Annie The timeless tale of a little orphan girl who never gives up hope. Masonic Temple Theatre, Detroit. Feb. 21-26. $19.50-$64.50. 313-872-1000. http://www.nederlanderdetroit.com.
Brooklyn Boy A novelist whose book hits the bestseller list finds his popularity rising while his personal life is plummeting. Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company at the DeRoy Theatre on the campus of the Jewish Community Center, West Bloomfield. Previews Feb. 14-16; runs Wed., Thu., Sat. & Sun., Feb. 18-March 12. $27-$37. 248-788-2900. http://www.jettheatre.org.
Chicago Two murderesses are turned into media celebrities. Fisher Theatre, Detroit. Tue.-Sun., through March 5. $32.50-$72.50. 313-872-1000. http://www.nederlanderdetroit.com.
Delirium Circue du Soleil transports audiences into a universe of delirious sensory folly while looking for balance in a world increasingly out of synch with reality. Joe Louis Arena, Detroit. Feb. 23-24 only. $69.50-$110. 313-471-6611. http://www.olympiaentertainment.com.
Electra Sophocles’ classic tale of a woman seeking revenge for the death of her father. The Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in repertory through March 23. $20-$28. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com.
Going to St. Ives The mother of a dictator questions the very nature of her own motherhood. Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., through Mar. 19. $17. 313-868-1347. http://www.detroitreptheatre.com.
The Good Body Eve Ensler returns to focus attention on various aspects of the female form. Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Detroit. Wed.-Sun., Feb. 15-19. $21-$43.50. 313-887-8501. http://www.musichall.org.
Guest Artist A funny and poignant story about a young man who comes face to face with his hero and explores the tangled relationship between the dreams of youth and the wisdom of age. Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea. Wed.-Sun., through March 18. $20-$35. 734-433-7673. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org.
The High Priest of Bebop Award-winning actor/director Rome Neal celebrates the life of legendary jazz artist Thelonious Sphere Monk. Jazz Network at SereNgeti Galleries, Detroit. Wed.-Sun., Feb. 15-19. $20. 313-963-8099. http://www.jazznetwork.org.
Holly Hughes The internationally renowned performance artist and author addresses questions of sexuality and identity with a trademark blend of humor , provocation and lyricism. Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor. Wed., Feb. 15 only. Free admission. 734- 668-8463. http://www.michtheater.org.
Jerks at Warp Speed An original, otherworldly sci-fi comedy incorporating video, special effects and string theory. Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Previews Feb. 16; runs Thu.-Sun., Feb. 17-March 19. $15. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill Before a handful of lonely customers, Billie “Lady Day” Holiday begins a midnight performance at a seedy Philadelphia dive. Plowshares Theatre at the Boll Family YMCA Theatre in downtown Detroit. Thu.-Sun., through Feb. 26 (excluding Feb. 16-17). $20-$30. 313-872-0279.
The Lion King The award-winning Disney musical returns to entertain the young and young-at-heart. Wharton Center, East Lansing. Tue.-Sun., through March 5. $22-$72. 517-432-2000. http://www.whartoncenter.com.
Love Is The series of real life experiences on love returns for an encore weekend. 1515 Broadway, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., Feb. 16-19. $20. 313-585-4921.
Love Letters Anthony (Phil) Heald reunites with Kristine Thatcher for a romantic staged reading about a life-long love affair that unfolds through written correspondence. A benefit for BoarsHead Theater, Lansing. Sat., Feb. 18 only. $100, includes show and Afterglow. 517-484-7805. www.boarshead.org.
Magnificat – The Mosaic Singers in Concert A charismatic concert that demonstrates Mosaic’s vast range and versatility. Music Box at Max M. Fisher Music Center, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., Feb. 17-19. $18. 313-872-6910, ext. 4004. http://www.mosaicdetroit.org.
