Fall Arts Guide 2012 Listings 

A comprehensive list of all art-realted happenings in and around Detroit

EXHIBITS

555 Gallery, 2801 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit, 888-495-2787. 555's 10-Year Exhibition Grand Opening, 555 Nonprofit Gallery and Studio celebrates its tenth birthday with a new exhibit feauturing artists who have exhibited at the gallery during its history. An outdoor ceremony will be followed by performances by Monica Blaire, Flatland Star, and more.

A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education, 460 W. Baltimore, Detroit, 313-664-7464. Syd Mead: Progressions, Works by futurist artist, Syd Mead. (Ends 9/22) 

Art Department Gallery, 5451 Cass Ave., Detroit, 313-993-7813. WSU Alumni Exhibition, (Ends 10/19) 

Art Effect Gallery, 1420 E. Fisher Fwy., Detroit, 313-566-0062. Abstraction, A multi-media contemporary art exhibition including abstract art from Deborah Friedman, Matt Lewis, and John McLaughlin. (Ends 10/6) 

Artcite, 109 University W., Windsor, 519-977-6564. Inland Empires, Mike Marcon presents mixed-media installations involving themes related to Canadian identity to coincide with the ongoing War of 1812 bicentennial celebrations. Found objects, images and sculpture create a labyrinthine experience. (Ends 10/13) DOIN' THE LOUVRE, Artcite's annual Christmas FUN(d)raising exhibition and sale. As always, many pieces are created specifically for this exhibit by old and new Artcite members (and many non-members); all work priced under $99.99! (Ends 12/22) 

Birmingham Gallery, 33772 Woodward Ave., Birmingham . Patrick Costa's Landscapes, In the exhibition, Costa presents a series of artwork that defines the natural landscapes and the man made landscapes. (Ends 9/30) 

Clutch Cargo's, 65 E. Huron St., Pontiac, 248-333-2362. Dirty Show 13.5, The mission of The Dirty Show is to promote, publish and propagate erotic art in all forms. Every three years the Dirty Show does a special mid-year exhibition. (Ends 9/23) 

Cranbrook Art Museum, 39221 N. Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, 877-462-7262. George Nelson: Architect, Writer, Designer, Teacher, (Ends 10/14) Vision and Interpretation: Building Cranbrook, 1904-2012, (Ends 10/14) 

David Klein Gallery, 163 Townsend, Birmingham, 248-433-3700. Liz Cohen, Liz Cohen is a performance artist and automotive designer. Cohen has an MFA in photography from California College of the Arts and Crafts, where she has taught. She currently teaches at Cranbrook Academy of Art and lives in Detroit, Michigan (Ends 12/8) 

Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography, 1600 Clay St., Detroit. Sum of Parts Member Show, Members of the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography put on their annual show. (Ends 10/26) 

Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 313-833-7900. Picasso and Matisse: The DIA's Prints and Drawings, (Ends 1/6) Hidden Treasures: An Experiment, Explore some of the solved mysteries behind eight of the DIA's hidden treasures. (Ends 3/3) 

Elaine L. Jacob Gallery, 480 W. Hancock, Detroit, 313-993-7813. MACAA Members Juried Exhibition, (Ends 10/6) 

Ellen Kayrod Art Gallery, 4750 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 313-833-1300. Reflection in Form, Exhibition of the work of David Rubello. (End 9/21)

Epiphany Glass Studio, 770 Orchard Lake Rd., Pontiac, 248-745-3786. Epiphany Glass Open Studio, April Wagner, master glass artist will open her private studio to the public the FIRST THURSDAY of every month. .

Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor, 734-769-2999. The Spirit of Place, Photographs by Angela and Jim George of Ann Arbor. Visit fotogypsies.com for more information. (Ends 10/3) 

Lawrence Street Gallery, 22620 Woodward, Suite A, Ferndale, 248-544-0394. Sisters of the Brush: All Girls, No Boys, The 7 women painters of "Sisters of the Brush" present their work. Sept. 5 - 28 (Ends 9/29) Celebrate the Print, a juried competitive exhibit of all types of printmaking juried by Wayne St. University's Pamela DeLaura Oct - 3 - 26 (Ends 10/26) Agnes Miller, Paintings by Agnes Miller Oct. 31 - Nov 30 (Ends 11/30) Think Small, A juried competitive exhibit featuring all media 12 inches and smaller in any direction. Dec. 5 - 22 (Ends 12/22)  

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), 4454 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 313-832-6622. Vision in a Cornfield, Brings Detroit music, art and automobiles together as an homage to urban creativity. (Ends 12/30) 

Oakland University Art Gallery, Oakland University, Rochester, 248-370-3005. Graem Whyte:Remain Calm, This exhibition by Detroit artist Graem Whyte features four installations, which explore the dichotomies surrounding his paradoxical interpretations of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. (Ends 10/7) 

Paint Creek Center for the Arts, 407 Pine St., Rochester, 248-651-4110. Davin Brainard, Solo showing of nature-themed stencil works. Closing reception is September 21 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Ends 9/21) Graphic Playground, a four-person group show that features drawings, paintings and prints that share a bold graphic design sensibility. (Ends 9/21) 

River's Edge Gallery, 3024 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte, 734-246-9880. NOW & NOT, Work by Amy Chenier, Jeremy Hansen, Ryan Weiss and the late Jim Slack. (Ends 9/30) 

Robert Kidd Gallery, 107 Townsend St., Birmingham, 248-642-3909. Sweet Spot, this group exhibition features a collection of paintings and sculpture by an array of Detroit-based artists and others from around the country on a theme of enticement, the exhibition abounds with the artists' personal interpretations of seductive sweetness. From high photo-realism in oil to elegant abstractions in bronze, (Ends 10/20) 

Scarab Club, 217 Farnsworth, Detroit, 313-831-1250. The Emerging Artist Showcase, a solo exhibit the third Thursday of every month. Start Gallery, 206 E. Grand River Ave., Detroit, 313-909-2854. Jump in the Fire, 2nd annual Halloween season exhibit. photography, installation, sculpture, painting/illustration, digital, video, mixed media. themes: fun, gruesome, dark, grim, weird, twisted and more. (Ends 11/10) 

