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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. 313-872-1000. http://www.nederlanderdetroit.com.
And The Winner Is An Oscar-nominated Hollywood actor wakes up in a strange bar where time has no meaning and where nothing is as it seems. Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea. Wed.-Sun. through Sept. 24. $17.50-32.50. 734-433-7673. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org.
Celebrate Great Lakes 2005 I unique and vibrant musical production that portrays the history of the Great Lakes through storytelling, music, dance and laughs. Attic Theatre, Ann Arbor, at the following dates and locations: Sept. 10, Heritage Festival, Wyandotte; Sept. 11, Howe Field, Eaton Rapids. http://www.cgl2005.org.
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. In previews Sept. 15-22; opens Sept. 23 and runs Thu.-Sun. through Oct. 30. $24.50-$36. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org.
An Immaculate Misconception The emotionally charged issues connected with reproductive science are examined in a multi-media production about a high-flying scientist who needs a womb to try her new cure for male infertility. Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Sept. 7-10, 14, & 16-17. $25. 313-577-2972.
King ‘o the Moon The sequel to last year’s popular “Over the Tavern” follows the Pazinski family into the rebellious ’60s. BoarsHead Theatre, Lansing. Wed.-Sun., Sept. 8-25. $25-$33. 517-484-7805. http://www.boarshead.org.
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.
The Rocky Horror Show The spectacular cult hit musical returns once again to do the “Time Warp,” with costume contests, audience participation and other intergalactic events! Meadow Brook Theatre at Meadow Brook Music Festival, Rochester. Sept. 8-11 only. $20-$36. 248-377-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.com.
Tape A high-stakes drama filled with mind games and double talk that examines motives of memory, perception and truth. Breathe Art Theatre Project at 1515 Broadway, Detroit. Thu.-Sat. Sept. 8-24. $10 & $18. 313-965-1515.
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. In previews Sept. 8; opens Sept. 9 and runs Thu.-Sun. through Oct. 15. $15. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
What a Glorious Feeling The world premiere back-story musical that tells how Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen created one of Hollywood’s most memorable movie musicals ever. Mason Street Warehouse, Saugatuck. Tue-Sun. through Sept. 11. $27.50 & $30. 269-857-4898. http://www.masonstreetwarehouse.org.
Big River The musical adaptation of “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” Avon Players, Rochester Hills. Fri.-Sun. Sept. 9-Oct. 1. $16. 248-608-9077. http://www.avonplayers.org.
The Music Man A quintessential slice of Americana in which a fast-talking traveling salesman attempts to con a small town in Iowa. Stagecrafters at Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak. Sept. 9-11, 15-18, 22-25 & 30-Oct. 2. $16-$18. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.org.
The Ritz A mob flunky targeted for execution takes refuge in a gay bath house. Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing. Thu.-Sun., Sept. 15-25. $10. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com.
Some Enchanted Evening A musical revue celebrating the works of Rodgers and Hammerstein. Marshall Civic Players at the Franke Center for the Arts, Marshall. Sept. 9-10 & 16-18. $15. 269-781-3335. http://www.marshallcivicplayers.org.
Sweet & Hot A razzmatazz, high-energy revue that celebrates the songs of one of America’s greatest composers, Harold Arlen. Richmond Community Theatre, Richmond. Sept. 8-11 & 16-18. $15. 586-727-9518.
Waving Goodbye A 17-year-old photographer loses her father in a mountain climbing accident and must spend the next year with the mother who abandoned her. Buckham Alley Theatre, Flint. Fri.-Sun. through Sept. 18. $10. 810-239-4477. http://www.buckhamtheatre.com.
West Side Story The modern-day update of “Romeo and Juliet” set in the mean streets of New York. Ann Arbor Civic Theatre at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., Sept. 15-18 only. $24. 734-971-2228. http://www.a2ct.org.
Improvisation/Late Night/Interactive/Dinner Theater:
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 Sept. 10-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.
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.
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.
AUDITIONS & CLASSES:
PLOWSHARES THEATRE COMPANY Ð general auditions Sept. 10, 313-872-0279; FLINT YOUTH THEATRE Ð offering theater classes for students in grades three Ð 12 beginning Sept. 13, 810-237-1530; SPOTLIGHT PLAYERS Ð auditions for “It’s A Wonderful Life,” Sept. 19-20, 248-349-7110.