Action Four people, trapped in a cold cabin, struggle to celebrate a holiday meal in a post-apocalyptic America. The Abreact, Greektown Detroit. Fri.-Sat., through Dec. 3, plus Sun., Nov. 27. Free admission/donations welcomed! 313-378-5404. http://www.theabreact.com.
Altar Boyz A holy-inspiring musical comedy about five small-town boys trying to save the world one screaming fan at a time. City Theatre, Detroit. Tue.-Sun. through Nov. 27. $22.50-$45. 313-872-1000. http://www.nederlanderdetroit.com.
Classical Savion Savion Glover’s tap artistry takes on Da’ Bach, the classic works of Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart and more. Detroit Opera House, Detroit. Sat.-Sun., Nov. 19-20 only. $23-$60. 313-237-7464. http://www.michiganopera.org.
A Christmas Carol Mean-spirited Ebenezer Scrooge is haunted by three ghosts in this annual Holiday classic. Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester. Various dates and times, Nov. 25-Dec. 24. $30-$38. 248-377-3300. http://www.mbttheatre.com.
Fences A Pittsburgh garbage collector who was once kept out of professional baseball due to segregation disapproves of his gifted son accepting an athletic scholarship. Plowshares Theatre Company at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit. Previews Nov. 10 and runs Thu., Sat. & Sun., through Dec. 4. $17.50-$25. 313-872-0279. http://www.plowshares.org.
The Glass Menagerie Tennessee Williams’ poetic and complex drama about a restless soul stuck as the breadwinner for a family abandoned by his father. Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea. Wed.-Sun., through Dec. 17. $20-$35. 734-433-7673. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org.
Golda’s Balcony A riveting portrait of former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. Fisher Theatre, Detroit. Tue.-Sun., through Nov. 27. $32-$57. 313-872-1000. http://www.nederlanderdetroit.com.
Hairspray Let your hair down and dance the night away with a very pink and big-hearted young girl who dreams seemingly impossible dreams – and wins! Broadway Theatre Guild at DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids. Tue.-Sun., Nov. 22-27. $32-$67. 616-235-6285. http://www.broadwaytheatreguild.org.
Harpers Ferry/Mother Tongue Frederick Douglass, John Brown, Sojourner Truth and Mother Jones come to life in two towering plays of justice and transformation. Matrix Theatre Company, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., through Nov. 20. $15. 313-967-0999. http://www.matrixtheatre.org.
Heart Attack Eight women and posters of Marilyn Monroe come to the rescue of an unfunny, down-on-his-luck stand-up comedian. Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., through Dec. 30, plus a special New Year’s Eve performance. $20. 313-868-1347. http://www.detroitreptheatre.com.
Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol Marley finds himself facing the Record Keeper in the afterlife and is offered one chance to save himself from a wretched eternity A Michigan premiere by Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Previews Nov. 17 and runs Thu.-Sun., Nov. 18-Dec. 24. $20-$34.50. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org.
Julius Caesar Can the murder of a king ever be justified, Marc Antony asks? The Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in repertory through Dec. 17. $20-$28. 313-577-2972. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu.
La Boheme Puccini’s masterpiece, one of the greatest love stories ever sung, is a bittersweet tragedy about four poverty-stricken friends surviving on very limited means. Michigan Opera Theatre at Cobb Great Hall at Wharton Center, East Lansing, Thu., Nov. 17. Tickets: 25-$78. 517-432-2000. http://www.whartoncenter.com.
Menopause The Musical A joyful musical parody about four women who have nothing in common except a certain shared experience! Gem Theatre, Detroit. Every Tue.-Sun. $39.50. 313-963-9800. http://www.gemtheatre.com.
MuscleBound! A one-man, multimedia show about men, eating disorders and the gym culture. University Health Service at Rackham Amphitheater, Fourth Floor, Ann Arbor. Wed., Nov. 16 only. Free admission. 734-647-4699. http://www.uhs.umich.edu/wellness/edbi/care.html
Nickel and Dimed A comic epic shadowed with tragedy that explores living the working-poor life. Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company at the DeRoy Theater on the campus of the Jewish Community Center, West Bloomfield. Wed., Thu., Sat. & Sun., through Dec. 4. $25-$37. 248-788-2900. http://www.jettheatre.org.
A Prairie Home Companion Public Radio station WKAR presents a live performance of Garrison Keillor’s celebrated variety show. MSU Concert Auditorium, East Lansing. Sat., Nov. 26 only. $38.50-$53.50. 517-432-2000. http://www.whartoncenter.com.
