Behind the Counter with Mussolini An Italian American folk tale in which Marco Greco pays homage to his colorful neighborhood in the Bronx. Presented Nov. 7 & 8 only at the Century Theatre, Detroit. Tickets: $35 – $37.50. 313-463-6216. www.gemtheatre.com. Not intended for children.
Caligula The Albert Camus drama about a mad emperor whose twisted logic makes lives no more important than money or entertainment. Staged Friday and Saturday by Icarus Falling at the Creole Gallery, Lansing, through Nov. 8. Tickets: $10. 517-290-4375. www.icarusfalling.com. Contains adult themes.
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.
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
The Gravity of Honey A story of faith and friendship about two lost souls, a nightclub singer and a Catholic priest, who are thrown together by an act of God. Presented Wednesday through Sunday by Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester, through Nov. 9. Tickets: $22 – $38. 248-370-3316. www.mbtheatre.com.
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. 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.
Home A young black man searches for everything he wants in life, only to realize he had those things back home. Staged Thursday through Sunday by Plowshares Theatre Company at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, through Nov. 9. Tickets: $20. 313-872-0279. www.plowshares.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.
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.
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. 7 – 9 & 14. Tickets: $6. 517-484-7805. www.boarshead.org.
Tongue of a Bird A lyrically poetic story about a search and rescue pilot’s journey to find a child and recover her own childhood memories. Presented Thursday through Sunday at Performance Network, Ann Arbor, through Nov. 9. Tickets: $22.50 & 27.50. 734-663-0681. www.performancenetwork.org.
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.
Twelve Angry Jurors It’s democracy in action as the fate of a 19-year-old who is accused of stabbing his father to death is decided by twelve ticked-off jurors. Presented Friday through Sunday by the Detroit Ensemble Theatre, Roseville, through Nov. 9. Tickets: $12. 586-790-5666.
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.
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, Nov. 13 – 30. Tickets: $12. 313-993-6461. www.udmtheatrecompany.com. An all-student production.
An Evening with Magician Dan Tong Noted area magician performs his up-close and personal brand of magic and mentalism for audiences young and old alike. Presented Nov. 9 only by the Farmington Players, Farmington Hills. Tickets: $16 (adults) and $12 (children). 248-553-2955. www.farmingtonplayers.org.
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.
Les Liaisons Dangereuses The witty, seductive and wicked world of the Pre-Revolutionary French aristocracy is explored in a parlor room drama that contains adult scenes and subject matter. Presented by St. Dunstan’s Guild of Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills, Nov. 6 – 8. Tickets: $13. 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. 6 – 9 and 14 & 15. Tickets: $12. 269-345-7529. www.wholeart.org.
Night Must Fall A rich invalid takes in a stranger to help around the house, but is the new handyman actually a murderer? Staged by Richmond Community Theatre at the Richmond Center for the Performing Arts, Richmond, Oct. 30, Nov. 7 – 9. Tickets: $10. 586-727-9518.
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, Nov. 7 – 22. Tickets: $14. 248-608-9077. www.avonplayers.org.
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.
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. 7 – 9, 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.
Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center – “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” Nov. 17 & 18, 734-552-9183; BlackBird Theatre – “Side Man,” Nov. 8, 734-483-7724.