The Male Intellect: an oxymoron A one-man show that asks the age old question, “What do women want?” Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Stage II, Clinton Twp. Tue.-Sun., Feb. 28-March 5. $25-$30. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.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 Theatre and Performance Network Theatre at Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., through March 5. $20-$36. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org.
Museum of Life and Death An original multi-media sci-fi adaptation of a medieval play that takes a long look backward on the mortal (and moral) predicament of early 21st century humans. Duderstadt Center on the campus of University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., Feb. 16-19. Free admission. 734-763-3266. http://www.dc.umich.edu.
Night Blooming A powerful new drama that spans three generations of a Native American family. Blackbird Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sat., Feb. 16-March 4. $8-$18. 734-332-3848. http://www.blackbirdtheater.biz.
Norma & Wanda Jeff Daniels’ deliciously wicked comedy about two very different sisters returns, but at a new location. Gem Theatre, Detroit. Tue.-Sun., beginning Feb. 21. $34.50-$39.50. 313-963-9800. http://www.gemtheatre.com.
Sly Fox Two swindlers set about to rob from the rich to give to themselves in turn-of-the-century San Francisco. The Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in repertory through March 30. $15-$28. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com.
Syncopation A heartfelt romantic comedy about a lonely man who places an ad looking for a dance partner. Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester. Wed.-Sun, through March 5. $20-$36. 248-377-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.com.
Truculentus The world’s oldest profession is explored in a period piece that shows that the only thing better than sex is sex with laughs. Icarus Falling at the Creole Gallery, Lansing. Fri.-Sat., through Feb. 18. $10. 517-290-4375. http://www.icarusfalling.com.
The Watermelon Man An adaptation of the 1970 “uppity black exploitation film” that explores personal identity vs. popular perception. The Abreact, on the edge Greektown, Detroit. Fri.-Sat., Feb. 17-March 11, plus Sun., Feb. 26. Free/donations gladly accepted. 313-378-5404. http://www.theabreact.com.
Weather A staged reading of Australian playwright Gary Baxter’s latest work set to open in March at the Q theatre in Sydney. Heartlande Theatre Company’s Edge of the Brook Series in the downstairs rehearsal room at Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester. Mon., Feb. 20. Suggested donation: $5. 248-377-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.com.
The Wonder Bread Years A funny, nostalgic salute to a simpler time when Kool Aid stands were big business and green army men ruled. Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp. Tue.-Sun., through Feb. 19. $25-$30. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com.
Crimes of the Heart A staged reading of Beth Henley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play about The Magrath sisters, but with a twist: men will play female roles and women will play men’s roles. Who Wants Cake? at Xhedo’s Cafe, Ferndale. Sat., Feb. 18. $5. 248-399-3946.
Assassins A look at the lives of nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States. Peppermint Creek Theatre Company at the MSU Gardens Conservatory, located in the Plant & Soil Science Building on the MSU campus, East Lansing. Thu.-Sat., through Feb. 18. $15. 517-927-3016. http://www.peppermintcreek.org.
Bent It’s WWII and two men find themselves in the most dangerous place of all: in love. Flint City Theatre at Red Ink Studios, Flint. Thu.-Sat., Feb. 16-25. $5. 810-341-6912. http://www.flintcitytheatre.com.
Bug A theatrical thriller about a woman who turns to drugs to escape her past and a man subjected to germ warfare experiments. Whole Art Theater at Epic Theatre, Kalamazoo. Fri.-Sat., through March 4. $20. 269-345-7529. http://www.wholeart.org.
During Regular Business Hours An original comedy with kidnapping, embezzlement and a happy gay ending. Trenton Community Players at Trenton Village Theatre, Trenton. Feb. 24-26 & Mar. 3-4. $10. 734-283-2639. Adult content.
