Karl Marx at the center of the Detroit Rep's latest comedy

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Karl Marx at the center of the Detroit Rep's latest comedy
Photo courtesy the Detroit Repertory Theatre

The Detroit Repertory Theatre, or "the Rep" as it's often known, is tucked away on a depopulated stretch of Woodrow Wilson Street on the city's west side. For more than a half-century, "the Rep" has staged several plays a year, including plenty of national premieres of topically important work. The theater was a pioneer of race-blind casting, and productions often trade in important social issues — although lighthearted comedy also has its place. All productions have a prestige factor, with quality sets, pitch-perfect lighting design, and a tight technical ensemble, to say nothing of the gorgeous lounge and bar, which is probably the longest in Detroit.

The theater's latest production is a play called Capital, based on a true event in 1858 in London. Karl Marx's teenage daughter, Jenny, says her social life is over if she doesn't have the latest fashion — a silk bonnet. Meanwhile, her father is a political writer whose life is dedicated to teaching the principles of a communal economy and that material possessions are the preoccupation of the bourgeoisie.

And, by the way, they're totally broke.

When a scandalous letter containing sordid details about an affair between two famous people falls into their laps, Jenny sees an opportunity to make a buck while Karl sees a test of morality. The audience, hopefully, get its share of laughs from thea farce.

The theater is at 13103 Woodrow Wilson, Detroit; 313-868-1347; detroitreptheatre.com; call 313-868-1347 for tickets. Shows are at 8:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 3 and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays through May 14; admission is $20 at the door, less in advance.

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Michael Jackman

Born in 1969 at Mount Carmel hospital in Detroit, Jackman grew up just 100 yards from the Detroit city line in east Dearborn. Jackman has attended New York University, the School of Visual Arts, Northwestern University and Wayne State University, though he never got a degree. He has worked as a bar back, busboy,...
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