Theater Events for the period Aug. 10-19

Compiled by Donald V. Calamia

PROFESSIONAL THEATER/OPERA:

Cabaret The seedy glamour of the Kit Kat Klub comes alive in this newest version of the popular musical. Mason Street Warehouse, Saugatuck. Tuesday-Sunday, through Aug. 20. $22-$33. (269) 857-4898. http://www.masonstreetwarehouse.org.

Honus and Me A charming and magical family comedy about a little leaguer who finds the most valuable baseball card in the world while cleaning out an elderly neighbor's attic. Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea. Wednesday-Sunday, through Sep. 2. $20-$35. (734) 433-7673. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org.

I Am My Own Wife The astonishing true-life tale about Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a publicly "out" transvestite in Nazi Germany. Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thursday-Sunday, through Aug. 27. $20-$34.50. (734) 663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org.

Menopause The Musical The hilarious musical set in Bloomingdales returns for its third sizzling year. Century Theatre, Detroit. Every Tuesday-Sunday $39.50. (313) 963-9800. http://www.gemtheatre.com.

On Golden Pond On their 44th visit to their summer cottage, a tart-tongued, retired professor and his wife have a life-changing experience. Ledges Playhouse Theatre Company, Grand Ledge. Friday-Sunday, through Aug. 13. $13-$15. (517) 694-3978. http://www.ledgesplayhouse.com.

Pink Thunderbird A compilation of two one-act comedies by James McLure, "Laundry and Bourbon" and "Lone Star." Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Friday-Sunday, Aug. 11-Sept. 2. $10-$15. (313) 365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.

Purlie A young, aspirant preacher sets out to acquire a church by conning a Georgia plantation owner out of his fortune. Mosaic Youth Theatre at Detroit Film Theatre/Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit. Friday-Sunday, Aug. 18-27. $18. (313) 833-4005. http://www.mosaicdetroit.org.

Vampire Lesbians of Sodom A rollicking, hysterical, over-the-top camp fest in which two fatally seductive female vampires share a bitter rivalry for 2,000 years. Who Wants Cake? at Xhedos Cafe, Ferndale. Friday-Saturday, through Aug. 12. $10. (248) 399-3946.

COMMUNITY/CIVIC THEATER:

Annie Leapin' Lizards! The ageless orphan returns to the stage once again to thrill children and adults alike. Avalon Theater at The Red Barn Playhouse, Saugatuck. Friday-Saturday, through Aug. 26. $15. (269) 857-5300.

Measure for Measure The Bard's dark comedy that explores morality and the law. Sunsets with Shakespeare in the Sun Bowl at the Lou Adado River Front Park, Lansing. Thursday-Sunday, through Aug. 13. Free/suggested donation $5. (517) 290-9125. http://www.sunsetswithshakespeare.com.

Opposite Socks An original comedy about two polar opposites, a college whiz kid and a cheerleader, who get trapped in a girl's locker room as a prank. Buckham Alley Theatre, Flint. Aug. 11-12, 18-20 & 25-27. $10. (810) 239-4477. http://www.buckhamtheatre.com.

THEATER FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES:

Day Out With Thomas 2006: Come Ride the Rails Tour A 40-minute train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine celebrates America's heritage railroads. Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad, Flint. Friday-Sunday, Aug. 18-27. $16. (866) 468-7630. http://www.geneseecountyparks.org.

Heidi A Swiss lass leaves her mountain home and beloved grandfather for life and adventure in the big city. Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing. Friday-Sunday, through Aug. 20. $8-$12/students; $10-$14/adults. (517) 482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.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 Wednesday-Sunday. $15-$20. Plus, every Wednesday: "Improv Jams." (248) 348-4448. http://www.secondcity.com.

Improv Inferno A comedy lounge in Downtown Ann Arbor with five nights of fun: "Citizen Improv" and "Super Fun Karaoke" hit the stage on Wednesday nights; Thursday hosts "Catfight" and "High Octane"; Friday and Saturday feature "Biff! Bang! Pow!," "The Damnation Game" and at Midnight, "The X Show"; and the week closes on Sunday with "The Corner," "Get Up! Stand Up," "The Sweet Spot with Eye Candy" and "The Weekend Wild Card." $5-$10. (734) 214-7080. http://www.improvinferno.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; plus, "AntJam." Planet Ant, Hamtramck. Every Monday. $5. (313) 365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.

Tony & Tina's Train Tony Marconi has collected and ridden on trains all his life, and now he plans on getting married on one. Or will he? Random Acts on the Old Road Murder Mystery Dinner Train, Charlotte. Every Saturday, through Sept. 30. $57.95 includes dinner and show. (888) 726-8277. http://www.random-acts.net.

AUDITIONS AND CLASSES:

ANN ARBOR CIVIC THEATRE - auditions for "Wake Up and Smell the Coffee," Aug. 27-28, (734) 971-2228.

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