Antipasto! All the passion, comedy and drama within a Sicilian-American family are celebrated in a one-man show that stops in Metro Detroit on its way to New York. Presented by the Detroit Actors Guild Nov. 19 – 23 only at The Mirage, Clinton Twp. Tickets: $75 (dinner shows only) & $35. 586-228-2222.
Corduroy An adventurous but lonely department store bear looks for a lost button, a home and new friend. Staged by Youtheatre at the Millennium Center, Southfield, Nov. 15 & 16 only. Tickets: $10. 248-577-7529. www.youtheatre.org.
Dirty Story An outrageously dark comedy about the battle of the sexes that satirizes the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Presented Wednesday through Sunday by the Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company, West Bloomfield, through Nov. 23. Tickets: $22 – $32. 248-788-2900. www.jettheatre.org.
Forbidden Christmas A musical extravaganza that parodies all things Christmas! Presented Wednesday through Sunday at the Century Theatre, Detroit, Nov. 19 – Jan. 4. Tickets: $28.50 – $37.50. 313-963-9800. www.gemtheatre.com.
Glengarry Glenross A scaldingly dark comedy about a cutthroat real estate salesman who makes a living pushing plots of land on reluctant buyers. Performed in repertory Wednesday through Saturday at the Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, Nov. 14 – Jan. 31. Tickets: $12 – $20. 313-577-2972. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu/t”hilberry.html.
The Good Doctor A composite of sketches and stories written by Neil Simon based on earlier works of Anton Chekhov. Presented Wednesday through Sunday at the Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea, through Dec. 20. Tickets: $17.50 – 32.50. 734-433-7673. www.purplerosetheatre.org
Great Expectations Adventures arise when an unknown benefactor sends a working class young man to London to become a gentleman. Performed in repertory Wednesday through Saturday at the Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, through Dec. 13. Tickets: $12 – $20. 313-577-2972. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu/t”hilberry.html.
Hamlet Machine – Hamlet A dramatic fusion of two extraordinary texts that condense the raw essence of “Hamlet” into a harrowing portrait of post-modern tragedy. Presented Friday through Sunday at Zeitgeist Gallery and Performance Venue, Detroit, through Nov. 23. Tickets: $15. 313-965-9192. www.zeitgeistdetroit.org.
Here and There An unsentimental comedy about love, decency and undying friendship that proves humor is a potent tool for coping with lifeÉand death! Presented Thursday through Sunday at Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit, through Dec. 28. Tickets: $17. 313-868-1347. www.detroitreptheatre.com.
The Home Team The Michigan premiere of Kim Carney’s play that looks at one family’s struggle to accept diversity, make peace with the past and embrace the possibilities of the future. Presented Thursday through Sunday at Performance Network, Ann Arbor, Nov. 20 – Dec. 21. Tickets: $22.50 & $27.50. 734-663-0681. www.performancenetwork.org.
The House of Blue Leaves A dark, yet comedic look at the values of American society and the seemingly insurmountable obstacles of life. Performed in repertory Wednesday through Saturday at the Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, through Dec. 6. Tickets: $12 – $20. 313-577-2972. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu/t”hilberry.html.
The Kitchen is Small A new one-act black comedy by July Shavers staged as part of Planet Ant’s Late Night Series. Presented Friday and Saturday nights at Planet Ant, Hamtramck, Nov. 15 – 22. Tickets: $5. 313-365-4948. www.planetant.com.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Young Laura and her family face difficulties as they travel across America’s heartland. Presented by Youtheatre at the Millennium Theatre, Southfield, Nov. 22 & 23 only. Tickets: $10. 248-557-7529. www.youtheatre.org.
Lehrstucke Bertolt Brecht’s short plays that depict exploitation, murder, corruption and fear through which we learn solidarity, tolerance, justice and hope. Presented Friday through Sunday at Planet Ant, Hamtramck, through Nov. 23. Tickets: $15. 313-365-4948. www.planetant.com.
Madame Butterfly The tale of an ill-fated marriage between a geisha and an American Navy lieutenant is the most beloved opera of all time. Staged by the Michigan Opera Theatre at the Detroit Opera House, Detroit, Nov. 14 – 16. Tickets: $25 – $110. 313-237-SING. www.michiganopera.org.
Mama Mia ABBA’s greatest hits are woven into three love stories that will have audiences singing and dancing in the aisles. Presented Tuesday through Sunday at the Fisher Theatre, Detroit, through Nov. 15. Tickets: $32.50 – $72.50. 248-645-6666. www.nederlanderdetroit.com.
Noodle Doodle Box Two clowns who live side-by-side learn that true friends are hard to come by. Presented by the BoarsHead Young People’s Theater, Lansing, Nov. 14 only. Tickets: $6. 517-484-7805. www.boarshead.org.
Saturday Night Fever A coming-of-age tale that pretty much sums up America’s disco era. Presented at the Macomb center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp., Nov. 21 & 22 only. Tickets: $40 – $45. 586-286-2222. www.macombcenter.com.
Starlight Express A feel-good musical that is light-years ahead that fuses state of the art technology with dazzling sets and costumes. Presented at Wharton Center, East Lansing, Nov. 18 – 23. Tickets: $25 – $52.50. 517-432-2000. www.whartoncenter.com.
