A Cure for the Valentine’s Hangover: An Evening of One-Act Plays The world premiere of lesbian-themed “White Elephant” is presented, along with two local debuts: “Fifteen Minutes” and “Valentine Fairy.” Staged Friday and Saturday by Icarus Falling at the Creole Gallery, Lansing, through Feb. 26. Tickets: $10. 517-290-4375. http://www.icarusfalling.com.
Aida The classic opera as staged by the internationally-acclaimed Opera Verdi Europa. Presented at The Whiting, Flint, March 5 only. Tickets: $29 – $59. 810-237-7333. http://www.thewhiting.com.
Betrayal Love proves to be a very fickle thing in this intimate and universal story about relationships by Harold Pinter. Presented Friday and Saturday at The Abreact, Detroit, through March 5, and Sunday, Feb. 27. Admission by donation. 313-378-5404. The”[email protected].
Boomtown 1925 An original play about five women from five different cultures in the Jazz-filled mid-1920s who choose Southwest Detroit as their home. Presented Thursday through Sunday by the Matrix Theatre Company, Detroit, March 4 – 20. Tickets: $15. 313-967-0999. http://matrixtheatre.org.
Box Step A budding young dancer gives up her daughter from an unplanned pregnancy, but 20 years later, in the wake of her sister’s death, she tries to find her lost child. The third in a series of new play readings presented by the Heartland Theatre Company for the Edge of the Brook Series at Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester Hills, Feb. 28 only. Admission is free. 248-377-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.com.
Death of a Salesman Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning drama about the downward spiral of a simple, flawed man whose time has come and gone. Performed in Repertory at the Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, through March 24. Tickets: $15 – $22. (313) 577-2960. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu/t”hilberry.html.
Disney’s On the Record A show-stopping new musical revue set in a contemporary recording studio that sparkles with some of the most beloved songs from some of the most popular films ever made. Presented Tuesday through Sunday at the Fisher Theatre, Detroit, through Feb. 27. Tickets: $32.50 – $72.50. 313-872-1000. http://www.nederlanderdetroit.com; Then at Wharton Center, East Lansing, March 1 – 6 only. Tickets: $27.50 – $55. 517-432-2000. http://www.whartoncenter.com.
Henry IV, Part I The recently-crowned king faces challenges that threaten his territory and the future of the throne. Performed in Repertory at the Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, March 4 through May 5. Tickets: $15 – $22. (313) 577-2960. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu/t”hilberry.html.
I Hate Hamlet The ghost of legendary actor John Barrymore moves back into his old home to groom an actor reluctant to play the title role on “Hamlet.” Performed in Repertory at the Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, through March 24. Tickets: $15 – $22. (313) 577-2960. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu/t”hilberry.html.
Intimate Apparel At the dawn of the 20th century, an African American woman’s gift for sewing catapults her to independence, but at what cost? Presented Thursday through Sunday at the Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit, through March 20. Tickets: $17. 313-868-1347. http://www.detroitreptheatre.com.
The King and I The timeless love story between a powerful and stubborn king and a determined governess named Anna. Presented at The Whiting, Flint, March 1 & 2 only. Tickets: $29 – $59. 810-237-7333. http://www.thewhiting.com.
The Labor of Life The different perceptions a married couple has of life together are examined through comic irony and the juxtaposition of the profound and the ridiculous. Staged as part of the Seymour J. and Ethel S. Frank Festival of New Plays by the Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company at the DeRoy Theatre on the campus of the Jewish Community Center, West Bloomfield, Feb. 28 & March 5 only. Tickets: $5. 248-788-2900. http://www.jettheatre.org.
Late Night Catechism II The Good Sister returns with overhead projectors, mimeographed handouts and felt banners to conduct her class in historical facts, hysterical insights and convulsive laughs. Presented Tuesday through Sunday at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Stage II, Clinton Twp., March 1 – 20. Tickets: $30. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.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. http://www.gemtheatre.com.
