Bright Ideas Murder, mayhem preschool! Some parents will do anything to get their child admitted! Presented Tuesday through Sunday at Mason Street Warehouse, Saugatuck, Aug. 4 – 14. Tickets: $27.50 – $30. 269-857-4898. www.masonstreetwarehouse.org
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, extended once again through July 31. Tickets: $15. 313-365-4948. www.planetant.com.
Detour of Duty Laugh all you can laugh at this original comedy created through improvisation. Presented Thursday through Sunday at Planet Ant, Hamtramck, Aug. 6 – 29. 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, extended through Sept. 18. Tickets: $17.50 – $32.50. 734-433-7673. www.purplerosetheatre.org.
Full Gallop The hilarious comic adventures of famed Vogue editor Diane Vreeland, the high-priestess of fashion and fabulousness stars Jill Larson of TV’s “All My Children.” Presented Tuesday through Sunday at Mason Street Warehouse, Saugatuck, through Aug. 1. Tickets: $27.50 – $30. 269-857-4898. www.masonstreetwarehouse.org.
Mark Warzecha: Homecoming Detroit native and now director of Second City’s National Touring Company Mark Warzecha returns home with his one-man show about a Gen Xer who has to move back home with mom who treats him like a 10-year-old. A Late Night Show presented Friday and Saturday at Planet Ant, Hamtramck, Aug. 6 – 14 at 10:30 p.m. Tickets: $5. 313-365-4948. www.planetant.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. www.gemtheatre.com.
Michigan Shakespeare Festival The 10th anniversary season features “The Merry Wives of Windsor” and “Much Ado About Nothing.” Presented Thursday through Sunday at Potter Center, Jackson, through Aug. 8. Tickets: $18 – $20. 1-866-705-2636. www.michshakefest.org.
A New Brain An evening of energetic, sardonic and comic musical numbers about a gay composer who collapses into a plate of ziti while lunching with a friend and awakes in a hospital awaiting a diagnosis. Staged Thursday through Saturday by The Actors’ Company at the Birmingham Village Players, Birmingham, through July 31. Tickets: $18. 248-644-2075. www.theactorsco.com.
Twelfth Night in Ragtime A Shakespeare in the Park production of The Bard’s popular comedy set in 1910 New Orleans with a ragtime theme. Staged Thursday through Sunday by Water Works Theatre Company at Starr Jaycee Park, Royal Oak, July 29 – Aug. 8. Tickets: $20 (adult) & $10 (youth). 248-988-1359. www.shakespeareroyaloak.urbanideas.com.
Candy Corn, Christ and the Convoluted Creation of Golf Jesus and his zany Apostles return in a shorter, leaner and more amazing production to benefit Camp Beyond Boundaries Yes! and the Triangle Foundation. Staged Thursday through Sunday by Rowan Education Network at Buckham Alley Theatre, Flint, July 29 – August 15. Tickets: $15. 810-239-4477. www.buckhamtheatre.com.
Corpus Christi Terrance McNally s controversial play about an old and familiar story takes place in Texas of the 1950s, but parallels a certain event well documented in the New Testament. Staged by the Peppermint Creek Theatre Company at the Center for the Arts, Lansing, July 28, 30 & 31. Tickets: $5. 517-927-3016. www.peppermintcreek.org. Contains adult material.
La Cage Aux Folles A French nightclub owner must introduce his straight-laced future in-laws to his own not-so-ordinary parents. Staged Tuesday through Sunday by Community Circle Theatre at Aquinas College Performing Arts Center, Grand Rapids, through Aug. 1. Tickets: $22. 616-456-6656. www.circletheatre.org.
Theater for Young Audiences:
Dora the Explorer Live: Search for the City of Lost Toys Dora and all her Nickelodeon friends invite the audience to join them on their journey during which puzzles must be solved in order to move to the next challenge. Presented at the fabulous Fox Theatre, Detroit, through Aug. 1. Tickets: $19.50 – $40.50. 313-471-6611. www.olympiaentertainment.com
Frog in the Woods Princess Francine doesn’t like icky frogs, so she banishes them from the kingdom with one exception. Staged by Brad Lowe’s Fantasy E-Fex Puppets at Potter Center, Jackson, Aug. 7 & 8 only. Tickets: $8 (adult) & children free. 1-866-705-2636. www.michshakefest.org.
Hunchback The Musical Forty young performers star in a laugh-filled, rollicking comedy that bears little resemblance to either the Disney cartoon or the Victor Hugo classic. Presented Friday through Sunday by the Players Guild of Dearborn, through July 31. Tickets: $5. 313-561-TKTS. www.playersguildofdearborn.org.
Rumplestiltskin Emmy Award-winning Brad Lowe’s Fantasy E-Fex Puppets brings this children’s classic tale to life as part of the Michigan Shakespeare Festival. Presented at Potter Center, Jackson, July 31 & Aug. 1 only. Tickets: $8 (adult) & children free. 1-866-705-2636. www.michshakefest.org.
I Know What You Improv’d Last Summer The Project Pangea Improv Troupe returns to the stage with a hilarious horror movie themed show that will make you laugh to death! Staged Thursday through Sunday as part of the TreeTown Performance Festival by Project Pangea at Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor, July 29 through Aug. 8. Tickets: $20. 734-663-0681. www.performancenetwork.org
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.
The “313” A fast-paced, high energy, multimedia improvisational comedy featuring Second City Detroit alumnus Larry Joe Campbell and other Los Angeles-based talent. Staged by Planet Ant at the Hastings Street Ballroom, Detroit, July 29 – 31. Tickets: $15. 313-365-4948. www.planetant.com.
AUDITIONS AND CLASSES:
Theatre Arts Productions (TAP Ltd.) – ongoing auditions for actors and singers needed for Detroit and Lansing venues, 248-683-1827; StarBright Productions – Tony Soprano-type actor needed for “Bullets For Broadway,” call 248-390-5443 for an appointment.