Business as Unusual An original comedy written through improv in which a multitude of extremely diverse characters work together to get as little done as possible. Presented Friday through Sunday at Planet Ant, Hamtramck, through July 11. Tickets: $15. 313-365-4948. www.planetant.com.
Duck Hunter Shoots Angel A world premiere comedy about a tabloid journalist on a search for two swamp poachers who believe they shot a celestial being. Presented Wednesday through Sunday at Purple Rose Theatre, Chelsea, through Aug. 28. Tickets: $17.50 – $32.50. 734-433-7673. www.purplerosetheatre.org.
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. www.gemtheatre.com.
Smokey Joe’s Caf A sexy stroll through the golden age of American Rock-n-Roll. Presented Tuesday through Sunday at Mason Street Warehouse, Saugatuck, through July 18. Tickets: $27.50 – $30. 269-857-4898. www.masonstreetwarehouse.org.
Stand-Up Comedy: A Show A stand-up comedy show featuring five local comics who return after intermission to present an original theater production that explores the behind-the-scenes world of stand-up comedy. Staged Thursday through Sunday as part of the TreeTown Performance Festival by LIMF Nodes at Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor, July 1 – 11 only. Tickets: $20. 734-663-0681. www.performancenetwork.org.
Theater for Young Audiences:
Charlotte’s Web An adorable farm pig and an extraordinary spider become special friends. Presented at the Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, July 1 – 2 & 6 – 10. Tickets: $4. 313-577-2972. www.theatre.wayne.edu.
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. www.planetant.com.
Off the Hinges Sketch comedy in the style of “Saturday Night Live” with a special musical guest. Presented Thursday through Saturday at Buckham Alley Theatre, Flint, through July 3. Ticket info: 810-239-4477. www.buckhamtheatre.com.
AUDITIONS AND CLASSES:
Abreact Theatre – 2004/05 season auditions, July 19 & 20, 313-443-5802; Youtheatre Conservatory Program – an interactive, educational program for children ages 5 to 12, runs six weeks beginning July 10, 248-557-7529.