Norma & Wanda A world-premiere comedy by Jeff Daniels in which two very different sisters get themselves into an outrageous pickle with an old boyfriend, a chaotic church social and a secret family recipe. Presented Wednesday through Sunday at the Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea, through March 19. Tickets: $17.50 – $32.50. 734-433-7673. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org. Suggested for mature audiences.
One Hundred Twinkling Lights A recently divorced man is visited by a homeless man who delivers him a letter that holds the key to both their futures. Staged Thursday through Saturday by BlackBag Productions at the Blackbird Theatre, Ann Arbor, through March 5. Tickets: $17. 734-332-3848.
Paul Robeson The life of the actor, activist and inspirational figure is chronicled from his teenage years through adulthood. Staged Wednesday through Sunday by Plowshares Theatre Company at Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Detroit, through Feb. 27. Tickets: $15 & $35. 313-872-0279. http://www.plowshares.org.
The Phantom of the Opera A masked figure lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House and exercises a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. Presented Tuesday through Sunday at the Masonic Temple Theatre, Detroit, March 2 – 27. Tickets: $18 – $72.50. 313-872-1000. www.nederlanderdetroit.com.
Private Lives An aging, divorced couple cannot live with or without each other which proves problematic when both end up at the same French resort on honeymoons with the new, young spouses! Presented Wednesday through Sunday at Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester, through March 6. Tickets: $20 – $36. 248-377-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.com.
The Stillness Between Breaths The death of their father threatens to tear apart three tightly knit Irish siblings. A World Premiere production presented Thursday through Sunday at Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor, March 3 – April 10. Tickets: $20 – $34.50. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org.
The Story An African American journalist breaks the story of the murder of a white inner-city school teacher, but when her credentials come under scrutiny, the plot takes a ripped-from-the-headlines turn. Presented Wednesday through Sunday at the BoarsHead Theatre, Lansing, Feb. 24 – March 13. Tickets: $25 – $30. 517-484-7805. http://www.boarshead.org.
Anna Lucasta An unforgiving father sets a vengeful plan in motion to remind his daughter of her squalid past and destroy her future forever. Staged Friday through Sunday by Wayne State University’s Black Theatre Program Production at the Bonstelle Theatre, Detroit, March 4 – 13. Tickets: $12. 313-577-2960. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu/t”bonstelle.html.
Louise Heck-Rabi Dramatic Writing Competition Three student-written plays, workshopped throughout the school year by Wayne State’s Departments of Theatre and English, will be presented: “The Brutelles” by Ian Drife, “Cutting In” by Andrew Huff and “Just Enough Time” by Tony Bozzuto. Presented Thursday through Saturday at the Hilberry Studio Theatre, Detroit, March 3 – 12. Tickets: Free. 313-577-2972. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu/t”studio.html.
The Mikado A lighthearted operetta in which a wandering minstrel searches exotic Japan for his true love. Staged Thursday through Sunday by Oakland University Dept. of Music, Theatre and Dance at Varner Studio Theatre, Rochester, through Feb. 27. Tickets: $15. 248-370-3013. http://www2.oakland.edu/mtd
Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches A provocative look at AIDS, the gay experience and the political landscape of the 1980s. A Stagecrafters’ 2nd Stage production presented at the Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak, Feb. 25 – 27, March 3 – 6 & March 11 – 12. Tickets: $12. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.org.
The Dreamer Examines His Pillow A striking, surreal look at the often bizarre byways that love between men and women can follow. Staged Thursday through Saturday by Flint City Theatre at The Good Beans Caf, Flint, through Feb. 26. Tickets: $5. 810-341-6912. http://www.flintcitytheatre.com.
To Kill a Mockingbird A white attorney defies the “traditional values” of his Alabama town and defends a black man accused of raping a white woman. Presented Friday through Sunday at Buckham Alley Theatre, Flint, through Feb. 27 . Tickets: $10. 810-239-4477. http://www.buckhamtheatre.com.
