Aida The classic opera as staged by the internationally-acclaimed Opera Verdi Europa. Presented at The Whiting, Flint, March 5 only. Tickets: $29 – $59. 810-237-7333. http://www.thewhiting.com.
Boomtown 1925 An original play about five women from five different cultures in the Jazz-filled mid-1920s who choose Southwest Detroit as their home. Presented Thursday through Sunday by the Matrix Theatre Company, Detroit, March 4 – 20. Tickets: $15. 313-967-0999. http://matrixtheatre.org.
Death of a Salesman Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning drama about the downward spiral of a simple, flawed man whose time has come and gone. Performed in Repertory at the Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, through March 24. Tickets: $15 – $22. (313) 577-2960. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu/t”hilberry.html.
Disney’s On the Record A show-stopping new musical revue set in a contemporary recording studio that sparkles with some of the most beloved songs from some of the most popular films ever made. Presented at Wharton Center, East Lansing, through March 6. Tickets: $27.50 – $55. 517-432-2000. http://www.whartoncenter.com.
Far Side of the Moon A wildly innovative one-man theater piece that weaves together superficially disparate story lines into one of the most compelling theatrical explorations of our time. Presented by the University Musical Society at the Power Center for the Performing Arts, Ann Arbor, March 10 – 14 only. Tickets: $26 – $42. 734-764-2538.http://www.ums.org.
Henry IV, Part I The recently-crowned king faces challenges that threaten his territory and the future of the throne. Performed in Repertory at the Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, March 4 through May 5. Tickets: $15 – $22. (313) 577-2960. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu/t”hilberry.html.
I Hate Hamlet The ghost of legendary actor John Barrymore moves back into his old home to groom an actor reluctant to play the title role on “Hamlet.” Performed in Repertory at the Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, through March 24. Tickets: $15 – $22. (313) 577-2960. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu/t”hilberry.html.
Intimate Apparel At the dawn of the 20th century, an African American woman’s gift for sewing catapults her to independence, but at what cost? Presented Thursday through Sunday at the Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit, through March 20. Tickets: $17. 313-868-1347. http://www.detroitreptheatre.com.
The Labor of Life The different perceptions a married couple has of life together are examined through comic irony and the juxtaposition of the profound and the ridiculous. Staged as part of the Seymour J. and Ethel S. Frank Festival of New Plays by the Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company at the DeRoy Theatre on the campus of the Jewish Community Center, West Bloomfield, March 5 only. Tickets: $5. 248-788-2900. http://www.jettheatre.org.
Late Night Catechism II The Good Sister returns with overhead projectors, mimeographed handouts and felt banners to conduct her class in historical facts, hysterical insights and convulsive laughs. Presented Tuesday through Sunday at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Stage II, Clinton Twp., through March 20. Tickets: $30. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.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.
Norma & Wanda A world-premiere comedy by Jeff Daniels in which two very different sisters get themselves into an outrageous pickle with an old boyfriend, a chaotic church social and a secret family recipe. Presented Wednesday through Sunday at the Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea, through March 19. Tickets: $17.50 – $32.50. 734-433-7673. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org. Suggested for mature audiences.
One Hundred Twinkling Lights A recently divorced man is visited by a homeless man who delivers him a letter that holds the key to both their futures. Staged Thursday through Saturday by BlackBag Productions at the Blackbird Theatre, Ann Arbor, through March 5. Tickets: $17. 734-332-3848.
The Phantom of the Opera A masked figure lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House and exercises a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. Presented Tuesday through Sunday at the Masonic Temple Theatre, Detroit, through March 27. Tickets: $18 – $72.50. 313-872-1000. http://www.nederlanderdetroit.com.
Private Lives An aging, divorced couple cannot live with or without each other which proves problematic when both end up at the same French resort on honeymoons with the new, young spouses! Presented Wednesday through Sunday at Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester, through March 6. Tickets: $20 – $36. 248-377-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.com.
Smokey Joe’s Caf Nine performers celebrate the rock and roll tunes of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller who wrote many of the tunes made popular by such stalwarts as Elvis, The Beatles and Ray Charles. Presented at Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Detroit, March 11 and 12 only. Tickets: $25 – $45. 248-645-6666. http://www.musichall.org.
The Stillness Between Breaths The death of their father threatens to tear apart three tightly knit Irish siblings. A World Premiere production presented Thursday through Sunday at Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor, through April 10. Tickets: $20 – $34.50. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org.
The Story An African American journalist breaks the story of the murder of a white inner-city school teacher, but when her credentials come under scrutiny, the plot takes a ripped-from-the-headlines turn. Presented Wednesday through Sunday at the BoarsHead Theatre, Lansing, through March 13. Tickets: $25 – $30. 517-484-7805. http://www.boarshead.org.
True West A screenwriter’s life is turned upside down when his recluse brother shows up for an untimely visit. Presented Friday and Saturday by the Detroit Ensemble Theatre, Roseville, March 11 – 26, plus Sunday, March 20. Tickets: $15. 888-220-8471. http://www.detroitensembletheatre.com.
Two Rooms When an American is taken hostage in Beirut, his wife at home strips his office to symbolically share his ordeal. Staged Thursday through Saturday by Breathe Art Theatre Project at 1515 Broadway, Detroit, March 10 – 19. Tickets: $18. 313-965-1515.
Usher A new alternative take on the Poe classic “The Fall of The House of Usher” that explores themes of identity and incorporates live music. Presented Thursday through Sunday at Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck, March 11 – April 10. Tickets: $10 – $15. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
Anna Lucasta An unforgiving father sets a vengeful plan in motion to remind his daughter of her squalid past and destroy her future forever. Staged Friday through Sunday by Wayne State University’s Black Theatre Program Production at the Bonstelle Theatre, Detroit, March 4 – 13. Tickets: $12. 313-577-2960. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu/t”bonstelle.html.
