Candide A concert-style production of Leonard Bernstein’s most inventive theater score. Presented at the Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, May 22 and 23 only. Tickets: $27 – $52. 734-994-4801. www.michtheater.org.
The Chairs An old man invites the world’s intellectuals to his home to deliver his message of wisdom for humanity. Presented Friday through Sunday at Zeitgeist Gallery and Performance Venue, Detroit, through May 16. Tickets: $15. 313-965-9192. www.zeitgeistdetroit.org.
The Drawer Boy A moving story of love and loss in which an eager young actor volunteers to help on a farm while trying to collect anecdotes for a play on rural life. Presented Thursday through Sunday at the Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit, through May 23. Tickets: $17. 313-868-1347. www.detroitreptheatre.com.
The Fantasticks A timeless musical tale of a boy, a girl, their fathers and young romance. Presented Wednesday through Sunday at Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester, through May 16. Tickets: $22 – $38. 248-377-3300. www.mbtheatre.com.
Fiddler on the Roof A family struggles through humor and song to survive in 1905 Russia. Staged Wednesday through Sunday by the Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company at the Aaron DeRoy Theatre, West Bloomfield, through May 23. Tickets: $27 – $37. 248-788-2900. www.jettheatre.org.
The Graduate A younger man helps an older woman with her zipper, and a disastrous sexual odyssey ensues. Presented Tuesday through Sunday at the Fisher Theatre, Detroit, May 18 – 23 and June 1 – 13. Tickets: $30 – $65. 313-872-1000. www.nederlanderdetroit.com.
How I Learned to Drive The complex relationship between a niece and her uncle by marriage is explored through laughter and tearsÉand driving lessons. Staged by the Breathe Art Theatre Project May 13 – 15 at the Capitol Theatre, Windsor, and May 21 – 22 at the Hilberry Studio Theatre, Detroit. Tickets: $20 CDN for Windsor shows and $10 USD for Detroit shows. 519-253-7729.
The Kentucky Cycle Parts I & II A two-part epic that tells the story of three families in eastern Kentucky and spans 200 years of American history. Performed in repertory Wednesday through Saturday at the Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, through May 15. Tickets: $12 – $20. 313-577-2972. www.theatre.wayne.edu/t_hilberry.html.
The Lion King The Disney musical that brings the hit animated movie to life. Presented Tuesday through Sunday at the Masonic Temple Theatre, Detroit, through May 30. Tickets: $17.50 – $77.50. 248-645-6666. www.nederlanderdetroit.com.
Manny and the Mirror: A Rock Opera An original rock opera that asks the question: Have you ever looked down from the sky and discovered your life is not what you thought it was? Staged Friday through Sunday by Planet Ant at Hastings Street Ballroom, Detroit, through May 23. Tickets: $10 – $15. 313-365-4948. www.planetant.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. www.gemtheatre.com.
Nooner Kim Carney’s classic comedy takes a lighthearted look at marital infidelity. Staged Friday through Sunday by Flanders Theater Company at Trinity House Theatre, Livonia, through May 23. Tickets: $15. 313-538-5739. http://hometown.aol.com/markgflanders.
The Pirates of Penzance The Gilbert and Sullivan masterpiece of everlasting love will warm even the coldest of hearts. Staged Friday through Sunday by the Michigan Opera Theatre at the Detroit Opera House, through May 16. Tickets: $26 – $113. 313-237-7464. www.michiganopera.org.
Soccer Moms Three soccer moms reluctantly take to the field in a mother versus son soccer match and share their war stories. Presented Wednesday through Sunday at the BoarsHead Theatre, Lansing, through May 30. Tickets: $19 – $29. 517-484-7805. www.boarshead.org.
Threepenny Opera A motley and hilarious cast of beggars, prostitutes, connivers, pimps and thieves evade morality, banality and the hangman’s noose. Presented Thursday through Sunday at Performance Network, Ann Arbor, through May 30. Tickets: $22.50 – $27.50. 734-663-0681. www.performancenetwork.org.
Trunk & Think/Thank/Thunk Two original one-acts look at the secret lives of our luggage and a trio of 20-something slackers who discuss the grammatical merits of “thunk” in the English language. Staged Friday and Saturday by Icarus Falling at the Creole Gallery, Lansing, through May 15. Tickets: $10. 517-290-4375. www.icarusfalling.com.
The Ugly Duckling The Hans Christian Anderson classic tale about a swan who searches for her identity. Staged by GMT Productions for Youtheatre at the Millennium Centre, Southfield, May 15 & 16 only. Tickets: $10. 248-557-7529. www.youtheatre.org.
The Underpants The Michigan premiere of Steve Martin’s turn-of-the-century sex farce about a stuffed-shirt government clerk whose young wife accidentally drops her “unmentionables” at a parade. Presented Wednesday through Sunday at the Purple Rose Theatre, Chelsea, through June 5. Tickets: $17.50 – $32.50. 734-433-7673. www.purplerosetheatre.org.
Everybody’s Talkin’ A fresh musical spin on Shakespeare’s comedy “Much Ado About Nothing” that takes timeless themes of love, social image and hearsay and places them in the world of showbiz where rumor, slander and innuendo reign supreme. Staged Thursday through Sunday by Mosaic Youth Theatre at the new General Motors Mosaic Theatre, Detroit, through May 23. Tickets: $18. 313-872-6910. www.mosaicdetroit.org.