Like Mother, Like Hell Comedy and drama are used to examine the “I Can’t Stand Mom/I’m Just Like Mom dichotomy of a tortured woman. A staged reading by Flint City Theatre at The Good Beans Caf, Flint, Feb. 27 only. Tickets: Pay as you can. 810-341-6912. http://www.flintcitytheatre.com.
Noises Off An adult comedy about the on-and-off stage antics of a group of actors appearing in a play. Presented Thursday through Sunday at Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing, Feb. 24 – March 6. Tickets: $10 & $12. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com.
Psycho Beach Party Frankie and Annette beach party epics and psychological suspense thrillers are given a shotgun marriage by playwright Charles Busch. Presented Friday and Saturday at While Art Theater, Kalamazoo, through Feb. 26. Tickets: $18. 269-345-7529. http://www.wholeart.org.
Red Hot Mamas A husband and wife unknowingly invite their mothers-in-law to come live with them, but do the older women want to live by the new house rules? Staged Friday through Sunday by SRO productions at the Burgh, Southfield, Feb. 25 – March 13. Tickets: $10. (248) 796-4650.
Theater for Young Audiences:
The Diary of Anne Frank The life of a brave, young girl in this gripping new adaptation. Presented Friday and Saturday by Flint Youth Theatre at the Elgood Theater, Flint, through Feb. 26. Tickets: $8/children. $10/adults. 810-237-1530.
The Exonerated Three wrongly convicted felons share their stories on death row. An Off The Press staged reading by Flint Youth Theatre, Flint, Feb. 27 only. Tickets: $5. 810-237-1530. http://www.flintyouththeatre.com. Recommended for older teens and adults.
Oh, Ananse! A West African folktale about a spider who must fulfill three challenges in order to earn the right to tell stories to his people. Presented every Saturday in February at PuppetART, Detroit. Tickets: $5/children, $7/adults. 313-961-7777. http://www.puppetart.org.
The Ugly Duckling A lonely duck searches for his identity. Staged by the Seem-To-Be-Players at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp., Feb. 26 only. Tickets: $10. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com.
Improvisation/Late Night/Interactive/Dinner Theater:
Improv Inferno A new comedy lounge in Downtown Ann Arbor with five nights of fun: Karaoke is featured on Wednesday nights; Thursday hosts The Lava Club and “The Catfight,” with the area’s hottest improv groups; Friday and Saturday features “The Damnation Game,” and at Midnight, “The X Show”; and open mike night rules on Sunday with “Get Up Stand Up.” Tickets: $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. Presented every Monday night (except holidays) at Planet Ant, Hamtramck. Tickets: $5. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.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. Staged every Sunday evening by Motoprism at the Matrix Theatre, Detroit. Tickets: $10. 313-967-0999. http://www.matrixtheatre.org.
Smell of the Kill A trio of dissatisfied suburban housewives must consider how desperate they are when their three miserable husbands become locked in a freezer. Staged Friday and Saturday by StarBrite Dinner Theater at the 14th Street Grille and Bar, Madison Heights, Feb. 25 – April 2. Tickets: $39.50, includes three-course dinner. 248-589-9900. http://www.starbriteprod.com.
Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding In interactive Italian wedding and reception in which the audience intermingles with the performers. Staged every Saturday by the Detroit Actors Guild at the Ralph A. Liberato Hall at Freedom Hill, Sterling Heights, through March 12. Tickets: $60, which includes a full Italian style dinner by Andiamo’s. 586-268-7820. http://www.freedomhill.net.
AUDITIONS, NOTICES AND CLASSES:
St. Clair Theatre Guild – “Sylvia,” March 1, 810-765-7093; Players Guild of Dearborn – “Bye Bye Birdie,” March 7 & 8, 313-561-TKTS.