Altar Boyz A holy-inspiring musical comedy about five small-town boys trying to save the world one screaming fan at a time. City Theatre, Detroit. Tue.-Sun. through Dec. 18. $22.50-$45. 313-872-1000. http://www.nederlanderdetroit.com.
Broadway Bound Neil Simon’s autobiographical trilogy now finds Eugene and his older brother trying to break into the world of professional comedy writing. Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company at the DeRoy Theatre at the Jewish Community Center, West Bloomfield. Wed., Thu., Sat. & Sun. through Oct. 15. $27-$37. 248-788-2900. http://www.jettheatre.org.
Cancer! The Musical! A satirical musical dramedy about a researcher who may have found the sure for cancer, the drug exec who wants to steal it and the surgeon who needs it to save the life of the woman he loves. The Abreact, Detroit. Fri.-Sat. through Oct. 15. Admission by donation. 313-378-5404.
Deceptions to the Rule The Wilde Award-nominated spoof of the classic film noir detective story returns for another hilarious run. Century Theatre, Detroit. Wed.-Sun. through Nov. 13. $29.50-$34.50. 313-963-9800. http://www.gemtheatre.com.
The Glass Menagerie Tennessee Williams’ poetic and complex drama about a restless soul stuck as the breadwinner for a family abandoned by his father. Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea. In previews Oct. 20-23 & 26-27 then runs Wed.-Sun., Oct. 28-Dec. 17. $20-$35. 734-433-7673. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org.
Hairspray A big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart is transformed from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity while advocating for social change. Wharton Center, East Lansing. Oct. 18-23 only. $38.50-$68. 517-432-2000. http://www.whartoncenter.com.
Harpers Ferry/Mother Tongue Frederick Douglass, John Brown, Sojourner Truth and Mother Jones come to life in two towering plays of justice and transformation. Matrix Theatre Company, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., Oct. 13-Nov. 20. $15. 313-967-0999. http://www.matrixtheatre.org.
The Heidelberg Experience Playwright Ron Allen stages the passion of Tyree Guyton’s visual art through dance, attitude and street rhythms. The Thick Knot Rhythm Ensemble at the theater formerly known as The Furniture Factory, Detroit. Fri.-Sat. through Oct. 29, plus Sun. Oct. 23 & 30. $20. 313-671-6096.
Ice Glen A touching period comedy that asks the question: if a poem is written in the woods but no one reads it, does it make a sound? Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun. through Oct. 30. $24.50-$36. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org.
Julius Caesar Can the murder of a king ever be justified, Marc Antony asks? The Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in repertory Oct. 21-Dec. 17. $20-$28. 313-577-2972. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu.
Late Night Catechism She’s back: The good Sister returns to once again bring us up to date on all things Catholic! Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp. Tue.-Sun. through Oct. 30. $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! Gem Theatre, Detroit. Every Tue.-Sun. $39.50. 313-963-9800. http://www.gemtheatre.com.
Night of the Living Dead: The Musical When Barbara and Johnny take a Sunday drive to visit their mother’s grave, it quickly turns into a ridiculous, blood-covered sing-along. A Smith and Abreact Playhouse Production at Hastings Street Ballroom, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., Oct. 21-30. $13. 313-831-0665.
No Way to Treat a Lady A musical comedy thriller about a cat-and-mouse game between a detective and a serial killer, and the detective’s mother and the killer’s mother, and someone else’s mother! A co-production of the BoarsHead Theatre and Meadow Brook Theatre at the BoarsHead Theatre, Lansing. Wed.-Sun, Oct. 13-30. $25-$33. 517-484-7805. http://www.boarshead.org.
Norma Bellini’s two-act opera is a tale of forbidden love, betrayal and spiritual strength. Michigan Opera Theatre and the Detroit Opera House, Detroit. Oct. 12, 14 & 15 only. $28-$113. 313-237-SING. http://www.michiganopera.org.
Peter Pan Olympic gymnast Cathy Rigby gives her farewell performance in the beloved tale of the Darling children who fly away to Neverland. Fisher Theatre, Detroit. Tue.-Sun., Oct. 18-Nov. 6. $30.50-$68. 313-872-1000. http://www.nederlanderdetroit.com.
The Seagull Anton Ckeckov’s classic tale of love and betrayal is given a new treatment. Blackbird Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sat., through Oct. 29. $18. 734-332-3848. http://www.blackbirdtheatre.net.
