And The Winner Is An Oscar-nominated Hollywood actor wakes up in a strange bar where time has no meaning and where nothing is as it seems. Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea. Wed.-Sun. Extended through Sep. 24. $17.50-32.50. 734-433-7673. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org.
As You Like It Hippies square off with the squares in a hilarious, retro-modern take of Shakespeare’s lost-in-the-woods romantic comedy. Water Works Theatre Company at Starr Jaycee Park, Royal Oak. Thu-Sun. July 28-Aug. 7. $20. 248-399-3727. http://www.waterworkstheatre.com.
Crowns An uplifting tale of a street-smart girl from Brooklyn who is sent to live with her grandmother in South Carolina and learns the significance of the hats worn by African-American women. Plowshares Theatre Company at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit. Thu., Sat. & Sun. July 21-Aug. 7, plus Friday, July 22. $25-$30. 313-872-0279. http://www.plowshares.org.
Lollipop Culture Various aspects of contemporary culture are slyly satirized in an original play by Jenny Hagel. Improv Inferno, Ann Arbor. Every Wednesday through July 27. $5. 734-214-7080. http://www.improvinferno.com.
Menopause The Musical A joyful musical parody about four women who have nothing in common except a certain shared experience! Gem Theatre, Detroit. Tue.-Sun. Open run. $39.50. 313-963-9800. http://www.gemtheatre.com.
The Merchant of Venice Shakespeare’s tale of money and human flesh, romance and revenge, judgment and forgiveness. Michigan Shakespeare Festival at Potter Center, Jackson. In repertory Thu.-Sun. July 22-Aug. 7. Preview July 20. $20-$22. 517-796-8600. http://www.michshakefest.org.
Small Packages An original comedy about two sisters attempting to cope with their current situation: Are they helping each other or making things worse? Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Fri.-Sun. Through July 31. $10-$15. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
Take Me Out A star baseball player with a multimillion dollar contract outs himself on national TV and then faces the consequences of his actions. Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun. July 21-Aug. 28. $24.50-$34.50. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org. Contains adult language and male nudity.
Twelfth Night Shakespeare’s gender-bending comedy about love features twins separated by a shipwreck, cases of mistaken identity and more obstacles than you can shake your codpiece at! Michigan Shakespeare Festival at Potter Center, Jackson. In repertory Thu.-Sun. July 21-Aug. 6. Preview July 19. $20-$22. 517-796-8600. http://www.michshakefest.org.
Urinetown The first regional production of the ecological musical about greed, corruption, love and revolution at a time then water is worth its weight in gold. Mason Street Warehouse, Saugatuck. Tue-Sun. Through July 31. $27.50 & $30. 269-857-4898. http://www.masonstreetwarehouse.org.
Metamorphoses The stories of Ovid are adapted into a multi-sensory theatrical experience. Lansing Community College’s Performing Arts Department at Dart Auditorium, Lansing. July 29-30 only. Free admission. 517-483-1488.
Picnic The lives of seven women are changed by a magnetic young drifter. Lansing Community College’s Summer Stage Under the Stars in Lansing’s Old Town, Lansing. Wed.-Sun. Through July 24. Free admission. 517-483-1488.
Grease The musical extravaganza that celebrates life in the 1950s. Marshall Civic Theatre Summer Youth Theatre at Franke Center for the Arts, Marshall. Fri.-Sun. Through July 24. $15. 269-781-3335. http://www.marshallcivicplayers.org.
Theater for Young Audiences:
Hansel and Gretel Moses Goldberg’s adaptation of the famous Grimm fairy tale, one of the most popular – and oft-produced – plays for young people, is a great way to introduce children to the performing arts. Michigan Shakespeare Festival at Potter Center, Jackson. Sat.-Sun. July 23-Aug. 7. Children: free/adults: $8. 517-796-8600. http://www.michshakefest.org.
Improvisation/Late Night/Interactive/Dinner Theater:
Chicago Neutrino Project: The Instant Movie, Chicago’s FuzzyCo comes to Ann Arbor with its extraordinary theater/film hybrid that creates an original, hour-long improvised movie in the time it takes the audience to watch it. Improv Inferno, Ann Arbor. July 30 only. $10. 734-214-7080. http://www.improvinferno.com.
Get a Clue! Interactive Musical Murder Mysteries Board a train, eat dinner and solve a murder mystery, all in one evening! Random Acts on the Old Road Murder Mystery Dinner Train, Charlotte. Every Saturday through July 30. $57.95, includes dinner and show. 888-726-8277. http://www.random-acts.net.
Heavenly Body Ralph convinces Carmen to finish writing her science fiction novel in an isolated cabin, but the possibility of a romantic interlude gets complicated with the arrival of a scantily-clad female who claims to be an alien. StarBrite Presents Dinner Theater at the 14th Street Pub, Madison Heights. Friday & Saturday. Through Aug 27. $39.50 includes three-course dinner. 248-390-5443. http://www.starbriteprod.com.
Improv Inferno A new comedy lounge in downtown Ann Arbor with five nights of fun: “Lollipop Culture” and Superfun Karaoke” hit the stage on Wednesday nights; Thursday hosts “Catfight,” “High Octane” and “Hot Sauce”; Friday and Saturday feature “The Ladies Show,” “The Damnation Game,” and at Midnight, “The X Show”; “Get Up! Stand Up!” and “The Sweet Spot with Eye Candy” close the week on Sunday. $5-$10. 734-214-7080. http://www.improvinferno.com.
Monday Night @ Planet Ant The Ant’s resident improvisational troupe, the Improv Colony, is joined each week by a Guest Team that performs the evening’s first act. Planet Ant, Hamtramck. Every Monday. $5. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
The Reality Buffet Short plays selected by the audience are based upon the lives, perspectives and experiences of Detroit’s acting and improv communities. Motoprism at the Improv Inferno, Ann Arbor. Every Sunday. $10. 734-214-7080. http://www.improvinferno.com.