Arts & Entertainment
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The City Theatre
Conned features a quartet of professional swindlers exposing the secrets of the streets. With help from the crowd, the con men teach the audience how to avoid swindles and scams. Jan. 17-27. $76-$92.
2301 Woodward, Detroit; 313-471-3465; olympiaentertainment.com.
Detroit Repertory Theatre
Strapped for cash in a small Tennessee town, Alvin Moseby, a struggling photographer, begins photographing racist acts and selling them as postcards. After leaving his wife and fleeing to New York, Moseby discovers his box of postcards has followed him, tormenting his soul at every turn in Postcards. Jan. 10 -March 17. $17, $20.
13103 Woodrow Wilson, Detroit; 313-868-3686; detroitreptheater.com.
Join Elmo, Big Bird and the rest of the gang for Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music. The fuzzy monsters of Sesame Street take to the stage to teach children about patience, acceptance, and teamwork through music. Jan. 24-Feb. 18. $12-$65.
2211 Woodward, Detroit; 313-471-6611; olympiaentertainment.com.
In a suburb just outside an American city that could be Detroit, Ben and Mary invite their new neighbors over for a barbecue. The friendship forged between the two couples soon spirals out of control. Detroit explores what happens when you open yourself up to new experiences. Jan. 11-April 5. $30.
4743 Cass, Detroit; 313-577-2972; hilberry.com.
JET (Jewish Ensemble Theatre)
Rosalind Franklin is on the verge of discovering the “secret” of life: the DNA double helix. Follow the driven physicist’s journey and discover how her name was left out of the history books in Photograph 51. Jan. 23-Feb. 10. $38.
6600 W. Maple, West Bloomfield; 248-788-2900; jettheatre.com.
In White Lies, big-shot divorce lawyer Joe White is pressured into settling down. The idea of taking on a family of his own is so frightening that Joe decides to make up a family to please his mother instead of starting one. Jan. 9-Feb. 3. $25-$40.
207 Wilson Hall, Rochester; 248-377-3300; mbtheatre.com.
Performance Network Theatre
A Big Band songwriter and an aspiring rock ’n’ roll star join forces to make beautiful music. But a culture clash between the two, the young woman’s secrets, and other obstacles may land one of them out on the streets in Brill, a story of rock in the late 1950s. Jan. 10-Feb. 10. $25-$41.
120 E. Huron St., Ann Arbor; 734-663-0681; peformancenetwork.org.
Purple Rose Theatre
The Meaning of Almost Everything, written by Purple Rose founder and The Newsroom star Jeff Daniels, questions the absurd nature of our world. Jan. 10-March 9. $25-$35.
137 Park St., Chelsea; 734-433-7673; purplerosetheatre.org.
When the Rain Stops Falling follows four generations of fathers and sons, across time and space, examining how each relates to the other. Jan. 11-28. $10-$20.
22742 Woodward, Ferndale; 248-545-5545; theringwald.com.
Tipping Point Theatre
Four middle-age characters are on a quest to find love in Looking. When Andy places a personal ad, he meets Val, a hopeless romantic. But things don’t go according to plan when best friends Nina and Matt have more chemistry than the blind-daters. Jan. 24-March 3. $50-$250.
361 E. Cady St., Northville; 248-347-0003; tippingpointtheatre.com.
University Musical Society
In The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, our uptight, academic title character is on her way to a conference in the Scottish Borders when a snowstorm leaves her trapped in a bar full of strangers. In the secluded bar, Prudencia begins a journey of self-discovery in this National Theatre of Scotland production. Jan. 8-13.
University Musical Society; 881 N. University, Ann Arbor; 734-764-2538; ums.org.