Sex Mae West’s tale of a prostitute who decides to leave Montreal to follow the fleet to the Caribbean where she finds love. Icarus Falling at the Creole Gallery, Lansing. Oct. 20, 22, 28-29. $10. 517-290-4375. http://www.icarusfalling.com.
Steel Magnolias An unforgettable group of women laugh, cry, gossip and survive the hardships of life in a beauty parlor in a small town in Louisiana. Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester. Wed.-Sun., through Nov. 6. $20-$36. 248-377-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.com.
Sylvia The female that a man brings home has his wife seeing red – despite the fact that the female is a dog! The Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in repertory through Dec. 1. $20-$28. 313-577-2972. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu.
Thoroughly Modern Millie A Midwestern girl makes her way to New York in search of love and a modern marriage. Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp. Oct. 21-22 only. $40-$45. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com.
Two Men in a Box Two men summon the courage to triumph over adversities and take the greatest pains to go nowhere in an original comedy that mixes existential theater and Vaudeville. Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Thu.-Sun. through Oct. 15. $15. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
Love Is… Everyone wants to be loved, but as a colorful array of characters discover, that’s not as easy as it sounds! Red Haze Productions at 1515 Broadway, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., Oct. 13-16 only. $20. 313-585-4921.
Our Town The Pulitzer Prize-winning drama centered on a small New Hampshire town in the early 20th century. The Theatre Company at The University of Detroit Mercy, a mix of student and professional actors, at the Marygrove College Theatre, Detroit. Fri.-Sun. through Oct. 16. $15. 313-933-3270. http://theatre.udmercy.edu.
Twelfth Night Shakespeare’s comedic tale of unattainable love and mistaken identity. Eastern Michigan University Theatre at Quirk Theatre, Ypsilanti. Oct. 14-16 & 20-22. $15. 734-487-1221.
The Waiting Room Three women from different centuries suffer from physical ailments brought upon by their search for beauty. Oakland University’s Dept. of Music, Theatre and Dance at Varner Studio Theatre, Rochester Hills. Thu.-Sun., through Oct. 16. $12. 248-370-3013. http://www2.oakland.edu/mtd.
Angels in America, Part II: Perestroika Reunite with the characters from last season’s “Millennium Approaches” and see how their stories end. Stagecrafters on the Baldwin Theatre’s 2nd Stage, Royal Oak. Oct. 14-16 & 20-23. $12. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.org.
Dark of the Moon A supernatural romance in which a woman falls in love with a witch boy who gives up his powers to marry her. Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing. Thu.-Sun., Oct. 20-30. $10-$12. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com.
Decipher In a dark blizzard, a true-crime novelist with something to hide shelters a stranger who is not what he seems. Flint City Theatre at the Good Beans Cafe, Flint. Oct. 20-22 only. $5. 810-341-6912. http://www.flintcitytheatre.com.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch The popular rock musical serves to benefit University of Michigan-Flint’s LGBT Center. Flint City Theatre at UM-Flint’s Kiva Room at 303 E. Kearsley St. in Flint. Oct. 20-22 only. $10. 810-237-4663. http://www.flintcitytheatre.com.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch The groundbreaking story of an internationally ignored song stylist who is left with an “angry inch” after becoming a victim of a botched sex-change operation. Whole Art Theater, Kalamazoo. Fri.-Sat., Oct. 14-Nov. 5. $22. 269-345-PLAY.http://www.wholeart.org.
Sweeney Todd Stephen Sondheim’s demon barber of Fleet Street returns. St. Dunstan’s Guild of Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills. Oct. 21-22, 28-30 & Nov. 3-5. $18. 248-644-0527. http://www.stdunstanstheatre.com.
Tally’s Folly A bittersweet tale of two people’s search for love: a small town Methodist woman from a bigoted family and a slightly older Jewish accountant. SRO Productions at the Historic Burgh, Southfield. Fri.-Sun., through Oct. 23. $10. 248-796-4645.
Taming of the Shrew Shakespeare’s treasured comedy about a headstrong young woman and the one man who tries to tame her soul by capturing her heart. Farmington Players, Farmington Hills. Fri.-Sun. through Oct. 15, plus Thu., Oct. 6. $13. 248-553-2955. http://www.farmingtonplayers.org.
