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TE1 Judy1.jpg: Michael Holmesâ popular âJudy Showâ returns to the Saugatuck Center for the Arts May 6. Photo: Courtesy SC4A
TE2 AIDA_Radames & Amneris.jpg: Whatâs going between Egyptian captain Radames (Tony Edgerton) and Princess Amneris (Allison Hunt) in the Avon Players production of âAidaâ? Photo: Jeff Stillman
Aida A spectacular new production of the acclaimed Verdi opera. Michigan Opera Theatre at the Detroit Opera House, Detroit. April 26, 28-30. $23-$113. 313-237-7464. http://www.michiganopera.org.
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.
Cancer! The Musical! A very funny and moving original musical about a very serious disease. Planet Ant, Hamtramck. Fri.-Sun., April 28-May 20. $15. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
Coming of Age Best friends since college must confront death, empty nests retirement and other major life events. Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company at the DeRoy Theatre on the campus of the Jewish Community Center, West Bloomfield. Previews April 25, 26, 27, 29 and runs Wed., Thu., Sat. & Sun., April 29-May 21. $28-$37. 248-788-2900. http://www.jettheatre.org.
A Decade of Divas, Drama and Dreams The tenth anniversary of the Detroit Opera House is celebrated with a special concert featuring performers from the operas âAidaâ and âCinderella.â Detroit Opera House, Detroit. Thu., April 27. $10-$35. 313-237-7464. http://www.michiganopera.org.
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.
Judy Show Michael Holmes returns to the stage, along with Judy, Billie, Carol and Bette for an evening of song, dance and comedy. Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Saugatuck. Sat., May 6. $15. 269-857-2399. http://www.sc4a.org.
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., through June 3. $20-$35. 734-433-7782. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org.
A Life in the Theatre A unique and humorous study of the shifting relationship between a young actor and an established stage veteran. Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Previews May 4-11; runs Thu.-Sun., May 12-June 11. $20-$34.50. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.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.
Norma & Wanda Jeff Danielsâ deliciously wicked comedy about two very different sisters returns, but at a new location. Gem Theatre, Detroit. Every Tue.-Sun., through May 21. $34.50-$39.50. 313-963-9800. http://www.gemtheatre.com.
Yemayaâs 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.
Youâre a Good Man, Charlie Brown A musical day made up of memorable moments from âPeanuts.â Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester. Wed.-Sun., through May 14. $20-$36. 248-377-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.com.
Aida A modern retelling of the classic opera by Verdi. Avon Players, Rochester Hills. April 28-30, May 5-7, 12-13 & 19-20. $16. 248-608-9077. http://www.avonplayers.org.
Guys and Dolls A street-smart gambler falls for a showgirl. Farmington Players, Farmington Hills. April 28-30, May 4-7, 11-14 & 18-20. $15. 248-553-2955. http://www.farmingtonplayers.org.
Hollywood Arms A bittersweet memory play that focuses on the hopes, failures and successes of three generations of women. Stagecrafters at the Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak. April 28-30 & May 4-7. $12. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.org.
I Never Sang for my Father A touching exploration of the difficulties in father/son relationships. Buckham Alley Theatre, Flint. Fri.-Sun., through April 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 28-29. $20. 905-522-3032. http://www.hamiltontheatre.com.
Once Upon a Mattress A hilarious musical tweaking of âThe Princess and the Pea.â Players Guild of Dearborn, Dearborn. April 28-29, May 5-7, 10, 12-14 & 19-21. $16. 313-561-TKTS. http://www.playersguildofdearborn.org.
Take Me Out The star center of a professional baseball team announces heâs gay and is unprepared for the reaction. Peppermint Creek Theatre Company at the RE Olds Anderson Barn Theatre at Woldumar Nature Center, Lansing. April 27-30 & May 4-6. $$10. 517-927-3016. http://www.peppermintcreek.org.
Little Shop of Horrors A mild-mannered out-of-luck man discovers an exotic plant with an unusual appetite. Bonstelle Theatre, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., through April 30. $14-$18. 313-577-2960. http://www.bonstelle.com.
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., through April 23. $9. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com.
Theater for Young Audiences:
Dora the Explorer Live â Doraâs Pirate Adventure Nickelodeonâs favorite explorer stars in a live musical voyage with all her friends. MSU Concert Auditorium, East Lansing. Sun., April 30. $10.50-$26.50. 517-432-2000. http://www.whartoncenter.com.
If the Shoe Fits What happens when you meet Shakespeare on the streets of London and he asks you to be in one of his plays? BoarsHead Theater, Lansing. Fri.-Sat., May 5-20. $10/adults; $5/children, 517-484-7805. http://www.boarshead.org.
Just So Stories Whimsical tales adapted from the stories by Rudyard Kipling. Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing. Fri.-Sun., April 28-30& May 5-7. $7/adults, $5/children. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com.
The Land of the Dragon A stylized, ancient Chinese tale about love and deception. Kalamazoo Civic Youth Theatre, Kalamazoo. May 5-7 & 10-13. $6.50.adults; $5/children. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com.
My Bedbugs The popular PBS fun-loving trio takes the stage on its first nationwide tour. Sat., May 6. City Theatre, Detroit. $9.50. 313-471-6611. http://www.olympiaentertainment.com
The Velveteen Rabbit A musical adaptation of the classic story. A Not Just For Kids presentation at Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor. Sun., April 30. $12. 734-763-TKTS. http://www.michtheater.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: âImprov Jams.â 248-348-4448. http://www.secondcity.com.
Cabaret Killer Ride with them and sing along, but whoâll be dead at the end of the song? Random Acts on the Old Road Murder Mystery Dinner Train, Charlotte. Every Saturday, extended through May 27. $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: âCitizen Improvâ and âSuper Fun Karaokeâ hit the stage on Wednesday nights; Thursday hosts âCatfightâ and âHigh Octaneâ; Friday and Saturday feature âThe Damnation Gameâ and at Midnight, âThe X Showâ; and the week closes on Sunday with âUncoupled,â âGet Up! Stand Up,â âThe Sweet Spot with Eye Candyâ and âJim Jam.â $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 âBottle of Red,â followed by the three-part harmonies of rock group 3 guys named joe â 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 Antâs resident improvisational troupe, the Improv Colony, is joined each week by a Guest Team that performs the eveningâs first act; plus, âAntJam.â Planet Ant, Hamtramck. Every Monday. $5. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
Murder at CafÃ© Noir The world of black-and-white film noir is explored as the audience assists in finding out who killed the sleazy owner of CafÃ© 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.
WATER WORKS THEATRE COMPANY â auditions for âThe Comedy of Errors, Gold Rush Style,â May 8-9, 248-988-1359; MICHIGAN OPERA THEATRE â chorus auditions for 2006/07 season, May 18, (313) 961-3500.