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TE1 Lord.jpg: Michael Flatley’s celebration of Irish dance returns again to Detroit’s fabulous Fox Theatre. Photo: Magic Arts and Entertainment.
TE2 Winter: Rachel Robbins (Hermione) and Tom Foley (Leontes) are featured in MCRT’s fall production of “The Winter’s Tale.” Photo: Rob Roy.
The Adventures of Captain Neat-O Man & Space F*ckers Two one-act comedies that serve up healthy portions of surrealism and absurdity. Presented Friday and Saturday at the Abreact Performance Space, Detroit, through Oct. 16. Admission by donation. 313-378-5404.
Blithe Spirit The dead won’t go away in Nol Coward’s farce, where if one wife is too manyÉhow about two? Performed in Repertory at the Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, Oct. 8 – Dec. 11. Tickets: $15 – $22. (313) 577-2960. www.theatre.wayne.edu/t_hilberry.html.
Crazy for You A boy-meets-girl tale set in the Wild West filled with romance, mistaken identity, ribald humor and glorious Gershwin music. Presented Thursday through Sunday at the Stranahan Theater, Toledo, Sept. 30 – Oct. 3. Tickets: $30.50 – $39.50. 419-474-1333. www.stranahantheater.com.
Entertainer Zero Machine: A Cyber Peep Show Ron Allen’s latest work explores the American need for more, bigger, fasterÉand a hunger for meaning beyond fast-food franchises. Presented Friday through Sunday at Hastings Street Ballroom, Detroit, Oct. 1 – 24 (excluding Oct. 3). Tickets: $20. 313-832-0954.
The Firebird and The Four Seasons The National Ballet of Canada stops in Detroit for only one of two appearances in America with two dynamic masterpieces by James Kudelka. Presented at the Detroit Opera House, Detroit, Oct. 7 – 10 only. Tickets: $28 – $93. 313-237-7464. www.motopera.org.
Forbidden Broadway Shoots for the Stars The lastest in the “Forbidden Broadway” series slings its arrows at more recent Broadway hits such as “The Lion King” and “Mama Mia.” Presented Tuesday through Sunday at the Macomb center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp., through Oct. 3. Tickets: $30. 586-286-2272. www.macomb.cc.mi.us/macombcenter.
How High the Moon: Sarah, Ella & Pops A remounting of last season’s musical salute to jazz legends Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong with new scenes and more than 30 songs. Tickets: $15 – $35. 313-872-0279. www.plowshares.org.
Humble Boy A freewheeling adaptation of “Hamlet” in which an Oxford scholar returns home for his beekeeper father’s funeral only to find a swarm of dysfunctional family troubles. Presented Thursday through Sunday at Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor, through Oct. 31. Tickets: $20 – $32.50. 734-663-0681. www.performancenetwork.org.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Adapted from the first 13 chapters of the Book of Genesis, this flamboyant biblical joyride combines elements of pop, country, calypso and rock. Presented at the Masonic Temple Theatre, Detroit, Oct. 5 – 10 only. Tickets: $19.50 – $62.50. 313-872-1000. www.nederlanderdetroit.com.
Laura’s Bush A librarian in Kansas enlists the help of a prostitute to rescue Laura Bush after noticing the First Lady blinking “H-E-L-P-M-E” in Morse Code during television appearances. Staged Thursday through Sunday by NoSuch Group at 1515 Broadway, Detroit, Sept. 30 – Oct. 10. Tickets: $15. 313-965-1515. www.nosuchgroup.org.
Lord of the Dance Michael Flatley’s international Irish dance phenomenon taps its way back for yet another run. Presented at the fabulous Fox Theatre, Detroit, Oct. 1 & 2 only. Tickets: $16.75 – $61.75. 313-471-6611. www.olympiaentertainment.com.
The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron? Robert Dubac stars in this hilarious hit one-man show that pinpoints and celebrates the differences between the sexes and attempts to answer the question, “What do women want?” Presented Thursday through Sunday at the City Theatre, Detroit, Oct. 6 – 24. Tickets: $20 – $29.50. 313-471-6611. www.olympiaentertainment.com.
Menopause The Musical A joyful musical parody about four women who have nothing in common except a certain shared experience! Presented Tuesday through Sunday at the Gem Theatre, Detroit, for an open run. Tickets: $39.50. 313-963-9800. www.gemtheatre.com.
The Midnight Room Two emotional teens await the fate of their friend who’s fighting to survive in a Manhattan hospital. Staged Thursday through Sunday by The Theatre Company, a mix of student and professional actors, at the Marygrove College Theatre, Detroit, Oct. 7 – 24. Tickets: $14. 313-993-3270. http://theatre.udmercy.edu.
The Mystery of Irma Vep Two actors play all eight characters in this campy tribute to Gothic horror films. Presented Wednesday through Saturday at the Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea, Oct. 7 – Dec. 18. Tickets: $17.50 – $32.50. 734-433-7673. www.purplerosetheatre.org.
The Rainbow D.H. Lawrence’s classic story of a young woman’s coming of age is a sensual and intellectual exploration of love and life. Staged Thursday through Sunday by ClackBag Productions at the Blackbird Theatre, Ann Arbor, Oct. 7 – 24. Tickets: $5 – $17. (734) 332-3848.
