Brighton Beach Memoirs Part one of Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical trilogy is a portrait of the writer as a Brooklyn teenager in 1937. Staged Wednesday through Sunday (excluding Friday) by the Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company at the Aaron DeRoy Theatre, West Bloomfield, through June 5. Tickets: $27 – $37. 248-788-2900. http://www.jettheatre.org.
Bus Stop A howling snowstorm drives a busload of weary travelers to take shelter in a roadside diner. Presented Wednesday through Sunday at Purple Rose Theatre, Chelsea, through June 4. Tickets: $17.50 – $32.50. 734-433-7673. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org.
The Daughter of the Regiment A light-hearted comic opera performed in English set during the Napoleonic Wars. Staged by the Michigan Opera Theatre at the Detroit Opera House, June 4, 5, 8, 10 – 12. Tickets: $23 – $113. 313-237-SING. http://www.michiganopera.org.
Deceptions to the Rule An original comedy inspired by classic film noir about an ex-con hotel heiress’s plot to rub out her washed-up father and alcoholic brother. Presented Thursday through Sunday at Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck, through June 5. Tickets: $10 – $15. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
Grease Frankie Avalon guest stars in the popular musical that plays tribute to those fabulous fifties! Presented at the Wharton Center, East Lansing, June 3 – 5 only. Tickets: $27.50 – $55. 517-432-2000. http://www.whartoncenter.com.
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. Presented Thursday through Sunday by the Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit, June 2 – 26. Tickets: $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. Presented by the Detroit Ensemble Theatre, Roseville, June 3 – 4, 10 – 12 & 17 – 18. Tickets: $15. 888-220-8471. http://www.detroitensembletheatre.com.
Little Shop of Horrors The giant plant that conquered Broadway comes looking for blood in the Motor City. Presented Tuesday through Sunday at the Fisher Theatre, Detroit, through June 12. Tickets: $25.50 – $72.50. 313-872-1000. http://www.nederlanderdetroit.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. http://www.gemtheatre.com.
Michigan Theatre Festival 2005 The first-ever festival of staged readings of new plays by an historic coalition of nine local professional theaters. Presented Wednesday through Sunday at Performance Network Theatre and the Blackbird Theatre, Ann Arbor, June 8 – 12. Tickets: $5/per reading, $50 Festival Pass. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org.
Nunsensations – The All New Nunsense Vegas Revue The regional premiere of the latest chapter in the adventures of the Little Sisters of Hoboken stars Georgia Engel and is directed by series creator Dan Goggin. Presented Wednesday through Sunday at Mason Street Warehouse, Saugatuck, through June 5. Tickets: $27.50 – $30. 269-857-4898. http://www.masonstreetwarehouse.org.
Play by Play 2005 A 12-hour marathon of 24 new short plays that get professional stagings in a festival atmosphere. Presented noon to midnight by Heartlande Theatre Company at Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor, June 11 only. Tickets: $5/per hour, $30/per half day or $50/all day pass. 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.” Staged Thursday, Saturday and Sunday by Plowshares Theatre Company at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, through June 19. Tickets: $15 – $25. 313-872-0279. http://www.plowshares.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. Presented Tuesday through Sunday at the City Theatre, Detroit, June 7 – July 3. Tickets: $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. Staged Thursday through Saturday by BlackBag Productions at the Blackbird Theatre, Ann Arbor, June 9 – 25, and Sunday, June 19. Tickets: $5 & $17. 734-332-3848. http://www.blackbirdtheatre.net.
Opal A musical based on the real-life story of Opal Whiteley, a girl orphaned in a shipwreck off the coast of an Oregon lumber town in 1904. Staged Tuesday through Sunday by Oakland University’s Dept. of Music, Theatre and Dance in the Varner Studio Theatre, Rochester Hills, through June 5. Tickets: $12. 248-370-3013.
Cabaret Berlin’s Kit Kat Club reopens for business once again. Staged Thursday through Sunday by Ann Arbor Civic Theatre at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, Ann Arbor, June 9 – 12. Tickets: $15 & $23. 734-971-2228. http://www.a2ct.org.
The Last Five Years A contemporary song-cycle musical that chronicles the five-year life of a marriage from meeting to break-up. Presented Friday and Saturday by Whole Art Theater, Kalamazoo, through June 11. Tickets: $18. 269-345-7529. http://www.wholeart.org.
Seussical The characters and stories of Dr. Seuss are blended and re-imagined into a delightful musical for children and adults alike. Presented by Stagecrafters at the Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak, June 2 – 5, June 9 – 12 & June 17 – 19. Tickets: $16 & $18. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.org.
The Spitfire Grill A story of hope and redemption that is awash with a charming hybrid of folk, country and pop ballad tunes. Presented Thursday through Sunday at Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing, June 2 – 12. Tickets: $16. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com.
Sweet Charity A dance-hall hostess always seems to give her heart and her dreams to the wrong man. Presented by St. Dunstan’s Theatre Guild of Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills, June 3 – 4, 10 – 11 & 16 – 18. Tickets: $18. 248-644-0527. http://www.stdunstanstheatre.com.
Theater for Young Audiences
Dora’s Pirate Adventure Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer returns in a new adventure with all her friends. Presented Wednesday through Sunday at the fabulous Fox Theatre, Detroit, June 8 – 12 only. Tickets: $19.50 – $42.50. 313-471-6611. http://www.olympiaentertainment.com.
An Evening With The Arts Young artists show off their talents, followed by a performance of “Grease.” Presented at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, Dearborn, June 10 only. Tickets: $15. 248-477-3830.
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. Staged by Eastern Michigan University Theatre at the Sponberg Theatre, Ypsilanti, June 11 – 12 & 17 – 18. Tickets: $6/children, $9 – $14/adults. 734-487-1221.
Improvisation/Late Night/Interactive/Dinner Theater:
Improv Inferno A new comedy lounge in Downtown Ann Arbor with four nights of fun: “The Ladies Show: The Breast Show in Town” hits the stage on Wednesday nights; Thursday hosts “Catfight” & “High Octane”; Friday and Saturday features “The Damnation Game,” and at Midnight, “The X Show”. Tickets: $5 – $10. 734-214-7080. http://www.improvinferno.com.
Interactive Musical Murder Mysteries Board a train, eat dinner and solve a murder mystery, all in one evening! Staged every Saturday by Random Acts on the Old Road Murder Mystery Dinner Train, Charlotte. Tickets: $57.95, includes dinner and show. 888-726-8277. http://www.random-acts.net.
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. 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. Staged every Sunday evening by Motoprism at the Improv Inferno, Ann Arbor. Tickets: $10. 734-214-7080. http://www.improvinferno.com.
Righting the Show: A Night at the Round Table An original comedy directed by Topher Owen. Presented Thursday through Saturday as a Late Night program at Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck, through June 4. Tickets: $5. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
Storm Warning An independent and hot-tempered big band chart writer visits a lakeside retreat looking for solitude and finds much more. Staged Friday and Saturday by StarBrite Presents Dinner Theater at the 14th Street Grille and Bar, Madison Heights, through June 25. Tickets: $39.50, includes three-course dinner. 248-589-9900. http://www.starbriteprod.com.