you can catch in the upcoming weeks in Flint & Genesee:
Clio Cast and Crew presents “Harvey”
This classic play by Mary Chase centers around Elwood P. Dowd and his friend Harvey, an imaginary six-and-a-half-foot tall rabbit. Performances run from Feb. 18 – 24 on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $17 for adults and $15 for students.
The New McCree Theater presents “The Amen Corner”
This show by James Baldwin is the story of a black woman pastor of a storefront Harlem church whose religious certainty seeds trouble in the congregation and with her own son. The play mimes Baldwin’s early life, which was dominated by a strict stepfather pastor and marked by his own teenage years in the pulpit. The show runs until March 5 with performances Thursday through Saturday at 7 p.m. and a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. General admission is $10.
The Fenton Village Players presents “Prescription: Murder – A Drama in Three Acts”
Providing the inspiration for the TV series Columbo, this theatrical predecessor tells the story of a brilliant psychiatrist and his mistress who hatch a plot to murder his neurotic, possessive wife. The execution of their plan and the creation of their perfect alibi depends on a bizarre impersonation. Lt. Columbo must engage the psychiatrist in a duel of wits until the doctor succeeds in having Columbo removed from the case. Performances run Feb. 24 – 27, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $17 for adults, $14 for students and $10 for children.
The Flint Community Players presents “The Lion in Winter”
Written by James Goldman, this classic play tells the story of the Plantagenet family, who are locked in a free-for-all of competing ambitions to inherit a kingdom. The play centers around the inner conflicts of the royal family as they fight over both a kingdom and King Henry's paramour during the Christmas of 1183. Performances run Mar. 3 – 13. Tickets are $15.
Jessica Sherr in Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies at the Capitol Theatre
Actress and playwright, Jessica Sherr, channels Bette Davis’ fight against the male-dominated studio system. On the night of the 1939 Oscars, Bette Davis returns home knowing she’s to lose Best Actress to Vivien Leigh’s Scarlett O’Hara because the press has leaked the winners. Miss Davis takes us on the bumpy ride of her tumultuous rise, as the tenacious actress fights her way through the studio system to the top. Witness Bette triumph over misogyny to win roles and compensation on par with her male counterparts. Performances are held Mar. 10 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are available on the main floor for $30.
The Fenton Village Players presents “Rabbit Hole”
Written by David Lindsay-Abaire, in this show Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart. Performances run Mar. 11 – 13.
University of Michigan-Flint Theatre and Dance presents “Pride & Prejudice”
This classic story by Jane Austen, adapted for stage by Kate Hamill, tells the story of Elizabeth Bennet who learns about the repercussions of hasty judgments and comes to appreciate the difference between superficial goodness and actual goodness. Performances run Mar. 18 – 27 on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
The Flint Community Players presents “Constellations”
By Nick Payne, This spellbinding, romantic journey begins with a simple encounter between a man and a woman. But what happens next defies the boundaries of the world we think we know - delving into the infinite possibilities of their relationship and raising questions about the difference between choice and destiny. “Constellations” is part of the Ghost Light Series and is rated for mature audiences. Performances run Mar. 18 – 20. Tickets are $10.