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Altar Boyz A holy-inspiring musical comedy about five small-town boys trying to save the world one screaming fan at a time. City Theatre, Detroit. Tue.-Sun. through Dec. 18. $22.50-$45. 313-872-1000. http://www.nederlanderdetroit.com.
The Dead Eye Boy A single mother with a 14-year-old son is trying to beat her addiction when she meets a man in a 12-step program. Breathe Art Theatre Project at 1515 Broadway, Detroit. Oct. 28-29, Nov. 3-6 & 10-12. $18. 313-965-1515.
Deceptions to the Rule The Wilde Award-nominated spoof of the classic film noir detective story returns for another hilarious run. Century Theatre, Detroit. Wed.-Sun. through Nov. 13. $29.50-$34.50. 313-963-9800. http://www.gemtheatre.com.
The Glass Menagerie Tennessee Williams’ poetic and complex drama about a restless soul stuck as the breadwinner for a family abandoned by his father. Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea. In previews Oct. 20-23 & 26-27 then runs Wed.-Sun., Oct. 28-Dec. 17. $20-$35. 734-433-7673. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org.
Hairspray A big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart is transformed from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity while advocating for social change. Wharton Center, East Lansing. Through Oct. 23. $38.50-$68. 517-432-2000. http://www.whartoncenter.com.
Harpers Ferry/Mother Tongue Frederick Douglass, John Brown, Sojourner Truth and Mother Jones come to life in two towering plays of justice and transformation. Matrix Theatre Company, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., through Nov. 20. $15. 313-967-0999. http://www.matrixtheatre.org.
The Heidelberg Experience Playwright Ron Allen stages the passion of Tyree Guyton’s visual art through dance, attitude and street rhythms. The Thick Knot Rhythm Ensemble at the theater formerly known as The Furniture Factory, Detroit. Fri.-Sun. through Oct. 30. $20. 734-576-9547.
Ice Glen A touching period comedy that asks the question: if a poem is written in the woods but no one reads it, does it make a sound? Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun. through Oct. 30. $24.50-$36. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org.
Julius Caesar Can the murder of a king ever be justified, Marc Antony asks? The Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in repertory Oct. 21-Dec. 17. $20-$28. 313-577-2972. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu.
Late Night Catechism She’s back: The good Sister returns to once again bring us up to date on all things Catholic! Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp. Tue.-Sun. through Oct. 30. $30. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com.
Menopause The Musical A joyful musical parody about four women who have nothing in common except a certain shared experience! Gem Theatre, Detroit. Every Tue.-Sun. $39.50. 313-963-9800. http://www.gemtheatre.com.
Night of the Living Dead: The Musical When Barbara and Johnny take a Sunday drive to visit their mother’s grave, it quickly turns into a ridiculous, blood-covered sing-along. A Smith and Abreact Playhouse Production at Hastings Street Ballroom, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., Oct. 21-30. $13. 313-831-0665.
No Way to Treat a Lady A musical comedy thriller about a cat-and-mouse game between a detective and a serial killer, and the detective’s mother and the killer’s mother, and someone else’s mother! A co-production of the BoarsHead Theatre and Meadow Brook Theatre at the BoarsHead Theatre, Lansing. Wed.-Sun, through Oct. 30. $25-$33. 517-484-7805. http://www.boarshead.org.
Peter Pan Olympic gymnast Cathy Rigby gives her farewell performance in the beloved tale of the Darling children who fly away to Neverland. Fisher Theatre, Detroit. Tue.-Sun., through Nov. 6. $30.50-$68. 313-872-1000. http://www.nederlanderdetroit.com.
The Seagull Anton Ckeckov’s classic tale of love and betrayal is given a new treatment. Blackbird Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sat., through Oct. 29. $18. 734-332-3848. http://www.blackbirdtheatre.net.
Sex Mae West’s tale of a prostitute who decides to leave Montreal to follow the fleet to the Caribbean where she finds love. Icarus Falling at the Creole Gallery, Lansing. Oct. 20, 22, 28-29. $10. 517-290-4375. http://www.icarusfalling.com.
