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Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)

Through Dec. 22, 8 p.m.
Tipping Point Theatre 361 E. Cady St., Northville Greater Northville Area


(248) 347-0003; (248) 347-0005 (FAX)

A Christmas Carol

Wed., Dec. 11, 7 p.m.
Meadow Brook Theatre 207 Wilson Hall, Rochester Greater Rochester Area

Buy from Ticketmaster$38


(248) 377-3300

Naughty & Nice: Best of Holiday Sketch Show

Wed., Dec. 11, 8-9:30 p.m., Sun., Dec. 15, 2-3:30 p.m., Wed., Dec. 18, 8-9:30 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 22, 2-3:30 p.m.
Go Comedy! Improv Theater 261 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale Downtown Ferndale

Buy Tickets$15


While the theater's tenth original holiday revue hits the stage, Go Comedy! is taking a deep dive into its archive with a collection of some of the best sketches from the past nine years in Naughty And Nice. Featuring Paolina Barker, Patty Ghould, Chris Fortin, Devin Jenkins, Carrie Sue Murphy, and Jared Simard, with direction by Peter Jacokes. Naughty And Nice appears Wednesdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 2:00pm December 4-22. Tickets are $15. 248-327-0575

Frosty

Wed., Dec. 11, 10-11 p.m., Thu., Dec. 12, 10-11 p.m., Wed., Dec. 18, 10-11 p.m. and Thu., Dec. 19, 10-11 p.m.
Go Comedy! Improv Theater 261 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale Downtown Ferndale

Buy Tickets$10


Go Comedy! is bringing back the hilarious original comedy Frosty! It has been ten years since the children from the small town of Armonk have seen their friend Frosty the snowman. And now they are home from college, on winter break, during the first snow fall of the season. Frosty returns from the North Pole to find the kids have grown up into young adults and things are not quite as simple as they once were. This original late night show debuted in 2013 and is written by Erik Heilner & Andrew Seiler. 248-327-0575

A Christmas Carol

Thu., Dec. 12, 7 p.m.
Meadow Brook Theatre 207 Wilson Hall, Rochester Greater Rochester Area

Buy from Ticketmaster$39


(248) 377-3300

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

Saturdays, Sundays, 8-10:15 p.m. and Thu., Dec. 12, 8-10:15 p.m. Continues through Dec. 14
Farmington Players Barn 32332 W. 12 Mile, Farmington Hills Greater Detroit Area

Buy Tickets$15-$25


@ Open Book Theatre Company, 1621 West Rd, Trenton, MI
Mary Bennet is content with her books and piano and does not expect love... until a surprise guest arrives for Christmas. The play takes place 2 years after the events of Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice, but audiences don’t need to be familiar with the source material to delight in the rich characters, sibling rivalry, confused messages, physical comedy and touching romance of this holiday show, appropriate for all ages. The show is directed by Sarah Hawkins and features a stellar cast of top notch professional Michigan talent. 734-288-7753

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)

Thursdays-Saturdays, 8-10 p.m., Sundays, 2-4 p.m. and Saturdays, 3-5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 22
Tipping Point Theatre 361 E. Cady St., Northville Greater Northville Area

Buy Tickets$26+


Every neighborhood has that one house that goes overboard with Christmas decorations. This play is that house. This holiday season, theatres across the world will be presenting their version of A Christmas Carol, but not us! Join three actors as they reminisce on all the holiday classics and international traditions that help bring the true spirit of Christmas to life. PRODUCTION NOTE: Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) is not intended for young audiences. We recommend bringing only those who know the secrets of Christmas. 2483470003

Maybe It's Cold Outside

Fridays, Saturdays, 8-9:30 p.m. and Thursdays, 8-9:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 20
Go Comedy! Improv Theater 261 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale Downtown Ferndale

Buy Tickets20.00


Every year, Go Comedy presents a brand new holiday-themed sketch show! 248-327-0575

Maybe It's Cold Outside

Thursdays-Saturdays, 8-9:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 21
Go Comedy! Improv Theater 261 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale Downtown Ferndale

Buy Tickets$20


Pull out the old victrola and put on your favorite holiday album with Go Comedy!'s tenth original holiday sketch revue, Maybe It's Cold Outside. Join Molly Alampi, Alex Bergmans, Eric Heilner, Sonia Kahleel, Keenan Patrick, and Anna Imesch Reid as they revel in the most hilarious moments & memories of the holidays. Written by the cast and directed by Tommy LeRoy, Maybe It's Cold Outside opens November 21st and appears Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00pm through December 21. Tickets are $15 on November 21, then $20 after that. 2483270575

