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The Adventures of Captain Neat-O Man & Space F*ckers Two one-act comedies that serve up healthy portions of surrealism and absurdity. Presented Friday and Saturday at the Abreact Performance Space, Detroit, through Oct. 16. Admission by donation. 313-378-5404.
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.
Crazy For You A hilarious musical romp of a stage-struck playboy in a Nevada mining town where romance and mistaken identities add up to loads of fun! Presented at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp., Oct. 22 & 23 only. Tickets: $45. 586-286-2222. www.macomb.cc.mi.us/macombcenter.
The Elephant Vanishes An internationally acclaimed multimedia production that transforms three haunting tales of urban alienation into an astonishing piece of theater. Staged by the University Musical Society at the Power Center, Ann Arbor, Oct. 20 – 23 only. Tickets: $20 – $56. 734-764-2538. www.ums.org.
Entertainer Zero Machine: A Cyber Peep Show Ron Allen’s latest work explores the American need for more, bigger, fasterÉand a hunger for meaning beyond fast-food franchises. Presented Friday through Sunday at Hastings Street Ballroom, Detroit, through Oct. 24. Tickets: $20. 313-873-2955.
Famous PEOPLE Players A world renowned black light theater company made up of people with developmental disabilities uses light, sound, choreography, colorful characters and props to tell its stories. Presented at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, Dearborn, Oct. 20 only. Tickets: $20 – $28. 313-943-2350. www.dearbornfordcenter.com.
Fosse The Tony Award-winning smash hit musical that salutes the work of legendary dancer, choreographer and director Bob Fosse. Presented Tuesday through Sunday at the fabulous Fox Theatre, Detroit, Oct. 19 – 24 only. Tickets: $28 – $73. 313-471-6611. www.olympiaentertainment.com.
How High the Moon: Sarah, Ella & Pops A remounting of last season’s musical salute to jazz legends Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong with new scenes and more than 30 songs. Staged Thursday, Saturday and Sunday by Plowshares Theatre Company at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, through Oct. 31. Tickets: $15 – $35. 313-872-0279. www.plowshares.org.
Humble Boy An intelligent and funny play about love, lust, bee-keeping and the unified field theory. Presented Wednesday through Sunday at BoarsHead Theatre, Lansing, Oct. 14 – 31. Tickets: $19 – $29. 517-484-7805. www.boarshead.org.
Humble Boy A freewheeling adaptation of “Hamlet” in which an Oxford scholar returns home for his beekeeper father’s funeral only to find a swarm of dysfunctional family troubles. Presented Thursday through Sunday at Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor, through Oct. 31. Tickets: $20 – $32.50. 734-663-0681. www.performancenetwork.org.
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.
Keely & Du A pregnant woman who is held hostage by a radical right-to-life faction debates abortion with the nurse who is her caretaker. Staged Friday and Saturday by Icarus Falling at the Creole Gallery, Lansing, Oct. 15 – 23. Tickets: $10. 517-290-4375. www.icarusfalling.com.
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, through Oct. 24. 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, Oct. 22 through Dec. 18. Tickets: $15 – $22. (313) 577-2960. www.theatre.wayne.edu/t_hilberry.html.
The Moonlight Room Two emotional teens await the fate of their friend who’s fighting to survive in a Manhattan hospital. Staged Thursday through Sunday by The Theatre Company, a mix of student and professional actors, at the Marygrove College Theatre, Detroit, through Oct. 24. Tickets: $14. 313-993-3270. http://theatre.udmercy.edu.
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.
The Rainbow D.H. Lawrence’s classic story of a young woman’s coming of age is a sensual and intellectual exploration of love and life. Staged Thursday through Sunday by BlackBag Productions at the Blackbird Theatre, Ann Arbor, through Oct. 24. Tickets: $5 – $17. (734) 332-3848.
Rigoletto Verdi’s dramatic tragedy spins the woeful tale of a razor-tongued court jester who plots revenge against the Duke. Staged by the Michigan Opera Theatre at the Detroit Opera House, Detroit, Oct. 23, 24, 27, 29 – 31. Tickets: $28 – $113. 313-237-7464. www.michiganopera.org.
Tap Dogs Rebooted An international group of sexy girls and hot guys in Blundstone boots return in a tap sensation that will get your adrenaline flowing! Presented at the Royal Oak Theatre, Royal Oak, through Oct. 17. Tickets: $29.50 – $49.50. 248-399-2980.
Thoroughly Modern Millie A Midwestern girl arrives in New York determined to take the town by storm. Presented Tuesday through Sunday at the Fisher Theatre, Detroit, through Oct. 31. Tickets: $32.50 – $72.50. 313-872-1000. www.nederlanderdetroit.com.
The Winter’s Tale There’s something rotten in the kingdom of Sicilia, but not in Shakespeare’s most extraordinary and wide-ranging comedy. Staged by the Michigan Classical Repertory Theatre at Copeland Auditorium, Dexter, Oct. 14 – 17. Tickets: $18. 734-477-0000. www.mcrt.org.
Biloxi Blues The second installment of Neil Simon’s trilogy continues the story of Eugene Morris Jerome’s quest to leave adolescence behind. Staged Thursday through Sunday by EMU Theatre at Sponberg Theatre, Ypsilanti, Oct. 15 – 23. Tickets: $8 – $14. 734-487-1221.
