Bad Dates How one woman copes with that bizarre social ritual between men and women. BoarsHead Theatre, Lansing. Thu.-Sun., Jan. 26-Feb. 12. $21-$33. 517-484-7805. http://www.boarshead.org.
Edge of the Brook Playwriting Showcase Readings of two one-act plays written by students of Oakland University’s Advanced Playwriting class will be presented: “Anything Goes Wrong” by Jessica Horvath and “Knick Knack” by Franco Vitella. The rehearsal room, Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester. Mon., Jan. 23. $5 donation requested. 248-377-3300. http://www.heartlande.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 motherwood. Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., through 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.
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., Jan. 26-Feb. 26 (excluding Feb. 3-5, 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., 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.
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. In previews Jan. 26-29 & Feb. 2; runs Thu.-Sun., Feb. 4-March 5. $20-$36. 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.
Stomp The international percussion sensation returns. Tue.-Sun., Jan. 24-29. $32.50-$47.50. 313-872-1000. http://www.nederlanderdetroit.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.
Crowns A colorful slice of cultural history about black women in church hats. Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing. Thu.-Sun., Jan. 26-Feb. 5. $18. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com.
Early One Evening at the Rainbow Bar and Grill A serio-comic tale that examines how people react to their impending doom. Buckham Alley Theatre, Flint. Fri.-Sat., Jan. 20-Feb. 4, plus Sun., Jan. 29 & Feb. 5. $10. 810-239-4477. http://www.buckhamtheatre.com.
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change The difficulties of dating and relations are explored through sketches and song. Stagecrafters at the historic Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak. Jan. 19-22, 26-29 & Feb. 3-5. $16-$18. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.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., through Jan. 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. Fri. & Sat., through Jan. 21. $13-$18. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com.
2006 Short Play Festival Original works by national playwrights. Flint City Theatre at The Good Beans Cafe, Flint. Thu.-Sat., Jan. 26-28. $5. (810) 341-6912. http://www.flintcitytheatre.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. 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.
Theater for Young Audiences:
The Funny Dogs Ventriloquist Todd Oliver and his wild and whacky canines bring clean, outrageous fun to families of all ages. Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp. $25-$32. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com.
Mosaic Tales Through infectious rhythms, movement and creativity, the Mosaic Youth Theatre whisks children off on an exciting journey through Africa, Asia and Europe through the world’s ancient fables. Saturday Series for Young Audiences at Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Sat., Jan. 28. $10. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org.
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.
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., Jan. 27-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. 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.