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. www.nederlanderdetroit.com.
Arlecchino, Servant of Two Masters Because of or in spite of Arlecchino’s na ve machinations, three couples of lovers finally are able to marry and live happily ever after. University Musical Society at Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., Nov. 3-6. $35-$45. 734-764-2538. www.ums.org.
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. 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. 26-27 then runs Wed.-Sun., Oct. 28-Dec. 17. $20-$35. 734-433-7673. www.purplerosetheatre.org.
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. www.matrixtheatre.org.
Heart Attack Eight women and posters of Marilyn Monroe come to the rescue of an unfunny, down-on-his-luck stand-up comedian. Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., Nov. 3-Dec. 30, plus a special New Year’s Eve performance. $20. 313-868-1347. www.detroitreptheatre.com.
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. 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. www.theatre.wayne.edu.
La Boheme Puccini’s masterpiece, one of the greatest love stories ever sung, is a bittersweet tragedy about four poverty-stricken friends surviving on very limited means. Michigan Opera Theatre at the Detroit Opera House, Detroit. Nov. 5,6,9,11-13 only. $28-$113. 313-237-SING. www.motopera.org.
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. 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. 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., through Oct. 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. 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. 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. 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. Fri.-Sat. through Oct. 29. $10. 517-290-4375. 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. 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. www.theatre.wayne.edu.
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. www.thewhiting.com.
The Weekend Scary and unexplained things happen when two young couples go camping on 12 Trees Mountain. Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. In previews Oct. 28-31, then runs Thu.-Sun., Nov. 4-Dec. 3. $15. 313-365-4948. www.planetant.com.
Independence A mother and her three daughters learn that each must find her own heaven and hell in her own way, despite opposing agendas at play within the family. Wayne State University Studio Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sat., Nov. 3-12. $8-$10. 313-577-2972. www.theatre.wayne.edu.
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. www.theatre.wayne.edu.
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.
Candy Corn, Christ and the Convoluted Creation of Golf A fresh and humorous approach to the New Testament story of Jesus and his followers. Special adult-only performance at the Triangle Nightclub, Flint, Fri., Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. ($10, 734-678-9947); then returns to Buckham Alley Theatre, Flint, Nov. 11-12, 18-19 & 26-27. $10. 810-239-4477. www.buckhamtheatre.com.
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., through Oct. 30. $10-$12. 517-482-5700. www.riverwalktheatre.com.
Elizabeth Rex William Shakespeare, Queen Elizabeth I and Ned Lowenscroft wrestle with questions of identity, sexuality and love. Peppermint Creek Theatre at Woldumar Nature Center’s RE Olds Anderson Barn Theatre, Lansing. Thu.-Sun., Nov. 3-12. $10. 517-927-3016. www.peppermintcreek.org.
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. 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. www.avonplayers.org.
Once Upon a Mattress If you thought you knew the story of “The Princess and the Pea,’ you may be in for a musical surprise! Hamilton Theatre, Hamilton, Ontario. Nov. 4-5, 11-13, 18-19 & 25-26. $20 CAD. 905-522-3032. www.hamiltontheatre.com.
Sweeney Todd Stephen Sondheim’s demon barber of Fleet Street returns. St. Dunstan’s Guild of Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills. Oct. 28-30 & Nov. 3-5. $18. 248-644-0527. www.stdunstanstheatre.com.
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, through Dec. 17. $10. 248-348-4448. 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. www.flintyouththeatre.com.
Dorothy Meets Alice On the night before a book report is due, a chronic procrastinator falls asleep and encounters characters from two famous childhood tales. Ann Arbor Civic Theatre at Washtenaw Community College’s College Theater, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., Nov. 3-6. $5. 734-971-2228. www.a2ct.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. www.flintcitytheatre.com.
Tales from the Pumpkin Patch Storytelling, Halloween fun and candy! Buckham Alley Theatre, Flint. Oct. 29 only. Free admission. 810-239-4477. www.buckhamtheatre.com.
There’s a Moose Loose A “moosical” good time featuring Marc Thomas and his crazy puppet friend, Max. Flint Youth Theatre at Bower Theater, Flint. Fri., Nov. 4 only. $8/children, $10 adults. 810-237-1530. www.flintyouththeatre.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. www.random-acts.net.
Improv Inferno A new comedy lounge in Downtown Ann Arbor with five nights of fun: “College Comedy Night” and “Super Fun Karaoke” hit the stage on Wednesday nights; Thursday hosts “Catfight” and “High Octane”; Friday & Saturday feature the “Evil Twin: Prime Time Improv,” “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. 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. www.secondcity.com.
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. 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. 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. 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. www.secondcity.com.
AUDITIONS & CLASSES:
AVON PLAYERS auditions for “Let Freedom Ring,” Nov. 6-7, 248-608-9077.