A Christmas Carol Meadow Brook’s management may have changed, but their annual holiday classic hasn’t! Presented Wednesday through Sunday at Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester, Nov. 28 – Dec. 21. Tickets: $28 – $38. 248-377-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.com.
A Christmas Carol Christmas carols weave through Dickens’ story of Christmas past, present and future. Staged by the Nebraska Theatre Caravan at the Ford Community & performing Arts Center, Dearborn, Dec. 5 only. Tickets: $24 – $30. 313-943-2354. www.dearbornfordcenter.com; and at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp., Dec 6 only. Tickets: $24 – $32. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com.
A Christmas Carol Radio Play Recapture the magic of the 1930s radio play, complete with live, on-stage sound effects and audience participation. Presented Wed., Sat. and Sun. at the BoarsHead Theatre, Lansing, Dec. 3 – 21 with additional performance on Thurs, Dec. 4; call for times. Tickets: $8. 517-484-7805. http://www.boarshead.org.
Forbidden Christmas A musical extravaganza that parodies all things Christmas! Presented Wednesday through Sunday at the Century Theatre, Detroit, through Jan. 4. Tickets: $28.50 – $37.50. 313-963-9800. www.gemtheatre.com.
Glengarry Glen Ross 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, through 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. http://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.
He is Christmas An original musical that uses traditional spirituals, gospel music, hip-hop and jazz to reinterpret the beginning of the greatest story ever told. Staged Thursday through Sunday by Plowshares Theatre at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, Dec. 4 – 21. Tickets: $10 – $25. 313-872-0279. http://www.plowshares.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. http://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, through Dec. 21. Tickets: $22.50 & $27.50. 734-663-0681. http://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/hilberry.html.
Philadelphia Here I Come John Peakes’ final performance is a bittersweet profile of a young man leaving his life in Ireland for the greener pastures of America. Presented Wednesday through Sunday at the BoarsHead Theatre, Lansing, through Dec. 21. Tickets: $19 – $29. 517-484-7805. http://www.boarshead.org.
The Producers Mel Brooks’ Broadway smash musical about a down-on-his-luck producer whose scam arrives in Detroit in time for the holidays! Presented Tuesday through Sunday at the Masonic Temple Theatre, Detroit, Dec. 2 – Jan. 11. Tickets: $27.50 – $75. 313-872-1000. http://www.nederlanderdetroit.com.
Queen Nur’s Kwanzaa Rejoice in the traditions of this special holiday through this life-affirming extravaganza of songs, drumming and dance. Staged by Theatreworks U.S.A. at the Pasant Theatre, East Lansing, Dec. 6 only. Tickets: $7. 517-432-2000. http://www.whartoncenter.com.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular Detroit’s favorite holiday tradition returns for its seventh consecutive season with three all-new scenes. Presented Tuesday through Sunday at the Fabulous Fox Theatre, Detroit, Nov. 28 – Dec. 27. Tickets: $18.50 – $60.50. 313-471-6611. http://www.olympiaentertainment.com.
The Santaland Diaries A wickedly funny expose of the real-life experiences of a Macy’s Santaland elf. Presented Mon., Fri. & Sat. at the BoarsHead Theatre, Lansing, Dec. 1 – 20 with additional performance on Tue., Dec. 16; call for times. Tickets: $8. 517-484-7805. http://www.boarshead.org. Contains adult content.
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. 313-963-9800. http://www.gemtheatre.com.
25 Planet Ant’s eleventh original comedy created through improvisation tells the tale of a Guardian Angel who has 25 hours to stop a Christmas Day tragedy that she accidentally set into motion. Presented Thursday through Sunday at Planet Ant, Hamtramck, Dec. 5 – 28. Tickets: $15. 313-365-4948 ext. 1. http://www.planetant.com.
You Sank My Christmas An original comedy written and performed by local actors and improvisers. Staged Friday and Saturday by 7th Heaven at the Abreact Performance Space, Detroit, Nov. 28 – Dec. 20. 313-575-6628.
It’s a Wonderful Life Frank Capra’s enduring classic brings a message of hope for the holiday season. Presented Friday through Sunday at the Bonstelle Theatre, Detroit, Dec. 5 – 14. Tickets: $10. 313-577-2960. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu/t_bonstelle.html.
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. http://www.udmtheatrecompany.com. An all-student production.
A Long and Happy Life A daughter tries to figure out how to help her mother adjust to a new situation, but there’s just one problem: The two don’t get along very well. Staged Friday and Saturday by Riverwalk Theatre at the Creole Gallery, Lansing, Nov. 28 – Dec. 6. Tickets: $10. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com.
The Eight: Reindeer Monologues A horrific tale of corruption and perversion emerges when one of Santa’s reindeer accuses him of sexual harassment. Presented by The Whole Art Theatre, Kalamazoo, Dec. 5 – 7, 11 – 14 & 18 – 20. Tickets: $12. 269-345-7529. http://www.wholeart.org.
Hansel & Gretel Meet Goldilocks Two fairy tales collide in a musical with hilarious results. Presented Friday through Sunday at the Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing, Nov. 28 – Dec. 14. Tickets: $6 (adults) & $4 (children). 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com.
The Nutcracker: The Play Not the Ballet It’s a magical Christmas Eve in Mousalia, and a one-hundred year-old curse has the chance to be broken. Presented by the Buckham Alley Theatre, Flint, Dec. 4 – 7, 12 – 14 & 19 – 21. Tickets: $8. 810-239-4477. http://www.buckhamtheatre.com.
On Golden Pond A funny and poignant celebration of family. Presented by the Farmington Players, Farmington Hills, Nov. 28 – 30 & Dec. 4 – 6. Tickets: $10 & $13. 248-553-2955. http://www.farmingtonplayers.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. 28 – 30, Dec. 4 – 7 & 11 – 14. Tickets: $6.50. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com.
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. 28 – 30 & Dec. 4 – 6. Tickets: $13. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com.
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. http://www.olympiaentertainment.com.
Improv to Eggnog A late-night comedy spectacular that features a collection of games, skits and zaniness to mess with the holidays. Staged Friday and Saturday by Project Pangea at the Performance Network, Ann Arbor, Nov. 28 – Dec. 27. Tickets: $15. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.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. http://www.olympiaentertainment.com.
Purple Rose Theatre – Actor Bootcamp, Dec. 12 – 14, 734-433-7782; SRO Productions – “Beau Jest,” Dec. 8, 248-827-0710; Spotlight Players – “Steel Magnolias,” Dec. 15 & 16, 248-349-7110.