The Second City Detroit opens Phantom Menace to Society, its 16th revue in five years, July 15 following ongoing previews in the Motor City.
Ron West directs Margaret Exner, Keegan-Michael Key, Marc Evan Jackson, Antoine McKay, Marc Warzecha and Nyma Anise Woods. John Edwardtowski, a newcomer to the company, is musical director.
The 10:30 PM and 8 PM shows Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday are followed by free improv sets. Tickets are $10-$19.50.
For information, call Second City at (313) 965-2222.
Second City, on Woodward Avenue, is in a converted former men's clothing store that also houses Risata Restaurant, a hockey-themed bar called The 5 Hole and The Deck, a rooftop club atop the building. The operation is located in Detroit's downtown theatre district, next door the restored Fox Theatre movie palace. Both Second City and the Fox are operated by Olympia Entertainment and the Ilitch family (owners of Little Caesars), which also owns the Detroit Tigers, the Detroit Red Wings and other entertainment outlets in Metro Detroit.
Both the Fox and Second City are steps away from the site of the future downtown stadiums for the Detroit Lions and Detroit Tigers.
-- By Kenneth Jones