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An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein Ten vivid short plays use ingenious language to illustrate an absurd series of relationships. Staged Nov. 3 only by the BoarsHead Theater Second Company at Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester. Free admission. 248-377-3300. www.mbtheatre.com.
Behind the Counter with Mussolini An Italian American folk tale in which Marco Greco pays homage to his colorful neighborhood in the Bronx. Presented Nov. 3, 5, 7 & 8 only at the Century Theatre, Detroit. Tickets: $35 – $37.50. 313-463-6216. www.gemtheatre.com. Not intended for children.
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. Staged by the University Musical Society at the U-M Sports Coliseum, Ann Arbor, through Nov. 2. Tickets: $35 & $40. 734-764-2538. www.ums.org.
Caligula The Albert Camus drama about a mad emperor whose twisted logic makes lives no more important than money or entertainment. Staged Friday and Saturday by Icarus Falling at the Creole Gallery, Lansing, Oct. 31 – Nov. 8. Tickets: $10. 517-290-4375. www.icarusfalling.com. Contains adult themes.
Dirty Story An outrageously dark comedy about the battle of the sexes that satirizes the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Presented Wednesday through Sunday by the Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company, West Bloomfield, through Nov. 23. Tickets: $22 – $32. 248-788-2900. www.jettheatre.org.
The Good Doctor A composite of sketches and stories written by Neil Simon based on earlier works of Anton Chekhov. Presented Wednesday through Sunday at the Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea, through Dec. 20. Tickets: $17.50 – 32.50. 734-433-7673. 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. Presented Wednesday through Sunday by Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester, through Nov. 9. Tickets: $22 – $38. 248-370-3316. 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/t_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. Presented Friday through Sunday at Zeitgeist Gallery and Performance Venue, Detroit, Oct. 31 – Nov. 23. Tickets: $15. 313-965-9192. www.zeitgeistdetroit.org.
Here and There An unsentimental comedy about love, decency and undying friendship that proves humor is a potent tool for coping with lifeÉand death! Presented Thursday through Sunday at Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit, Nov. 6 – Dec. 28. Tickets: $17. 313-868-1347. www.detroitreptheatre.com.
Home A young black man searches for everything he wants in life, only to realize he had those things back home. Staged 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. 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/t_hilberry.html.
In the Mood A 1940s musical revue featuring The String of Pearls singers and dancers with a sensational big band orchestra. Presented at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp., Nov. 1 only. Tickets: $29 – $35. 586-286-2222. www.macombcenter.com.
Lehrstucke Bertolt Brecht’s short plays that depict exploitation, murder, corruption and fear through which we learn solidarity, tolerance, justice and hope. Presented Friday through Sunday at Planet Ant, Hamtramck, Oct. 31 – Nov. 23. Tickets: $15. 313-365-4948. www.planetant.com.
Mama Mia ABBA’s greatest hits are woven into three love stories that will have audiences singing and dancing in the aisles. Presented Tuesday through Sunday at the Fisher Theatre, Detroit, through Nov. 15. Tickets: $32.50 – $72.50. 248-645-6666. www.nederlanderdetroit.com.
Miss Saigon Two young lovers are torn apart by the fortunes of destiny and a messy little war. Presented at the Stranahan Theater, Toledo, through Nov. 2. Tickets: $36 – $45. 419-474-1333.
Noodle Doodle Box Two clowns who live side-by-side learn that true friends are hard to come by. Presented by the BoarsHead Young People’s Theater, Lansing, Nov. 7 – 9 & 14. Tickets: $6. 517-484-7805. 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. Presented Thursday through Sunday at Performance Network, Ann Arbor, through Nov. 9. Tickets: $22.50 & 27.50. 734-663-0681. 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. Staged 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. Presented Tuesday through Sunday at the historic Gem Theatre, Detroit, through December. Tickets: $32.50 & $37.50. 313-463-4216. 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. Presented Friday through Sunday by the Detroit Ensemble Theatre, Roseville, through 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. www.youtheatre.org.
Candida A handsome, brilliant and powerful preacher is challenged for the love and affection of his beautiful and beloved wife. Staged Thursday through Sunday by the Michigan Classical Repertory Theatre at the Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti, Nov. 6 – 16. Tickets: $15. 734-477-0000. www.mcrt.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. Presented Friday through Sunday at the Bonstelle Theatre, Detroit, through Nov. 2. Tickets: $10. 313-577-2960. http://www.theatre.wayne.edu/t_bonstelle.html.
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. Staged by Stagecrafters at the Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak, through Nov. 1. Tickets: $$12. 248-541-6430. www.stagecrafters.org.
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. Presented by St. Dunstan’s Guild of Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 2, 6 – 8. Tickets: $13. 248-644-0527. 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. Presented by the Whole Art Theater, Kalamazoo, Oct. 31 & Nov. 1, Nov. 6 – 9 and 14 & 15. Tickets: $12. 269-345-7529. www.wholeart.org.
Night Must Fall A rich invalid takes in a stranger to help around the house, but is the new handyman actually a murderer? Staged by Richmond Community Theatre at the Richmond Center for the Performing Arts, Richmond, Oct. 30, Nov. 1 – 2 & 7 – 9. Tickets: $10. 586-727-9518.
To Kill a Mockingbird A widowed father is assigned to defend a young African American who is unjustly accused of raping a white woman. Staged by Stagecrafters at the historic Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak, Nov. 7 – 9, 13 – 16 & 20 – 23. Tickets: $14 & $16. 248-541-6430. www.stagecrafters.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. Presented 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. Presented Friday and Saturday at the Century Theatre, Detroit, through Nov. 1. Tickets: $15. 313-963-9800. 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. Presented every Wednesday through Sunday at Second City – Detroit. Tickets: $15 & $20. 313-965-2222. www.olympiaentertainment.com.
AUDITIONS: Fox Theatre – “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” kids auditions, Nov. 12, 313-471-3288; Kalamazoo Civic Theatre – “Sweeney Todd,” Nov. 9 & 10, 269-343-2280; Stagecrafters – “Evita,” Nov. 1 (children) & Nov. 8 (adults), 248-541-8027.