Awkward family behavior is great when you’re not in the middle, so join the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre for their latest production, Hay Fever. The 1924 Noel Coward classic follows the eccentrically artistic Bliss family through a weekend of turning on each other and creeping out their guests. Each of the four family members invites a friend, but after a few days of weird games, flirting and self-indulgence, all the guests bolt, without even gaining the attention of the big-headed host family. Every close family has an odd bond, but these guys take it to the next level. May 5-8. 8pm Thur-Sat, 2pm Sun. $10-$22. Arthur Miller Theatre, University of Michigan Campus. www.a2ct.org. 734-971-0605.
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