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With record snowfalls in our area, theater-goers are naturally reluctant to make plans too far ahead that would require cross-town treks. But take heart -- and take arms against the polar vortex -- by catching a play in your local community. Theatre opportunities abound, without having to travel too far on a wintry night.

Here are some local community theater shows that are now playing or coming soon:

In Rochester, the Avon Players have one more weekend to see the comedic musical, “Urinetown,” which closes Saturday, February 8, 2014. This tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution is set in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. Forced to use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs, one hero stirs up a revolution.

Southgate Community Players open “Broadway Bound” Feb. 7, the third of Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical Eugene trilogy, following “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and “Biloxi Blues.” The show runs two weekends, at 8 p.m. Feb. 7, 8, 14 and 15 at Davidson Middle School, 15800 Trenton Rd. in Southgate. For tickets or more information call 734-282-4727 or visit the website.

In Royal Oak, at the Baldwin Theatre, Stagecrafters is staging a great Valentine’s Day show, “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” which runs February 14 to March 2, 2014. This red hot, sizzling musical revue celebrates the musical wit and genius of legendary Harlem musician Fats Waller. Featured songs include "Honeysuckle Rose," "This Joint is Jumpin'" and "Jitterbug Waltz." See the website for tickets or call 248-541-6430.

The Farmington Players brings out “Assassins” just in time for a different sort of Valentine’s Day date. Running February 14 to March 1, 2014. This deliciously dark Stephen Sondheim musical explores the minds and motives of the nine men and women who have attempted to assassinate the President of the United States. The show uses the premise of a murderous carnival game to produce a revue-style portrayal of these real life assassins, from John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald. The show is thought provoking, unsettling and often humorous, despite the dark subject matter.

And later this month, the Grosse Pointe Theatre is staging "Bartleby The Scrivener," a dramatization of the Melville story set in an 1850s law firm. The show runs February 20 to March 2, 2014.

Other community theaters are gearing up for March – and maybe even some less ferocious weather. We’ll keep you posted.


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