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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. http://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. http://www.mbtheatre.com.
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. http://www.detroitreptheatre.com.
Death of a Salesman Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning drama about the downward spiral of a simple, flawed man whose time has come and gone. Performed in Repertory at the Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, Jan. 7 – March 24. Tickets: $15 – $22. (313) 577-2960. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu/t_hilberry.html.
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. http://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, extended through Jan. 30. Tickets: $35 – $40. 313-872-1000. http://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. http://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. http://www.plowshares.org.
Men in Suits An evening of theater that features two dark comedies that fans of “Goodfellas” and “The Godfather” will love, “Men in Suits” and “Family Values.” Presented Friday through Sunday by the Detroit Ensemble Theatre, Roseville, Jan. 7 – 22. Tickets: $15. 888-220-8471. http://www.detroitensembletheatre.com.
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. http://www.gemtheatre.com.
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. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu/t_hilberry.html.
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. http://www.olympiaentertainment.com.
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. http://www.performancenetwork.org.
Tim Conway and Harvey Korman: Together Again The two veteran comedians come to Detroit with highlights from their memorable moments with “The Carol Burnett Show.” Presented at the fabulous Fox Theatre, Detroit, Jan. 8 only. Tickets: $45 – $65. 313-471-6611. http://www.olympiaentertainment.com.
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.
Blithe Spirit Noel Cowards spirited comedy about a medium who successfully materializes the dead wife of a recently remarried author. Staged by the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre at the Civic Auditorium, Kalamazoo, Jan. 7 – 8, 13 – 16 & 21 – 22. Tickets: $13. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com.
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 at the Hamilton Theatre Studio Theatre, Hamilton, ONT, for a special New Year’s Eve Gala performance on Dec. 31. Tickets: $20 CAD. 905-522-3032. http://www.hamiltontheatre.com.
Improvisation/Late Night/Interactive/Dinner Theater:
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. 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. Presented every Monday night (except holidays) at Planet Ant, Hamtramck. Tickets: $5. 313-365-4948. http://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 at the Music Box at The Max, Detroit, Dec. 22 – 23, 26 – 30 and Jan. 2. Tickets: $34. 313-576-5111. http://www.detroitsymphony.com.
Onstage & Unplugged Jeff Daniels and his acoustic guitar return to the PRTC stage for the fourth time with his one-man show. Presented at the Purple Rose Theatre, Chelsea, Dec. 28 – 31 & Jan. 5 – 8. Tickets: $50 – $75. 734-433-7673. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org.
Pedro Orsini’s Parade of Penniless Players An original improv performance that bridges the gap between Commedia dell’ arte, sketch writing and modern improv. Presented Thursday through Sunday at Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck, through Jan. 9. Tickets: $10 – $15. 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. Staged every Sunday evening by Motoprism at the Matrix Theatre, Detroit. Tickets: $10. 313-967-0999. http://www.matrixtheatre.org.
Spirit of 86 An original comedy directed by Brett Guennel. A Late Night production presented Thursday through Saturday at Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck, Dec. 30 – Jan 8. Tickets: $5. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
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. 30. Tickets: $60, which includes a full Italian dinner by Andiamo’s. 586-268-7820. http://www.freedomhill.net.
AUDITIONS, NOTICES AND CLASSES:
Marshall Civic Players – “Cinderella,” Jan. 2 & 3, 269-781-3335; Park Players – “The Wiz,” Jan. 5 & 9, 313-835-1103; Lakeland Players – “The Cemetery Club,” Jan. 17 & 18, 248-681-1090.