Betrayal Love proves to be a very fickle thing in this intimate and universal story about relationships by Harold Pinter. Presented Friday and Sunday at The Abreact, Detroit, Feb. 11 – March 5, and Sunday, Feb. 27. Admission by donation. 313-378-5404. [email protected].
Boston Marriage Two Victorian women walk into a relationship: Are they sparring partners or each others’ true love? Presented Thursday through Sunday at Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor, through Feb. 20. Tickets: $20 – $34.50. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org.
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, through March 24. Tickets: $15 – $22. (313) 577-2960. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu/t_hilberry.html.
Disney’s On the Record A show-stopping new musical set in a contemporary recording studio that sparkles with 64 of the most beloved songs from some of the most popular films ever made. Presented Tuesday through Sunday at the Fisher Theatre, Detroit, through Feb. 27. Tickets: $32.50 – $72.50. 313-872-1000. http://www.nederlanderdetroit.com.
Door to Door Three generations of women from the same family learn how we take what we get from our parents and make choices about what we will or won’t pass on to our children. Presented Wednesday through Sunday by the Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company at the Aaron DeRoy Theatre, West Bloomfield, through Feb. 13. Tickets: $25 – $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 Feb. 27. Tickets: $35 – $40. 313-872-1000. http://www.nederlanderdetroit.com.
42nd Street The toe-tapping, black-flipping Tony Award-winning musical is back to warm the hearts of theater and dance lovers. Presented at the Stranahan Theater, Toledo, Feb. 10 – 13 only. Tickets: $30.50 – $39.50. 419-474-1333. http://www.stranahantheater.com.
I Hate Hamlet The ghost of legendary actor John Barrymore moves back into his old home to groom an actor reluctant to play the title role on “Hamlet.” Performed in Repertory at the Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, through March 24. Tickets: $15 – $22. (313) 577-2960. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu/t_hilberry.html.
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change A musical joyride that scores a triumph for that long-neglected special interest group: hopeful heterosexuals! Presented at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp., Feb. 11 & 12 only. Tickets: $45. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com.
Intimate Apparel At the dawn of the 20th century, an African American woman’s gift for sewing catapults her to independence, but at what cost? Presented Thursday through Sunday at the Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit, through March 20. Tickets: $17. 313-868-1347. http://www.detroitreptheatre.com.
The Journey of Nathan Strauss Spanning the decades from WWII to the present, an emotionally damaged family must begin their journey of healing and understanding. Staged as part of the Seymour J. and Ethel S. Frank Festival of New Plays by the Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company at the DeRoy Theatre on the campus of the Jewish Community Center, West Bloomfield, Feb. 14 & 15 only. Tickets: $5. 248-788-2900. http://www.jettheatre.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. http://www.gemtheatre.com.
Norma & Wanda A world-premiere comedy by Jeff Daniels in which two very different sisters get themselves into an outrageous pickle with an old boyfriend, a chaotic church social and a secret family recipe. Presented Wednesday through Sunday at the Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea, through March 19. Tickets: $17.50 – $32.50. 734-433-7673. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org. Suggested for mature audiences.
One Hundred Twinkling Lights A recently divorced man is visited by a homeless man who delivers him a letter that holds the key to both their futures. Staged Thursday through Saturday by BlackBag Productions at the Blackbird Theatre, Ann Arbor, Feb. 17 – March 5. Tickets: $17. 734-332-3848.
A Patch of Earth A young Bosnian Croat soldier has fought for three different armies during the Bosnian war and never had to take a life, but the 24-year-old everyman now faces the ultimate dilemma. Staged Thursday through Sunday by the UDM Theatre Company, a mix of professional and student actors, at the Marygrove College Theatre, Detroit, through Feb. 13. Tickets: $14. 313-993-3270. http://theatre.udmercy.edu.
Private Lives An aging, divorced couple cannot live with or without each other which proves problematic when both end up at the same French resort on honeymoons with the new, young spouses! Presented Wednesday through Sunday at Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester, Feb. 9 – March 6. Tickets: $20 – $36. 248-377-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.com.
Psychiatric Surgery An original radio play about a woman on medication for mental illness for 30 years who learns she must stop taking them to have a surgery that can save her life. Presented Thursday through Saturday at Matrix Theatre, Detroit, Feb. 10 – 12. Tickets: $8. 313-967-0999. http://www.matrixtheatre.org.
Smokey Joe’s Cafe The Grammy Award-winning musical that celebrates the world of first kisses and last dances, hot summer nights and cool midnight struts. Presented at The Whiting, Flint, Feb. 18 & 19 only. Tickets: $29 – $59. 810-237-7333. http://www.thewhiting.com.
The Turn of the Screw Henry James’ provocative tale of suspense, horror and psychological intrigue. Staged by The Acting Company at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp., Feb. 13 only. Tickets: $32 – $36. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com.
Untitled Parts 1 & 2: The Architect and the Storyteller A modern tragic cycle by Eric W. Maher that captures the art of creation amidst fated human self-destruction. Presented Thursday through Sunday at Planet Ant, Hamtramck, through Feb. 20. Tickets: $10 – $15. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
The Mikado A lighthearted operetta in which a wandering minstrel searches exotic Japan for his true love. Staged Thursday through Sunday by Oakland University Dept. of Music, Theatre and Dance at Varner Studio Theatre, Rochester, Feb. 17 – 27. Tickets: $15. 248-370-3013. http://www2.oakland.edu/mtd
The Miser A crotchety miser is convinced his children are plotting to steal his precious money and demands that they marry for profit above love. Staged by EMU Theatre at Quirk Theatre, Ypsilanti, Feb. 11 – 13 & 17 – 19. Tickets: $8 – $14. 734-487-1221.
