Arts & Entertainment Listings
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In a musical comedy based on a supermarket tabloid, Bat Boy: The Musical tells the story of a half-boy, half-bat creature who grew up in a cave. April 12-21. $25.
3424 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-577-2960; bonstelle.com.
Detroit Repertory Theatre
A Thousand Circlets continues this month. Architect Earl Leighton hosts a family gathering, intending to announce he’s building a skyscraper. However, his announcement is dulled when it’s revealed he’s losing his memory. Until May 19. $17, $20.
13103 Woodrow Wilson, Detroit; 313-868-3686; detroitreptheater.com.
Eastern Michigan University Theatre
Julia and Herman’s love story hits some major bumps in the road. Dealing with South Carolina’s interracial marriage laws in 1918, the couple is forced to keep their love under wraps in the inspiring play, Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black and White. April 5-14. $7-$15.
103 Quirk Building, Ypsilanti; 734-487-2282; emich.edu/emutheatre.
Winner of the 2010 Tony Award for best musical, Memphis tells the story of aspiring radio DJ Huey Calhoun as he works to change the radio industry by playing the rock ’n’ roll music from underground black dance clubs. Set in the 1950s, the show offers laughter, emotion, and roof-raising tunes. April 9-21. $34-$89
3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit; 313-972-4000; broadwayindetroit.com.
The classic story of the boy who wouldn’t grow up, Peter Pan offers magical spectacle to enchant audiences and families. April 19-21.
2211 Woodward, Detroit; 313-471-6611; olympiaentertainment.com.
Henry Ford Community College
Illustrating tragedies of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s civil war, the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Ruined examines the political, economic, and cultural forces through the life of a shrewd businesswoman. April 11-21. $12-$15.
5101 Evergreen Rd., Dearborn; 313-845-9817; theatre.hfcc.edu.
• The friendship forged between two couples in a suburban neighborhood quickly spirals out of control in Detroit. The comedy explores what happens when you open yourself up to new experiences. Through April 5.
• In an infamous French insane asylum, the Marquis de Sade directs other inmates to re-create the murder of Jean-Paul Marat in Marat/Sade, a play-within-a-play based on true events. April 19-May 11. $20-$30.
4743 Cass, Detroit; 313-577-2972; hilberry.com.
• In a new musical featuring 1960s hits, Life Could Be a Dream will keep audiences engaged, laughing, and singing along. April 24-May-19.
• In The Constant Wife, well-mannered London doctor Constance Middleton hides her knowledge of her husband’s affair with her best friend in order to pull out a few surprises of her own. Through April 14. $25-$40.
207 Wilson Hall, Rochester; 248-377-3300; mbtheatre.com.
Plowshares Theatre Company
In Gem of the Ocean, a play by Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson, Aunt Ester, a 287-year-old family matriarch and former slave, teaches her houseguests about healing, redemption, and forgiveness. April 19-May 12. $10-$32.
3663 Woodward Ave. Suite 150, Detroit; 313-744-3181; plowshares.org.
Performance Network Theatre
Premiering in Michigan after a run on Broadway, The Mountaintop chronicles Martin Luther King Jr., in his Memphis hotel room the night before his assassination. April 25-June 2. $27-$41.
120 E. Huron St., Ann Arbor; 734-663-0681; peformancenetwork.org.
In a comedy of manners, Mrs. Mannerly follows 10-year-old Jeffrey, who is obsessed with good manners, as he attempts to maneuver his way to the top of his etiquette class. April 4-May 5. $29-$32.
2357 Caniff, Hamtramck; 313-365-4948; planetant.com.
University Musical Society
In a modernized version of Euripides’ The Trojan Women, this anti-war drama is a meditation on the moments of individual choice that separate death and life, despair and hope, future and past. April 27-28. $18-$48.
121 Fletcher St., Ann Arbor; 734-764-2538; ums.org.
University of Detroit Mercy
In a compilation of works by Pulitzer Prize-nominated writer Theresa Rebeck, A Cabaret of Theresa Rebeck’s Plays will showcase the talents of the faculty and staff in a production that will be full of drama and humor. April 12-21. $10 students, $17-$20 adults.