Art A debate between three friends explores art and friendship when one buys a provocative and expensive piece of modern art. Presented Wednesday through Sunday by Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester, through Nov. 7. Tickets: $20 – $36. 248-377-3300. www.mbtheatre.com.
Blithe Spirit The dead won’t go away in Nol Coward’s farce, where if one wife is too manyÉhow about two? Performed in Repertory at the Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, through Dec. 11. Tickets: $15 – $22. (313) 577-2960. www.theatre.wayne.edu/t_hilberry.html.
Chicago Tom Wopat stars as master attorney Billy Flynn in this Tony Award-winning, razzle-dazzle musical. Presented Tuesday through Sunday at the Wharton Center, East Lansing, through Nov. 7. Tickets: $27.50 – $55. 517-432-2000. www.whartoncenter.com.
Coming to Life Five feisty old ladies in the Harvest Moon Retirement House assert their quirky personalities in a discussion group formed to create some activity. Presented Thursday through Sunday by the Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit, Nov. 4 – Dec. 26. Tickets: $17. 313-868-1347. www.detroitreptheatre.com.
Faust A desperate doctor cries out to the devil, and Mephisopheles appears with a tempting offer. Contains brief nudity. Staged by the Michigan Opera Theatre at the Detroit Opera House, Detroit, Nov. 13 – 14, 17 & 19 – 21. Tickets: $28 – $113. 313-237-7464. www.michiganopera.org.
Forbidden Christmas Everything is subject to mockery in this whimsical blend of musical parodies. Presented Tuesday through Sunday at the Century Theatre, Detroit, Nov. 11 – Dec. 31. Tickets: $30.50 – $39.50. 313-963-9800. www.gemtheatre.com.
The Full Monty The raucous, heartfelt story of six unemployed steelworkers who go to great lengths to make some cash and help out a friend in trouble. Presented Tuesday through Sunday at the Fisher Theatre, Detroit, through Nov. 21. Tickets: $30.50 – $68. 313-872-1000. www.nederlanderdetroit.com.
I’m Not Rappaport Two octogenarians are determined to fight off all attempts at putting them out to pasture. Staged Wednesday through Sunday (excluding Friday) by the Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company at the DeRoy Theatre, West Bloomfield, through Nov. 14. Tickets: $27 – $37. 248-788-2900. www.jettheatre.org.
The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron? Robert Dubac stars in this hilarious hit one-man show that pinpoints and celebrates the differences between the sexes and attempts to answer the question, “What do women want?” Presented Thursday through Sunday at the City Theatre, Detroit, extended through Nov. 14. Tickets: $20 – $29.50. 313-471-6611. www.olympiaentertainment.com.
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. www.gemtheatre.com.
The Merry Wives of Windsor Multiple suitors and practical jokes abound in one of the few Shakespeare comedies written in prose and set in an actual country. Performed in Repertory at the Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, through Dec. 18. Tickets: $15 – $22. (313) 577-2960. www.theatre.wayne.edu/t_hilberry.html.
The Mystery of Irma Vep Two actors play all eight characters in this campy tribute to Gothic horror films. Presented Wednesday through Saturday at the Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea, through Dec. 18. Tickets: $17.50 – $32.50. 734-433-7673. www.purplerosetheatre.org.
Period of Adjustment The Tennessee Williams comedy about a man whose wife left him who plays marriage counselor to a newly-married couple. Staged Thursday through Sunday by BlackBag productions at the Blackbird Theatre, Ann Arbor, Nov. 5 – 20. Tickets: $17. 734-332-3848.
She Loves Me A hilarious romance unfolds as two feuding store clerks unknowingly exchange love letters through the personals section of a newspaper. Presented Thursday through Sunday at Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor, Nov. 11 – Dec. 26. Tickets: $24.50 – 34.50. 734-663-0681. www.performancenetwork.org.
The Shape of Things Neil Labute, one of America’s best new playwrights, asks the question: What is art? Presented Thursday through Sunday at Planet Ant, Hamtramck, through Nov. 28. Tickets: $10 – $15. 313-365-4948. www.planetant.com.
Tim Conway & Harvey Korman: Together Again Classic characters from “The Carol Burnett Show” are reprised, along with new sketches and stand-up routines from two of the funniest men ever on television. Presented at the fabulous Fox Theatre, Detroit, Nov. 6 only. Tickets: $45 – $65. 248-433-1515. www.olympiaentertainment.com.
Topdog Underdog Two brothers share a passion for street life, hustling 3-Card Monte and all the problems faced when each tries to be the “top dog.” Staged Thursday through Sunday by the African Renaissance Theater at the Redd Apple Gallery, Detroit, through Dec. 5. Tickets: $15 – $40. 313-567-0712.
