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Master Hamm is blind and unable to stand; his servant, Clov, is unable to sit. They live in a tiny house and fight each day as if life were a chess match. One wants to withdraw from the Endgame, and the other wants to finish it. Directed by John Jakary. Through May 5.
1301 W. Lafayette, Detroit; 313-575-6628; theabreact.com.
The Boll Family YMCA Theater
A young man arrives from Down South in search of redemption for a murder he committed. The person to help him is Aunt Esther, a local cleanser of souls. Gem of the Ocean tells a story of lives in the African-American community in the 20th century. Adult content. Through May 12.
1401 Broadway, Detroit; 313-593-0926; plowshares.org.
Detroit Repertory Theatre
A cemetery supervisor and two young people search for answers while digging graves in Dead and Buried. Each worker has a secret or an agenda. Through May 20.
• After Mimi got Alzheimer’s, her two daughters and a grandson had to take care of her. Now Mimi is dead. Who killed her? A family member or a veterinarian, who thinks we should deal with our loved ones as we would with our pets? Taking Care of Mimi is a morality murder mystery by Marilynn Barner Anselmi. May 31-June 24.
13103 Woodrow Wilson, Detroit; 313-868-1347; detroitreptheater.com.
Earnest Major in the Salvation Army thinks her millionaire father needs saving from his ways, but he ends up being the one to save the Salvation Army when it needs funding. Shaw’s Major Barbara plays through May 5.
4743 Cass, Detroit; 313-577-2972; hilberry.com.
The Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company
Jailed diplomat Galimard narrates a series of flashbacks of his love affair. Inspired by the opera Madame Butterfly, the play raises the question, “Who is Butterfly — Galimard or his lover?” The play contains adult content. M. Butterfly runs May 2-27.
Aaron DeRoy Theatre, 6600 W. Maple, West Bloomfield; 248-788-2900; jettheatre.com.
From My Hometown is a 2004 Off-Broadway hit, featuring Motown’s greatest hits. Through May 13.
• In Xanadu, a Greek muse from the heavens appears in California to inspire an artist to create the first roller disco. May 23-June 17. $24-$39.
Oakland University, 207 Wilson Hall, Rochester; 248-377-3300; mbtheatre.com.
Performance Network Theatre
The drama Red, winner of six Tonys, premiers in Michigan. For two years, abstract expressionist Rothko and his assistant work on the murals for the Four Seasons restaurant. The challenge causes Rothko to question himself and his achievements. Through May 27.
120 E. Huron St., Ann Arbor; 734-663-0681; performancenetwork.org.
After her father’s death, Mari comforts herself by listening to old records, and hopes to find a better life with her boyfriend in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. But after hearing Mari sing, he has different plans. Through May 19.
2357 Caniff, Hamtramck; 313-365-4948; planetant.com.
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 and unity in Sioux tradition. Through June 2. $25-$40.
137 Park St., Chelsea; 734-433-7673; purplerosetheatre.org.
A comedy, The Divine Sister, inspired by Hollywood movies involving nuns, is a story of the travails of Mother Superior. On her quest to build a new school for the convent, she has to deal with a young postulant with “visions,” sexual hysteria, a mysterious visitor, a schoolboy, and an old suitor who tries to make her forget her vows. May 11-June 4.
27742 Woodward, Ferndale; 248-399-3727; theringwald.com.
Tipping Point Theatre
Trying to cope with the deaths of their husbands, three Jewish women meet in the cemetery every month. As they talk about the past and quarrel, they start to heal and attempt to date again. The Cemetery Club is a bittersweet comedy about life and friendship. May 10-June 17.
361 E. Cady St., Northville; 248-347-0003; tippingpointtheatre.com.
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