The Black History News-n-Review An original production by Melvin A. Lyons. Presented at Buckham Alley Theatre, Flint, Feb. 11 & 12 only. Tickets: $10. 810-239-4477. http://www.buckhamtheatre.com.
The Dreamer Examines His Pillow A striking, surreal look at the often bizarre byways that love between men and women can follow. Staged by Flint City Theatre at The Good Beans Caf, Flint, Feb. 18 – 19 & 24 – 26. Tickets: $5. 810-341-6912. http://www.flintcitytheatre.com.
To Kill a Mockingbird A white attorney defies the “traditional values” of his Alabama town and defends a black man accused of raping a white woman. Presented at Buckham Alley Theatre, Flint, Feb. 17 – 20 & 25 – 27 . Tickets: $10. 810-239-4477. http://www.buckhamtheatre.com.
Pippin A hip, old-fashioned tale about a young man’s journey of self discovery set to a pop-influenced score. Staged Friday through Sunday by Stagecrafters at the beautiful Baldwin Theatre, through Feb. 13. Tickets: $16 – $18. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.org.
Proof The daughter of a famous mathematician must deal with the death of her father, a blossoming romance and the discovery of notebook with a startling discovery. Presented Thursday through Sunday by the Farmington Players, Farmington Hills, through Feb. 19. Tickets: $10 – $13. 248-553-2955. http://www.farmingtonplayers.org.
Psycho Beach Party Frankie and Annette beach party epics and psychological suspense thrillers are given a shotgun marriage by playwright Charles Busch. Presented Friday and Saturday at While Art Theater, Kalamazoo, through Feb. 26. Tickets: $18. 269-345-7529. http://www.wholeart.org.
3 by Steve: A Trio of Short Plays by Steve Martin Three witty meditations on life, love and the lies we tell each otherÉand ourselves. Presented Thursday through Saturday by St. Dunstan’s Theatre Guild of Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills, through Feb. 12. Tickets: $8. 248-644-0527. http://www.stdunstanstheatre.com.
Shakespeare’s Valentine A series of readings by The Bard and his contemporaries on love. Staged by Sunsets with Shakespeare at the Woldumar Nature Center, Lansing, Feb. 12 only. Tickets: $5. Dress for a cool indoor space. Info: [email protected].
The Vagina Monologues Eve Ensler’s popular V-DAY production once again raises funds for a worthy local cause, in this case Turning Point, Inc. Presented at the Emerald Theatre, Mt. Clemens, Feb. 17 only. Tickets: $25. 586-463-4430. http://www.emeraldtheater.com.
Theater for Young Audiences:
The Diary of Anne Frank The life of a brave, young girl in this gripping new adaptation. Presented Friday and Saturday by Flint Youth Theatre at the Elgood Theater, Flint, Feb. 11 – 26, with an opening night performance on Thursday, Feb. 10. Tickets: $8/children. $10/adults. 810-237-1530.
Guess How Much I Love You A heartwarming tale about two furry puppet friends and the depth of their friendship. Staged by Mermaid Theatre for Youtheatre at the Millennium Center, Southfield, Feb. 12 only. Tickets: $8. 248-557-7529. http://www.youtheatre.org.
Oh, Ananse! A West African folktale about a spider who must fulfill three challenges in order to earn the right to tell stories to his people. Presented every Saturday in February at PuppetART, Detroit. Tickets: $5/children, $7/adults. 313-961-7777. http://www.puppetart.org.
Sesame Street Live: Out of This world Terry, Sesame Street’s fix-it girl, and her Muppet friends teach their intergalactic visitors all about Earth. Presented at the fabulous Fox Theatre, Detroit, Feb. 8 – 13. Tickets: $10 – $28. 313-471-6611. http://www.olympiaentertainment.com.
Improvisation/Late Night/Interactive/Dinner Theater:
But, However, if Only, Although An original one-act drama written through improvisation and directed Nate DuFort. A Late Night Series presentation staged Thursday through Saturday at Planet Ant, Hamtramck, Feb. 10 – 19. Tickets: $5. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
Improv Inferno A new comedy lounge in Downtown Ann Arbor with five nights of fun: Karaoke is featured on 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 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. No performance Feb. 6.
Ripe Conditions A pair of bumbling brothers compete for the affection of their attractive and recently widowed sister-in-law. Staged Friday and Saturday by StarBrite Dinner Theater at the 14th Street Grille and Bar, Madison Heights, through Feb. 19. Tickets: $39.50, includes three-course dinner. 248-589-9900. http://www.starbriteprod.com.
Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding In interactive Italian wedding and reception in which the audience intermingles with the performers. Staged every Saturday by the Detroit Actors Guild at the Ralph A. Liberato Hall at Freedom Hill, Sterling Heights, through March 12. Tickets: $60, which includes a full Italian style dinner by Andiamo’s. 586-268-7820. http://www.freedomhill.net.
AUDITIONS, NOTICES AND CLASSES:
Michigan Shakespeare Festival – “Twelfth Night” and “The Merchant of Venice,” March 5 & 6, 517-788-5032; Dance Electric Performing Arts Studio – free acting workshop for grades 5 – 8, March 2, 248-477-3830; Tilt! Improv Group – looking for 3-4 improvisers, Feb. 27, 734-669-6241.