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.
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.
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. In previews through Sept. 23, opens Sept. 24 and runs 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. Sept. 23-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., Sept. 30-Nov. 13. $29.50-$34.50. 313-963-9800. http://www.gemtheatre.com.
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 through Sept. 22; opens Sept. 23 and runs Thu.-Sun. through Oct. 30. $24.50-$36. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org.
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. through Sept. 25. $25-$33. 517-484-7805. http://www.boarshead.org.
Little Shop of Horrors A meel Skid Row florist makes a Faustian pact with a tiny plant to win the heart of the girl he loves. Broadway Theatre Guild at DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids. Tue.-Sun., Sept. 27-Oct. 2. $32-$57. 616-235-6285. http://www.broadwaytheatreguild.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.
Miss Saigon Broadway’s classic love story set in 1975 during the final days leading up to the evacuation of Saigon. Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp. Fri.-Sun., Sept. 23-25. $40-$45. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.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. through Sept. 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. Thu.-Sun. through Oct. 15. $15. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
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., Sept. 30-Oct. 16. $15. 313-933-3270. http://theatre.udmercy.edu.
Big River The musical adaptation of “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” Avon Players, Rochester Hills. Fri.-Sun. through Oct. 1. $16. 248-608-9077. http://www.avonplayers.org.
Burning Love A fundraiser consisting of six 10-minute plays inspired by the sonnets of Shakespeare. Whole Art Theater at the Epic Theater, Kalamazoo. Sept. 23-24 only. $25. 269-345-PLAY. http://www.wholeart.org.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum A non-stop laugh-fest in which a crafty Roman slave struggles to win the hand of a beautiful, but slow-witted courtesan. Grosse Pointe Theatre at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, Grosse Pointe Woods. Thu.-Sun. through Oct. 1. $20. 313-881-4004. http://www.gpt.org.
Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train A hard-hitting account of being trapped in the criminal justice system. Actors’ Theatre at Spectrum Theater, Grand Rapids. Thu.-Sat., Sept. 22-Oct.1. $22. 616-234-3946. http://www.actorsatspectrum.org.
Like Mother, Like Hell A daughter struggles to avoid turning into her mother. Flint City Theatre at the Good Beans Cafe, Flint. Thu.-Sat., Sept. 22-Oct.1. $5. 810-237-4663. http://www.flintcitytheatre.com.
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. 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., through Sept. 25. $10. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com.
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., Sept. 23-Oct. 15, plus Thu., Oct. 6. $13. 248-553-2955. http://www.farmingtonplayers.org.
Theater for Young Audiences:
Ferdinand the Bull A bilingual musical about a bull who prefers to peacefully smell the flowers than become a famous Toro in the bullfighting ring. Performance Network Theatre’s Saturday Series for Young People, Ann Arbor. Sat., Sept. 24 only. $10. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org
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. Previews Sept. 29 and runs Thu.-Sat. Sept. 30-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.
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 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 – open auditions for “Lady Day at Emerson Bar and Grill,” Oct. 10, 313-872-0279; SUNSETS WITH SHAKESPEARE – auditions for the world premiere of T.E. Klunzinger’s musical comedy “To Be Announced,” Oct. 2 & 3, e-mail [email protected] for details; MOSAIC YOUTH THEATRE – auditions for actors, singers and technicians, Sept. 27-29, 313-872-6910, ext. 4008.