Tuesdays at 4:00 Adult actors and playwrights create original works based on their experiences with the mental health system. Staged Thursday through Sunday by the Fisher Players at the Matrix Theatre Company, Detroit, Nov. 11 – 21. Tickets: $8 – $15. 313-967-0999. www.matrixtheatre.org.
The Wizard of Oz Last season’s box office hit is further explored in a more spacious location. Staged Thursday through Sunday by Planet Ant Theatre at the Hastings Street Ballroom, Detroit, Nov. 12 – Dec. 19. Tickets: $10 – $15. 313-365-4948. www.planetant.com.
Broadway Bound The final piece of Neil Simon’s autobiographical trilogy follows two brothers trying to break into radio as comedy writers. Staged by EMU Theatre at Quirk Theatre, Ypsilanti, Nov. 5 – 7 & 11 – 13. Tickets: $12 – $14. 734-487-1221.
A Day in the Death of Joe Egg How do you deal with a child who is severely brain-damaged and how does that affect a marriage? Presented Thursday through Saturday at the WSU Studio Theatre, Detroit, Nov. 11 – 20. Tickets: $9. 313-577-2972. www.theatre.wayne.edu/t_studio.html.
A Flea in Her Ear A fake love letter, misplaced suspenders and mistaken identities lead to absolute mayhem in George Feydeau’s best loved work. Presented Friday through Sunday at the Bonstelle Theatre, Detroit, through Nov. 7. Tickets: $12. 313-577-2960. www.theatre.wayne.edu/t_bonstelle.html.
Death of a Salesman An aging traveling salesman is forced to face his failures. Staged Thursday through Sunday by Stagecrafters at the Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak, Nov. 5 – 21. Tickets: $14 & 16. 248-541-6430. www.stagecrafters.org.
Escanaba in Da Moonlight The Soady clan reunites for yet another season of deer hunting in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Presented Thursday through Sunday by the Avon Players, Rochester Hills, Nov. 5 – 20. Tickets: $14. 248-608-9077. www.avonplayers.org.
Escanaba in Da Moonlight Reuben Soady suffers the indignation of being the only Soady for generations never to bag a buck at the family’s camp in the Upper Peninsula. Staged Friday through Sunday by the Marshall Civic Players at the Franke Center for the Arts, Marshall, Nov. 12 – 21. Tickets: $12. 269-781-0001. www.marshallcivicplayers.org.
Misery The Stephen King thriller comes shockingly alive in this stage adaptation. Staged by the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre at the Parish Theatre, Kalamazoo, Nov. 5 – 6. Tickets: $13. 269-343-1313. www.kazoocivic.com.
Theater for Young Audiences:
Crane Maiden A poor but honest you man scaes the life of a wounded crane, unaware that it’s really a beautiful young woman. Staged every Saturday in Nov. by PuppetArt at the Detroit Puppet Theater, Detroit. Tickets: $5/children, $7/adults. 313-961-7777. www.puppetart.org.
Improvisation/Late Night/Interactive/Dinner Theater:
All in the Timing An innovative evening of sketch comedy created through improvisation that revels in the surreal, the biting, the sarcastic and the witty. Presented Friday and Saturday by the Detroit Ensemble Theatre, Roseville, through Nov. 6. Tickets: $15. 888-220-8471. www.detroitensembletheatre.com.
Escanaba in da Moonlight It’s opening day of deer hunting season in Upper Michigan, so will Rueben Soady once again fail to bag a buck? Staged Friday and Saturday by Starbrite Theatrical Productions at the 14th Street Grille and Bar, Madison Heights, through Nov. 20. Tickets: $39.50 includes dinner. 248-589-9900. www.starbriteprod.com.
Improv Inferno A new comedy lounge in Downtown Ann Arbor with four nights of fun: 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. www.improvinferno.com.
Late Night Catechism 2 New sins of the new millennium are discussed by the Good Sister who returns in a sequel filled with hysterical insights into the Catholic school experience. Presented Wednesday through Sunday in the Music Box at The Max, Detroit, through Dec. 5. Tickets: $12 – $38. 313-576-5111. www.detroitsymphony.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. www.planetant.com.
AUDITIONS, NOTICES AND CLASSES:
NETworks – “Oliver,” looking for non-Equity actor to play Fagin in national tour, Nov. 7, 301-926-3401; Dillstar Productions – “Joey and Maria’s Comedy Italian Wedding,” ongoing auditions, 800-944-5639; Improv Inferno – looking for improv groups and individuals, 734-255-4837.