Arborophilia An oblique comedy that manages to twist thoughts, maul marriage, poke politics, whack weather, muddy money and loop love around a tree. Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., through Dec. 30. $20. 313-868-1347. http://www.detroitreptheatre.com
Doubt Should a strong-minded woman in a Catholic school voice concerns about one of her male colleagues even if she’s not certain of the truth? Broadway Theatre Guild at DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids. Tue.-Sun., Jan. 2-7, 2007. $22-$67. 616-235-6285. http://www.bwaygr.org
Escanaba in Love The world premiere of Jeff Daniels’ hilarious prequel to his popular comedy set in the Soady deer camp during World War II. Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea. Wed.-Sun., extended through Jan. 20, 2007. $25-$35. 734-433-7673. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org
The Fantasticks Two young people fall in love, run off to see the world and learn a valuable lesson. Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun, through Dec. 31, plus Jan. 5-7. $25-$37. 734-663-0696. http://www.performancenetwork.org
Holiday Memories Two of Truman Capote’s short stories, “The Thanksgiving Visitor” and “Christmas Memories,” are adapted to the stage by Russell Vandenbroucke. BoarsHead Theater, Lansing. Wed.-Sun., through Dec. 31 (except Dec. 27). $20-$35. 517-484-7805. http://www.boarshead.org
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas A new stage adaptation of the beloved holiday classic film. Fox Theatre, Detroit. Tue.-Sun., through Dec. 30. $20-$100. 313-471-6611. http://www.olympiaentertainment.com
Jaques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris Brel’s ideas and music based on life and love, war and peace are transformed into a thrilling musical experience. Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company at the Aaron DeRoy Theatre on the campus of the Jewish Community Center, West Bloomfield. Wed., Thu., Sat. & Sun., through Jan. 6. $32-$39. 248-788-2900. http://www.jettheatre.org
Monty Python’s Spamalot The legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table as lovingly ripped from the motion picture, “Monty Python’s Holy Grail.” Fisher Theatre, Detroit. Tue.-Sun., through Jan. 6, 2007. $30-$85. 313-872-1000. http://www.nederlanderdetroit.com
Moses:39 Detroit’s premier performance artist is back by popular demand in his unique multimedia performance art piece. Satori Circus at 1515 Broadway, Detroit. Every Thu.-Sun., through Dec. 30. $15-$20. 313-965-1515.
Onstage & Unplugged Jeff Daniels and his blues guitar take to the stage with his arsenal of songs that are alternately humorous and touching. Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea. Fri.-Sun., Dec. 29-31. $65-$85. 734-433-7673. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org
The Phantom of the Opera The masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House is back to terrorize local audiences. Stranahan Theatre, Toledo. Tue.-Sun., Jan. 3-28, 2007. $22-$67. 419-474-1333. http://www.theaterleague.com
The Rat Pack is Back! Frank, Sammy, Dean and Joey return one more time to roll back the years and relive some of the most exciting times in popular entertainment. The Historic Gem Theatre, Detroit. Every Tue.-Sun through Dec. 31. $39.50-$44.50; previews half-price. 313-963-9800. http://www.gemtheatre.com
Side Man The twilight years of the big bands are examined through the life of a “sideman,” a backup to the star bandleaders. Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in repertory through Feb. 3, 2007. $15-$28. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com
Knick Knack An original student-written and student-directed play originally produced in April, 2006 returns briefly as a fundraiser to help offset expenses involved in staging the show at the prestigious American College Theatre Festival regional competition in Milwaukee. OU Sept. of Music, Theatre & Dance in the Varner Lab Theatre, Rochester. Sat., Jan. 6, 2007 at 2 & 8 p.m. $15. 248-370-2030. http://www2.oakland.edu/mtd
THEATER FOR FAMILIES & YOUNG AUDIENCES:
Clifford, The Big Red Dog Live! The much-loved characters from Birdwell Island for a fun-filled spectacle for the whole family. Wharton Center’s MSU Concert Auditorium, East Lansing. Sat., Dec. 30. $15-$20. 517-432-2000. http://www.whartoncenter.com
Dark Cowgirls and Prairie Queens The story of six African-American women who changed the course of Western expansion and history. A Young Company Production of Plowshares Theatre Company at the City Theatre, Detroit. Sat.-Sun., through Dec. 31. $13/children, $24/adults. 313-872-0279. http://www.plowshares.org
IMPROVISATION/LATE NIGHT/INTERACTIVE/DINNER THEATER:
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change Couples discover the truths and myths of dealing with the opposite sex. Front Row Productions at Club Venetian, Madison Heights. Fri.-Sun., Jan. 5-14, 2007. $50, includes three-course dinner, soft drinks and show. 248-399-6788.
Improv Inferno The Ann Arbor hotspot for comedy is back with four nights of laughs: “The Catfight” on Thu;. “O Christmas Triage” on Fri.; “The Damnation Game” on Sat.; and “Get Up! Stand Up!,” “Rap It Up!” and “The Sweet Spot with Eye Candy” on Sun. All shows at Live at PJ’s, Ann Arbor. $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
Second City’s Dysfunctional Holiday Revue Catch up with holiday film characters, take an outside look at those awkward family gatherings and experience improvised Christmas Carols in the troupe’s 28th original revue. The Second City, Novi. Every Wed.-Sun., through Dec. 31. $15-$20. 248-348-4448. http://www.secondcity.com
AUDITIONS AND WORKSHOPS:
LANSING COMMUNITY COLLEGE THEATRE – auditions for “The Crucible,” Jan. 17, 517-483-1488.