Aida A spectacular new production of the acclaimed Verdi opera. Michigan Opera Theatre at the Detroit Opera House, Detroit. April 22, 23, 26, 28-30. $23-$113. 313-237-7464. http://www.michiganopera.org.
Annie Leapin’ Lizards: The little red-headed girl is back once again! Wharton Center, East Lansing. Tue.-Sun., April 18-23. $25-$57.50. 517-432-2000. http://www.whartoncenter.com.
Antony and Cleopatra A brave Roman general becomes captivated with the beautiful Queen of Egypt. The Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in repertory through May 4. $15-$28. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com.
The Architect and the Emperor of Assyria A man finds himself stranded on a desert island with a mysterious occupant. Zeitgeist Gallery and Performance Venue, Detroit. Fri.-Sat., through April 29. $20. 313-965-9192. http://www.zeitgeistdetroit.org.
A Doll’s House Henrik Ibsen’s legendary drama of identity and escape. Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., through April 23. $20-$36. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org.
Hate Mail! Staged reading of an outrageous comedy about a spoiled rich kid who meets his match in an angst-filled New York City artist. Williamston Theatre, Williamston. Sat., April 22 only. Suggested donation: $5 517-655-SHOW. http://www.williamstontheatre.org.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch The outrageous and sexy cult favorite crosses more than the Detroit/Windsor border. Breathe Art Theatre Project at 1515 Broadway, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., extended through April 15. $20. 313-965-1515. http://www.breathearttheatre.com.
The Inspector General A high-spirited and keen-witted satire on official crookedness and human stupidity. The Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in repertory through May 13. $15-$28. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com.
An Intimate Evening of Grand Illusion Fantasy becomes reality thanks to the wizardry of David Copperfield. Cobb Great Hall at Wharton Center, East Lansing. April 15-16. $25-$55. 517-432-2000. http://www.whartoncenter.com.
The Late Great Henry Boyle Recently ditched by his wife, an endearingly befuddled professor of medieval studies writes a novel that makes him a pop culture sensation. Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea. Wed.-Sun., April 14-June 3. $20-$35. 734-433-7782. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org.
The Male Intellect: New and Improved (with 60% more Truth) Robert Dubac returns with a new spin on his quest to uncover the truth about men and women. City Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., through April 30. $24.50-$29.50. 313-471-6611. http://www.olympiaentertainment.com.
Menopause The Musical The hilarious musical set in Bloomingdales returns for its third sizzling year. Century Theatre, Detroit. Every Tue.-Sun. $39.50. 313-963-9800. http://www.gemtheatre.com.
Moonglow A woman moves her mother into an assisted living facility – and the feisty senior doesn’t plan on going quietly! A co-production of the BoarsHead Theater and Performance Network Theatre at BoarsHead Theater, Lansing. Wed.-Sun., through April 16. $25-$33. 517-484-7805. http://www.boarshead.org.
Movin’ Out Twenty-four Billy Joel classics are brought to life by choreographer Twyla Tharp. Broadway Theatre Guild at DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids. Tue.-Sun., through April 16. $32-$67. 616-235-6285. http://www.broadwaytheatreguild.org.
Norma & Wanda Jeff Daniels’ deliciously wicked comedy about two very different sisters returns, but at a new location. Gem Theatre, Detroit. Every Tue.-Sun. $34.50-$39.50. 313-963-9800. http://www.gemtheatre.com.
Pretty Fire A charming story of a young African-American girl growing up told in five autobiographical vignettes. Plowshares Theatre Company at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit. Thu., Sat. & Sun., through April 16. $17.50-$25. 313-872-0279.
A View from the Bridge Trouble ensues when a longshoreman plans to have his guests, illegal Italian immigrants, deported. Blackbird Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sat., April 13-29, plus Sun., April 23. $18. 734-332-3848. http://www.blackbirdtheatre.net.
Who’s House A one-woman show written compiled from the experiences of Detroit comedian/actor Jen House. The Abreact, on the fringe of Greektown, Detroit. Fri.-Sat., through April 22, plus Sun., April 16. Admission by donation. http://www.theabreact.com.
Yemaya’s Belly A poetic epic about emigration, danger and the search for the American Dream. Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., through May 21. $17-$20. 313-868-1347. http://www.detroitreptheatre.com.
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown A musical day made up of memorable moments from “Peanuts.” Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester. Wed.-Sun., April 19-May 14. $20-$36. 248-377-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.com.
Boston Marriage A wickedly funny comedy about two scheming “women of fashion” who lived together on the fringes of upper-class society. Whole Art Theater, Kalamazoo. Fri.-Sat., through April 16. $14. 269-345-7529. http://www.wholeart.org.
Dear Esther A woman is among 300 Jews who plot to escape the largest death camp during World War II. Sunsets with Shakespeare at the RE Olds Anderson Rotary Barn at the Woldumar Nature Center, Lansing. April 14-15 & 21-23. $10. http://www.sunsetswithshakespeare.com.