Theater for Young Audiences:
After the Beanstalk A funny and engaging continuation of the “Jack and the Beanstalk” classic tale. A Second City Children’s Theater production at The Second City, Novi. Every Sat. morning, Oct. 22-Dec. 17. $10. 248-348-4448. http://www.secondcity.com.
All Hallows Eve A Halloween fantasy designed for ages 5 and up, with certain performances including the Hobgoblin Buffet. Flint Youth Theatre at Bower Theater, Flint. Fri.-Sat., Oct. 14-29. Call for ticket information. 810-237-1530. http://www.flintyouththeatre.com.
Dragon Tales Live: Missing Music Mystery This larger-than-life musical mystery is non-stop fun for young audiences. Fabulous Fox Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sun, Oct. 13-16. $14-$28. 248-433-1515. http://www.olympiaentertainment.com.
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie & Other Stories A sparkling musical revue based on popular children’s books. Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor. Sat., Oct. 16. $10. 734-763-TKTS. http://www.michtheater.org.
Jim Fitzsimmons, Magician A fast paced presentation that offers young people to try their hand at magic and unlock their potential to accomplish the impossible. A Saturday Series for Young People presentation at Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Sat., Oct. 22 only. $10/adults, $7/children 16 and under. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org.
Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great A new musical about the growing-up adventures of Sheila Tubman, an unlikely but likable heroine. ArtsPower National Touring Theatre at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp. Sat., Oct. 15 only. $10. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com.
Improvisation/Late Night/Interactive/Dinner Theater:
8 – An Antiplay Watch as the first professional production of this one act play doesn’t unfold as it tackles the question: Why 8? A Late Night production at Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Thu.-Sat. through Oct. 15. $5. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
The Graveyard Train The final scene of a blockbuster movie is about to be filmed: Who will survive the death-defying stunts? Who will drop their lines? And who will drop dead? Random Acts on the Old Road Murder Mystery Dinner Train, Charlotte. Every Saturday through Oct. 29. $57.95 includes dinner and show. 888-726-8277. http://www.random-acts.net.
Improv Inferno A new comedy lounge in Downtown Ann Arbor with five nights of fun: “Super Fun Karaoke” hit the stage on Wednesday nights; Thursday hosts “Catfight” and “High Octane”; Friday & Saturday feature the Detroit Neutrino Project,” “The Damnation Game,” and at Midnight, “The X Show”; and the week closes on Sunday with “Get Up! Stand Up!” and “The Sweet Spot with Eye Candy.” $5-$10. 734-214-7080. http://www.improvinferno.com.
In iPod We Trust Second City’s 26th review explores political and societal elements from Detroit, Novi and national perspectives. The Second City, Novi. Every Wed.-Sun. $15-$20. 248-348-4448. http://www.secondcity.com.
It’s All in the Words The fast-paced cabaret-style musical romp with songstress Kate Brennan and music director Harvey reed returns to entertain lovers of great music. Cuisine Restaurant, Detroit. Fridays in October through Oct. 21. $45, includes three-course dinner and show. 313-872-5110.
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. Planet Ant, Hamtramck. Every Monday. $5. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
Monky Business An evil real estate developer threatens to turn a monastery into a casino unless the monks can raise $250,000 by midnight. StarBrite Productions at Miles World Italian Restaurant, Fraser. Fri. & Sat. through Nov. 19. $39.95, includes three-course dinner and the show. 586-415-4500. http://www.starbriteprod.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. Motoprism at the Improv Inferno, Ann Arbor. Every Sunday. $10. 734-214-7080. http://www.improvinferno.com.
Right on Maple, Left at the Altar An original comedy that chronicles one man’s journey that leaves him, well, left at the altar! A Second City Alternative Production at The Second City, Novi. Late night every Thursday through Nov. 3. $10. 248-348-4448. http://www.secondcity.com.
The 313 The area’s best improvisers who’ve “gone Hollywood” return for one night only with their unique brand of long-form improv. Improv Inferno, Ann Arbor. Fri., Oct. 14. $15-$20. 734-214-7080. http://www.improvinferno.com.
AUDITIONS & CLASSES:
VEE CORPORATION PRODUCTIONS – adult auditions for “Dragon Tales Live,” “Sesame Street Live,” and “Care Bears Live,” Oct. 14 at the Fabulous Fox Theatre, 612-852-2307; EVENING WITH THE ARTS – auditions for a family-friendly version of “A Chorus Line,” Oct. 24, 248-477-3830.