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.
Byrd’s Boy A touching tale of two misfits bonded together by name and loneliness trying to belong in a fatherless world. Presented Thursday through Sunday at the Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit, through May 22. Tickets: $17. 313-868-1347. http://www.detroitreptheatre.com.
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.
The Good Doctor Neil Simon pays tribute to the whimsical side of Anton Chekhov with a series humorous sketches. Staged Friday through Sunday by Flanders Theater Company at Trinity House Theater, Livonia, through May 22. Tickets: $15 – $25. 313-538-5739. http://hometown.aol.com/markgflanders.
Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train A raw and powerful drama about a first time offender and a psychopathic serial killer turned born again Christian examines issues of morality, faith, punishment and forgiveness. Staged Friday through Sunday by the African Renaissance Theater of Detroit at 1515 Broadway, Detroit, through May 30. Tickets: $20. 313-333-1444.
Lake of Fire The dark, gritty story of a heroin-addicted rocker under house arrest who comes face to face with a burglar. Staged Friday and Saturday by Icarus Falling at the Creole Gallery, Lansing, through May 21. Tickets: $10. 517-290-4375. http://www.icarusfalling.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, May 17 – 22 & May 31 – June 12. Tickets: $25.50 – $72.50. 313-872-1000. http://www.nederlanderdetroit.com.
Lord of the Dance Michael Flatley’s international phenomenon blends traditional and modern Celtic music and dance. Presented at Wharton Center Cobb Great Hall, East Lansing, May 20 & 21 only. Tickets: $25 – $45. 517-432-2000. http://www.whartoncenter.com.
Margaret Garner The world premiere opera by composer Richard Danielpour and librettist Toni Morrison is based on a true story of a fugitive slave’s tragic quest for freedom. Staged by the Michigan Opera Theatre at the Detroit Opera House, Detroit, May 20 & 22. Tickets: $45 – $170. 313-237-7464. http://www.michiganopera.org.
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.
Now That I Can Dance – Motown 1962 An original production that spotlights the early days of Motown Records and its first girl group, the Marvelettes. Staged Friday through Sunday by Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit on the stage of the Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, through May 22. Tickets: $18. 313-833-4005. http://www.mosaicdetroit.org.
Nunsensations – The 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 Tuesday through Sunday at Mason Street Warehouse, Saugatuck, through June 5. Tickets: $27.50 – $30. 269-857-4898. http://www.masonstreetwarehouse.org.
Over the Tavern The popular comedy about growing up Catholic in the early 1950s returns with Carmen Decker and the original cast for a limited run. Presented Wednesday through Sunday at the BoarsHead Theatre, Lansing, through May 29. Tickets: $25 – $29. 517-484-7805. http://www.boarshead.org.
Riverdance The thunderous celebration of music song and dance. Presented at the fabulous Fox Theatre, Detroit, through May 22. Tickets: $33 – $68. 313-471-6611. http://www.olympiaentertainment.com.
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, May 19 – June 19; preview on Friday, May 20. Tickets: $15 – $25. 313-872-0279. http://www.plowshares.org.
Summer and Smoke The Tennessee Williams’ story that asks: Where can passion be found – in the spirit or in the flesh? Presented Thursday through Sunday at Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor, through May 29. Tickets: $20 – $34.50. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org.
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 by Oakland University’s Dept. of Music, Theatre and Dance in the Varner Studio Theatre, Rochester Hills, May 24 – 27 & May 31 – June 5. Tickets: $12. 248-370-3013.
Forever Plaid Four young, eager singers are killed in a car crash on their way to their first big concert, but they’re allowed to return for the chance of fulfilling their dream. Presented Thursday through Saturday by the Avon Players, Rochester Hills, through May 21. Tickets: $16. 248-608-9077. http://www.avonplayers.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, May 20 – June 11. Tickets: $18. 269-345-7529. http://www.wholeart.org.
A Man of No Importance A middle-age Dublin bus conductor who loves the amateur theater group he leads and the writings of Oscar Wilde struggles to come to terms with his sexuality. Staged Thursday through Saturday by Actors’ Theatre at Spectrum Theater, Grand Rapids, May 19 – 28. Tickets: $23. 616-234-3946. http://www.actorsatspectrum.org.
Office Hours Six separate situations that arise in six different offices throughout a big city don’t look connectedÉat least not at first. Presented Friday through Sunday by SRO Productions, Southfield, through May 22. Tickets: $10. 248-796-4645. http://www.cityofsouthfield.com/living/sro.php.
Richard III Unmoved by the celebration surrounding Edward IV’s coronation and the promise of peace, Richard continues his quest for the crown. Staged Thursday through Saturday by Flint City Theatre at Good Beans Caf, Flint, through May 28. Tickets: $5. 810-237-4663. http://www.flintcitytheatre.com.
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, May 27 – 29, June 2 – 5, June 9 – 12 & June 17 – 19. Tickets: $16 & $18. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.org.
Something’s Afoot A musical spoof of Agatha Christie mysteries in which all of the suspects meet their demise. Staged Friday through Sunday by Marshall Civic Players at the Franke Center for the Arts, Marshall, through May 22. Tickets: $15. 269-781-3335. http://www.marshallcivicplayers.org.
State Fair The Drake family leaves their farm and heads off for three days of adventure at the annual Iowa State Fair. Presented Thursday through Saturday by the Farmington Players, Farmington Hills, through May 21. Tickets: $15. 248-553-2955. http://www.farmingtonplayers.org.
The Will Rogers Follies A Follies-style tribute to legendary humorist Will Rogers. Staged Thursday through Saturday by the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre in the Civic Auditorium, Kalamazoo, through May 21. Tickets: $15 – $21. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com.
Theater for Young Audiences:
I Heard It Floating on the Wind Storyteller LaRon Williams returns with a program about the beauty of African culture. Presented at the Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor, May 21 only. Tickets: $7/students; $10/adults. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org.
Really Rosie The sassiest kind on the block entertains her friends by acting out show-biz fantasies. Staged Wednesday through Saturday by Kalamazoo Civic Youth Theatre at the Suzanne D. Parish Theatre, Kalamazoo, through May 21. Tickets: $5/children, $6.50/adults. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com.
Sleeping Beauty An old tale with a new twist: A kingdom must decide whether or not a girl can come to the rescue of a boy. Staged Thursday through Sunday by Ann Arbor Civic Theatre at Washtenaw Community College’s College Theater, Ann Arbor, May 19 – 22. Tickets: $5. 734-971-2228. http://www.a2ct.org.
Turtle Island A new puppet show based on Native American legends. Presented every Saturday in May 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: “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”; and open mike night rules on Sunday with “Get Up Stand Up.” 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 Matrix Theatre, Detroit. Tickets: $10. 313-967-0999. http://www.matrixtheatre.org.
Red-Eye Late-Night Festival A late-night festival in which four productions will be staged over four weeks, each running four nights. Staged Wednesday through Saturday at the Mosh Pit Theatre, Ann Arbor, through May 28. Tickets: $10. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org.
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.
Tony & Tina’s Wedding How many times can this young Italian couple get married, you might be asking yourselfÉand the answer is as often as people keep showing up at their fun-filled reception! Staged by the Detroit Actors Guild at the Andiamo Celebrity Showroom, Warren, May 20 only. Tickets: $63, includes a full, Italian-style dinner. 586-268-3200.
AUDITIONS & CLASSES:
STAGECRAFTERS – auditions for “The Music Man,” June 11 & 13, 248-541-8027.