Arts and Entertainment
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Based on the Oscar-winning movie, Shrek the Musical is a twist on the classic fairy-tale prince story and stars an unlikely hero. Through March 11.
3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit; 313-872-1000; broadwayindetroit.com.
Love is challenged by war and prejudice in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific, featuring such songs as “Some Enchanted Evening,” “Bali Ha’i,” and “Younger Than Springtime.” Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Tales of the South Pacific, by James Michener, two couples living on an island feel the effects of World War II and the strain of differing opinions. March 2-4. $30-$70.
2211 Woodward, Detroit; 313-471-3200; olympiaentertainment.com.
Adapted from Cyrano de Bergerac, by Edmond Rostand, Frank Langella’s Cyrano follows a swordsman-poet with an unfortunate nose as he uses his literary gift to woo Roxane from the handsome Christian. Through March 10. $25-$35.
• A sensuous Southern romance by Tennessee Williams, Summer and Smoke shows the emotional battle of spiritual devotion versus physical desire. Through April 21. $30.
4743 Cass, Detroit; 313-577-2972; hilberry.com.
The Jewish Ensemble Theatre (JET)
Dysfunctional would be an understatement in describing Brenda’s family. This true story starts with Brenda’s mother being shot by her father, and then his marriage to her mother’s sister after his release from jail. My Brooklyn Hamlet, directed by Brenda Adelman, explores a daughter’s challenge of forgiving the unforgivable. March 3-4. $36-$43.
Aaron DeRoy Theatre, 6600 W. Maple, West Bloomfield; 248-788-2900; jettheatre.com.
Mary Stuart is a revisionist historical commentary on the final days of Mary, Queen of Scots. She was sentenced to death by her cousin Elizabeth I of England. This play was written by Friedrich Schiller and adapted by Peter Oswald. Through March 4. $24-$39.
• When members of a retirement community decide to use their money to help less fortunate members of the area, their children, hungry for inheritance, step in to stop them. Spreading It Around pits family versus charity.March 14-April 8. $24-$39.
207 Wilson Hall, Oakland University, Rochester; 248-377-3300; mbtheatre.com.
Winner of three 2010 Tony Awards, FELA! is an inspiring tale of courage, passion, and love. Presented by Shawn Jay-Z Carter and Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith, it tells the true story of Nigerian musician Fela Kuti. Through March 4. $30-$100.
• When a young girl struggles to fit in with her classmates, it challenges her friendships, confidence, and ability to stand up for herself in The Hundred Dresses. 2 p.m. March 24. $7, $17.
350 Madison, Detroit; 313-887-8500; musichall.org.
Performance Network Theatre
Experience the dark side of American history with this Western story of revenge. Filled with dark humor, Dead Man’s Shoes is directed by David Wolber. March 8-April 8. $25-$41.
120 E. Huron St., Ann Arbor; 734-663-0681; performancenetwork.org.
In this exploration of the American pioneer experience, a family must choose between struggling through a torturous winter in their one-room Colorado cabin or attempting to escape to the bottom of the mountain. Snowbound is directed by Kate Peckham and written by Margaret Edwartowski. Through March 10. $20.
2357 Caniff, Hamtramck; 313-365-4948; planetant.com.
In this tribute to fathers and sons, Agostino, a retired stonemason, is evicted from his home to make room for a new highway. He refuses to leave and his son must persuade him to let go of the house and his memories. A Stone Carver is by William Mastrosimone. Through March 10. $25-$40.
• In White Buffalo, a small-town family’s life is interrupted when the birth of a white buffalo calf brings a flood of spiritual followers. White buffaloes symbolize peace on earth and unity to mankind in Sioux tradition. March 29-June 2. $25-$40.
137 Park St., Chelsea; 734-433-7673; purplerosetheatre.org.
Tipping Point Theatre
Married writers Linda and Michael begin keeping journals after Linda is diagnosed with cancer. Trouble arises when she wants to read Michael’s entries and finds something she doesn’t expect — but are the entries true? Fiction is written by Steven Dietz. March 15-April 15. $28-$30.
361 E. Cady St., Northville; 248-347-0003; tippingpointetheatre.com.
University of Detroit Mercy
Many intimate conversations happen in the confines of a vehicle in Autobahn, which follows a series of conversations centered on addiction, adultery, and paranoia from a front-seat point of view. March 23-25 and March 30-April 1. $9-$18.
8425 W. McNichols, Detroit; 313-993-3270; liberalarts.udmercy.edu.
University Musical Society
In The Andersen Project: Ex Machina, a comedian is asked by the Opera Garnier to write a libretto for a children’s opera. His rented apartment above a peep show in the red-light district and the works of Hans Christian Andersen influence his writing. March 15-17. $18-$48.
Power Center, 121 Fletcher, Ann Arbor; 734-764-2538; ums.org.
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