The Ladies of the Camellias Will fireworks explode when Sarah Bernhardt and Eleonora Duse find themselves in the same theater? Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing. Thu.-Sun., Feb. 23-March 5. $10-$12. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream A special presentation that blends Shakespeare’s text with the music of Mendelssohn. Kalamazoo Civic Theatre and the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra at Miller Auditorium, Kalamazoo. Fri.-Sat., through Feb. 18. 269-387-2300. http://www.kazoocivic.com.
24-Hour Theater Writers, director and actors have one-day to create, stage and perform original works. Sunsets with Shakespeare at RE Olds Anderson Rotary Barn at Woldumar Nature Center, Lansing. Begins 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24. Performance admission on Feb. 25 at 8 p.m.: $5.
Zombies from the Beyond An out-of-this-world musical parody about a buxom alien aviatrix bent on procuring he-specimens from Milwaukee to repopulate her world. Stagecrafters’ 2nd Stage at the Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak. Feb. 24-26, March 2-5 & 10-12. $14. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.org.
Antigone A contemporary look at the Greek tragedy. EMU Theatre at Sponberg Theatre on the campus of Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti. Thu.-Sat., through Feb. 18. $10-$15. 734-487-1221.
Blue Window Disparate characters come together at a Manhattan dinner party where the humor is dry and the drama is bittersweet. OU Dept. of Music, Theatre and Dance in the Varner Studio Theatre on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester. Thu.-Sun., through Feb. 19. 248-370-3013. http://www2.oakland.edu/mtd.
Rosa Parks: More Than a Bus Story A dramatic depiction of the civil rights pioneer’s life. Bonstelle Theatre, Detroit. Fri.-Sat., Feb. 17-18. $20. 313-577-2960. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu.
Theater for Young Audiences:
The Arabian Nights The acclaimed musictelling troupe, Tales & Scales, brings to life two of legendary storyteller Scheherazade’s tales. Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp. Sat., Feb. 25. $10. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com.
Elmo’s Coloring Book A colorful journey with Elmo and all of his Sesame Street friends. Fox Theatre, Detroit. Feb. 15-19 & 23-26. $12-$30. 313-471-6611. http://www.olympiaentertainment.com.
Ishangi’s Africa Traditional music, dance and storytelling from West Africa. Not Just for Kids! Series at Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor. Sun., Feb. 19. $10-$12. 734-763-TKTS. http://www.michtheater.org.
Searching for David’s Heart A young girl’s journey of self-discovery during a time of personal difficulty. Flint Youth Theatre at Elgood Theater, Flint. Fri.-Sat., through Feb. 25. $10/children, $12/adults. 810-237-1530. http://www.flintyouththeatre.com.
Improvisation/Late Night/Interactive/Dinner Theater:
Get a Clue Reality shows can be murder, as colorful celebrities entertain as you vote for your favorite reality show contestant. Random Acts on the Old Road Murder Mystery Dinner Train, Charlotte. Every Saturday, through Feb. 25 (excl. Jan. 28). $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,” “High Octane” and “Jerk”; Friday & 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.
The Melody Lingers On Cabaret at Cuisine opens its second year with Kate Brennan showcasing her favorite melodies. Cuisine Restaurant, Detroit. Every Friday, through March 17. $45, includes three-course dinner and show. 313-872-5110.
Miles Sent Me An original interactive musical murder mystery about mobsters who gather at a Detroit-area “speakeasy” following the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. StarBright Presents Dinner Theater at Miles World Italian Restaurant, Fraser. Fri.-Sat., through March 25. $39.50, includes three-course dinner and show. 586-415-4500. http://www.starbriteprod.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 Behind the Bar A bumbling detective, a dead Cecil Bartholomew, a note written in blood and an audience supping on a three-course meal: sounds like a dinner theater murder mystery to me! Suspense and Nonsense Mysteries at District 211, Kalamazoo. Sat., Feb. 25. 269-226-9000. http://www.district211.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 Fri. & Sat. through February. $10. 734-214-7080. http://www.improvinferno.com.