A Christmas Carol Nineteenth century London comes alive as Ebenezer Scrooge encounters the Spirits of Christmas in this original adaptation by Geoffrey Sherman. Presented Wednesday through Sunday at the BoarsHead Theatre, through Dec. 23. Tickets: $25 – $33. 517-484-7805. www.boarshead.org.
A Christmas Carol The timeless Dickens’ classic returns for yet another holiday season. Presented Friday through Sunday (with performances scheduled on certain Wednesdays and Thursdays) at Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester, through Dec. 23. Tickets: $20 – $36. 248-377-3300. www.mbtheatre.com.
A Christmas Carol This Scrooge tale is making its rounds through southeast Michigan courtesy of Barry Williams, Jackee Harry and Jeff Conaway. Presented at Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Detroit, Dec. 7 – 12 only. Tickets: $37.50 – $61.50. 313-963-2366. www.musichall.org.
Blithe Spirit The dead won’t go away in Nol Coward’s farce, where if one wife is too manyÉhow about two? Performed in Repertory at the Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, through Dec. 11. Tickets: $15 – $22. (313) 577-2960. www.theatre.wayne.edu/t_hilberry.html.
Coming to Life Five feisty old ladies in the Harvest Moon Retirement House assert their quirky personalities in a discussion group formed to create some activity. Presented Thursday through Sunday by the Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit, through Dec. 26. Tickets: $17. 313-868-1347. www.detroitreptheatre.com.
Cycling Past the Matterhorn A British psychic wants to avoid her own reality by moving to America. Staged Thursday through Sunday by the UDM Theatre Company, a mix of student and professional actors, at the Marygrove College Theatre, Detroit, through Dec. 5. Tickets: $14. 313-927-1563. http://theatre.udmercy.edu.
The Dybbuk for Two People A gender-bending tale featuring two performers who create an entire shtetl society around two doomed lovers. Staged Wednesday through Sunday (excluding Friday) by the Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company at the DeRoy Theatre, West Bloomfield, through Jan. 2. Tickets: $27 – $37. 248-788-2900. www.jettheatre.org.
Duck Hunter Shoots Angel A tabloid journalist searches for two Alabama swamp poachers who believe they shot a celestial being. Presented Tuesday through Sunday at the City Theatre, Detroit, through Jan. 2. Tickets: $35 – $40. 313-872-1000. www.nederlanderdetroit.com.
Evita A sweeping pop opera that tells the epic tale of the rise and fall of Eva Peron. Presented Tuesday through Sunday at the Fisher Theatre, Detroit, through Dec. 12. Tickets: $32.50 – $72.50. 313-872-1000. www.nederlanderdetroit.com.
Forbidden Christmas Everything is subject to mockery in this whimsical blend of musical parodies. Presented Tuesday through Sunday at the Century Theatre, Detroit, through Dec. 31. Tickets: $30.50 – $39.50. 313-963-9800. www.gemtheatre.com.
He is Christmas A pastor and his congregation tell the story of the birth of Jesus with an African-inspired storytelling style. Staged Thursday through Sunday by the Plowshares Theatre Company at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, through Dec. 24. Tickets: $15 – $30. 313-872-0279. www.plowshares.org.
Menopause The Musical A joyful musical parody about four women who have nothing in common except a certain shared experience! Presented Tuesday through Sunday at the Gem Theatre, Detroit, for an open run. Tickets: $39.50. 313-963-9800. www.gemtheatre.com.
The Merry Wives of Windsor Multiple suitors and practical jokes abound in one of the few Shakespeare comedies written in prose and set in an actual country. Performed in Repertory at the Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, through Dec. 18. Tickets: $15 – $22. (313) 577-2960. www.theatre.wayne.edu/t_hilberry.html.
Mother Courage and Her Children Bertoit Brecht’s masterpiece that follows Anna Fierling and her family during the Thirty Years War in Eastern Europe. Performed in Repertory at the Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, through Jan. 29. Tickets: $15 – $22. (313) 577-2960. www.theatre.wayne.edu/t_hilberry.html.
The Mystery of Irma Vep Two actors play all eight characters in this campy tribute to Gothic horror films. Presented Wednesday through Saturday at the Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea, through Dec. 18. Tickets: $17.50 – $32.50. 734-433-7673. www.purplerosetheatre.org.
The Producers A down-on-his-luck producer and his mousy accountant come up with a scam to produce the ultimate theatrical failure – and they failÉbig time! Presented at the Wharton Center, East Lansing, Dec. 7 – 12 only. Tickets: $41 – $68. 517-432-2000. www.whartoncenter.com.
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular The Rockettes and their beloved holiday production returns to entertain families for its eighth season. Scheduled for 52 performances at the fabulous Fox Theatre, Detroit, through Dec. 26. Tickets: $20.50 – 65.50. 313-471-6611. www.olympiaentertainment.com.
