All Childish Things It’s “Star Wars” fanaticism gone too far when a nerd, his two friends and one girlfriend plan a caper to heist the greatest collectibles ever. Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Thu.-Sun., through July 29. $10-$15. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
Breathe Art’s Summer Reception and Evening of Theatre Three one-act comedies will be presented as a prelude to the 2006-2007 Cross-Border Season. Breathe Art Theatre Project at 1515 Broadway, Detroit. Wed., July 26. Free/donations accepted. 519-980-0607. http://www.breathearttheatre.com.
Cabaret The seedy glamour of the Kit Kat Klub comes alive in this newest version of the popular musical. Mason Street Warehouse, Saugatuck. Tue.-Sun., Aug. 4-20. $22-$33. 269-857-4898. http://www.masonstreetwarehouse.org.
The Comedy of Errors Gold Rush Style Shakespeare’s double-dose of farce and wit gets a little added kick set in the boomtown of San Francisco during the gold rush of 1849. Water Works Theatre Company’s Shakespeare in the Park at Starr Jaycee Park, Royal Oak. Thu.-Sun., through Aug. 6. $15-$20. http://www.waterworkstheatre.com.
The Great American Trailer Park Musical The first regional theater production of the soap opera-like antics of a whacked-out collection of characters in Florida’s Armadillo Acres Trailer Park. Mason Street Warehouse, Saugatuck. Tue.-Sun., through July 30. $22-$33. 269-857-4898. http://www.masonstreetwarehouse.org.
Hamlet Shakespeare’s sublime masterpiece of revenge and politics. Michigan Shakespeare Festival at the Michael Baughman Theater on the campus of Jackson Community College, Jackson. Runs in repertory through Aug. 5. $23-$26. 517-796-8600. http://www.michshakefest.org.
Honus and Me A charming and magical family comedy about a little leaguer who finds the most valuable baseball card in the world while cleaning out an elderly neighbor’s attic. Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea. Wed.-Sun., through Sep. 2. $20-$35. 734-433-7673. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org.
I Am My Own Wife The astonishing true-life tale about Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a publicly “out” transvestite in Nazi Germany. Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Previews July 27; runs Thu.-Sun., July 28-Aug. 27. $20-$34.50. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org.
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.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream Shakespeare’s beloved romantic comedy about love and lovers. Michigan Shakespeare Festival at the Michael Baughman Theater on the campus of Jackson Community College, Jackson. Runs in repertory through Aug. 6. $23-$26. 517-796-8600. http://www.michshakefest.org.
Pretty Fire A charming story of a young African-American girl growing up told in five autobiographical vignettes. Plowshares Theatre Company at the Boll Family YMCA, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., through July 30. $17.50-$25. 313-872-0279.
Return to the Forbidden Planet Join Captain Tempest and his fearless crew into hyperspace in this rock ‘n’ roll musical adventure. Tecumseh Civic Auditorium, Tecumseh. Fri.-Sun., through July 30. $14. 517-423-6617. http://www.tecumsehcivic.com.
Vampire Lesbians of Sodom A rollicking, hysterical, over-the-top camp fest in which two fatally seductive female vampires share a bitter rivalry for 2,000 years. Who Wants Cake? at Xhedos Cafe, Ferndale. Fri.-Sat., through Aug. 12. $10. 248-399-3946.
Measure for Measure The Bard’s dark comedy that explores morality and the law. Sunsets with Shakespeare in the Sun Bowl at the Lou Adado River Front Park, Lansing. Thu.-Sun., Aug. 3-13. Free/suggested donation $5. 517-290-9125. http://www.sunsetswithshakespeare.com.
Moby Dick! The Musical The ragtag schoolgirls at St. Godley’s School mount an original production to raise money for their cash-strapped institution. Circle Theatre, Grand Rapids. July 26-30 & Aug. 2-5. $24. 616-456-6656. http://www.circletheatre.org.
Nothing Serious A collection of short comedies assembled to offer thought-provoking summer theater performed by local college students. Barebones Theatre Productions at Starlight Theatre in Summit Place Mall, Waterford. Thu.-Sat., Aug. 3-5. $10. 586-292-2738. Contains adult language and content.
Shirley Valentine Inside 42-year-old Mrs. Joe Bradshaw is Shirley Valentine waiting to bust loose. Buckham Alley Theatre, Flint. Fri.-Sun., July 28-30. $10. 810-239-4477. http://www.buckhamtheatre.com.
THEATER FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES:
Cinderella & Sinbad the Sailor Two children’s classics by Blanche Marvin are presented by LCC Theatre’s second semester Voice and Movement Studio. LCC Performing Arts Department at Dart Auditorium, Lansing. Fri.-Sat., July 28-29. Free admission. 517-483-1488. http://www.lcc.edu
The Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic novel is adapted for the stage for ages 8 and up. Flint Youth Theatre , Flint. July 28-29 & Aug. 3-5. $10/children, $12/adults. 810-237-1530. http://www.flintyouththeatre.com.
Rapunzel: Uncut A “hair-raising” new musical about the famous girl with the really, really long hair. The Guildlings of the Players Guild of Dearborn, Dearborn. Thu.-Sun., through July 30. $5/children, $10/adults. 313-561-TKTS. http://www.playersguildofdearborn.org.
IMPROVISATION/LATE NIGHT/INTERACTIVE/DINNER THEATER:
American Idol Murder Come see if your next American Idol contestant survives the competition! Random Acts on the Old Road Murder Mystery Dinner Train, Charlotte. Every Saturday, through Aug. 5. $57.95 includes dinner and show. 888-726-8277. http://www.random-acts.net.
Bobble Heads of State Fast moving sketch comedy that covers birth and old age and everything in-between. The Second City, Novi. Every Wed.-Sun. $15-$20. Plus, every Wednesday: “Improv Jams.” 248-348-4448. http://www.secondcity.com.
Curtain Call Superstitions are broken, bonds are tested and secrets are revealed in the comedic story of what happens backstage before the final performance of a long-running show. Late Night Series at Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Thu,-Sat., through July 29. $5. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
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” and “High Octane”; Friday and Saturday feature “Documentary: The Improvised Mockumentary,” “The Damnation Game” and at Midnight, “The X Show”; and the week closes on Sunday with “Biff! Bang! Pow! The Improvised Comic Book,” “Get Up! Stand Up,” “The Sweet Spot with Eye Candy” and “The Weekend Wild Card.” $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; plus, “AntJam.” Planet Ant, Hamtramck. Every Monday. $5. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
The 313 Detroit’s beloved improvisers return home for a long weekend of laughs and fun at two locations. Thu, July 27 (8 & 10 p.m.) and Sat., July 29 (11 p.m.) at Planet Ant, Hamtramck. $20. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.; and Fri., July 28 (8 & 10 p.m.) and Sat., July 29 (8 p.m.) at Improv Inferno, Ann Arbor. $20. 734-214-7080. http://www.improvinferno.com.
AUDITIONS AND CLASSES:
KALAMAZOO CIVIC THEATRE – auditions for “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” Aug. 13-14, 269-343-2280.