The Bannisters’ Wholesome Family Fun Hour Local folky-rockers The Bannisters present an eclectic mix of music, comedy and fun in live and taped segments in an old-time variety show format. Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Thu.-Sat., through Jan. 14. $10. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com. May not be suitable for children.
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 motherwood. Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., Jan. 12-Mar. 19. $17. 313-868-1347. http://www.detroitreptheatre.com.
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. Previews Thu., Jan. 19-Thu., Jan. 26 and runs Wed.-Sun., Jan. 27-March 18. $20-$35. 734-433-7673. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org.
The Lion King The award-winning Disney musical returns to entertain the young and young-at-heart. Wharton Center, East Lansing. Tue.-Sun., Jan. 19-March 5. $22-$72. 517-432-2000. http://www.whartoncenter.com.
Menopause The Musical A joyful musical parody about four women who have nothing in common except a certain shared experience! Gem Theatre, Detroit. Tue.-Sun., through Jan. 26 $39.50. 313-963-9800. http://www.gemtheatre.com.
Mrs. Shakespeare Dishes the Dirt Award-winning actress Gillian Eaton presents a 90-minute solo show about the life of Shakespeare from his wife’s point of view. Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., through Jan. 15. $20-$40. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org.
No Way to Treat a Lady A musical comedy thriller about a cat-and-mouse game between a detective and a serial killer, and the detective’s mother and the killer’s mother, and someone else’s mother! A co-production of the BoarsHead Theatre and Meadow Brook Theatre at Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester. Wed.-Sun, through Jan. 29. $20-$36. 248-377-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.com.
Sweet Bird of Youth Tennessee Williams’ shocking tale of scandal and betrayal. The Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in repertory through Jan. 28. $20-$28. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com.
Tape A verbal warfare ensues between two longtime friends over a girl they once both dated. Breathe Art Theatre Project at the Capitol Theatre, Windsor. Fri. & Sat., Jan. 20-21. $18. 519-253-7729.
Tesserae One-Act Play Festival The Mosaic Youth Theatre presents its third annual showcase, this year featuring classic comedic material from such stalwarts as Moliere, Chekhov and Inge. General Motors Mosaic Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., Jan. 19-22. “Pay what you can” admission. 313-872-6910, ext. 4005. http://www.mosaicdetroit.org.
Guys and Dolls A lively, toe-tapping musical comedy about gamblers, missionaries and chorus girls in 1950s New York City. Ann Arbor Civic Theatre at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., Jan. 12-15. $24. 734-971-2228. http://www.a2ct.org.
Kimberly Akimbo A young girl has a condition that causes her to physically age four times her biological age. Actors’ Theatre at Spectrum Theater, Grand Rapids. Thu.-Sat., Jan. 19-28. $22. 616-234-3946. http://www.actorsatspectrum.org.
Let Freedom Ring: A Celebration of America’s Music An original production that salutes American music, from the classics to the contemporary. Avon Players, Rochester Hills. Fri.-Sun., Jan. 13-28. $16. 248-608-9077. http://www.avonplayers.org.
Over the Tavern It’s 1959 and Catholic schooler Rudy Pazinski comes to realize that it’s time to shop around for another religion. Kalamazoo Civic Theatre at the Civic Auditorium, Kalamazoo. Jan. 12-15 & 20-21. $13-$18. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com.
The Underpants A husband becomes furious when his young wife’s underpants fall down in public while watching a royal parade. St. Dunstan’s Guild of Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills. Jan. 13-14, 19-22 & 26-28. $16. 248-737-3587. http://www.stdunstanstheatre.com.
Zombie Prom A fun-filled girl-meets-ghoul musical about a teenage thug who falls for the school’s most popular, peppy and preppy girl. Kalamazoo Civic Theatre at the Suzanne D. Parish Theatre, Kalamazoo. Thu.-Sun., Jan. 20-Feb. 4. $$15-$21. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com.
Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God A girl in a once-thriving black community discovers through the pain of loss that out of death comes life. Bonstelle Theatre, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., Jan. 20-29. $11-$14. 313-577-2960. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu.
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 new 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 & Saturday feature “The Damnation Game,” and at Midnight, “The X Show”; and the week closes on Sunday with “Uncoupled,” “Get Up! Stand Up!” and “The Sweet Spot with Eye Candy.” $5-$10. 734-214-7080. http://www.improvinferno.com.
In iPod We Trust Second City’s 26th review explores political and societal elements from Detroit, Novi and national perspectives. The Second City, Novi. Every Wed.-Sun. $15-$20. 248-348-4448. http://www.secondcity.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. Planet Ant, Hamtramck. Every Monday. $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. Motoprism at the Improv Inferno, Ann Arbor. Every Fri. & Sat. through February. $10. 734-214-7080. http://www.improvinferno.com.
Auditions and Classes:
HAMILTON THEATRE COMPANY – auditions for “My Fair Lady,” Jan. 14-15, 905-522-1715; KALAMAZOO CIVIC THEATRE – auditions for “Dirty Blonde,” Jan. 15-16, 269-343-2280, ext. 1006; STAGECRAFTERS – auditions for “Dinner with Friends,” Jan. 28, 248-541-8027; WHOLE ART THEATRE – auditions for “Wild Oats,” Jan. 15-16, 269-345-7529.