The Santaland Diaries & Season’s Greetings Two unusual monologues in search of the true meaning of Christmas. Suggested for mature audiences. Staged Thursday through Sunday by Luree Productions at the Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti, through Dec. 12. Tickets: $10 – $13. 734-276-7166. A benefit performance for the HIV/AIDS Resource Center is scheduled for Dec. 16 at the Kerrytown Concert House, Ann Arbor. Tickets: $15. 734-769-2999.
Scene Showcase Come see what’s on the minds of young people in these original scenes created and staged by the youth groups at Matrix Theatre. Staged by Teatro de la Vida & Elders at the Matrix Theatre, Detroit, Dec. 3 only. Tickets: $8 – $15. 313-967-0999. www.matrixtheatre.org.
She Loves Me A hilarious romance unfolds as two feuding store clerks unknowingly exchange love letters through the personals section of a newspaper. Presented Thursday through Sunday at Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor, through Dec. 26. Tickets: $24.50 – 34.50. 734-663-0681. www.performancenetwork.org.
Topdog Underdog Two brothers share a passion for street life, hustling 3-Card Monte and all the problems faced when each tries to be the “top dog.” Staged Thursday through Sunday by the African Renaissance Theater at the Redd Apple Gallery, Detroit, through Jan. 2. Tickets: $15 – $40. 313-567-0712.
The Wizard of Oz Last season’s box office hit is further explored in a more spacious location. Staged Thursday through Sunday by Planet Ant Theatre at Hastings Street Ballroom, Detroit, through Dec. 19. Tickets: $10 – $15. 313-365-4948. www.planetant.com.
Anne of Green Gables A mistake made by an orphanage sends an independent young girl to a farm family expecting a boy to help with the chores. Presented Friday through Sunday at the Bonstelle Theatre, Detroit, Dec. 10 – 19. Tickets: $12. 313-577-2960. www.theatre.wayne.edu/t_bonstelle.html.
Dinner with Friends How far can a longtime relationship between two couples fall before it breaks? Presented Thursday through Saturday at the Studio Theatre on the campus of Wayne State University, Detroit, Dec. 2 – 11. Tickets: $9. 313-577-2972. www.theatre.wayne.edu/t_studio.html.
Amahl and the Night Visitors The beloved opera about a poor shepherd boy who sees a huge star in the sky and is amazed by the visitors it brings. Staged by Red Hen Productions at the Franke Center for the Arts, Marshall, Dec. 10 & 11 only. Tickets: $15. 269-781-0001. www.marshallciviccenter.org.
Charley’s Aunt The classic masterpiece filled with mistaken identities, sight gags, physical humor and a man dressed as a woman. Presented by the Farmington Players, Farmington Hills, Dec. 2 – 5 & 9 – 11. Tickets: $13. 248-553-2955. www.farmingtonplayers.org.
A Christmas Survival Guide A hilarious look at the stresses of the holiday season that provides tips for surviving even the most trying circumstances! Presented Friday through Sunday at the Hamilton Theatre Studio Theatre, Hamilton, ONT, Dec. 3 – 19 (excluding Dec 5). Tickets: $20 CAD. 905-522-3032. www.hamiltontheatre.com. Also a special New Year’s Eve Gala performance on Dec. 31.
The Goat or Who is Sylvia? A bold new play by Edward Albee about a man who’s at the pinnacle of his life risks losing it all when he must confess to his wife that he’s involved in another relationship. Presented by Whole Art Theater, Kalamazoo, Dec. 3 – 4, 10 – 12 & 17 – 18. Tickets: $18. 269-345-PLAY. www.wholeart.org.
The House of Yes A dark comedy that explores dysfunctional family values. Staged Thursday through Saturday by Flint City Theatre at The Good beans Caf, Flint, Dec. 9 – 18. Tickets: $5. 810-341-6912. www.flintcitytheatre.com.
Music and More An evening of acting, dancing, music and more featuring performers singing some of Broadway’s greatest tunes. Presented by Avon Players, Rochester Hills, Dec. 3 – 5 only. Tickets: $20. 248-608-9077. www.avonplayers.org.
The Rocky Horror Show A pair of young lovers find themselves on a stormy night with a flat tire at the door of a very strange mansion. Staged Thursday through Saturday by Actors’ Theatre at Spectrum Theater, Grand Rapids, Dec. 9 – 18. Tickets: $25. 616-234-3946. www.actorsatspectrum.org.
Theater for Young Audiences:
Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping Literal-minded Amelia always follows instructions, but see what happens when she goes on her first camping trip! Staged by Story Salad Productions for Youtheatre at the Millennium Centre, Southfield, Dec. 4 only. Tickets: $8. 248-557-7529. www.youtheatre.org; then Dec. 5 at the Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor. Tickets: 10 – $12. 734-763-TKTS. www.michtheater.org.