UM School of Art & Design, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd., Ann Arbor. Fay Kleinman Retrospective, This exhibit at the Slusser Gallery includes the broad range of work by Fay Kleinman (1912-2012): abstracts, portraits, landscapes and imagined worlds. This may be the last time to see all of Kleinman's work in Southeast Michigan before many of her paintings are sent to galleries in New York. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; noon-7 p.m. Saturday. (Ends 9/14) 

University of Michigan Museum of Art, 525 S. State St., Ann Arbor, 734-764-0395. African Art and the Shape of Time, This exhibit explores how African art gives material form to the diverse concepts of temporality, history and memory. (Ends 2/3) Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, This Seoul-based art collective is known for innovative video works that exist at the nexus of visual art and digital literature. (Ends 12/30) 

Work • Detroit, 3663 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 313-593-0940. STAMINA, An exhibition that embodies endurance in the physicality of art making. September 7- October 5, 2012 CLOSING RECEPTION, October 5, 6-9pm *Performance by Anna Helgeson, October 5, 5:30-7:30pm. (Ends 10/5) 

ART OPENINGS

323 East Gallery and Boutique. 323 E. Fourth St., Royal Oak, 866-756-6538. Bethany Shorb Solo Exhibition. As a designer of witty hand printed neckwear, Shorb has applied her experience as a sculptor, couture, costume and graphic designer. (10/13) Glass, Cinder & Thorns II, all-women, fairy-tale inspired group exhibition. (11/17) The Mayan Calendar, Curated by Robert De Valle and Dan Armand (12/21) 

Ann Arbor Art Center. 117 W. Liberty, Ann Arbor, 734-994-8004. IMPRESSIONS, Selections from Stewart & Stewart, Printer/ Publisher of Fine Prints, 1980 to present. Show opens Friday, Nov 30th, 2012 and runs thru Sunday, Jan 6th, 2013 (11/30) 

Arab American National Museum. 13624 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, 313-582-2266. 12th SURA Student Exhibition, The exhibit, running from October 13th through February 3rd, 2013. (10/13, noon-2 p.m.) Little Syria, NY: An Immigrant Community's Life & Legacy, documenting a lower Manhattan neighborhood in the late 1800s. (11/16, 6 p.m.) 

Artcite. 109 University W., Windsor, 519-977-6564. "A is for..." Amin Rehman, Amin Rehman's large text-based installations explore neo-colonialism. Alternating between oil/ encaustic and digitally generated vinyl and neon signs, Rehman uses short, quixotic texts to evoke both current global realities and his own experience living in Pakistan and Canada. (10/19, 7:30 p.m.) 

Brown and Juanita C. Ford Art Gallery. 1001 W. Fort St., Detroit, 313-496-2634. ABSTRACTICA, Icons of Faith and Objects of inspiration found in artists Anita Bates' and Jocelyn Rainey's latest works.  (9/29) 

The Butcher's Daughter. 22747 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, 248-808-6536. Jordan Eagles: Blood Work, In this exhibition, the artist presents a new series based on the various elemental qualities of blood. Through October 3. (9/22, 6-9 p.m.) Donald Kilpatrick: Wish Diamonds, Donald Kilpatrick,  College for Creative Studies faculty member in traditional and digital illustration, department chair since 2010. Through December 22. (11/10, 6-8 p.m.) 

David Klein Gallery. 163 Townsend, Birmingham, 248-433-3700. Kim McCarty & Asya Reznikov.  Kim McCarty's watercolors hover between presence and absence. McCarty's portraits evoke the sense of uncertainty, ambivalence, anxiety, and loss with which we view today's generation.  (9/14, 5-7 p.m.) 

Detroit Artists Market. 4719 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 313-832-8540. The Big Show, A group exhibition celebrating DAM's 80th anniversary year with large scale works by 14 local artists. Selected and juried by the DAM Exhibition Committee, THE BIG SHOW runs September 14-October 20. (9/14, 6-9 p.m.) 

Detroit Industrial Projects. 1610 Clay Ave., Detroit, 248-250-0330. CENTERED, Detroit Industrial Projects presents a sculptural installation that addresses the sense of balancing thoughts and desires with the intention of documenting and releasing moments of time. (10/6, 6-10 p.m.) 

Ford Gallery - Eastern Michigan University. 114 Ford Hall, Ypsilanti, 734-487-1849. Emergence-12 features bodies of work from regional young talent. (9/26, 4-7 p.m.) Posters and Politics, curated by Andrew Maniotes. Just in time for the 2012 election, Posters and Politics is an international show of 20 artists from the political left, right and center. (10/3, 4:30-7:30 p.m.) New Fiber 2012, A national juried exhibition featuring contemporary fiber art in a broad range of forms. (11/14, 4-7 p.m.) 

Funhouse Gallery. 1600 Clay St., Detroit, 248-933-0558. WORLD OF MARKNESS, a series of paintings and drawings by artist Mark Maness in his first solo show. (9/15, 6 p.m.-midnight) Epinphinictic Projections-The Art of Joe Lapham, featuring colorful surrealistic paintings and mixed media pieces. November 10-December 15. (11/10, 7-11 p.m.) 

G.R. N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art. 52 E. Forest, Detroit, 313-831-8700. Ben Sharkey: Doll Face, taking the critical knife to plastic surgery? Those are the driving questions behind "Doll Face," by Ben Sharkey. Show runs thru October 6 (9/22, 6-10 p.m.) 

Gallery Project. 215 S. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor, 734-997-7012. GRAMMAR OF THE ELITE, The grammar of the elite is the structure of the discourse that moves money, materials and human resources in directions favoring and favored by the elite. This show describes the myriad ways the elite communicate, make decisions; they create and maintain wealth. etc. (10/12, 6-9 p.m.) 

Grosse Pointe Art Center. 17051 Kercheval Ave., Grosse Pointe, 313-881-3454. 74th Member Show, selections chosen by the Grosse Pointe ART Center's exhibition committee. (9/14) 

Heidelberg Project Gallery. 42 Watson St., Detroit, 313-974-6894. Medley of Unorganized Beauty, Emerging Artist Exhibition, Rachel Parker. September 22nd-October 19 (9/22, 6-8 p.m.) Emerging Artist, Kelly Darke, New Work Fiber Paintings, Emerging Artists Program at Heidelberg Project (12/1, 6-8 p.m.) 

