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And The Winner Is An Oscar-nominated Hollywood actor wakes up in a strange bar where time has no meaning and where nothing is as it seems. Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea. Wed.-Sun. June 23-Aug. 27. $17.50-32.50. 734-433-7673. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org.
Hannibal of the Alps A play that chronicles young Langston Hughes’ early struggles to sort out the ambiguities that plagued his heritage, his heart and his talent. Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sun. Through June 26. $17. 313-868-1347. http://www.detroitreptheatre.com.
The Laramie Project A town in Wyoming reacts to the murder of a gay 21-year-old college student. Detroit Ensemble Theatre, Roseville. Fri.-Sun. Through June 18. $15. 888-220-8471. http://www.detroitensembletheatre.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. Open run. $39.50. 313-963-9800. http://www.gemtheatre.com.
Now That I Can Dance-Motown 1962 An original musical by Mosaic Youth Theatre that chronicles the rise of Motown and its first girl group, the Marvelettes. TreeTown Festival of Music and Dance at Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun. June 23-26. $20. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org.
PSDC/Solos The wildly popular Peter Sparling Dance Company presents an intimate, fiercely passionate and elegantly drawn set of dance portraits in the modern dance solo form. TreeTown Festival of Music and Dance at Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Wed.-Sun. Through June 19. $24.50-$32.50. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org.
Spunk Three tales by Zora Neale Hurston focus on men and women trapped inside “the laughin’ kind of lovin’ kind of hurtin’ kind of pain that comes from being human.” Plowshares Theatre Company at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit. Thu., Sat & Sun. Through June 19. $15-$25. 313-872-0279. http://www.plowshares.org.
The Thing About Men The hit off-Broadway musical that asks, “What would you do if you were having an affair and discovered your spouse was, too?” Mason Street Warehouse, Saugatuck. Tues.-Sun. June 22-July 10. $27.50-$30. 269-857-4898. http://www.masonstreetwarehouse.org.
The Tribute to Frank, Sammy, Joey & Dean The Rat Pack returns in a fast-paced theatrical musical play in which those misbehaving but loveable guys are sent back from heaven to do just one more show. City Theatre, Detroit. Tue.-Sun. Extended through July 17. $35.50 & $39.50. 313-872-1000. http://www.nederlanderdetroit.com.
The World Over A grand adventure filled with pirates, magic spells, nations at war, storms at sea and seven actors playing almost 40 different roles. BlackBag Productions at the Blackbird Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sat. Through June 25, and Sun., June 19. $5 & $17. 734-332-3848. http://www.blackbirdtheatre.net.
The Normal Heart Larry Kramer’s blistering account of America’s apathetic response to the AIDS epidemic that first hit in the early 1980s. A benefit for MAPP by Who Wants Cake at the First United Methodist Church, Ferndale. Wed.-Fri. June 22-24 only. $15. 248-545-1435. http://www.aidsprevention.org.
Macbeth A new vision of the Shakespeare classic set in a neo-modernist 20s-era. Sunsets with Shakespeare. June 23-26 & June 30-July 4 at Valley Court Park, East Lansing and July 7-10 at Nancy L. Moore Park, Okemos. Free admission; $2 suggested donation. http://www.sunsetswithshakespeare.com.
My Romance Ninety-minutes of cabaret-style songs about love and romance. Stagecrafters at Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak. Fri.-Sat. June 24-25. $15, includes desserts and coffee/soft drinks. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.org.
New Works Play Festival Five short, original plays by mostly local playwrights get their first stagings. Stagecrafters at Baldwin Theatre’s 2nd Stage, Royal Oak. Sat., June 18 only. Free admission. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.org.
Seussical The characters and stories of Dr. Seuss are blended and re-imagined into a delightful musical for children and adults alike. Stagecrafters at the Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak. Fri.-Sun. Through June 19. $16 & $18. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.org.
Sweet Charity A dance-hall hostess always seems to give her heart and her dreams to the wrong man. St. Dunstan’s Theatre Guild of Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills. Thu.-Sun. Through June 18. $18. 248-644-0527. http://www.stdunstanstheatre.com.
Torch Song Trilogy: Widows and Children First Part 3 of Harvey Fierstein’s trilogy focuses on Arnold as a single gay man with an adoptive son, and his mother who comes to visit. Piccadilly Circus at The Players’ Guild of Hamilton’s Guild House, Hamilton, ONT. Thu.-Sat. Through June 18. $20 CAD. Tickets: Call The Picture Frame of Westdale at 905-523-5441.
Theater for Young Audiences
Beauty and the Beast A timeless tale of a beautiful young woman who sees the beauty inside all others. Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. June 22-25, June 28-July 1 & July 5-9. $8. 313-577-2972. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu/t_hilberry.html.
Huckleberry Finn Young Huck Finn floats down the Mississippi River and faces adventure and danger. Avon Players Youth Theater. Thu.-Sun. June 23-26. $8. 248-608-9077. http://www.avonplayers.org.
A Year with Frog and Toad An uplifting and upbeat musical that follows a frog and a toad through a year of fun and friendship. Eastern Michigan University Theatre at the Sponberg Theatre, Ypsilanti. Fri.-Sat. Through June 18. $6/children, $9-$14/adults. 734-487-1221.
Improvisation/Late Night/Interactive/Dinner Theater:
Get a Clue! Interactive Musical Murder Mysteries Board a train, eat dinner and solve a murder mystery, all in one evening! Random Acts on the Old Road Murder Mystery Dinner Train, Charlotte. Every Saturday. $57.95, includes dinner and show. 888-726-8277. http://www.random-acts.net.
Hypnotist Kevin Lepine Comedy hypnotist combines hypnosis and sketch comedy for an unforgettable night of fun and laughter. Improv Inferno, Ann Arbor. $10. 734-214-7080. http://www.improvinferno.com.
Improv Inferno A new comedy lounge in Downtown Ann Arbor with five nights of fun: “The Ladies Show: The Breast Show in Town” and “Super Fun Karaoke” hit the stage on Wednesday nights; Thursday hosts “Catfight” & “High Octane”; Friday and Saturday features “The Damnation Game,” and at Midnight, “The X Show”; “Get Up! Stand Up!” and “The Sweet Spot with Eye Candy” closes the week on Sunday. $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. 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 Sunday. $10. 734-214-7080. http://www.improvinferno.com.
Storm Warning An independent and hot-tempered big band chart writer visits a lakeside retreat looking for solitude and finds much more. StarBrite Presents Dinner Theater at the 14th Street Grille and Bar, Madison Heights. Fri.-Sat. Through June 25. Tickets: $39.50, includes three-course dinner. 248-589-9900. http://www.starbriteprod.com.
AUDITIONS & CLASSES:
CITY THEATRE Ð open auditions for “Altar Boyz” at Masonic Temple, June 25, 313-872-1000; MICHIGAN OPERA THEATRE Ð “Learning at the Opera House 2005” begins July 5, call 313-237-3270 for class and schedule information; DANCE ELECTRIC PERFORMING ARTS STUDIO Ð summer classes and camps now forming. Ca;; 248-477-3830 for details;