Best Of 2016

Best Place for Live Local Theater: Stagecrafters

Baldwin Theatre, 415 S. Lafayette Ave., Royal Oak; 248-541-6430;

Headquartered in the historic Baldwin Theatre, this member-run community organization has plenty to celebrate during its 60th anniversary this year. Stagecrafters has a main stage, a black box, and a youth theater program, putting on a total of 10 shows annually. There are plenty of sure-fire, can't-miss shows in their schedule, such as The Little Mermaid and Jesus Christ Superstar, but there's some more unusual stuff in the mix: Harvey Fierstein's Casa Valentina, a play set in the 1960s about cross-dressing men in the Poconos, opens May 6, and next season offers Trevor, a play about a retired trained chimpanzee with a star-studded past.

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