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Fri., Dec. 13, 7 p.m., Sat., Dec. 14, 2 & 7 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 15, 1 & 6 p.m.
Fox Theatre 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit Downtown Detroit


If there were ever a time to get freaky, it’s the holidays. Spinning, flipping, dashing, and dancing through Detroit, once again, is Cirque Dreams Holidaze, part musical theater and part Vegas-drenched acid trip, where visions of sugarplums dance in proximity to your head. The performance hosts 20 acts, with dozens of performers donning more than 300 dazzling costumes (the oversized gingerbread people are particularly … stirring) and a slew of original holiday songs and a bunch of familiar ones, too. A multimillion-dollar production with never-before-seen performances features elaborate sets and displays and lots of mind-melting acrobatics.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Fri., Dec. 13, 8 p.m.
The Music Box 3711 Woodward Ave, Detroit Greater Detroit Area

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(313) 576-5111

A Christmas Carol

Fri., Dec. 13, 8 p.m.
Meadow Brook Theatre 207 Wilson Hall, Rochester Greater Rochester Area

Buy from Ticketmaster$44


(248) 377-3300

One Acts Variety Show

Fri., Dec. 13, 8 p.m., Sat., Dec. 14, 8 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 15, 2 p.m.

A Man for Christmas: A Made for TV Musical Parody

Fri., Dec. 13, 8-10 p.m., Sat., Dec. 14, 8-10 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 15, 2-4 p.m.

Buy Tickets$7-$10

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@ The Back Office Studio, 13 N. Washington Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Its engagement season and 20 something Kinzley, an assistant and aspiring writer for BANGS! Magazine, is still single and turning 30 on Christmas Day! She returns home to her small town of Whispering Pines to celebrate the double engagement of her sister and dad (not to each other). If she can win the affections of Eric Silverspoon, she can make it a triple engagement, receive a promotion, and make all her dreams come true this Christmas! Ages 18+. This show is for mature audiences only.

The Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris

Fri., Dec. 13, 8-9:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 14, 3-4:30 & 8-9:30 p.m., Sun., Dec. 15, 2-3:30 p.m., Fri., Dec. 20, 8-9:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 21, 3-4:30 & 8-9:30 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 22, 2-3:30 p.m.

Buy Tickets$15-50

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@ Bobcat Bonnie’s, 200 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti, MI 48197
When a down-on-his luck wannabe actor arrives in New York City at the end of the year, the only employment he can find is at Macy’s department store -- working in Santaland for the holiday season, as a reluctant, but cheerful elf. Based on his beloved humorous and autobiographical essays, David Sedaris’ The Santaland Diaries is a wry and witty look at the combination of retail hell and theatrical spectacle that is the holiday season, a sharp, narrowly observed dark comedy.

A Very Golden Christmas

Fri., Dec. 13, 8 p.m., Sat., Dec. 14, 8 p.m., Sun., Dec. 15, 5 p.m. and Mon., Dec. 16, 8 p.m.
Ringwald Theatre 22742 Woodward Ave., Ferndale Downtown Ferndale

Buy Tickets$10+


(248) 545-5545

Nuncrackers - The Nunsense Christmas Musical

Fri., Dec. 13, 8 p.m., Sat., Dec. 14, 8 p.m., Sun., Dec. 15, 2 p.m., Fri., Dec. 20, 8 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 22, 2 p.m.

Buy Tickets$27

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@ Brighton Coffee House & Theater, 306 W. Main Street, Brighton, Mi, 48116
Livingston County’s newest Live Professional Theater, A Wilde Theatre, is excited to invite you and your friends to our next production: Nuncrackers - The Nunsense Christmas Musical by Dan Goggin. It’s Christmas Special time! Broadcasting from the Brighton Coffeehouse and Theater, and starring your favorite fun-loving sisters as they produce their own cable Christmas show! The “TV Special” is filled with "Nunsense" humor, some of your favorite carols, a Secret Santa, on-air advertisements for the Catholic Home Shopping Network, and an uproarious take on Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet! Get your tickets today and celebrate the season!

Dancing: A World Premiere Play

Fridays, Saturdays, 8-10 p.m. and Sundays, 6-8 p.m. Continues through Dec. 22
Planet Ant Black Box 2357 Caniff Street, Hamtramck Hamtramck

Buy Tickets$17.50 advance | $20 door | student & group rates available!