Marygrove College - Liberal Arts Building. 8425 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit, 313-927-1200. Retooled/Repackaged Exhibition, coinciding with the annual Great Lakes Bioneers Conference at Marygrove College, a showcase of local, regional and national artists reflecting on the environment, the green movement and ecological issues.  Open October 19-November 21. (10/19, 5-8 p.m.) 

Motor City Brewing Works. 470 W. Canfield, Detroit, 313-832-2700. This Week in Art, mix local brews with local art at this weekly showcase of affordable pieces by Detroit area artists. Every Wednesday. 

Museum of New Art. 7 N. Saginaw St., Pontiac, 248-210-7560. Jef Bourgeau: Still Lives. The inspiration for curating Still Lives was "the desire to explore what our personal effects and everyday scraps of life ultimately reveal about each of us and our deeper interior life." Through November 10. (10/13, 6-10 p.m.) Shades of Blue, art that is informed simply and purely by the color blue. 

Through December 8 (11/17, 6-10 p.m.) Presumed Innocent, local artists who are self-taught but whose vision is highly professional. Through January 12. (12/15, 6-10 p.m.) 

Northville Art House. 215 W. Cady, Northville, 248-344-0497. Vote for Me! Artists Respond to the Presidential Election of 2012. Curated by Jeff Cancelosi. (10/5, 6-9 p.m.) 

Oakland University Art Gallery. Oakland University, Rochester, 248-370-3005. Senior Thesis in Studio Art Exhibition II, (9/12, 5-7 p.m.) James Johnson: I Come From a Serious Place. Philadelphia artist James Johnson explores the varied effects that possessions have on individual human consciousness and society. October 20-November 18. (10/20, 6-8 p.m.) Senior Thesis in Studio Art Exhibition, November 30—December 16. (11/30, 5-7 p.m.) The Roving Eye: Aura and the Contemporary Portrait. Painting, drawing and video features. January 12-March 31, 2013. (1/12, 6-8 p.m.) 

Padzieski Art Gallery. 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, 313-943-3095. Society of Women Painters & Sculptors, Show thru November 9. (10/5, 6-8 p.m.) 

Public Pool. 3309 Caniff, Hamtramck, 313-405-POOL. George Rahme: Fire Over Water. For his first solo-exhibit in Hamtramck, he's built huge collages, amazingly detailed, built from images that he meticulously cuts apart. (9/15, 7-11 p.m.) 

Re:View Contemporary Gallery. 444 W. Willis St., Unit 111, Detroit, 313-833-9000. Re:Collect 2012, group exhibit Nov. 10 – Dec. 22, 2012 (11/10, 7 p.m.) 

River's Edge Gallery. 3024 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte, 734-246-9880. SPLINTERS AND PAPER CUTS, Works of Audrey Pongracz and Tim Pewe. October 6 - NOVEMBER 10 (10/6, 6 p.m.). A Poet And A Painter, paintings by Nancy Pitel and poetry by Pat Barnes First Floor Gallery. October 19-November 13. (10/19, 6 p.m.) But I'm Awake Now, works by Patricia Izzo and Martine McDonald. November 17-January 31 (11/17, 6 p.m.). New View, works by Kyra Wojick November 17- December 10. First Floor Gallery (11/17, 6 p.m.). Shopping with SLAW, one night event featuring all things SLAW. Pre-view of up and coming show for 2013 featuring works based on TV shows of the 1950s and 1960s. (12/8, 6 p.m.) Nothing wrong with realism, featuring the work of Leo Kuschel and Nancy Byrum. December 14-January 31. (12/14, 6 p.m.) 

Riverside Arts Center. 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti, 734-480-2787. Great Lakes Small Works, 2D/3D Juried Exhibit. This exhibit gives People's Choice Awards and invites the public to vote for their favorites. Runs October 4-November 10. (10/5, 5-7 p.m.) 

Robert Kidd Gallery. 107 Townsend St., Birmingham, 248-642-3909. Rick Vian - Recent Paintings reflect on the color phenomena specific to upper-Michigan's Lake Superior as it appears during the months of October and November. November 10 - December 15. (11/10) Starkweather Art and Cultural Center. 219 N. Main, Romeo, 586-752-5700. The 2012 Thumb Area Artists Exhibition, Presented by The Romeo Guild of Art and judged by Victor Pytko. 2012 STEAMPUNK Artists Exhibition, through November 3, 2012. (10/12, 7-9 p.m.) 

Whitdel Arts. 1250 Hubbard, Detroit. Tetrachromatic Realities, featuring four up and coming Detroit painters: Jim Hittinger, Julia Maiuri, Jill Nienhuis and Michael Reid.  (9/15, 7 p.m.) 

WSG Gallery. 120 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor, 734-761-2287. Norma Penchansky-Glasser Line - Motion - Levé, Drawings and Sculpture - October 13, 2012 (9/14, 7-9 p.m.) 

LITERATURE

A Family Album: The American Family in Literature. This longest running program at the Southfield Public Library. Using specially prepared anthologies from literature, philosophy, history and art our moderators will guide participants in reading and discussing our weekly topics. Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Rd., Southfield, 248-796-4200. Free. Thursdays 1-3 p.m., starting 9/27.

An evening with author Alexandra Horowitz. Join the Michigan Humane Society and the Animals & Society Institute for an evening with author Alexandra Horowitz as she discusses her most recently-published book Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell and Know.  Shriners Silver Gardens Events Center, 24350 Southfield Rd., Southfield, 248-569-2299. $20 . (10/4, 7-9 p.m.)

Author Day Friday September 28: Janell Cannon. Read and Draw with the author of Stellaluna! Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Rd., Southfield, 248-796-4200. Free. (9/28, 4-6 p.m.)

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. Creecy Book Club discusses Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. 2 p.m. in the Meeting Room and 7 p.m. in the Southfield Room Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Rd., Southfield, 248-796-4200. Free. (9/11, 2 p.m.)

Fiona Reid. Bats from the Jungle with Fiona Reid! Reid works for The Center for Biodiversity and Conservation Biology at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada. Watch as she draws a live bat and then get your chance to draw bats too! 4 p.m. & 5 at Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Rd., Southfield, 248-796-4200. Free. (9/28)

Motor City Black Age of Comics. Convention features independent creators. Promoting iteracy and art through the mediums of comic books, graphic novels, animation and more. YouthVille Detroit, 7375 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 313-875-3400. Free. (9/29, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.)

