Bright Ideas Murder, mayhemÉpreschool! Some parents will do anything to get their child admitted! Presented Tuesday through Sunday at Mason Street Warehouse, Saugatuck, through Aug. 14. Tickets: $27.50 – $30. 269-857-4898. www.masonstreetwarehouse.org
Dancing in Summer A showcase of modern dance by independent choreographers includes pieces by artists whose works have been shown both nationally and internationally. Staged Thursday through Sunday as part of the TreeTown Performance Festival by Terpsichore’s Kitchen at Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor, Aug. 12 – 15. Tickets: $20. 734-663-0681. www.performancenetwork.org
A Decade of Dance Current and past members of the Peter Sparling Dance Co. celebrate 10 years of dance tradition and interdisciplinary innovation. Staged Thursday through Sunday as part of the TreeTown Performance Festival at Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor, Aug. 19 – 22. Tickets: $20. 734-663-0681. www.performancenetwork.org
Detour of Duty A cavalry of characters will make you laugh all you can laugh through topical songs and comedy sketches. Presented Thursday through Sunday at Planet Ant, Hamtramck, through Aug. 29. Tickets: $15. 313-365-4948. www.planetant.com.
Duck Hunter Shoots Angel A world premiere comedy about a tabloid journalist on a search for two swamp poachers who believe they shot a celestial being. Presented Wednesday through Sunday at Purple Rose Theatre, Chelsea, extended through Sept. 18. Tickets: $17.50 – $32.50. 734-433-7673. www.purplerosetheatre.org.
Mark Warzecha: Homecoming Detroit native and now director of Second City’s National Touring Company Mark Warzecha returns home with his one-man show about a Gen Xer who has to move back home with mom who treats him like a 10-year-old. A Late Night Show presented Friday and Saturday at Planet Ant, Hamtramck, through Aug. 14 at 10:30 p.m. Tickets: $5. 313-365-4948. www.planetant.com.
Menopause The Musical A joyful musical parody about four women who have nothing in common except a certain shared experience! Presented Tuesday through Sunday at the Gem Theatre, Detroit, for an open run. Tickets: $39.50. 313-963-9800. www.gemtheatre.com.
Wicked City The world premiere of a new musical comedy set deep in the world of Holloywood film noirÉdames, thugs and private dicks! Presented Tuesday through Sunday at Mason Street Warehouse, Saugatuck, Aug. 19 – Sept. 5. Tickets: $27.50 – $30. 269-857-4898. www.masonstreetwarehouse.org
Candy Corn, Christ and the Convoluted Creation of Golf Jesus and his zany Apostles return in a shorter, leaner and more amazing production to benefit Camp Beyond Boundaries Yes! and the Triangle Foundation. Staged Thursday through Sunday by Rowan Education Network at Buckham Alley Theatre, Flint, through Aug. 15. Tickets: $15. 810-239-4477. www.buckhamtheatre.com.
Far East At an American navel base two sharply juxtaposed cultures in 1954-55 are explored. Presented Thursday through Sunday at Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing, Aug. 19 – 29. Tickets: $10 – $12. 517-482-5700. www.riverwalktheatre.com.
Spoon River Anthology The dead in an Illinois graveyard hauntingly relay details from their lives. Presented Friday through Sunday at Buckham Alley Theatre, Flint, Aug. 20 – 29. Tickets: $8. 810-238-2787. www.buckhamtheatre.com.
Theater for Young Audiences:
The Wiggles in Concert Tots will bounce in the aisles as Greg, Jeff, Murray and Anthony Wiggle sing and dance alongside their friends Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog and, of course, Captain Feathersword! Presented at the Fabulous Fox Theatre, Detroit, Aug. 17 & 18 only. Tickets: $18 – $33. 313-471-6611. www.olympiaentertainment.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. Presented every Monday night (except holidays) at Planet Ant, Hamtramck. Tickets: $5. 313-365-4948. www.planetant.com.
AUDITIONS AND CLASSES:
Ars Nova – singers needed for Royal Oak-based choral ensemble, call 248-414-7242 for details; ConLen Productions – “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” Aug. 21, 248-478-8932; SRO Productions – “Defying Gravity,” Aug. 17, 248-827-0710.