The Ann Arbor Civic Theatre kicks off the summer season with Miss Saigon, an epic musical of war and romance set at the tail end of the conflict in Vietnam. Based on the classic opera, Madame Butterfly, this production tells the story of an American GI who falls in love with a Vietnamese bargirl while the city of Saigon falls to the Viet Cong. After the war is over, the two must learn to cope with the realities of the outcome while struggling to find each other again. Amidst the turmoil are beautifully woven songs that redefine the line between love and tragedy. Directed by Wendy Sielaff. June 9-12. Thursday-Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 2pm. $12-$22. Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 N. University, Ann Arbor. 734-971-2228. www.a2ct.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