Musings. Open mic, poets and musicians welcome. Third Sunday of every month. Scarab Club, 217 Farnsworth, Detroit, 313-831-1250. (9/16; 10/21)

Philip Levine Reading. Detroit-born poet Philip Levine, winner of the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and 2011-2012 U.S. Poet Laureate, will read works from his distinguished career. Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 313-833-7900. $15 ($12 for members, seniors and students). (9/27, 7 p.m.)

Poetry at Lawrence Street Gallery. Poetic Travelers, a series established by poet/author, Tonja Dudley Bagwell (Sunrise of Revelations and Grace in a Garland, Jafansta, Inc.). Plus open mic. Lawrence Street Gallery, 22620 Woodward, Suite A, Ferndale, 248-544-0394. (9/21, 7-9 p.m.)

Purpose: An Evening with Wyclef Jean. The multi-platinum musician, producer and activist will discuss his new memoir Purpose: An Immigrant's Story. An acoustic performance will be follwed by a Q&A and book signing. Shrine Of The Black Madonna Church, 7625 Linwood St., Detroit. Free. (9/26, 7 p.m.)

Rob Mies & Gerry Carter. Vampires! (featuring live Vampire bats!) Rob Mies is an exciting and adventurous scientist, conservationist, TV personality, animal expert and founder of the Organization for Bat Conservation. Fellow scientist Gerry Carter studies a captive colony of vampire bats. Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Rd., Southfield, 248-796-4200. Free. (9/28, 6 p.m.)

Woodward Line Poetry Series. Scarab Club, 217 Farnsworth, Detroit, 313-831-1250. (9/19; 10/17; 11/21; 12/19) Ongoing.

DANCE

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. Dedicated to an eclectic repertoire and challening new works. Power Center for the Performing Arts, 121 Fletcher St., Ann Arbor, 734-764-2538. $12 adults $8 kids. (10/6, 1-2 p.m.)

Kidd Pivot: The Tempest Replica. Based on motifs from Shakespeare's play. Power Center for the Performing Arts, 121 Fletcher St., Ann Arbor, 734-764-2538. $16-$38. (9/21-9/22, 8 p.m.)

The Bellydance Superstars. The latest show from the Bellydance Superstars is the culmination of 10 years of touring the world. Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, 350 Madison Ave., Detroit, 313-963-7622. $27-$47. (11/11, 8 p.m.)

The National Circus of the People's Republic of China. Founded in 1953, making it one of the longest running and most distinguished circus troupes in China. Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, 350 Madison Ave., Detroit, 313-963-7622. $27-$47. (11/24, 8 p.m.; 11/25, 3 p.m.-midnight)

UMS on Film: Rite of Spring Mash Up. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the explosive debut of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, UMS will screen versions of the work from different choreographers. University of Michigan Museum of Art, 525 S. State St., Ann Arbor, 734-764-0395. (10/9, 7 p.m.)

THEATER

1940's Radio Hour. Be prepared to travel back in time to New York City on December 21, 1942. The play is reminiscent of an actual radio variety show, with songs and commercials from the World War II era. Farmington Players Barn, 32332 W. 12 Mile, Farmington Hills, 248-553-2955. $16-$18. (11/30-12/22) 

A Bard By Any Other Name. Shakespeare gets a taste of the modern in these scenes inspired by Pinter, Mamet, and more and written by local playwright James Ingagiola Directed by Amanda Barnett. Ann Arbor Civic Theater, 322 W. Ann St., Ann Arbor, 734-971-0605. (10/19-10/20, 8 p.m.; 10/21, 2 p.m.-midnight) 

A Chorus Line. The longest-running American Broadway musical ever. Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, 44575 Garfield Rd., Clinton Township, 586-286-2222. $53 to $58. (3/8, 8 p.m.) 

A Christmas Carol. By Charles Dickens. Adaptation and original staging by Charles Nolte. Everyone's favorite holiday classic. Meadow Brook Theatre, 207 Wilson Hall, Rochester, 248-377-3300. $17-$40. (11/16-11/18, 8 p.m.; 11/23-11/25, 8 p.m.; 11/30-12/2, 8 p.m.; 12/7-12/9, 8 p.m.; 12/14-12/16, 8 p.m.; 12/21-12/23, 8 p.m.) 

A Little Night Music. Sondheim's rollicking tour-de-force of love, lies, and liaisons, including The Glamorous Life and Send in the Clowns. Starring Naz Edwards, John Seibert, and Scott Crownover. Performance Network, 120 E. Huron St., Ann Arbor, 734-663-0681. $27-$46. (11/15-12/30) 

A Man for All Seasons. What would you give up on order to stay true to your beliefs? This framing of the question faced by Sir Thomas More in 16th century resonates today. The Village Players, 34660 Woodward, Birmingham, 248-644-9667. $17. (9/14-9/15, 8 p.m.; 9/16, 2 p.m.-midnight) 

A Midsummer Night's Dream. Though the course of true love never does run smooth, William Shakespeare makes sure it's never a bore. And director Malcolm Tulip has his own rep for keeping things interesting. Power Center for the Performing Arts, 121 Fletcher St., Ann Arbor, 734-764-2538. $68-$88. (12/6, 7:30 p.m.-midnight; 12/7-12/8, 8 p.m.; 12/9, 2 p.m.-midnight) 

A Paradise of Fools. Written by Michael E. Wolfson. The con revolves around convincting a man he's pregnant. Detroit Repertory Theatre, 13103 Woodrow Wilson, Detroit, 313-868-1347. $17-$20. (11/1-12/30) 

A Skull in Connemara. Written by Martin Mcdonagh, directed by Eric Maher.Maher. A hilarious dark comedy set at a crooked cemetery. Abreact Performance Space, 1301 W. Lafayette #113, Detroit, 313-965-4481. (9/14-9/16, 7:30 p.m.; 9/21-9/23, 7:30 p.m.; 9/28-9/29, 7:30 p.m.) 

Almost, Maine. Written by by John Carian. Nine couples experience the various, unpredictable elements of love — like discovering you're meant for each other, or not. Director Jerry Schweibert Arthur Miller Theater, 1226 Murfin, Ann Arbor, 734-764-2538. $26. (10/4-10/14) 

Anything Goes. With classic Cole Porter tunes like "DeLovely" and the title tune. Directed byAndy Ballnik Lydia Mendelssohn Theater, 911 N. University, Ann Arbor, 734-763-1085. $10-$25. (9/13-9/15, 8 p.m.; 9/16, 2 p.m.-midnight) 

Aquila Theatre presents CYRANO DE BERGERAC by Edmond Rostand. This award-winning acting troupe meets one of the most romantic adventures. Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, 44575 Garfield Rd., Clinton Township, 586-286-2222. $15 to $25. (10/14, 3 p.m.) 

