A parody of 50’s teen musicals. A cast that includes Johnny Depp, Iggy Pop, Ricki Lake and Patty Hearst. Two orphans with absurd backstories. Yep, only John Waters, in his infinite weirdo genius, could have pulled off Cry-Baby, screening on August 25 as part of the State Theater’s midnight films. Set in Baltimore, the leader of a teenage gang (Depp), whose ability to shed a single tear lands him all the girls, falls for a square, who ends up having more in common with him than it might seem. It’s campy, but wonderfully so, with Waters taking his swipes and further etching himself into history as a satirical mastermind. $10. 11:59pm. State Theater, 233 S. State St. 734-761-8667. www.michtheater.org/state
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