Steel Magnolias An unforgettable group of women laugh, cry, gossip and survive the hardships of life in a beauty parlor in a small town in Louisiana. Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester. Wed.-Sun., through Nov. 6. $20-$36. 248-377-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.com.
Sylvia The female that a man brings home has his wife seeing red — despite the fact that the female is a dog! The Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in repertory through Dec. 1. $20-$28. 313-577-2972. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu.
Thoroughly Modern Millie A Midwestern girl makes her way to New York in search of love and a modern marriage. Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp. Oct. 21-22 only. $40-$45. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com.
Thoroughly Modern Millie A flapper named Millie bobs her hair, raises her hemline and joins the workforce in this musical romp through early 20th century America. Whiting Auditorium, Flint. Oct. 28-29 only. $29-$59. 810-237-7333. http://www.thewhiting.com.
Life, Death, Etc. A series of student written and directed one-acts described as “great theater in under an hour.” Oakland University Department of Music, Theatre & Dance in the Varner Lab Theatre, Rochester Hills. Thu.-Sun, Oct. 20-23. $5. 248-370-3013. http://www2.oakland.edu/mtd.
Ten November A haunting maritime tale that commemorates the 30th anniversary of the tragic sinking of the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald. Bonstelle Theatre, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., Oct. 28-Nov. 6. $14. 313-577-2960. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu.
Twelfth Night Shakespeare’s comedic tale of unattainable love and mistaken identity. Eastern Michigan University Theatre at Quirk Theatre, Ypsilanti. Thu.-Sat., through Oct. 22. $15. 734-487-1221.
Afraid: The Gospel of Mark A one-man play starring Frank Runyeon that translates the gospel text into contemporary American speech. Peoples Church, East Lansing. Thu., Oct. 27 only. Free/donations accepted. 517-332-5073.
Angels in America, Part II: Perestroika Reunite with the characters from last season’s “Millennium Approaches” and see how their stories end. Stagecrafters on the Baldwin Theatre’s 2nd Stage, Royal Oak. Thu.-Sun., through Oct. 23. $12. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.org.
Dark of the Moon A supernatural romance in which a woman falls in love with a witch boy who gives up his powers to marry her. Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing. Thu.-Sun., Oct. 20-30. $10-$12. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com.
Decipher In a dark blizzard, a true-crime novelist with something to hide shelters a stranger who is not what he seems. Flint City Theatre at the Good Beans Caf, Flint. Oct. 20-22 only. $5. 810-341-6912. http://www.flintcitytheatre.com.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch The popular rock musical serves to benefit University of Michigan-Flint’s LGBT Center. Flint City Theatre at UM-Flint’s Kiva Room at 303 E. Kearsley St. in Flint. Oct. 20-22 only. $10. 810-237-4663. http://www.flintcitytheatre.com.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch The groundbreaking story of an internationally ignored song stylist who is left with an “angry inch” after becoming a victim of a botched sex-change operation. Whole Art Theater, Kalamazoo. Fri.-Sat., through Nov. 5. $22. 269-345-PLAY. http://www.wholeart.org.
Lettice & Lovage A witty and delightful comedy about the deeply productive friendship that develops between two opposite types of women. Richmond Community Theatre at the Richmond Center for the Performing Arts, Richmond. Fri.-Sun., Oct. 28-Nov. 6. $10. 586-727-9518.
The Mousetrap Guests are stranded at an inn because of a snowstorm and one of them is suspected of murder. Avon Players, Rochester Hills. Fri.-Sun., Oct. 28-Nov. 12. $14. 248-608-9077. http://www.avonplayers.org.
Sweeney Todd Stephen Sondheim’s demon barber of Fleet Street returns. St. Dunstan’s Guild of Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills. Oct. 21-22, 28-30 & Nov. 3-5. $18. 248-644-0527. http://www.stdunstanstheatre.com.
Tally’s Folly A bittersweet tale of two people’s search for love: a small town Methodist woman from a bigoted family and a slightly older Jewish accountant. SRO Productions at the Historic Burgh, Southfield. Fri.-Sun., through Oct. 23. $10. 248-796-4645.