Aquila Theatre presents THE TAMING OF THE SHREW by William Shakespeare. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, 44575 Garfield Rd., Clinton Township, 586-286-2222. $5 to $10. (10/15, 10 a.m.) 

Beauty and the Beast Jr. Disney's classic story. Village Theater at Cherry Hill, 50400 Cherry Hill Rd., Canton, 734-394-5300. $15. (10/18-10/21, 7 p.m.) 

Billy Elliot. Based on the hit film with music by Elton John. Fisher Theatre, 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, 313-872-1000. $89-$115. (9/10-9/15, 8 p.m.; 9/16, 7:30 p.m.-midnight) 

Bridge to Terabithia. Directed by Karen Brehmer. A bittersweet tale of faith in a young friendship and vivid imagination. Adray Auditorium, 5101 Evergreen Rd., Dearborn, 313-845-9634. $10 general Public. $8 faculty, staff, seniors, students. $5 children under 12. (11/9-12/1, 7 p.m.) 

Bye Bye Birdie. This family musical is the story of Conrad Birdie — an Elvis Presley type, who has a pompadour and thick sideburns, gaudy gold costumes, a rugged voice — and his bid a typical American teenage girl, Kim MacAfee of Sweet Apple, Ohio. Sweet Apple will never be the same. Avon Players, 1185 Washington Rd., Rochester, 248-608-9077. $16-$18. (9/14-9/15, 8 p.m.; 9/16, 2 p.m.-midnight; 9/21-9/22, 8 p.m.) 

Christmas Belles. It's Christmas-time in the small town of Fayro, Texas, and the Futrelle Sisters — Frankie, Twink and Honey Raye — have a lot of issues. So does the Tabernacle of the Lamb's Christmas Program. Broadway Onstage, 21517 Kelly Rd., Eastpointe, 586-771-6333. $16. (11/30-1-12/22) 

Deathtrap. In 1978, Deathtrap received a Tony Award nomination for Best Play and is one of the longest running comedy thrillers on Broadway. Tipping Point Theatre, 361 E. Cady St., Northville, 248-347-0003. $29-$32. (9/13-9/15, 8 p.m.; 9/16, 2 p.m.-midnight; 9/20-9/22, 8 p.m.; 9/23, 2 p.m.-midnight; 9/27-9/29, 8 p.m.; 9/30, 2 p.m.-midnight; 10/4-10/6, 8 p.m.; 10/7, 2 p.m.-midnight) 

Dial "M" for Murder. The classic mystery by Frederick Knott. Tony Wendice has married his wife, Margot, for her money and now plans to murder her for the same reason. He arranges the perfect murder — or so he thinks. Broadway Onstage, 21517 Kelly Rd., Eastpointe, 586-771-6333. $16. (10/19-10/20, 8 p.m.; 10/26-10/27, 8 p.m.; 11/2-11/3, 8 p.m.; 11/9-11/10, 8 p.m.; 11/16-11/17, 8 p.m.) 

Dixie Swim Club. Sort of a cross between "Designing Women" and "Steel Magnolias." Farmington Players Barn, 32332 W. 12 Mile, Farmington Hills, 248-553-2955. $14-$16. (10/5-10/27, 8 p.m.) 

Don Giovanni. Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte. University Opera Theatre directed by Robert Swedberg. University Symphony Orchestra conducted by Christopher Lees. Italian with projected English translations. Power Center for the Performing Arts, 121 Fletcher St., Ann Arbor, 734-764-2538. $68-$88. (11/8, 7:30 p.m.; 11/9-11/10, 8 p.m.-midnight; 11/11, 2 p.m.-midnight) 

Dr. Scream's Spookshow Revival. Combining macabre comedy, magic and a good classic horror film, the Spook Show was a unique theatrical genre nearly forgotten. With Tod Browning's "Freaks," a controversial cult classic from 1932. Village Theater at Cherry Hill, 50400 Cherry Hill Rd., Canton, 734-394-5300. $15. (10/26-10/27, 8 p.m.) 

Dracula. A thriller by Hamilton Deane & John L. Balderston, from Bram Stoker's novel. Produced in cooperation with Samuel French. Players Guild of Dearborn, 21730 Madison, Dearborn, 313-561-8587. $15. (9/14-9/15, 8 p.m.; 9/16, 2:30 p.m.-midnight; 9/21-9/22, 8 p.m.; 9/23, 2:30 p.m.-midnight; 9/28-9/29, 8 p.m.; 9/30, 2:30 p.m.-midnight) 

Dramafest: Second Stage. Dramafest: Second Stage presents a staged-reading of "The Anti-Jiggle Antebellum Anthem: The Method, The Movement," a choreopoem play that takes a stance against gangster rap and the degrading messages reflected in the media and music. By Kalimah Johnson, winning playwright of Marygrove's 2012 Spring Dramafest. Marygrove Theater, 8425 W. McNichols, Detroit, 313-862-8000. $10. (10/5, 8 p.m.) 

DreamTigers. Created by the Hinterlands, a Detroit-based endemble theatre company specializing in original works, Dreamtigers blends physical theatre, shadow and object puppetry, and dance. Based on the work of Latin American authors Jorges Luis Borges, Octavio Paz, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Julio Cortazar as well as traditional Mexican folk tales. Directed by Richard Newman. Detroit Puppet Theater/PuppetART, 25 E. Grand River, Detroit, 313-961-7777. $5 children, $10 adults. (11/3, 2 p.m.; 11/10, 2 p.m.; 11/17, 2 p.m.; 11/24, 2 p.m.) 

Elmo Makes Music. Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 313-471-6611. $12-$35. (1/24-2/18) 

Evil Dead The Musical. Based on Sam Raimi's 80's cult classics. City Theatre, 2301 Woodward Ave., Detroit. $26. (10/4-10/6, 8 p.m.; 10/11-10/13, 8 p.m.; 10/18-10/20, 8 p.m.; 10/25-10/27, 8 p.m.) 

