The New Theatre Project enters 2012 by exploring two very contemporary themes—the Great Recession and sex in the digital age, in their production of critically acclaimed up and coming playwright Kevin Kautzman's If You Start a Fire [Be Prepared to Burn]. The story fallows a young twenty-something couple, Chris and Lucy, as they navigate through the recession with dead end jobs that they need to keep to maintain healthcare coverage. When Chris loses his job the two decide to start an internet porn site and the strains of voyeurism, love and money all collide. $15, $10 students, seniors, industry. Shows run Fridays-Sundays, February 10-March 4, 8pm. Pay-what-you-can previews run on February 10-12, 8pm. Mix Studio Theater, 130 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. 734-645-9776. www.thenewtheatreproject.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