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. The_Abreact@yahoogroups.com.
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, Feb. 8 – 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.
Fred Garbo Inflatable Theatre Co. Fred Garbo and Brazilian ballerina Daielma Santos transcend barriers of age and language in a program that includes physical comedy, dance, juggling, and most importantly, their own creative inventions that inflate! Presented at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp., Feb. 5 only. Tickets: $10. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.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, Feb. 4 – 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.
Love, Sex, Television A collection of play 10-minute tales of grief, fear and everything else we wish wasn’t part of the American Dream. A Dark Night presentation of the BoarsHead Theatre, Lansing, Feb. 7 & 8 only. Admission is free. 517-484-7805. http://www.boarshead.org. Suggested for mature audiences.
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.
Movin’ Out The Tony Award-winning musical in which characters from the recordings of Billy Joel come alive through dance and songs. Presented at Wharton Center, East Lansing, through Feb. 6. Tickets: $41 – $68. 517-432-2000. http://www.whartoncenter.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, Chlesea, through March 19. Tickets: $17.50 – $32.50. 734-433-7673. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org. Suggested for mature audiences.
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, Feb. 3 – 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.
Side by Side by Sondheim A dazzling array of Stephen Sondheim’s greatest Broadway hits. Presented Wednesday through Sunday at the BoarsHead Theatre, through Feb. 6. Tickets: $25 – $33. 517-484-7805. http://www.boarshead.org.
Stomp The percussion sensation that got its start as a street performance is still an international phenomenon. Presented at The Whiting, Flint, Feb. 4 & 5 only. Tickets: $29 – $59. 810-237-7333. http://www.thewhiting.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 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.
Miss Julie A young society woman searches for freedom in the arms of her father’s valet. Presented Thursday through Saturday at the Hilberry Studio Theatre, Detroit, through – Feb. 5. Tickets: $9. 313-577-2972. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu/t_studio.html.
Flipaswitch An original musical that asks the question: What do you get when you drop a couple of con men and a group of washed-up strippers in the middle of the Bible Belt during the Depression? Presented Friday through Sunday at Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing, through Feb. 6. Tickets: $16. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com.
Little Shop of Horrors It’s just your typical musical: boy-meets-girl, plant-eats-world! Staged Thursday through Saturday by the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre at Parish Theater, Kalamazoo, Feb. 5. Tickets: $15 – $21. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com.
Pippin A hip, old-fashioned tale about a young man’s journey of self discovery set to a pop-influenced score. Staged by Stagecrafters at the beautiful Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak, Feb. 3 – 6 & 11 – 13. Tickets: $16 – $18. 248-541-6430. 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 by the Farmington Players, Farmington Hills, Feb. 4 – 6, 10 – 13 & 17 – 19. Tickets: $10 – $13. 248-553-2955. 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, Feb. 4 – 26. Tickets: $18. 269-345-7529. http://www.wholeart.org.
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. 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. 3 – 6 & 8 – 13. Tickets: $10 – $28. 313-471-6611. http://www.olympiaentertainment.com.
Improvisation/Late Night/Interactive/Dinner Theater:
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. 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.
AUDITIONS, NOTICES AND CLASSES:
American Ballet Theatre Detroit Summer Intensive – a four-week program for pre-professional dancers ages 12 to 18, Feb. 19, 313-577-2143; BoarsHead Theatre – auditions for the first High School Apprentice Company, Feb. 5, 517-484-7800.