Faith Healer. Brian Friel's words spill over the page as each character gives a different recollection of the same events. Directed by Charles Reynolds. Abreact Performance Space, 1301 W. Lafayette #113, Detroit, 313-965-4481. (12/7-12/9, 7:30 p.m.; 12/14-12/16, 7:30 p.m.; 12/21-12/23, 7:30 p.m.; 12/28-12/29, 7:30 p.m.) 

Firebird. Based on a folk tale of old Russia, with the music of Stravinsky's Firebird as well as folk songs of old Russia. Detroit Puppet Theater/PuppetART, 25 E. Grand River, Detroit, 313-961-7777. $5 children. $10 adults. (10/6, 2 p.m.; 10/13, 2 p.m.; 10/20, 2 p.m.; 10/27, 2 p.m.) 

Flowers Up Her Attic. This unauthorized parody of V.C. Andrews landmark novel "Flowers in the Attic" explores a tale of ultimate family betrayal and secrets. Ringwald Theatre, 22742 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, 248-545-5545. $10-$20. (10/13, 8 p.m.; 10/14, 3 p.m.-midnight; 10/15, 8 p.m.; 10/20, 8 p.m.; 10/21, 3 p.m.-midnight; 10/22, 8 p.m.; 10/27, 8 p.m.; 10/28, 3 p.m.-midnight; 10/29, 8 p.m.) 

From the Shadows: The Villains Take the Stage. From the dark and tortured villains of Sweeney Todd and Chicago to the bumbling comical villains of Gilbert and Sullivan. PG-13. Village Theater at Cherry Hill, 50400 Cherry Hill Rd., Canton, 734-394-5300. $13-$15. (10/12-10/13, 8 p.m.) 

Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet). Written by Ann-Marie MacDonald. Othello and Romeo & Juliet: comedies?! Absolutely. Hilberry Theatre, 4743 Cass Ave., Detroit, 313-577-2972. $25-$30. (11/16-11/17, 8 p.m.; 11/28, 2 p.m.-midnight; 11/29, 8 p.m.) 

Hamtown Races. Hamtown Races by Margaret Edwartowski, directed by Mike McGettigan. At the Al Ameer Cafe, a family business belonging to Lebanese immigrants plays host to a colorful and diverse collection of characters representative of Hamtramck. Planet Ant Theatre, 2357 Caniff, Hamtramck, 313-365-4948. (9/21) 

Hooray For Hollywood. Take a nostalgic journey through the most popular musicals of the last 50 years with film clips and on-stage performances. Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, 44575 Garfield Rd., Clinton Township, 586-286-2222. $50 to $55. (3/16, 2 p.m.) 

Hot Peas and Butter Holidays Around The World. A Grow Up Great children's event. Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, 350 Madison Ave., Detroit, 313-963-7622. (12/5, 11 a.m.) 

How The Grinch Stole Christmas. H's at it again! Saturday and Sunday Matinees at 11:00 and 2:00. Fisher Theatre, 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, 313-872-1000. (12/18-12/22, 7:30 p.m.; 12/23, 6 p.m.-midnight; 12/24-12/29, 7:30 p.m.; 12/30, 6 p.m.-midnight) 

It Came From Mars. Written by Joseph Zettelmaier. Members of Farlowe's Mystery Theater Hour are in rehearsal for their weekly radio show when they hear Martians have landed! Adult themes and language. St. Dunstan's Theatre Guild, 400 Lone Pine, Bloomfield Hills, 248-737-3587. $15.75-$17.75. (10/12-10/13, 8 p.m.; 10/19-10/20, 8 p.m.; 10/21, 2 p.m.-midnight; 10/26-10/27, 8 p.m.; 10/28, 2 p.m.-midnight) 

Jekyll and Hyde. Fisher Theatre, 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, 313-872-1000. $39-$79. (11/27-12/2) 

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The Old Testament rocks. Produced in cooperation with Rodgers & Hammerstein Theater Library. Players Guild of Dearborn, 21730 Madison, Dearborn, 313-561-8587. (11/9-11/10, 8 p.m.; 11/11, 2:30 p.m.-midnight; 11/16-11/17, 8 p.m.; 11/18, 2:30 p.m.-midnight; 11/23-11/24, 8 p.m.; 11/25, 2:30 p.m.-midnight; 11/30-12/1, 8 p.m.; 12/2, 2:30 p.m.-midnight) 

Just in the Nick of Time! Written by By Linda Daugherty. As in St. Nick. A holiday whodunit. Director: Barbara Vorves Baldwin Theatre, 415 S. Lafayette, Royal Oak, 248-541-6430. $6-$12. (12/6-12/8, 7 p.m.; 12/9, 1 p.m.-midnight) 

La Cage Aux Folles. Fisher Theatre, 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, 313-872-1000. $40-$80. (9/25-10/2) 

Legally Blonde - The MUSICAL. From the hit movie Legally Blonde Directed by Wendy Sielaff Lydia Mendelssohn Theater, 911 N. University, Ann Arbor, 734-763-1085. $10-$25. (11/15-11/17, 8 p.m.; 11/18, 2 p.m.-midnight) 

Legally Blonde- The Musical. Director: Matthew Miga Baldwin Theatre, 415 S. Lafayette, Royal Oak, 248-541-6430. $18-$20. (9/13-9/15, 8 p.m.; 9/16, 2 p.m.-midnight; 9/20-9/22, 8 p.m.; 9/23, 2 p.m.-midnight; 9/28-9/29, 8 p.m.; 9/30, 2 p.m.-midnight) 

Lightwire Theatre's The Ugly Ducking and the Tortoise and the Hare. As seen on America's Got Talent, Lightwire Theatre brings their new story to Music Hall. Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, 350 Madison Ave., Detroit, 313-963-7622. $7,$17. (12/2, 4 p.m.) 

Mary Poppins. The classic film is again transported by umbrella to the stage. Fisher Theatre, 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, 313-872-1000. $49-$79. (10/23-10/27, 7:30 p.m.; 10/28, 6:30 p.m.-midnight) 

Meanwhile Back on the Couch. Written By Jack Sharkey. A shrink steals with financial woes steals a torrid novel from a new patient. Comedy of errors ensues. Director: Richard Wilson Baldwin Theatre, 415 S. Lafayette, Royal Oak, 248-541-6430. $16-$18. (11/2-11/3, 8 p.m.; 11/4, 2 p.m.-midnight; 11/8-11/10, 8 p.m.; 11/11, 2 p.m.-midnight; 11/15-11/17, 8 p.m.) 

