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Stage highlights: 'Crossing 8 Mile,' Comedy Explosion

May 15, 2014

By Mary Lendzion, Detroit Free Press



May 15--'Crossing 8 Mile' returns at Mosaic Youth Theatre

Mosaic Youth Theatre is reviving its popular "Crossing 8 Mile," a show based on Shakespeare's "The Comedy of Errors."

It explores twins separated at birth, and the setting is a planet called Tiorted Ortem ("metro Detroit" spelled backward). A volcano has erupted and left an 8-mile-wide crater. Chaos ensues when the twins cross to the other side.

"This is one of the most popular shows in our history, and it has an energy and physicality that are pretty unique on the national level for artists of these ages," says Mosaic's Rick Sperling. "It uses Shakespeare's play with a modern exaggerated physical style of theater to make a commentary on the lives of young people."

DeLashea Middleton is the music director, and Carollette Phillips is the choreographer. Monika Essen is the production designer, while Richard Newman and Liza Bielby are guest artists.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward, Detroit. 313-833-4005 or www.mosaicdetroit.org. $24, $16 for students and seniors. Seats are general admission. Priority reserved seating is available for $32.

Comics take the Fox stage Saturday

Comedians Lavell Crawford, George Wallace, Sheryl Underwood and Michael Colyar will deliver the one-liners and laughs during the Comedy Explosion at the Fox Theatre.

Crawford recently filmed a one-hour special titled "Can a Brother Get Some Love?" for Comedy Central. Wallace is a resident comedic headliner in Las Vegas, and Underwood has joined the daytime show "The Talk." Fans might remember Colyar from his stint as the concert promoter named Showboat in the movie "House Party 3."

8 p.m. Saturday, Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward, Detroit. 800-745-3000 or www.olympiaentertainment.com. $55-$75.

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Source: Detroit Free Press (MI)