Our picks this week: Motown The Musical, No Foreigners & Topdog/Underdog

Motown The Musical

Featuring more than 40 classic hits such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, Motown The Musical (Feb 6-11) is the story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from boxer to mogul, launching the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, and many more.

Kai Calhoun as Michael Jackson (center) with the Jackson 5 in Motown The Musical. Photo by Joan Marcus.
Kai Calhoun as Michael Jackson (center) with the Jackson 5 in Motown The Musical. Photo by Joan Marcus.

No Foreigners

An interdisciplinary collaboration between company’s in Canada and Hong Kong, No Foreigners (Feb 7-17) considers Chinese shopping malls as racialized spaces of cultural creation and clash. Using live performance and a micro-to-macro camera apparatus, it weaves together text, miniatures, and media design as it attempts to unpack what is at the heart of “Chineseness” and what the future can hold for all of us.

No Foreigners
No Foreigners.

Topdog/Underdog

Your best bet on stage continues to be the Arts Club Theatre Company’s production of Suzan-Lori Parks’ Pulitzer Prize-winning dark comedy Topdog/Underdog (until Feb 11), featuring outstanding performances from Michael Blake and Luc Roderique. Living paycheck-to-paycheck, the two brothers ultimately discover if sharing the same blood is really enough.

Michael Blake and Luc Roderique in the Arts Club Theatre Company production of Topdog/Underdog. Photo by David Cooper.
Michael Blake and Luc Roderique in the Arts Club Theatre Company production of Topdog/Underdog. Photo by David Cooper.