Merchant of Venice. Written by William Shakespeare. Questions of justice/mercy, honor/betrayal and the truth of lust/love in a world where cash is king. Familiar? Quirk Theatre, 124 Quirk Hall, Ypsilanti, 734-487-1220. $7-$15. (10/19-10/20, 7 p.m.; 10/21, 2 p.m.-midnight; 10/26-10/27, 7 p.m.; 10/28, 2 p.m.-midnight) 

MID LIFE VICES.. A GUILT FREE MUSICAL REVUE™. From the girls that brought you DIVA NATION: The Four Bitchin' Babes. Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, 44575 Garfield Rd., Clinton Township, 586-286-2222. $40 to $55. (2/23, 3 p.m.) 

Miracle on 34th Street. Featuring the wonderful sound of Meredith Willson's (The Music Man) fabulous lyrics and tuneful score including "It's Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas." "The Hawk" Partridge Creek Golf Course, 43843 Romeo Plank Road, Clinton Township, 586-286-2222. $20 to $52. (12/7, 7:30 p.m.) 

Murder by Misadventure. Written by Edward Taylor. Blackmail, betrayal, and blood e in this smart, fast-paced thriller.Clarkston Village Players, 4861 White Lake Rd., Clarkston, 248-625-8811. $12-$14. (9/13, 7:30 p.m.-midnight; 9/14-9/15, 8 p.m.; 9/16, 2 p.m.-midnight; 9/20, 7:30 p.m.-midnight; 9/21-9/22, 8 p.m.) 

My Fair Lady. Linguistics professor Henry Higgins and Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle in the musical by which all others are measured. Village Theater at Cherry Hill, 50400 Cherry Hill Rd., Canton, 734-394-5300. $17-$20. (9/14-9/15, 7:30 p.m.; 9/21-9/22, 7:30 p.m.; 9/23, 2 p.m.-midnight) 

National Theatre Live: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Based on the novel by Mark Haddon Adapted by Simon Stephens Marianne Elliott, director High-Definition Broadcasts from the National Theatre, London. Presented in partnership with the Michigan Theater. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor, 734-668-8480. $22 adults, $18 Members, $12 Students. (9/23, 7 p.m.) 

National Theatre Live: The Last of the Haussmans. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor, 734-668-8480. $22 adults, $18 members, $12 students. (10/28, 7 p.m.) 

National Theatre Live: Timon of Athens. High-Definition Broadcasts from National Theatre, London. Presented in partnership with the Michigan Theater. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor, 734-668-8480. $22 adults $18 Members $12 students. (11/28, 7 p.m.) 

Next Fall. Geoffrey Nauffts' thoughtful drama takes a witty and provocative look at faith, commitment and unconditional love. Baldwin Theatre, 415 S. Lafayette, Royal Oak, 248-541-6430. $14-$16. (10/12-10/13, 8 p.m.; 10/14, 2 p.m.-midnight; 10/18-10/20, 8 p.m.; 10/21, 2 p.m.-midnight) 

None of the Above. This new comedy produced by the Theatre Company at University of Detroit Mercy is about an academically-apathetic high school senior and her unlikely partner in crime, her unsympathetic tutor. Marygrove Theater, 8425 W. McNichols, Detroit, 313-862-8000. (10/5-10/7; 10/12-10/14) 

Not Waving. Written by Gen Leroy. Clarkston Village Players, 4861 White Lake Rd., Clarkston, 248-625-8811. $12-$14. (11/2-11/3, 8 p.m.; 11/9-11/10, 8 p.m.; 11/11, 2 p.m.-midnight; 11/15, 7:30 p.m.-midnight; 11/16-11/17, 8 p.m.) 

Oh, Ananse! The actors, dressed in hip-hop style, and tabletop puppets help to reveal the nature of this loveable trickster. Script and songs by Jahra M. McKinney. Detroit Puppet Theater/PuppetART, 25 E. Grand River, Detroit, 313-961-7777. $5 Children, $10 Adults. (9/15, 2 p.m.; 9/22, 2 p.m.; 9/29, 2 p.m.) 

Ordinary Days. From the bustling streets and subways to the quiet rooftops, Ordinary Days tells the interwoven story of four New Yorkers on a desperate search for their futures. Tipping Point Theatre, 361 E. Cady St., Northville, 248-347-0003. $29-$32. (11/1-11/3, 8 p.m.; 11/4, 2 p.m.-midnight; 11/8-11/10, 8 p.m.; 11/11, 2 p.m.-midnight; 11/15-11/17, 8 p.m.; 11/18, 2 p.m.-midnight; 11/22-11/24, 8 p.m.; 11/25, 2 p.m.-midnight; 11/29-12/1, 8 p.m.; 12/2, 2 p.m.-midnight; 12/6-12/8, 8 p.m.; 12/9, 2 p.m.-midnight) 

Othello. A Shakespeare classic. Hilberry Theatre, 4743 Cass Ave., Detroit, 313-577-2972. $25-$30. (10/26-10/27, 8 p.m.; 10/30, 10-midnight; 10/31, 2 p.m.-midnight; 11/1-11/3, 8 p.m.; 11/20, 10-midnight; 11/30-12/1, 8 p.m.; 12/4, 10-midnight; 12/6-12/8, 8 p.m.; 1/17, 8 p.m.) 

Painting Churches. Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti, 734-480-2787. $12, $18. (9/20-9/22, 8 p.m.; 9/23, 2 p.m.-midnight; 9/27-9/29, 8 p.m.) 