Babes in Toyland The delightful Victor Herbert production weaves fantasy with reality in a land where toys talk, walk and sing. Presented at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp., Dec. 4 only. Tickets: $25 – $40. 586-286-2222. www.macombcenter.com.
The Big Friendly Giant A young orphan is swept away to Giant Country where she makes a very unusual friend. Staged by EMU Theatre at the Sponberg Theatre, Ypsilanti, Dec. 2 – 5 only. Tickets: $6/children, $12 – $14/adults. 734-487-1221.
The Frog Prince Romp through the swamp with a prince who’s been turned into a frog. Presented Friday through Sunday at the Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing, through Dec. 12. Tickets: $6/adults, $4/children. 517-482-5700. www.riverwalktheatre.com.
Mr. Scrooge A musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens’ classic for all ages. Staged by Stagecrafters’ Youth Theatre at the Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak, Dec. 9 – 12 only. Tickets: $6/youth; $9/adults. 248-541-6430. www.stagecrafters.org.
Revisions of Sugar Plums Puppets and life-size characters tell the enchanting tale of a young boy and girl on a magical dream flight through a fantasy world. Staged Friday and Saturday by the Flint Youth Theatre at Bower Theater, Flint, Dec. 3 – 18, with a special opening performance on Thursday, Dec. 2. Tickets: $8/children, $10/adults. 810-237-1530. www.flintyouththeatre.com.
Improvisation/Late Night/Interactive/Dinner Theater:
Hypnotist Kevin Lepine The national award-winning comedy hypnotist will amaze local audiences for two shows only. Presented at Improv Inferno, Ann Arbor, Dec. 3 & 4 only. Tickets: $10. 734-214-7080. www.improvinferno.com.
Improv Got Run Over by a Reindeer A collection of improve games takes on the “joys” of the holidays and the reasons they make everyone so crazy! A Late Night production staged Thursday through Saturday by Project Pangea at Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor, Dec. 9 – 18. Tickets: $10. 734-663-0681. www.performancenetwork.org.
Improv Inferno A new comedy lounge in Downtown Ann Arbor with five nights of fun: A one-act comedy, “Trailer Park Traci Almost Saves Christmas,” runs Wednesday nights; Thursday hosts The Lava Club and “The Catfight,” with the area’s hottest improv groups; Friday and Saturday features “The Damnation Game,” and at Midnight, “The X Show”; and open mike night rules on Sunday with “Get Up Stand Up.” Tickets: $5 – $10. 734-214-7080. www.improvinferno.com.
Jesus Cake, Fat-Pants and the Theory of Relativity It’s the day before Thanksgiving and two artists are prepping themselves, one glass of whisky at a time, to deal with their families. Presented Thursday through Saturday as a late night production in the Mosh Pit, located at Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor, through Dec. 4. Tickets: $10. 734-663-0681. www.performancenetwork.org.
Late Night Catechism 2 New sins of the new millennium are discussed by the Good Sister who returns in a sequel filled with hysterical insights into the Catholic school experience. Presented Wednesday through Sunday in the Music Box at The Max, Detroit, through Dec. 5. Tickets: $12 – $38. 313-576-5111. www.detroitsymphony.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. Presented every Monday night (except holidays) at Planet Ant, Hamtramck. Tickets: $5. 313-365-4948. www.planetant.com.
The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold The Good Sister from “Late Night Catechism” returns, this time trying to uncover who it was that made off with the gold coins leaving baby Jesus and his parents in a lousy stable without any chance of an upgrade to a suite! Presented Tuesday through Sunday at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp., Dec. 7 – 19. Tickets: $30. 586-286-2222. www.macombcenter.com.; then in the Music Box at The Max, Detroit, Dec. 21 – 23, 26– 30 and Jan. 2. Tickets: $34. 313-576-5111. www.detroitsymphony.com.
Original Comedy Show #15 An original improv performance that bridges the gap between Commedia dell’ arte, sketch writing and modern improv. Presented Thursday through Sunday at Planet Ant, Hamtramck, Dec. 10 – Jan. 9. Tickets: $10 – $15. 313-365-4948. 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. Staged every Sunday evening by Motoprism at the Matrix Theatre, Detroit. Tickets: $10. 313-967-0999. www.matrixtheatre.org.
Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding The Nunzio and Vitale clans come together to celebrate a sacred event, but crazy relatives reign at the reception. Staged by the Detroit Actors Guild at Freedom Hill’s Ralph A. Liberato Hall, Sterling Heights, Dec. 2 – 4, 9 – 11, 16 – 18 & 30. Tickets: $60, which includes a full Italian dinner by Andiamo’s. 586-268-7820. www.freedomhill.net.
AUDITIONS, NOTICES AND CLASSES:
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS – seeking an associate producer and production crew for a one-night Broadway-style AIDS Benefit concert early next year in the Ferndale area. Call 212-591-0361 for details.