Dinner with Friends The bonds between two couples are questioned when one couple decides to divorce. Stagecrafters at the Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak. Thu.-Sun., through April 16. $14-$16. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.org.
The Foreigner A farcical tale of a socially inept Brit who vacations in backwoods America. Kalamazoo Civic Theatre in the Civic Auditorium, Kalamazoo. April 13-15 & 21-22. $13-$18. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com.
I Never Sang for my Father A touching exploration of the difficulties in father/son relationships. Buckham Alley Theatre, Flint. Fri.-Sun., April 21-30. $10. 810-239-4477. http://www.buckhamtheatre.com.
My Fair Lady A cockney flower girl is transformed into a duchess by a professor of phonetics. Hamilton Theatre at the Downtown Cultural Centre, Hamilton, Ontario. April 13-15, 21-23 & 28-29. $20. 905-522-3032. http://www.hamiltontheatre.com.
Knick Knack A quirky student-written and student-directed office comedy about a pushover guy who goes to extreme lengths to put a flower on his desk. OU Dept. of Music, Theatre and Dance in the Varner Lab Theatre, Rochester. Thu.-Sat., April 13-15. $5. 248-370-3013. http://www2.oakland.edu/mtd.
Little Shop of Horrors A mild-mannered out-of-luck man discovers an exotic plant with an unusual appetite. Bonstelle Theatre, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., April 21-30. $14-$18. 313-577-2960. http://www.bonstelle.com.
Proof A daughter who gives up her education to care for her brilliant, but ailing father wonders if she, too, suffers from the same malady. WSU Studio Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., April 13-22. $8-$10. 313-577-2972. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu.
Time Out for Ginger Become a member of a 1950s-style sitcom about a tomboy who finds herself ditched by her boyfriend for conduct unbecoming of a girl. A Macomb Country College student drama product at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts Stage II, Clinton Twp. Thu.-Sun., April 20-23. $9. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com.
Theater for Young Audiences:
Bunny Tales An afternoon of games, storytelling, prizes snacks, crafts and fun. Buckham Alley Theatre, Flint. Sat., April 15. Free for kids. 810-239-4477. http://www.buckhamtheatre.com.
Fred Garbo Inflatable Theater Co. Imaginative imagery and artistic foolishness drive what might be the funniest and most creative program ever! Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp. Sat., April 22. $10. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com.
Shake, Rattle and Roll A journey through the history of rock ‘n roll with The Famous People Players. Charlotte Performing Arts Center, Charlotte. Fri., April 21. $12. 517-541-5690. http://www.cpacpresents.com.
Stories Beyond Words Themes of self-esteem, self-awareness and responsibility are presented by Michael Lee/OPUS Mime. Saturday Series for Kids at Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Sat., April 22. $10/adults; $7 children. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org.
Improvisation/Late Night/Interactive/Dinner Theater:
Bobble Heads of State Fast moving sketch comedy that covers birth and old age and everything in-between. The Second City, Novi. Every Wed.-Sun. $15-$20. Plus, every Wednesday: “Improv Jams.” 248-348-4448. http://www.secondcity.com.
Cabaret Killer Ride with them and sing along, but who’ll be dead at the end of the song? Random Acts on the Old Road Murder Mystery Dinner Train, Charlotte. Every Saturday, extended through April 29. $57.95 includes dinner and show. 888-726-8277. http://www.random-acts.net.
Improv Inferno A comedy lounge in Downtown Ann Arbor with five nights of fun: “Citizen Improv” and “Super Fun Karaoke” hit the stage on Wednesday nights; Thursday hosts “Catfight” and “High Octane”; Friday and Saturday feature “The Damnation Game” and at Midnight, “The X Show”; and the week closes on Sunday with “Uncoupled,” “Get Up! Stand Up,” “The Sweet Spot with Eye Candy” and “Jim Jam.” $5-$10. 734-214-7080. http://www.improvinferno.com.
Late Night Comedy at Planet Ant The improv team of Nancy Hayden and Margaret Edwartowski take the stage as “Bottle of Red,” followed by the three-part harmonies of rock group 3 guys named joe – none of whom are named Joe, by the way. Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Every Thursday night at 11 p.m. $5 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.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; plus, “AntJam.” Planet Ant, Hamtramck. Every Monday. $5. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
Murder at Cafe Noir The world of black-and-white film noir is explored as the audience assists in finding out who killed the sleazy owner of Cafe Noir. StarBright Presents Dinner Theater at Miles World Italian Restaurant, Fraser. Fri.-Sat., through May 20. $44.95, includes three-course dinner and show. 586-415-4500. http://www.starbriteprod.com.
The Price of Justice A sketch comedy that looks at what happens when cops, crooks and comedy collide. Improv Inferno, Ann Arbor. Fri.-Sat. through April. $10. 734-214-7080. http://www.improvinferno.com.
PERFORMANCE NETWORK THEATRE & THE BLACKBIRD THEATRE – joint general auditions for the 2006/07 season, April 17-18, 734-663-0681.