It’s true — terribly violent stories make some of the best theater. In 1990 convicted murder and renowned prison poet Jack Unterweger was released due to a pardon, one issued by the Austrian president at the insistence of the Viennese literati. His rehab didn’t go so well, but it usually doesn’t when you kill 11 prostitutes in your first two years of freedom. Academy Award nominee John Malkovich, backed by a 40-piece chamber orchestra and two sopranos, makes his UMS debut as Unterweger’s ghost — sharing striking, delusional and scattered memories in The Infernal Comedy: Confessions of a Serial Killer on October 1. $10-$75. 8pm. University of Michigan, Hill Auditorium. 734-764-2538. www.ums.org.
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