The Laramie Project The community of Laramie, Wyoming reacts to the brutal murder of Mathew Shepard, a 21-year-old gay college student. Presented Thursday through Sunday by the Oakland University Dept. of Music, Theatre and Dance in the Varner Hall Studio Theatre, Rochester, through Oct. 17. Tickets: $10. www2.oakland.edu/mtd.
The Underpants Little do Theo and Louise Maske realize how eventful their day will become when Louise loses her knickers just as the king is passing them by. Presented Thursday through Saturday at the WSU Studio Theatre, Detroit, Oct. 21 – 30. Tickets: $9. 313-577-2972. www.theatre.wayne.edu/t_studio.html.
Blood Brothers A woman with numerous children must surrender a newborn twin to the childless woman she cleans for. Presented by St. Dunstan’s Guild of Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills, Oct. 15 – 17 & 21 – 23. Tickets: $18. 248-644-0527. www.stdunstanstheatre.com.
Breath of Spring A delightful comedy about a modern-day Robin Hood and her band of Merry Thieves. Presented by the Farmington Players, Farmington Hills, Oct. 14 – 16. Tickets: $13. 248-553-2955. www.farmingtonplayers.org.
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change A riotous musical review about the joys and complexities of hetero love and relationships. Presented Friday and Saturday at the Hamilton Theatre, Hamilton, ONT, through Oct. 16. Tickets: $20 CAD. 905-522-3032. www.hamiltontheatre.com.
Macbeth Witches, ghosts, evil plots, murder and betrayal make this Shakespeare classic the perfect Halloween production! Presented Friday and Saturday at Buckham Alley Theatre, Flint, through Oct. 23 (plus Sunday Oct. 24). Tickets: $10. 810-762-5735. www.buckhamtheatre.com.
A Man of No Importance An uplifting musical about a dreamer who learns to see the true beauty of his unrealized life. Staged Thursday through Sunday by Stagecrafters at the historic Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak, Oct. 15 – 24. Tickets: $12. 248-541-6430. www.stagecrafters.org.
Misery The Stephen King thriller comes shockingly alive in this stage adaptation. Staged by the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre at the Parish Theatre, Kalamazoo, Oct. 22 – 23, 28 – 31 & Nov. 5 – 6. Tickets: $13. 269-343-1313. www.kazoocivic.com.
The Music Man There’s trouble in River City as a con-artist-turned-conductor convinces a small town to form a children’s marching band under his direction. Staged Friday and Saturday by the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre at the Civic Auditorium, Kalamazoo, through Oct 16. Tickets: $13 & $18. 269-343-1313. www.kazoocivic.com.
New Play Festival A collection of original short plays by local and national playwrights. Staged by Flint City Theatre at The Good Beans Caf, Flint, Oct. 21 – 23 only. Tickets: $5. 810-341-6912. www.flintcitytheatre.com.
The Rocky Horror Show It’s time to do the “Time Warp” again! Presented at the Trenton Village Theatre, Trenton, Oct. 16, 22, 23, 29 & 30 only. Tickets: $12. 734-362-8153.
A Thousand Clown Broadway’s favorite non-conformist, unemployed TV writer tries to raise his 12-year-old nephew while fighting off well-meaning social workers. Presented Thursday through Sunday at the Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing, Oct. 14 – 24. Tickets: $10 – $12. 517-482-5700. www.riverwalktheatre.com.
Theater for Young Audiences:
Kolobok A Russian folktale about the adventures of a little Butterball who was baked by an elderly childless couple. Staged every Saturday in October 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, Oct. 22 – Nov. 6 (plus Sunday, Oct. 24). Tickets: $15. 888-220-8471. www.detroitensembletheatre.com.
Bullets for Broadway A murder mystery musical that answers the question, what happens when “The Producers” meets “The Sopranos.” Staged Friday and Saturday by Starbrite Theatrical Productions at the 14th Street Grille and Bar, Madison Heights, through Oct. 16. Tickets: $39.50 includes dinner. 248-589-9900. www.starbriteprod.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, Oct. 22 – Nov. 20. Tickets: $39.50 includes dinner. 248-589-9900. www.starbriteprod.com
Late Night Catechism II 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, Oct. 14 – Dec. 5. Tickets: $12 – $38. 313-576-5111. www.detroitsymphony.com.
Laura’s Bush A librarian in Kansas enlists the help of a prostitute to rescue Laura Bush after noticing the First Lady blinking “H-E-L-P-M-E” in Morse Code during television appearances. Extended run, Thursday through Saturday by NoSuch Group at 1515 Broadway, Detroit, through Oct. 16. 10:30 p.m. curtain. Tickets: $15. 313-965-1515. www.nosuchgroup.org.
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.
Tony ‘N Tina’s Wedding Everyone’s favorite Italian couple weds once again, this time as a fundraiser for Special Olympics of Macomb. Staged by Detroit Actors Guild Productions, Inc. at the Eastpointe Manor, Eastpointe, Oct. 16 only. Tickets: $60, includes dinner, show and dancing. 586-778-2240.
AUDITIONS AND CLASSES:
Michigan Opera Theatre – auditions for the children’s chorus in “Tosca,” Nov. 22, 313-237-3405; Dance Theater of Michigan – open auditions for dancers, singers, musicians, actors, directors and comedians, held Saturdays throughout Oct. & Nov, 248-552-5001.