2 Old Plays and A New One Three one-act plays take place in different eras but deal with life at any time and in any place. Staged Friday through Sunday by Phases Theatre Company at Matrix Theatre, Detroit, Oct. 1 – 10. Tickets: $15. 313-438-6096.
Waking the Witch The sacred feminine energy that lives in both men and women is explored. Presented Thursday through Sunday at Planet Ant, Hamtramck, through Oct. 10. Tickets: $10 – $15. 313-365-4948. www.planetant.com.
The Winter’s Tale There’s something rotten in the kingdom of Sicilia, but not in Shakespeare’s most extraordinary and wide-ranging comedy. Staged by the Michigan Classical Repertory Theatre at Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti, Sept. 30 – Oct. 3 and Oct. 8 – 10; & at Copeland Auditorium, Dexter, Oct. 14 – 17. Tickets: $18. 734-477-0000. www.mcrt.org.
The Laramie Project The community of Laramie, Wyoming reacts to the brutal murder of Mathew Shepard, a 21-year-old gay college student. Presented Thursday through Sunday by the Oakland University Dept. of Music, Theatre and Dance in the Varner Hall Studio Theatre, Rochester, Oct. 7 – 17. Tickets: $10. www2.oakland.edu/mtd.
Breath of Spring A delightful comedy about a modern-day Robin Hood and her band of Merry Thieves. Presented by the Farmington Players, Farmington Hills, Oct. 1 – 3, 7 – 10 & 14 – 16. Tickets: $13. 248-553-2955. www.farmingtonplayers.org.
The Exonerated Six innocent men and women tell their stories of life on death row. Staged Thursday through Saturday by Actors’ Theatre at Spectrum, Theatre, Grand Rapids, through Oct. 2. Tickets: $20. 616-234-3946. www.actorsatspectrum.org.
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change A riotous musical review about the joys and complexities of hetero love and relationships. Presented at the Hamilton Theatre, Hamilton, ONT, Oct. 1 – 3, 8 – 9 & 15 – 16. Tickets: $20 CAD. 905-522-3032. www.hamiltontheatre.com.
Macbeth Witches, ghosts, evil plots, murder and betrayal make this Shakespeare classic the perfect Halloween production! Presented Friday and Saturday at Buckham Alley Theatre, Flint, Oct. 8 – 23, and Sunday Oct. 10 & 24. Tickets: $10. 810-762-5735. www.buckhamtheatre.com.
The Music Man There’s trouble in River City as a con-artist-turned-conductor convinces a small town to form a children’s marching band under his direction. Staged Thursday through Sunday by the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre at the Civic Auditorium, Kalamazoo, through Oct 9. Tickets: $13 & $18. 269-343-1313. www.kazoocivic.com.
Tommy The 1960s rock opera that chronicles the adventures of Tommy Walker who withdraws from the world following a traumatic childhood experience. Staged Friday through Sunday by Stagecrafters at the historic Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak, through Oct. 3. Tickets: $16 – $18. 248-541-6430. www.stagecrafters.org.
The White Rose A group of students in Nazi Germany try to undermine the tide of hatred. Presented by the Whole Art Theater, Kalamazoo, Oct. 1 – 2. Tickets: $18. 269-345-PLAY. 222. www.wholeart.org.
Theater for Young Audiences:
Kolobok A Russian folktale about the adventures of a little Butterball who was baked by an elderly childless couple. Staged every Saturday in October by PuppetArt at the Detroit Puppet Theater, Detroit. Tickets: $5/children, $7/adults. 313-961-7777. www.puppetart.org.
Improvisational/Late Night/Interactive/Dinner Theater:
Bullets for Broadway A murder mystery musical that answers the question, what happens when “The Producers” meets “The Sopranos.” Staged Friday and Saturday by Starbrite Theatrical Productions at the 14th Street Grille and Bar, Madison Heights, through Oct. 16. Tickets: $39.50 includes dinner. 248-589-9900. www.starbriteprod.com
Laura’s Bush Jane Martin’s “raunchy and irreverent cabaret-style romp” asks the question: Is Laura Bush being held captive against her will? Presented Thursday through Saturday as a Late Night production at the Performance Network, Ann Arbor, Sept. 30 – Oct. 9. Tickets: $10. 734-663-0681. www.performancenetwork.org.
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. Presented every Monday night (except holidays) at Planet Ant, Hamtramck. Tickets: $5. 313-365-4948. www.planetant.com.
Usher A preview of the upcoming alternative take on “The Fall of the House of Usher” explores themes of identity and will incorporate live music. Presented Thursday through Saturday as a Late Night production at Planet Ant, Hamtramck, Oct. 1 – 9. Tickets: $5. 313-365-4948. www.planetant.com.
AUDITIONS AND CLASSES:
Michigan Opera Theatre – auxiliary chorus for “Margaret Garner,” Oct. 2, 313-237-3405; Youtheatre Conservatory – fall semesters of theater classes for kids ages 5 through 12 set to begin Oct. 11, 248-557-7529;