Faith It’s Christmas Eve and the gay son of Evangelical parents brings his African-American boyfriend home for dinner, and what secret is his father hiding? Staged Friday through Sunday by The University of Michigan-Dearborn Players Club in Hall B of the Social Science Building at U of M Dearborn, through May 15. Tickets: $4. 734-913-8799.
Back to Bacharach & David A musical revue featuring tunes by award-winning song writers Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Staged Wednesday through Sunday by Circle Theatre at the Aquinas College Performing Arts Center, Grand Rapids, through May 23. Tickets: $22. 616-456-6656. www.circletheatre.org.
Falsettos Two one-act musicals about a bi-sexual husband and fatherwho divorces his wife and leaves his child for a male lover. Presented by the Whole Art Theater, Kalamazoo, May 14 – 15 & 27 – 30. Tickets: $17. 269-345-7529. www.wholeart.org.
Fiddler on the Roof Who would ever have thought that a musical about poverty, persecution and the struggle to hold onto one’s beliefs would become one of the world’s most beloved theatrical pieces! Presented Thursday through Sunday by the Farmington Players, Farmington Hills, through May 22. Tickets: $12 & $15. 248-553-2955. www.farmingtonplayers.org.
Forever Plaid A quartet from the 1950s will take you back in time while tickling your funny-bone. Presented Friday through Sunday by the Marshall Civic Players, Marshall, May 14 – 23. Tickets: $15. 269-781-3335. www.marshallcivicplayers.org.
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change A satirical look at the ups and downs of dating, falling in love, marriage and having children. Presented Friday through Sunday by Richmond Community Theatre, Richmond, May 14 – 23. Tickets: $15. 586-727-9518.
Jesus Christ Superstar The classic rock opera that focuses on the last days of Jesus Christ on earth. Presented by the Avon Players, Rochester Hills, May 14 – 16 & 20 – 22. Tickets: $16. 248-608-9077. www.avonplayers.org.
The Laramie Project The residents of Laramie, Wyoming present their recollections and views of the brutal murder of a 21-year-old gay man in their town. Staged Thursday through Sunday by the Peppermint Creek Theatre Company in the Greenhouse Conservatory in the Plant & Soil Science Building on the MSU campus, East Lansing, through May 15. Tickets: $8. 517-927-3016. www.peppermintcreek.org.
Little Women The classic tale about the trials and tribulations of growing up. Presented at Buckham Alley Theatre, Flint, May 13 – 16 & 21 – 23. Tickets: $8. 810-239-4477. www.buckhamtheatre.com.
Lobby Hero A luckless young security guard is drawn into a local murder investigation. Staged Thursday through Saturday by Actors’ Theatre at Spectrum Theater, Grand Rapids, May 20 – 29. Tickets: $20. 616-234-3946. www.actorsatspectrum.prg.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream Shakespeare’s quintessential comedy about love and fairies is one of his most oft-produced plays. Staged Thursday through Sunday by the Flint City Theatre at The Good Beans Caf, Flint, through May 16. Tickets: $5. 810-237-4663. www.flintcitytheatre.com.
The Outsiders A teen drama about an orphaned young man who hangs with a gang until trouble breaks out. Staged by the Kalamazoo Civic Youth Theatre at the Parish Theatre, Kalamazoo, through May 16. Tickets: $5 (children), $6.50 adults. 269-343-1313. www.kazoocivic.com.
South Pacific An enchanted evening of musical theater that tells two parallel love stories against the backdrop of World War II. Staged by Stagecrafters at the Historic Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak, May 14 – 16, 20 – 23, 27 – 30 & June 4 – 6. Tickets: $16 – $18. 248-541-6430. www.stagecrafters.org.
Tommy A rare presentation of The Who’s legendary rock opera about a deaf, dumb and blind boy will be performed by THE OHM, a tribute band. Staged as a fundraiser for St. Dunstan’s Guild of Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills, May 21 & 22 only. Tickets: $10 minimum donation. 248-644-0527. www.stdunstanstheatre.com.
West Side Story The Sharks and the Jets have at it once again, as two young lovers find themselves torn apart by warring street gangs. Staged by the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre at the Civic Auditorium, Kalamazoo, May 14 – 15, 20 – 23 & 27 – 29. Tickets: $15 – $19. 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.
Proof Genius, madness and genetics come together in a drama about the daughter of brilliant mathematician who may have inherited his various traits. Staged Friday and Saturday by StarBright Theatrical Productions at the 14th Street Bar & Grille, Madison Heights, through May 22. Tickets: 37.50, includes dinner and show. 248-589-9900. www.starbriteprod.com.
The Soapranos Mobster Tony Soaprano is retiring, and you’re invited to his party. Presented at Castello Di Bologna, Lake Orion, May 21 only. Tickets: $55, includes dinner, show and dancing. 800-383-6080.
AUDITIONS AND CLASSES:
Sunsets with Shakespeare – “Comedy of Errors,” May 16 & 17, e-mail email@example.com for information; Oakland University Dept. of Music, Theatre and Dance – Summer Technical Theatre Workshop, 3 sessions beginning July 14, 248-853-3379; Water Works Theatre Company – “12th Night in Ragtime,” May 23 & 24, 248-988-1359; Chelsea Area Players – “My Fair Lady,” May 24 & 25, 734-475-0792.