Box Fest 2006 The third annual event that showcases the work of female directors who, along with their casts, donate their time and box office receipts to benefit women’s organizations throughout southeast Michigan. Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Every Thursday through Aug. 31. $10-$15. (313) 365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
Hello Muddah! Hello Faddah! Allan Sherman’s hilarious song parody comes alive in a musical comedy that follows Barry Brockman and his beloved Sarah Jackman from birth to Camp Granada and from marriage to retirement. Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company at the Aaron DeRoy Theatre on the campus of the Jewish Community Center, West Bloomfield. Previews Aug. 23, 24 & 26; runs Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 26-Sept. 17. $29-$39. (248) 788-2900. http://www.jettheatre.org.
Honus and Me A charming and magical family comedy about a little leaguer who finds the most valuable baseball card in the world while cleaning out an elderly neighbor’s attic. Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea. Wednesday – Sunday, through Sep. 2. $20-$35. (734) 433-7673. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org.
I Am My Own Wife The astonishing true-life tale about Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a publicly “out” transvestite in Nazi Germany. Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thursday – Sunday, extended through Sept. 2. $20-$34.50. (734) 663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org.
Menopause The Musical The hilarious musical set in Bloomingdales returns for its third sizzling year. Century Theatre, Detroit. Every Tuesday – Sunday. $39.50. (313) 963-9800. http://www.gemtheatre.com.
Pink Thunderbird A compilation of two one-act comedies by James McLure, “Laundry and Bourbon” and “Lone Star.” Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Friday – Sunday, through Sept. 2. $10-$15. (313) 365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
Purlie A young, aspirant preacher sets out to acquire a church by conning a Georgia plantation owner out of his fortune. Mosaic Youth Theatre at Detroit Film Theatre/Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit. Friday – Sunday, through Aug. 27. $18. (313) 833-4005. http://www.mosaicdetroit.org.
Scenery A madcap romp set backstage in the star dressing room of a Broadway theater on the disastrous opening night of a two-person play starring a legendary couple. Mason Street Warehouse, Saugatuck. Tuesday – Sunday, Aug. 25-Sept. 10. $22-$33. (269) 857-4898. http://www.masonstreetwarehouse.org.
Annie Leapin’ Lizards! The ageless orphan returns to the stage once again to thrill children and adults alike. Avalon Theater at The Red Barn Playhouse, Saugatuck. Friday – Saturday, through Aug. 26. $15. (269) 857-5300.
Opposite Socks An original comedy about two polar opposites, a college whiz kid and a cheerleader, who get trapped in a girl’s locker room as a prank. Buckham Alley Theatre, Flint. Friday – Sunday, through Aug. 27. $10. (810) 239-4477. http://www.buckhamtheatre.com.
THEATER FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES:
Day Out With Thomas 2006: Come Ride the Rails Tour A 40-minute train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine celebrates America’s heritage railroads. Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad, Flint. Friday – Sunday, through Aug. 27. $16. (866) 468-7630. http://www.geneseecountyparks.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 Wednesday – Sunday. $15-$20. Plus, every Wednesday: “Improv Jams.” (248) 348-4448. http://www.secondcity.com.
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 “Biff! Bang! Pow!,” “The Damnation Game” and at Midnight, “The X Show”; and the week closes on Sunday with “The Corner,” “Get Up! Stand Up,” “The Sweet Spot with Eye Candy” and “The Weekend Wild Card.” $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; plus, “AntJam.” Planet Ant, Hamtramck. Every Monday. $5. (313) 365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
Tony & Tina’s Train: Tony Marconi has collected and ridden on trains all his life, and now he plans on getting married on one. Or will he? Random Acts on the Old Road Murder Mystery Dinner Train, Charlotte. Every Saturday, through Sept. 30. $57.95 includes dinner and show. (888) 726-8277. http://www.random-acts.net.
AUDITIONS AND CLASSES:
KALAMAZOO CIVIC YOUTH THEATRE – auditions for “Charlotte’s Web,” Sept. 10-11, (269) 343-2280; LCC COMMUNITY COLLEGE PERFORMING ARTS DEPT. – auditions for “Adam’s Rib,” Sept. 10-11, (517) 483-1488; ONSTAGE CONNECTION – registration now underway for fall dance, theater and voice classes, (248) 477-3830.