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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, June 18 – July 11. Tickets: $15. 313-365-4948. www.planetant.com.
Charlotte’s Web An adorable farm pig and an extraordinary spider become special friends. Presented at the Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, June 23 – 26, June 29 – July 2 & July 6 – 10. Tickets: $4. 313-577-2972. www.theatre.wayne.edu.
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, June 24 – Aug. 28. Tickets: $17.50 – $32.50. 734-433-7673. www.purplerosetheatre.org.
Everybody’s Talkin’ A fresh musical spin on Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” Staged Thursday through Sunday as part of the TreeTown Performance Festival by Mosaic Youth Theatre at Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor, June 24 – 27 only. Tickets: $20. 734-663-0681. www.performancenetwork.org.
4.48 Psychosis A free-form, jazz infused look into the mind of a person suffering from mental illness and the tough decision she faces. Staged Friday and Saturday by Icarus Falling at the Creole Gallery, Lansing, June 18 – 26. Tickets: $10. 517-290-4375. www.icarusfalling.com.
Kennedy’s Children A comic elegy of passing youth and opportunity finds five characters in a New York bar mourning the loss of J.F.K. Staged Thursday through Sunday as part of the TreeTown Performance Festival by Dexter Center for the Performing Arts at Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor, through June 21. Tickets: $20. 734-663-0681. www.performancenetwork.org.
Margaritaville In the not-so-distant future, same sex marriage has been legalized in Florida and two young women head south to marry before the Supreme Court chimes in on the matter. Staged Thursday through Saturday by BlackBag Productions at the Blackbird Theatre, Ann Arbor, through June 26. Tickets: $5 (Thurs) & $17. 734-332-3848.
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.
Play By Play A 12-hour marathon of original plays showcases local and nationally-known writers, actors and directors. Staged from Noon to Midnight by Heartlande Theatre Company at Oakland University’s Varner Hall, Rochester, June 19 only. Tickets: $5/hour, $25/Half-day pass or $40/Full-day pass. www.heartlande.com.
Rent The ground-breaking smash-hit rock musical celebrates a community of young artists as they struggle with the realities of the world. Presented at the Stranahan Theater, Toledo, June 22 & 23 only. Tickets: $39.50. 419-474-1333. www.stranahantheater.com.
Seven Guitars A group pf friends share their hopes and dreams for life and love in the backyard of a two-story tenement building. Staged Thursday, Saturday and Sunday by Plowshares Theatre Company at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, through June 20. Tickets: $25. 313-872-0279. www.plowshares.org.
Unspoken Prayers The murder of a teenage girl by a troubled 16-year-old sparks debate on the death penalty. Presented Thursday through Sunday at the Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit, through June 27. Tickets: $17. 313-868-1347. www.detroitreptheatre.com.
The Walking Project A performance and cultural exchange project that explores pathways created by people who walk across fields in South Africa and across vacant lots in Detroit and what connects them. Staged by the Walk & Squawk Performance Project at the Furniture factory, Detroit, June 25 & 26 only. Admission: $5 – $25. 313-832-8890. www.walksquawk.org.
Yard Sale Roommates and best friends, Scott and Chris, decide to have a yard sale to help pay for Scott’s upcoming wedding, but they decide to have it the morning after the bachelor party and the day before the wedding! Staged Friday through Sunday by Five Cents Short Productions at Hastings Street Ballroom, Detroit, through June 26. Tickets: $15. 313-873-2955. www.fivecentsshort.com.
Minna von Barnhelm When the eyes of the world make a man of honor feel unworthy of love, the woman who loves him won’t take “no” for an answer. Staged by Michigan Classical Repertory Theatre at Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti, June 17 – 20 & 25 – 27. Tickets: $18. 734-477-0000. www.mcrt.org.
The Mouse That Roared It means war when a California winery starts making a knock-off of a wine made in the country of Grand Fenwick. Presented Friday through Sunday at Buckham Alley Theatre, Flint, through June 20. Tickets: $8. 810-239-4477. www.buckhamtheatre.com.
Class Reunion An original, fun-filled interactive comedy that’s a blast from the past! Staged by the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre at the Parish Theatre, Kalamazoo, June 17 – 20 & 24 – 26. Tickets: $20. 269-343-1313. www.kazoocivic.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. 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, June 24 – July 3. Ticket info: 810-239-4477. www.buckhamtheatre.com.
AUDITIONS AND CLASSES:
Avon Players – “A Little Night Music,” June 20 & 21, 248-495-4873; Farmington Players – “Breath of Spring,” June 26, 248-553-2955.