Theater for Young Audiences:
After the Beanstalk A funny and engaging continuation of the “Jack and the Beanstalk” classic tale. A Second City Children’s Theater production at The Second City, Novi. Every Sat. morning, Oct. 22-Dec. 17. $10. 248-348-4448. http://www.secondcity.com.
All Hallows Eve A Halloween fantasy designed for ages 5 and up, with certain performances including the Hobgoblin Buffet. Flint Youth Theatre at Bower Theater, Flint. Fri.-Sat., through Oct. 29. Call for ticket information. 810-237-1530. http://www.flintyouththeatre.com.
Jim Fitzsimmons, Magician A fast paced presentation that offers young people to try their hand at magic and unlock their potential to accomplish the impossible. A Saturday Series for Young People presentation at Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Sat., Oct. 22 only. $10/adults, $7/children 16 and under. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org.
Scream Theatre Attend at your own risk: A haunted story hour, just in time for Halloween! Flint City Theatre at The Good Beans Caf, Flint. Oct. 28-29. $5. 810-341-6912. http://www.flintcitytheatre.com.
Speak Truth to Power: Voices from Beyond the Dark The Off the Press Series opens with a collection of interviews from around the world that focus on human rights and the strength of the human spirit. Flint Youth Theatre at Elgood Theater, Flint. Sun., Oct. 23 only. $5. 810-237-1530. http://www.flintyouththeatre.com. Recommended for older teens and adults.
Tales from the Pumpkin Patch Storytelling, Halloween fun and candy! Buckham Alley Theatre, Flint. Oct. 29 only. Free admission. 810-239-4477. http://www.buckhamtheatre.com.
Improvisation/Late Night/Interactive/Dinner Theater:
The Graveyard Train The final scene of a blockbuster movie is about to be filmed: Who will survive the death-defying stunts? Who will drop their lines? And who will drop dead? Random Acts on the Old Road Murder Mystery Dinner Train, Charlotte. Every Saturday through Oct. 29. $57.95 includes dinner and show. 888-726-8277. http://www.random-acts.net.
Improv Inferno A new comedy lounge in Downtown Ann Arbor with five nights of fun: “Super Fun Karaoke” hit the stage on Wednesday nights; Thursday hosts “Catfight” and “High Octane”; Friday & Saturday feature the Detroit Neutrino Project,” “The Damnation Game,” and at Midnight, “The X Show”; and the week closes on Sunday with “Get Up! Stand Up!” and “The Sweet Spot with Eye Candy.” $5-$10. 734-214-7080. http://www.improvinferno.com.
In iPod We Trust Second City’s 26th review explores political and societal elements from Detroit, Novi and national perspectives. The Second City, Novi. Every Wed.-Sun. $15-$20. 248-348-4448. http://www.secondcity.com.
It’s All in the Words The fast-paced cabaret-style musical romp with songstress Kate Brennan and music director Harvey reed returns to entertain lovers of great music. Cuisine Restaurant, Detroit. Fridays in October through Oct. 21. $45, includes three-course dinner and show. 313-872-5110.
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. Planet Ant, Hamtramck. Every Monday. $5. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com.
Monky Business An evil real estate developer threatens to turn a monastery into a casino unless the monks can raise $250,000 by midnight. StarBrite Productions at Miles World Italian Restaurant, Fraser. Fri. & Sat. through Nov. 19. $39.95, includes three-course dinner and the show. 586-415-4500. http://www.starbriteprod.com.
The Reality Buffet Short plays selected by the audience are based upon the lives, perspectives and experiences of Detroit’s acting and improv communities. Motoprism at the Improv Inferno, Ann Arbor. Every Sunday. $10. 734-214-7080. http://www.improvinferno.com.
Right on Maple, Left at the Altar An original comedy that chronicles one man’s journey that leaves him, well, left at the altar! A Second City Alternative Production at The Second City, Novi. Late night every Wednesday through Nov. 2. $10. 248-348-4448. http://www.secondcity.com.
AUDITIONS & CLASSES:
RICHMOND COMMUNITY THEATRE — auditions for “The Mousetrap,” Nov. 14, 586-727-9518; ANN ARBOR CIVIC THEATRE — auditions for “Guys and Dolls,” Nov. 6-7, 734-971-2228.