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Antony and Cleopatra A brave Roman general becomes captivated with the beautiful Queen of Egypt. The Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in repertory through May 4. $15-$28. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com.
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., May 12-28. $15. 313-538-5739. http://www.trinityhouse.org.
Cancer! The Musical! A very funny and moving original musical about a very serious disease. Planet Ant, Hamtramck. Fri.-Sun., through May 20. $15. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
Cinderella Rossini’s charming operatic fairy tale. Michigan Opera Theatre at the Detroit Opera House, Detroit. May 13, 14, 17, 19, 20. $23-$113. 313-237-7464. http://www.michiganopera.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., through May 21. $28-$37. 248-788-2900. http://www.jettheatre.org.
Hastings Street An original play with music that explores Detroit’s Black Bottom, Paradise Valley Entertainment District and teenage life of the 1940s. Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit at the Detroit Film Theatre/Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., May 12-21. $12-$18. 313-833-4005. http://www.mosaicdetroit.org.
Ingoldsby Acclaimed bestselling author Felice Picano’s new short story about a young man’s disappearance gets a dramatic staged reading. Blackbird Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu., May 11. $15/$35 includes a copy of the book. 734-332-3848.
The Inspector General A high-spirited and keen-witted satire on official crookedness and human stupidity. The Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in repertory through May 13. $15-$28. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com.
Judy Show Michael Holmes returns to the stage, along with Judy, Billie, Carol and Bette for an evening of song, dance and comedy. Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Saugatuck. Sat., May 6. $15. 269-857-2399. http://www.sc4a.org.
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. Previews May 4-11; runs Thu.-Sun., May 12-June 11. $20-$34.50. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org.
Live & Unplugged A concert by Jeff Daniels to raise money for Jackson’s Michigan Theatre. Michigan Theatre, Jackson. Sat., May 13. $25-$50. 517-783-0962. http://www.michigantheatre.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.
Norma & Wanda Jeff Daniels’ deliciously wicked comedy about two very different sisters returns, but at a new location. Gem Theatre, Detroit. Every Tue.-Sun., through May 21. $34.50-$39.50. 313-963-9800. http://www.gemtheatre.com.
Yemaya’s Belly A poetic epic about emigration, danger and the search for the American Dream. Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., through May 21. $17-$20. 313-868-1347. http://www.detroitreptheatre.com.
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown A musical day made up of memorable moments from “Peanuts.” Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester. Wed.-Sun., through May 14. $20-$36. 248-377-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.com.
Aida A modern retelling of the classic opera by Verdi. Avon Players, Rochester Hills. May 5-7, 12-13 & 19-20. $16. 248-608-9077. http://www.avonplayers.org.
Guys and Dolls A street-smart gambler falls for a showgirl. Farmington Players, Farmington Hills. May 4-7, 11-14 & 18-20. $15. 248-553-2955. http://www.farmingtonplayers.org.
Hollywood Arms A bittersweet memory play that focuses on the hopes, failures and successes of three generations of women. Stagecrafters at the Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak. Thu.-Sun., through May 7. $12. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.org.
Once Upon a Mattress A hilarious musical tweaking of “The Princess and the Pea.” Players Guild of Dearborn, Dearborn. May 5-7, 10, 12-14 & 19-21. $16. 313-561-TKTS. http://www.playersguildofdearborn.org.
Private Lives A couple once married to each other are honeymooning with their new spouses at the same hotel. Marshall Civic Players at the Franke Center for the Arts, Marshall. Fri.-Sun., May 12-21. $12. 269-781-3335. http://www.marshallcivicplayers.org.
Take Me Out The star center of a professional baseball team announces he’s gay and is unprepared for the reaction. Peppermint Creek Theatre Company at the RE Olds Anderson Barn Theatre at Woldumar Nature Center, Lansing. Thu.-Sat., through May 6. $$10. 517-927-3016. http://www.peppermintcreek.org.
Theater for Young Audiences:
If the Shoe Fits What happens when you meet Shakespeare on the streets of London and he asks you to be in one of his plays? BoarsHead Theater, Lansing. Fri.-Sat., through May 20. $10/adults; $5/children, 517-484-7805. http://www.boarshead.org.
Just So Stories Whimsical tales adapted from the stories by Rudyard Kipling. Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing. Fri.-Sun., through May 7. $7/adults, $5/children. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com.
The Land of the Dragon A stylized, ancient Chinese tale about love and deception. Kalamazoo Civic Youth Theatre, Kalamazoo. May 5-7 & 10-13. $6.50.adults; $5/children. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com.
My Bedbugs The popular PBS fun-loving trio takes the stage on its first nationwide tour. Sat., May 6. City Theatre, Detroit. $9.50. 313-471-6611. http://www.olympiaentertainment.com
Improvisation/Late Night/Interactive/Dinner Theater:
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.