Birds of a Feather A funny, heartwarming story about three generations of the Belanger family. Flanders Theatre Company at Trinity House Theater, Livonia. Fri.-Sun., through May 28. $15. 313-538-5739. http://www.trinityhouse.org.
Coming of Age Best friends since college must confront death, empty nests retirement and other major life events. Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company at the DeRoy Theatre on the campus of the Jewish Community Center, West Bloomfield. Wed., Thu., Sat. & Sun., extended through May 27. $28-$37. 248-788-2900. http://www.jettheatre.org.
John, John the Miller’s Son What are the odds that a jailed man whose life has been needles and deals, cons and crimes can be rehabilitated? Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., June 1-25. $17-$20. 313-868-1347. http://www.detroitreptheatre.com.
The Late Great Henry Boyle Recently ditched by his wife, an endearingly befuddled professor of medieval studies writes a novel that makes him a pop culture sensation. Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea. Wed.-Sun., through June 3. $20-$35. 734-433-7782. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org.
A Life in the Theatre A unique and humorous study of the shifting relationship between a young actor and an established stage veteran. Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., through June 11. $20-$34.50. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org.
Menopause The Musical The hilarious musical set in Bloomingdales returns for its third sizzling year. Century Theatre, Detroit. Every Tue.-Sun. $39.50. 313-963-9800. http://www.gemtheatre.com.
Salome Strauss’ controversial and powerful dramatic opera set in the court of Herod around 30 A.D. Michigan Opera Theatre at the Detroit Opera House, Detroit. June 3,4,7,9 and 10. $23-$113. 313-237-7464. http://www.michiganopera.org.
Studio 2g: August Wilson’s 20th Century Staged readings of August Wilson’s 10 signature works over a two-week period: Thu., May 25 at 7pm, “Gem of the Ocean”; Fri., May 26 at 7pm, “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone”; Sat., May 27 at 3pm, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”; Sat., May 27 at 7pm, “The Piano Lesson.”; Sun., May 28 at 7 pm, “Seven Guitars”; Thu., June 1 at 7 pm, “Fences”; Fri., June 2 at 7 pm, “Two Trains Running”; Sat., June 3 at 3 pm, “Jitney”; June 3 at 7 pm, “King Hedley II”; and Sun., June 4 at 3 pm, “Radio Golf.” Plowshares Theatre Company at Boll Family YMCA, Detroit. $10. 313-872-0279.
Wicked The musical back-story about the secrets behind Glinda the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of the West. Masonic Temple Theatre, Detroit. Tue.-Sun., May 31-June 18. $22.50-$76.50. 313-872-1000. http://www.nederlanderdetroit.com.
Anything Goes A screwball musical set in the 1930s aboard a luxury liner sailing from New York to England. Kalamazoo Civic Theatre at the Civic Auditorium, Kalamazoo. Thu.-Sat., extended through June 10. $15-$21. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com.
Humble Boy A poignant and hilarious examination of the pain and joy of family life. Whole Art Theater, Kalamazoo. Fri.-Sat., through May 27. $20. 269-345-7529. http://www.wholeart.org.
Ragtime A musical tribute to the dawn of the 20th century that offers a panoramic view of an America dizzy from tehnological innovations and the resulting social upheaval. Stagecrafters at the Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak. May 26-28, June 1-4, 8-11 & 16-18. $16-$18. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.org.
Romeo and Juliet The Bard’s popular love tragedy. Flint City Theatre at Red Ink Studios, Flint. Thu.-Sat., through May 27. $5. 810-341-6912. http://www.flintcitytheatre.com.
Urinetown A musical that looks at what could happen if a malevolent corporation took control of all toilet facilities. Actors’ at Spectrum Theater, Grand Rapids. Thu.-Sat., through May 27. $25. 616-234-3946. http://www.actorsatspectrum.org.
Victor/Victoria The gender-bending musical about a down-on-her-luck singer who becomes the toast of the nightclub circuit when she presents herself as a man performing as a woman. Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing. Thu.-Sun., June 1-11. $18. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com.
Honk! A family musical based on the “Ugly Duckling” by Hans Christian Andersen. Oakland University Dept. of Music, Theatre and Dance at Varner Recital Hall, Rochester. Wed.-Sun., May 31-June 4. $12/adults, $6 students. 248-370-3013. http://www2.oakland.edu/mtd.
Improvisation/Late Night/Interactive/Dinner Theater:
American Idol Murder Come see if your next American Idol contestant survives the competition! Random Acts on the Old Road Murder Mystery Dinner Train, Charlotte. Every Saturday, through June 24. $57.95 includes dinner and show. 888-726-8277. http://www.random-acts.net.
Bobble Heads of State Fast moving sketch comedy that covers birth and old age and everything in-between. The Second City, Novi. Every Wed.-Sun. $15-$20. Plus, every Wednesday: “Improv Jams.” 248-348-4448. http://www.secondcity.com.
Improv Inferno A comedy lounge in Downtown Ann Arbor with five nights of fun: “Citizen Improv” and “Super Fun Karaoke” hit the stage on Wednesday nights; Thursday hosts “Catfight” and “High Octane”; Friday and Saturday feature “Uncoupled,” “The Damnation Game” and at Midnight, “The X Show”; and the week closes on Sunday with “Get Up! Stand Up,” “The Sweet Spot with Eye Candy” and “Jim Jam.” $5-$10. 734-214-7080. http://www.improvinferno.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; plus, “AntJam.” Planet Ant, Hamtramck. Every Monday. $5. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
Perspectives A collection of short plays that explore love, sex, friends and God. The Mosh Pit at Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Late night Wed.-Sat., through May 27. $10. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org.
HARTLAND SPORTS CENTER – acting/theater camp for ages 8-17 taught by Joey Albright beginning Aug. 7, 810-632-7222, ext. 25.
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