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 through July 18 with a special final performance on July 22. Tickets: $15. 313-365-4948. www.planetant.com.
The Comedy of Errors The Bard’s popular comedy about mistaken identity gets an exciting, high-energy outdoor production. Staged Thursday through Sunday by Sunsets with Shakespeare at Nancy L. Moore Park, Okemos, July 8 – 18. Admission is free; $2 donation requested. Info: [email protected]
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.
Old Wicked Songs Two men struggle to find hope amidst their painful memories of the holocaust. Staged Thursday through Sunday as part of the TreeTown Performance Festival by Trittico Theatre Company at Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor, July 15 – 25. Tickets: $20. 734-663-0681. www.performancenetwork.org.
Smokey Joe’s Caf A sexy stroll through the golden age of American Rick-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, through July 11. 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, through July 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.
AUDITIONS AND CLASSES:
Summer workshops at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts – Drama and Acting Workshops for grades 1 through 12, July 18 – 23; Technical Theater Workshops for high school students through senior citizens, July 17 – 23; Piano Workshops for all levels of training and experience, July 25 – 30; Dance Workshop (ballet, jazz modern and hip-hop), Aug. 8 – 13; Show Choir Workshop for junior and senior high school students with some chorale experience, Aug. 1 – 7; Contact for all classes: Marie Rees, 586-286-2044.