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The Diviners A disenchanted preacher in the early 1930s confronts a traumatized boy’s fear of water after the drowning of his mother. Presented Thursday through Sunday by The Theatre Company, a mix of professional and student actors, at McAuley Auditorium on the Outer Drive Campus of University Detroit Mercy Oct. 2 – 19. Tickets: $12. 313-993-6461. http://theatre.udmercy.edu.
The Glass Menagerie The classic American drama in which a faded Southern Belle constantly meddles in the lives of her grown children. Staged Thursday through Sunday by Planet Ant, Hamtramck, through Oct. 12. Tickets: $15. 313-365-4948. www.planetant.com.
The Good Doctor A composite of sketches and stories written by Neil Simon based on earlier works of Anton Chekhov. Staged Wednesday through Sunday at the Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea, Oct. 2 – Dec. 20. Tickets: $17.50 – 32.50. 734-433-7673. www.purplerosetheatre.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, Oct. 3 – Dec. 6. Tickets: $12 – $20. 313-577-2972. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu/t_hilberry.html.
Late Night Catechism The irrepressible Sister is back once again to teach an adult catechism class made up of the entire theater audience. Staged Tuesday through Sunday at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp., Oct. 7 – 19. Tickets: $25 – $29. 586-286-2222. www.macombcenter.com
Parallel Lives A fast-paced romp through 12 sketches and twice as many livesÉall played by two women. Presented Oct. 2 only by Icarus Falling at the Rendezvous on the Grand Nightclub, Lansing. Tickets: $5. 517-290-4375. www.icarusfalling.com
Mama Mia ABBA’s greatest hits are woven into three love stories that will have audiences singing and dancing in the aisles. Staged Tuesday through Sunday at the Fisher Theatre, Detroit, Oct. 3 – Nov. 15. Tickets: $32.50 – $72.50. 248-645-6666. www.nederlanderdetroit.com
Our Town Thorton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic that reminds us how important it is to savor every moment, no matter how commonplace it may seem. Staged Wednesday through Sunday at the BoarsHead Theatre, Lansing, through Oct. 26. Tickets: $19 – $29. 517-484-7805. www.boarshead.org.
The Sins of Sor Juana An illegitimate Mexican Child of the 17th century becomes a symbol for the education and emancipation of women throughout the world. Staged Thursday through Sunday at the Performance Network, Ann Arbor, through Oct. 5. Tickets: $22.50 – $27.50. 734-663-0681. www.performancenetwork.org.
The Sound of Music The hills come alive with a family-friendly musical that all ages will love. Staged at Detroit’s Fabulous Fox Theatre Sept. 30 – Oct. 5. Tickets: $28 – $70.50. 313-471-6611. www.olympiaentertainment.com.
The Trip Four girlfriends embark on a cross-country trip that tests the limits of their friendship and changes their lives forever. Presented Friday through Sunday by the African Renaissance Theater at the Hastings Street Ballroom, Detroit, Oct. 10 – Nov. 2. Tickets: $20. 877-865-6818.
Triple Espresso A high-energy family-friendly comedy featuring songs, parody send-ups and vaudeville-style ensemble comedy. Staged Tuesday through Sunday at the historic Gem Theatre, Detroit, through December. Tickets: $32.50 & $37.50. 313-463-4216. www.gemtheatre.com.
Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) A subversive farce about a Ph.D. candidate who sets out to prove Shakespeare’s “Othello” and “Romeo and Juliet” were takeoffs of other comedies. Presented Thursday through Sunday by the University of Michigan Dept. of Theatre & Drama at the Trueblood Theatre, Ann Arbor, Oct. 4 – 12. Tickets: $15. 734-764-2538. www.uprod.music.umich.edu.
Great Expectations Eccentric characters and unexpected twists and turns are what Pip encounters when he strives to become a gentleman. Presented by the Oakland University Dept. of Music, Theatre and Dance at Varner Studio Theatre, Rochester, October 9 – 12 & 14 – 19. Tickets: $12. 248-370-3013.
Guys and Dolls The organizer of the longest-running floating crap game in New York places a bet he thinks is a sure-fire hit. Presented by the University of Michigan Musical Theatre Dept. at Mendelssohn Theatre, Ann Arbor, Oct. 9 – 12. Tickets: $20 – $15. 734-764-2538. www.uprod.music.umich.edu.
A Streetcar Named Desire Visiting in-laws are given a bad rap when Blanche DuBois rides into New Orleans to visit her pregnant sister. Staged by the Farmington Players Oct. 2 – 4 & 9 – 11. Tickets: $13. 248-553-2955. www.farmingtonplayers.org.
Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story The spectacular career of the legendary musician is celebrated in a high-energy musical that will have audiences rocking and bopping in the aisles. Presented Thursday through Sunday by the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre in the Civic Auditorium, Kalamazoo, through Oct. 4. Tickets: $15 & $19. 269-343-1313. www.kazoocivic.com.
Godspell An updated version of the musical classic based upon the Gospel of St. Matthew. Presented by Stagecrafters on the Main Stage of the Historic Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak, Oct. 3 – 5. Tickets: $16 & $18. 248-541-6430. www.stagecrafters.org.
The Last Five Years A “pocket musical” that tells the bittersweet story of a writer on the verge of success and his relationship with an aspiring actress. Presented Thursday through Saturday by the Actor’s Theatre at Spectrum Theater, Grand Rapid, Sept. 25 – Oct. 4. Tickets: $23. 616-234-3946. www.actorsatspectrum.org.
The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me The sexual, spiritual and political yearnings of gay America come to life through the exploration of the urban gay male experience. Staged Friday and Saturday by the Whole Art Theater, Kalamazoo, Oct. 10 – 18. Tickets: $7. 269-345-7529. www.wholeart.org
One Flea Spare Things get violent – and rank – when two unwanted visitors sneak into a quarantined home during London’s Great Plague. Staged by the Whole Art Theater, Kalamazoo, Oct. 3 – 4. Tickets: $12. 269-345-7529. www.wholeart.org.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest A patient swaggers into a mental hospital and takes over, much to the chagrin of Nurse Ratched. Presented by the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre at the Parish Theatre, Kalamazoo, Oct. 10 – 11, 16 – 19, & 24 – 25. Tickets: $13 & $16. 269-343-1313. www.kazoocivic.com
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown The Peanuts characters come alive in this warm and much-beloved family-friendly musical. Staged by the Avon Players, Rochester Hills, Oct. 2 – 4. Tickets: $16. 248-608-9077. www.avonplayers.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. Staged every Sunday at Second City Detroit. Tickets: $12. 313-965-2222. www.olympiaentertainment.com.
Comedy Works A hilarious collective of Detroit-area improvisers called The Guild returns to tickle your funny bones. Staged Friday and Saturday at the Century Theatre, Detroit, through Nov. 8. Tickets: $15. 313-963-9800. www.gemtheatre.com.
Empatheatre The topic this month is “Twisted Tales,” as theatergoers watch their stories come alive as their anonymously submitted ideas become springboards for comedic and dramatic improvisations. Presented at the Kerrytown Concert House, Ann Arbor, Oct. 10 only. Tickets: $12 – $15. 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. Staged every Wednesday through Sunday at Second City – Detroit. Tickets: $15 & $20. 313-965-2222. www.olympiaentertainment.com.
AUDITIONS: Farmington Players – “Fiddler on the Roof,” Oct. 26, 248-661-1383.