Sez She Playwright Jane Martin’s touching, often humorous journey of womankind. The University of Detroit Mercy’s Theatre Company at Marygrove College Theatre, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., through Nov. 27. $15. 313-933-3270. http://theatre.udmercy.edu.
Sister’s Christmas Catechism The Good Sister returns and employs techniques from her favorite TV show, “Forensic Files,” to discover the whereabouts of the Magi’s gold. Century Theatre, Detroit. Tue.-Sun., through Dec. 31. $34.50-$39.50. 313-963-9800. http://www.gemtheatre.com.
Stones In His Pockets Two down-and-out Irish lads become extras in a mega-Hollywood film that takes over their tiny County Kerry town. BoarsHead Theatre, Lansing. Previews Nov. 23 & 25, then runs Wed.-Sun., Nov. 26-Dec. 18. $21-$33. 517-484-7805. http://www.boarshead.org.
Sweet Bird of Youth Tennessee Williams’ shocking tale of scandal and betrayal. The Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in repertory Nov. 18-Jan. 28, 2006. $20-$28. 313-577-2972. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu.
Sylvia The female that a man brings home has his wife seeing red – despite the fact that the female is a dog! The Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in repertory through Dec. 1. $20-$28. 313-577-2972. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu.
The Weekend Scary and unexplained things happen when two young couples go camping on 12 Trees Mountain. Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Thu.-Sun., through Dec. 3. $15. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
The Life The Michigan premiere of a musical about prostitution and redemption. MSU School of Music and the Department of Theatre at the Fairchild Theatre, East Lansing. Thu.-Sun., Nov. 17-20. $17.50. 517-432-2000. http://www.theatre.msu.edu.
On the Verge Three 19th century female explorers travel in search of terra incognita but find themselves traversing time as well as space. Eastern Michigan University Theatre at Sponberg Theatre, Ypsilanti. Wed.-Sat., through Nov. 19. $10-$15. 734-487-1221. http://www.emich.edu/cta.
Pippin A young prince sets out on quest to discover the true meaning of his life, and along the way he dabbles in war, sex and politics. A co-production of MUSKET and the University Activities Center at Power Center for Performing Arts, Ann Arbor. Fri.-Sun., Nov. 18-20. $13. 734-763-TKTS. http://www.umich.edu/~uac.
Urinetown Class wars and romance blossom amidst a drought that causes private toilets to be outlawed. Oakland University Dept. of Music, Theatre & Dance in the Varner Studio Theatre, Rochester. Thu.-Sun., through Dec. 4. $15. 248-370-3013. http://www2.oakland.edu/mtd.
Assassins A modern musical that examines the lives and motifs of nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate a President of the United States. Actors’ Theatre at Spectrum Theater, Grand Rapids. Thu.-Sat., through Nov. 19. $25. 616-234-3998. http://www.actorsatspectrum.org.
Candy Corn, Christ and the Convoluted Creation of Golf A fresh and humorous approach to the New Testament story of Jesus and his followers. Buckham Alley Theatre, Flint. Nov. 18-19 & 26-27. $10. 810-239-4477. http://www.buckhamtheatre.com.
A Christmas Story It’s the 1940s and Ralphie dreams of the ideal Christmas gift: a genuine Red Ryder 200-Shot Carbine Action Air Rifle. Marshall Civic Players at the Franke Center for the Arts, Marshall. Thu.-Sat., through Nov. 19. $12. 269-781-3335. http://www.marshallcivicplayers.org.
Comic Potential Star-crossed, mistached lovers of the next millennium face an uncertain future where everything has changed except human nature. Farmington Players, Farmington Hills. Nov. 18-20, 25-27, Dec. 1-4 & 8-10. $13. 248-553-2955. http://www.farmingtonplayers.org.
Hamlet The classic Shakespeare tale of fathers and sons, husbands and wives, realities and myths. Whole Art Theater, Kalamazoo. Thu.-Sat., through Nov. 19. $20. 269-345-7529. http://www.wholeart.org.
Man of La Mancha An aging, failing playwright is tossed into a dungeon, and while awaiting trail he is dragged before a mock court of prisoners who want to confiscate his personal possessions. The Players Guild of Dearborn, Dearborn. Fri.-Sun., through Dec. 4. $16. 313-561-TKTS. http://www.playersguildofdearborn.org.
Taking Sides The clash of art and politics in which an orchestral conductor in occupied Berlin chooses to stay in Germany – but why? A Riverwalk Theatre Black Box presentation at Creole Gallery, Lansing. Fri.-Sat., Nov. 25-Dec. 3. $10. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com.
