For all his intricate and ambiguous passages, Shakespeare's plots were relatively simple, applying the basic elements of love, lust, greed and revenge to the human condition. And with that they have been re-applied, through theater, in every time period since, including one almost 300 years and half a world away — the American West of the 19th century. The Ann Arbor Civic Theater takes that approach in their rendition of Much Ado About Nothing from January 26 – 29, with Don John up to his same head-game love tricks — but this time cowboys are involved. $8-$20. 8pm Th-Sat, 2pm Sun. Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin Ave.
DIYpsi Aug 18 & Aug 19 at ABC Microbrewery I’ve detected an increasing amount of positive energy generating from the independent arts community of Ypsilanti over the last several years, grassroots efforts that stoke a sense of pride and celebration of the local culture scene, from First Fridays and Bona Sera, to the Threads All
If you missed Eighth Grade at Cinetopia, it’s finally officially playing this week at The State! Eighth Grade is this generation’s Sixteen Candles, Breakfast Club, and Welcome To The Dollhouse. If you’ve wondered what adolescence in the digital age is like, this movie’s strength is capturing Generation Z middle school life—while remaining universal.
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When performing plays, actors use props, costumes and set pieces to immerse themselves in the story. Spinning Dot Theatre repertory company members Aya Aziz and Forrest Hejkal, who star in the North American premiere of Chelsea Woolley’s two-hander, The Mountain, had extra help preparing to portray children on a playground; they did some of their