Triple Espresso A high-energy family-friendly comedy featuring songs, parody send-ups and vaudeville-style ensemble comedy. Presented Tuesday through Sunday at the historic Gem Theatre, Detroit, through December. Tickets: $32.50 & $37.50. 313-463-4216. www.gemtheatre.com.
Twelfth Night Shakespeare’s gender-bending comedy features an all-male cast, period instruments and handmade Elizabethan clothes. A Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre production presented by the University Musical Society at the Michigan Union Ballroom, Ann Arbor, Nov. 18 – 23. Tickets: $20 – $55. 734-764-2538. www.ums.org.
Candida A handsome, brilliant and powerful preacher is challenged for the love and affection of his beautiful and beloved wife. Staged Thursday through Sunday by the Michigan Classical Repertory Theatre at the Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti, through Nov. 16. Tickets: $15. 734-477-0000. www.mcrt.org.
The Diary of a Scoundrel A penniless young man preys upon the weaknesses of his distant relatives to move up the social and business ladders. Staged by the UM Department of Theatre & Drama at Mendelssohn Theatre, Ann Arbor, Nov. 20 – 23 only. Tickets: $15 & $20. 734-764-2538. www.uprod.music.umich.edu.
Lobby Hero A hapless security guard, his uptight boss, an over-sexed police officer and his feisty rookie partner are faced with a dilemma to “do the right thing.” Staged Thursday through Sunday by the Theatre Company at McAuley Auditorium on the Outer Drive Campus of the University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, through Nov. 30. Tickets: $12. 313-993-6461. www.udmtheatrecompany.com. An all-student production.
Cinderella, Cinderella A family theater treat in which a share of the proceeds will benefit Camp Make-A-Dream. Presented Friday through Sunday by St. Dunstan’s Guild Children’s Theatre, Bloomfield Hills, Nov. 14 – 23. Tickets: $8. 248-644-0527. www.stdunstanstheatre.com.
Lobby Hero The relationships between four people in uniform and the problems caused by doing the right things for the wrong reasons are examined in the lobby of a Manhattan high-rise. Presented by the Whole Art Theater, Kalamazoo, Nov. 14 & 15. Tickets: $12. 269-345-7529. www.wholeart.org.
On Golden Pond A funny and poignant celebration of family. Presented by the Farmington Players, Farmington Hills, Nov. 14 – 16, 20 – 23, 28 – 30 & Dec. 4 – 6. Tickets: $10 & $13. 248-553-2955. www.farmingtonplayers.org.
Out of Order A fast-paced British farce in which a Member of Parliament attempts to have a secret love affair, conceal a dead body, calm an irate husband and keep his own life intact. Presented Friday through Sunday by The Avon Players, Rochester Hills, through Nov. 22. Tickets: $14. 248-608-9077. www.avonplayers.org.
Peter Pan The timeless tale of Tinkerbell and a boy who won’t grow up. Staged by the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre at the Civic Auditorium, Kalamazoo, Nov. 19 – 23, 28 – 30, Dec. 4 – 7 & 11 – 14. Tickets: $6.50. 269-343-1313. www.kazoocivic.com.
The Scarlet Pimpernel The elusive Pimpernel lurks in the shadows as the classic swashbuckling story of the French Revolution comes to life. Staged by Ann Arbor Civic Theatre at Towsley Auditorium on the campus of Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor, Nov. 13 – 16. Tickets: $13 & $19. 734-971-2228. www.a2ct.org.
The Taming of the Shrew A headstrong Katherine meets a swaggering hero, Petruchio, but will he tame her in time for a wedding to take place? Staged by the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre at the Parish Theater, Kalamazoo, Nov. 21 – 22, 28 – 30 & Dec. 4 – 6. Tickets: $13. 269-343-1313. www.kazoocivic.com.
To Kill a Mockingbird A widowed father is assigned to defend a young African American who is unjustly accused of raping a white woman. Staged by Stagecrafters at the historic Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak, Nov. 13 – 16 & 20 – 23. Tickets: $14 & $16. 248-541-6430. www.stagecrafters.org.
Best of Second City Touring Company A brand new best-of Second City show continues the celebration of 10 years of comedy in Detroit. Presented every Sunday at Second City Detroit. Tickets: $12. 313-965-2222. www.olympiaentertainment.com.
Empatheatre Theatergoers watch their stories come alive in “The Hunt,” this month’s theme in which anonymously submitted ideas become springboards for comedic and dramatic improvisations. Presented Nov. 14 only at the Kerrytown Concert House, Ann Arbor. Tickets: $12. 734-913-9733. www.empatheatre.org.
Ten Some of the most hilarious scenes of the past 10 years are assembled in a retrospective that celebrates the best of Second City – Detroit. Presented every Wednesday through Sunday at Second City – Detroit. Tickets: $15 & $20. 313-965-2222. www.olympiaentertainment.com.
Rosedale Community Players – “Butterflies Are Free,” Nov. 17 & 18, 313-532-4010; Southgate Community Players, “Lend Me A Tenor,” Nov. 17 & 18, 734-282-7477; Phoenix Theatre Project – “Proof,” Nov. 22, 734-945-9024.
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