Louise Heck-Rabi Dramatic Writing Competition Three student-written plays, workshopped throughout the school year by Wayne State’s Departments of Theatre and English, will be presented: “The Brutelles” by Ian Drife, “Cutting In” by Andrew Huff and “Just Enough Time” by Tony Bozzuto. Presented Thursday through Saturday at the Hilberry Studio Theatre, Detroit, through March 12. Tickets: Free. 313-577-2972. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu/t”studio.html.
Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches A provocative look at AIDS, the gay experience and the political landscape of the 1980s. A Stagecrafters’ 2nd Stage production presented at the Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak, March 3 – 6 & March 11 – 12. Tickets: $12. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.org.
Noises Off An adult comedy about the on-and-off stage antics of a group of actors appearing in a play. Presented Thursday through Sunday at Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing, through March 6. Tickets: $10 & $12. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com.
Proof A young woman who has spent her life caring for her brilliant and unstable father questions how much of her father’s genius and madness she has inherited. Presented by St. Dunstan’s Guild of Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills, March 11 – 13 & 17 – 19. Tickets: $15. 248-644-0527. http://www.stdunstanstheatre.com.
Red Hot Mamas A husband and wife unknowingly invite their mothers-in-law to come live with them, but do the older women want to live by the new house rules? Staged Friday through Sunday by SRO productions at the Burgh, Southfield, through March 13. Tickets: $10. (248) 796-4650.
Steel Magnolias When the ladies of Chinquapin, LA gather at Truvy’s Beauty Salon, hair isn’t the only thing that gets teased and fixed. Presented Friday through Sunday by the Avon Players, Rochester Hills, March 4 – 19. Tickets: $14. 248-608-9077. http://www.avonplayers.org.
The Wiz Ease on down the road for a musical update to the classic Baum tale. Presented Friday through Sunday by the Park Players, Detroit, March 4 – 19. Ticket prices vary. 313-835-1103.
Theater for Young Audiences:
Cinderella The classic fairy tale as told through the music and songs by Rodgers and Hammerstein. Staged by the Marshall Civic Players at the Franke Center for the Arts, Marshall, March 11 – 13 & 17 – 20. Tickets: $8/students, $15/adults. 269-781-3335. http://www.marshallcivicplayers.org.
The Diary of Anne Frank The life of a brave, young girl in this gripping new adaptation. Presented Friday and Saturday by Flint Youth Theatre at the Elgood Theater, Flint, March 5 only. Tickets: $8/children, $10/adults. 810-237-1530. http://www.flintyouththeatre.com.
Nickel and Dimed A journalist goes “underground” in working class America to ask, “Can anyone survive on the minimum wage?” A staged reading and talk-back by the Flint Youth Theatre at the Unitarian Universalist Church, Flint, March 6 only. Tickets: $5. 810-232-4023. http://www.flintyouththeatre.com. Recommended for older teens and adults.
Night of the Pterodactyls Carly is obsessed by dinosaurs, but Whit becomes obsessed with Carly; see what happens when a nest of pterodactyl eggs is found and becomes a media sensation! Presented by the Civic Youth Theatre, Kalamazoo, March 11 – 13 & 17 – 19. Tickets: Tickets: $5/children, $6.50 adults. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com.
Purim Shpiel A classical rod puppet show based on the Story of Esther from the Bible. Presented every Saturday in March at PuppetART, Detroit. Tickets: $5/children, $7/adults. 313-961-7777. http://www.puppetart.org.
Improvisation/Late Night/Interactive/Dinner Theater:
Improv Inferno A new comedy lounge in Downtown Ann Arbor with five nights of fun: Karaoke is featured on Wednesday nights; Thursday hosts The Lava Club and “The Catfight,” with the area’s hottest improv groups; Friday and Saturday features “The Damnation Game,” and at Midnight, “The X Show”; and open mike night rules on Sunday with “Get Up Stand Up.” Tickets: $5 – $10. 734-214-7080. http://www.improvinferno.com.
Lend Me a Tenor The Cleveland Opera Company frantically rushes to open its production of “Otello” after its problematic star unexpectedly dies. Staged Friday and Saturday by Square River Productions at Wyndgate Country Club, Rochester Hills, through March 19. Tickets: $60, includes dinner and dessert. 586-291-6676. http://www.squareriver.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. 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 Matrix Theatre, Detroit. Tickets: $10. 313-967-0999. http://www.matrixtheatre.org.
Smell of the Kill A trio of dissatisfied suburban housewives must consider how desperate they are when their three miserable husbands become locked in a freezer. Staged Friday and Saturday by StarBrite Dinner Theater at the 14th Street Grille and Bar, Madison Heights, through April 2. Tickets: $39.50, includes three-course dinner. 248-589-9900. http://www.starbriteprod.com.
Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding In interactive Italian wedding and reception in which the audience intermingles with the performers. Staged every Saturday by the Detroit Actors Guild at the Ralph A. Liberato Hall at Freedom Hill, Sterling Heights, through March 12. Tickets: $60, which includes a full Italian style dinner by Andiamo’s. 586-268-7820. http://www.freedomhill.net.
AUDITIONS, NOTICES AND CLASSES:
Second City Detroit – Spring Training Center classes begin March 12, registration required by March 11, 248-348-4448; Avon Players – “Forever Plaid,” March 6 & 7, 248-608-9077; Stagecrafters – “Seussical,” March 20, 248-541-8027.