Boris Godunov When Ivan the Terrible dies, a climactic struggle for power takes place in tsarist Russia, with money, corruption, sex, blood and betrayal thickening the plot. Presented by the University Musical Society at the U-M Sports Coliseum, Ann Arbor, Oct. 29 – Nov. 2. Tickets: $35 & $40. 734-764-2538. http://www.ums.org.
Dirty Story An outrageously dark comedy about the battle of the sexes that satirizes the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Staged Wednesday through Sunday by the Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company, West Bloomfield, through Nov. 23. Tickets: $22 – $32. 248-788-2900. http://www.jettheatre.org.
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, through Dec. 20. Tickets: $17.50 – 32.50. 734-433-7673. http://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. Staged Wednesday through Sunday by Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester, through Nov. 9. Tickets: $22 – $38. 248-370-3316. http://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. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu/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. Staged Friday through Sunday at Zeitgeist Gallery and Performance Venue, Detroit, Oct. 31 – Nov. 23. Tickets: $15. 313-965-9192. http://www.zeitgeistdetroit.org.
Home A young black man searches for everything he wants in life, only to realize he had those things back home. Presented 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. http://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/hilberry.html.
In the Mood A 1940s musical revue featuring The String of Pearls singers and dancers with a sensational big band orchestra. Staged at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp., Nov. 1 only. Tickets: $29 – $35. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com
The Little Engine That Could One of the most beloved childhood classics above overcoming obstacles comes to life. Staged at the Pasant Theatre, East Lansing, Oct. 26 only. Tickets: $7. 517-432-2000.http://www.whartoncenter.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, through Nov. 15. Tickets: $32.50 – $72.50. 248-645-6666. http://www.nederlanderdetroit.com.
Miss Saigon Two young lovers are torn apart by the fortunes of destiny and a messy little war. Staged at the Stranahan Theater, Toledo, Oct. 28 – Nov. 2. Tickets: $36 – $45. 419-474-1333.
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. http://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. Staged Thursday through Sunday at Performance Network, Ann Arbor, through Nov. 9. Tickets: $22.50 & 27.50. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org.
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, through 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. http://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. Staged Friday through Sunday by the Detroit Ensemble Theatre, Roseville, Oct. 24 – Nov. 9. Tickets: $12. 586-790-5666.
The Wizard of Oz No, it’s NOT Kansas anymore, as Dorothy soon discovers. Staged by Youtheatre at the Millennium Center, Southfield, Nov. 1 & 2 only. Tickets: $10. 248-577-7529. http://www.youtheatre.org.
Much Ado About Nothing A formal duel, a scheming friar and a gaggle of bumbling constables are just what Shakespeare ordered in this battle of love and sex. Staged Friday through Sunday at the Bonstelle Theatre, Detroit, Oct. 24 – Nov. 2. Tickets: $10. 313-577-2960. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu/bonstelle.html.
Alice in Wonderland Don’t be late for a very important date when an inquisitive young girl takes a tumble down a rabbit hole. Presented by the Kalamazoo Civic Youth Theatre at the Civic Auditorium, Kalamazoo, through Oct. 26. Tickets: $5 children, $6.50 adults. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com.
Bat Boy: The Musical The off-Broadway musical hit about a half-boy/half-bat who is taken in by a local veterinarian and his family. Presented by Stagecrafters at the Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak, Oct. 23 – 26 & Oct. 30 – Nov. 1. Tickets: $$12. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.org.
Dracula A new adaptation that restores the suspense and seduction of Bram Stiker’s classic vampire novel. Staged Thursday through Sunday by the Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing, through Oct. 26. Tickets: $10 & $12. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.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. Staged by St. Dunstan’s Guild of Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills, Oct. 24, 25 & 31 and Nov. 1, 2, 6 – 8. Tickets: $13. 248-644-0527. http://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. Staged by the Whole Art Theater, Kalamazoo, Oct. 31 & Nov. 1, Nov. 6 – 9 and 14 & 15. 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. 24 & 25. Tickets: $13 & $16. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com.
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. http://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. http://www.gemtheatre.com.
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. http://www.olympiaentertainment.com.
AUDITIONS: Michigan Classical Repertory Theatre – “Antigone,” Nov. 10 & 11, 734-477-0000; Avon Players – “The Fantasticks,” Nov. 8 & 9, 248-608-9077; Bay City Players – “Bus Stop,” Nov. 3 & 4, 989-893-5555.