"Dancing" written by Maxim Vinogradov directed by Kaitlyn Valor Bourque starring Cookie Isenberg & Rashi Sarwar Can you really love someone if you never know their name? Does love last longer if you don't know everything? This world premiere original play from local playwright Maxim Vinogradov tells the story of two people who accidentally find each other while searching for themselves. December 6 — 22, 2019 Friday & Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 6pm ***OPENING WEEKEND HALF-OFF*** N/A

Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce

Sat., Dec. 14, 8 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 15, 4 p.m.


Taylor Mac is not your run-of-the-mill drag queen. For the 46-year-old playwright and performance artist, the pageantry is nothing without challenging his audience to consider existing another way, even if it means feeling uncomfortable. Take, for example, the queer prom portion of his 24-hour-long marathon stage show (which sometimes Mac performs over the course of two days to a week; only once did he accomplish it in a single day): A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, during which Mac performs 246 popular songs from 1776 through 2016 across 24 incredible costume changes. For the prom, he asks the audience to respectfully embrace strangers and dance as if it were their prom. The piece, which New York Times critic Wesley Morris called “one of the great experiences” of his life, also earned Mac a MacArthur Genius grant in 2017 and a spot as a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize the same year. For the holidays, Mac and longtime collaborators Machine Dazzle and Matt Rey have curated a show that boasts Mac’s penchant for the subversive. Holiday Sauce spans all the uncomfortable holiday musings and invites special guests, including Detroit’s Thornetta Davis and Steffanie Christi’an. There will also be a post-show photo booth experience, in which guests can take a portrait with Sexual Consent Santa. (734) 764-2538

Explore Detroit: Homegrown Art Bus Tour

Sat., Dec. 14, 12 p.m.
TechTown Detroit 440 Burroughs, Detroit Midtown

Buy Tickets$0-$40

A Christmas Carol

Sat., Dec. 14, 2 p.m.
Meadow Brook Theatre 207 Wilson Hall, Rochester Greater Rochester Area

Buy from Ticketmaster$41


(248) 377-3300

A Christmas Miracle

Sat., Dec. 14, 2 p.m.
Southfield Southfield, Southfield Greater Birmingham Area

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A Christmas Carol

Sat., Dec. 14, 6:30 p.m.
Meadow Brook Theatre 207 Wilson Hall, Rochester Greater Rochester Area

Buy from Ticketmaster$46


(248) 377-3300

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

Sat., Dec. 14, 7:30-9 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 15, 3-5:30 p.m.
Bethesda Christian Church 14000 Metropolitan Parkway, Sterling Heights Greater Detroit Area

Buy Tickets$5


It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play is performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience. Nine actors perform, well over twenty characters in the radio play, and produce the sound effects. Performances are held in the Betheada Christian Church Sanctuary. As a gift to our community and church family tickets are only $5. 5862642300

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Sat., Dec. 14, 8 p.m.
The Music Box 3711 Woodward Ave, Detroit Greater Detroit Area

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(313) 576-5111

Music Hall Presents A Very Electric Christmas

Sun., Dec. 15, 4 p.m.
The Music Hall 350 Madison Ave., Detroit Greater Detroit Area

Buy from Ticketmaster$10-$20


(313) 887-8503; (313) - (FAX)

A2CT Auditions: The Plays The Thing

Sun., Dec. 15, 6-9 p.m.
A2CT Studio Theater 322 W. Ann St., Ann Arbor Greater Ann Arbor Area


Auditions for A2CT’s play reading festival, The Play’s the Thing—directed by Sallie Love, Cydney Marie, and Maegan Murphy--take place Sunday, December 15, 2019, at 6pm at the A2CT Studio, 322 West Ann Street, Ann Arbor, MI, 48104. Auditions consist of cold readings from the scripts chosen for the festival, and no pre-registration or preparation is required. There will be one to three rehearsals prior to the festival. Production dates are Friday, January 24 and Saturday, January 25 at 8pm, and Sunday, January 26 at 2pm, 2020 at the A2CT Studio Theater. Those auditioning may be cast in multiple performances. 734-971-2228

Open Auditions for Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily

Sun., Dec. 15, 6-8 p.m. and Mon., Dec. 16, 7-9 p.m.
Clarkston Village Players 4861 White Lake Rd., Clarkston Greater Detroit Area

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Clarkston Village Players is holding OPEN AUDITIONS for their March 2020 production of “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily” at the Depot Theatre, 4861 White Lake Rd, Clarkston, MI 48346. Great character roles for 2 women and 6 men including Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, Lillie Langtry, Oscar Wilde and Professor Moriarty. Non-Equity production. Performance Dates March 6-21, 2020. 248-705-6849

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