To Be Announced The world premiere of a silly musical about the trials and tribulations of a small theater company attempting to open a brand new theater and produce a major musical. Sunsets With Shakespeare at the RE Olds Anderson Rotary Barn at the Woldumar Nature Center, Lansing. Nov. 17-20 & 25-27. $15.
Once Upon a Mattress If you thought you knew the story of “The Princess and the Pea,’ you may be in for a musical surprise! Hamilton Theatre, Hamilton, Ontario. Fri.-Sat., through Nov. 26. $20 CAD. 905-522-3032. http://www.hamiltontheatre.com.
Theater for Young Audiences:
After the Beanstalk A funny and engaging continuation of the “Jack and the Beanstalk” classic tale. A Second City Children’s Theater production at The Second City, Novi. Every Sat. morning, through Dec. 17. $10. 248-348-4448. http://www.secondcity.com.
Cinderella The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical brings this enchanting tale to life. Kalamazoo Civic Theatre at the Civic Auditorium, Kalamazoo. Fri.-Sun., Nov. 18-Dec. 11, plus Thu., Dec. 1. $15-$21/adults; $8-$10/children. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com.
Ella Mentry and the Case of the Missing Scientist Archimedes, the famous Greek scientist, disappears when he’s about to reveal his latest discovery and Ella Mentry works to crack the case. Performance Network Theatre’s Series for Young Audiences, Ann Arbor. Sat., Nov. 26 only. $10/adults, $7 children. 734-663-0681 http://www.performancenetwork.org.
Salt & Pepper A gentle story about family, friendship and the power of words. A Flint Youth Theatre presentation by the Metro Theater Company of St. Louis, Missouri at Bower Theater, Flint. Mon., Nov. 21 only. $10/adults; $8/children. 810-237-1530. http://www.flintyouththeatre.com.
Sleeping Beauty A comical adaptation of the popular musical. Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing. Fri.-Sun., Nov. 25-Dec. 11. $7/adults; $5/children. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Ding, dong, the witch is dead, but not this much beloved family classic. A Theatre for Children’s production of St. Dunstan’s Guild of Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills. Nov. 11-13 & 19-20. $8. 248-737-3587. http://www.stdunstanstheatre.com.
Improvisation/Late Night/Interactive/Dinner Theater:
A Christmas Story A fundraiser for the historically registered Old Congregational Church now known as the Richmond Center for the Performing Arts. Richmond Community Theatre at the Maniaci Banquet Hall, Richmond. Fri.-Sun., Nov. 25-27. $26; advance reservations required. 586-727-9727.
Improv Inferno A new comedy lounge in Downtown Ann Arbor with five nights of fun: “College Comedy Night” and “Super Fun Karaoke” hit the stage on Wednesday nights; Thursday hosts “Catfight” and “High Octane”; Friday & Saturday feature the “Evil Twin: Prime Time Improv,” “The Damnation Game,” and at Midnight, “The X Show”; and the week closes on Sunday with “Get Up! Stand Up!” and “The Sweet Spot with Eye Candy.” $5-$10. 734-214-7080. http://www.improvinferno.com.
In iPod We Trust Second City’s 26th review explores political and societal elements from Detroit, Novi and national perspectives. The Second City, Novi. Every Wed.-Sun. $15-$20. 248-348-4448. http://www.secondcity.com.
Last Call An original, dramatic one-act created through improvisation. A Late Night Series presentation at Planet Ant, Hamtramck. Previews Thu., Nov. 17, then runs Thu.-Sat., Nov. 18-Dec. 3. $5. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.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. Planet Ant, Hamtramck. Every Monday. $5. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
Monky Business An evil real estate developer threatens to turn a monastery into a casino unless the monks can raise $250,000 by midnight. StarBrite Productions at Miles World Italian Restaurant, Fraser. Fri. & Sat. through Nov. 19. $39.95, includes three-course dinner and the show. 586-415-4500. http://www.starbriteprod.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. Motoprism at the Improv Inferno, Ann Arbor. Every Sunday. $10. 734-214-7080. http://www.improvinferno.com.
2005: A Christmas ODDyssey They came from space with a goal, an act of treachery so unbelievable that no one could stop them. Their mission? To kidnap Santa! Random Acts on the Old Road Murder Mystery Dinner Train, Charlotte. Every Saturday, through Dec. 31. $57.95 includes dinner and show. 888-726-8277. http://www.random-acts.net.
Auditions & Classes:
THE SECOND CITY – Winter training classes for students ages 18 and above beginning Dec. 1, 248-348-4448; STAGECRAFTERS 2nd STAGE – auditions for “Zombies from the Beyond,” Dec. 3-4, 248-541-8027.