Picking Palin. The 2008 presidential election's most outrageous character revisited.By Stephen Padilla. Directed by: Molly McMahon Magenta Giraffe Theatre at 1515 Broadway, 1515 Broadway, Detroit, 313-408-7269. $15-$18. (10/12-10/14; 10/19-10/21; 10/26-10/28; 11/2-11/3) 

Shopping and Fucking. Drifters and sex traders in a seedy area of London. Directed by Joe Bailey. Ringwald Theatre, 22742 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, 248-545-5545. $10-$20. (Through 9/24) 

Snow Queen. The fairy tale in an original production. Detroit Puppet Theater/PuppetART, 25 E. Grand River, Detroit, 313-961-7777. $5 children, $10 adults. (12/1-12/29) 

Stuart Little. Adaptation of the classic E.B. White story. Directed By: Ariel Jones WCC College Theater, Crane Liberal Arts Building, Ann Arbor, 734-971-2228. (11/8-11/10, 7:30 p.m.; 11/11, 1 p.m.-midnight) 

Sunday in the Park with George. A musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine. Lydia Mendelssohn Theater, 911 N. University, Ann Arbor, 734-763-1085. $20-$26. (10/11-10/21) 

Sunday Puppet Show. New techniques as well as traditional puppetry practices from around the world. Dreamland Theater, 26 N. Washington St., Ypsilanti, 734-657-2337. Sundays at 3 p.m. 

Sunset Boulevard. Based on the 1950 film of the same title, score by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The Village Players, 34660 Woodward, Birmingham, 248-644-9667. $19. (11/2-11/4, 8 p.m.; 11/9-11/10, 8 p.m.; 11/11, 2 p.m.-midnight; 11/16-11/17, 8 p.m.; 11/18, 2 p.m.-midnight) 

Superior Donuts. Written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Tracy Letts (August: Osage County). Directed by Guy Sanville. Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea, 734-433-7673. $18.50-$42. (9/20-12/15.) 

The Capitol Steps. Guess what the irrepressible, incorrigible, equal opportunity offenders will be riffing on. Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, 44575 Garfield Rd., Clinton Township, 586-286-2222. $40 to $55. (10/13, 8 p.m.) 

The Crucible. Arthur Miller's classic. Bonstelle Theatre, 3424 Woodward, Detroit, 313-577-2960. $12-$15. (10/12-10/21) 

The Current. Four high school friends visit a psychic on the way to a bridal bachelorette party. Secrets and insecurities are revealed in this comedy by local playwright Sean Paraventi. Rosedale Players/Peace Lutheran Church, 17029 W. 13 Mile Rd., Southfield, 313-532-4010. $14. (10/19-11/10) 

The Empire Builders. French playwright Boris Vian invites audiences to observe a world where the DuPont family allows fear of the unknown to overtake their human experience. Produced by the Theatre Company at the University of Detroit Mercy. Marygrove Theater, 8425 W. McNichols, Detroit, 313-862-8000. (11/9-11/11; 11/16-11/18) 

The Glass Menagerie. Tennessee Williams' masterpiece, starring Carla Milarch as Amanda. Performance Network, 120 E. Huron St., Ann Arbor, 734-663-0681. $22-$34. (9/27-10/28) 

The God of Carnage. Written By Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton. A playground altercation between 11-year-old leaves their families' principles in tatters. Broadway Onstage, 21517 Kelly Rd., Eastpointe, 586-771-6333. $16. (9/14-9/15, 8 p.m.; 9/21-9/22, 8 p.m.; 9/28-9/29, 8 p.m.; 10/5-10/6, 8 p.m.) 

The Haunting of HIll House. Is the house evil itself? Written by Shirley Jackson, adapted by F. Andrew Leslie. Meadow Brook Theatre, 207 Wilson Hall, Rochester, 248-377-3300. $25-$40. (10/3-10/28) 

The Hollow. An unhappy game of romantic follow-the-leader explodes into murder. A PTD Production Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti, 734-480-2787. General Admission: $18 Students/Seniors: $12 . (12/6-12/15) 

The Homosexuals. An updated take on the queer classic The Boys In The Band. Ringwald Theatre, 22742 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, 248-545-5545. $10-$20. (11/17-12/10) 

THE MALE INTELLECT: AN OXYMORON? Robert Dubac has crafted a hysterical one-man multi-character show on babble of the sexes. Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, 44575 Garfield Rd., Clinton Township, 586-286-2222. $40 to $55. (3/2, 2 p.m.) 

The Mousetrap. The world's longest-running play comes to the Hilberry Theatre, 4743 Cass Ave., Detroit, 313-577-2972. $25-$30. (9/21-9/22, 8 p.m.; 9/27-9/29, 8 p.m.; 10/3, 2 p.m.-midnight; 10/4-10/6, 8 p.m.; 10/11-10/13, 8 p.m.) 

The Snow Queen. Adapted by Tyler J. Monroe from the Hans Christian Andersen tale. Bonstelle Theatre, 3424 Woodward, Detroit, 313-577-2960. $12-$15. (11/30-12/1, 8 p.m.; 12/2, 2 p.m.-midnight; 12/7-12/8, 8 p.m.; 12/9, 2 p.m.-midnight) 

The Stinky Cheese Man. The Griffin Theatre Company at Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, 350 Madison Ave., Detroit, 313-963-7622. (10/17, 11 a.m.) 

The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien. This Literature to Life original features 60 minutes of verbatim performance; surrounded by a pre- and post-show interactive discussion. Recommended for ages 14 and up. Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, 44575 Garfield Rd., Clinton Township, 586-286-2222. $5 to $10. (11/27-11/28, 10 a.m.) 

The Three Bears' Christmas. This tale by Michigan actor and writer Jake Zinke includes audience interaction. St. Dunstan's Theatre Guild, 400 Lone Pine, Bloomfield Hills, 248-737-3587. $15.75-$17.75. (11/16, 8 p.m.-midnight; 11/17-11/18, 1 p.m.) 

Théâtre de la Ville: Ionesco's Rhinocéros. The de la Ville production has been hailed for its illuminating and insightful approach to Ionesco's celebrated play. Performed in French with English supertitles. Power Center for the Performing Arts, 121 Fletcher St., Ann Arbor, 734-764-2538. $18-$48. (10/11, 7:30 p.m.) 

White as Snow, Red as Blood: The Story of Snow White. Once upon a time, in a far away land ... Quirk Theatre, 124 Quirk Hall, Ypsilanti, 734-487-1220. $7-$15. (11/30-12/1, 7 p.m.; 12/6-12/8, 7 p.m.; 12/9, 2 p.m.-midnight) 

You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up! After 15 years of marriage, TV personalities and real-life-married-couple Annabelle Gurwitch (Dinner and a Movie, Fired!) and Jeff Kahn (The Ben Stiller Show, Forty Year Old Virgin) have adapted their hilarious and often moving memoir for the stage. Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, 44575 Garfield Rd., Clinton Township, 586-286-2222. $40 to $55. (1/19, 2 p.m.) 

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