For all his intricate and ambiguous passages, Shakespeare's plots were relatively simple, applying the basic elements of love, lust, greed and revenge to the human condition. And with that they have been re-applied, through theater, in every time period since, including one almost 300 years and half a world away — the American West of the 19th century. The Ann Arbor Civic Theater takes that approach in their rendition of Much Ado About Nothing from January 26 – 29, with Don John up to his same head-game love tricks — but this time cowboys are involved. $8-$20. 8pm Th-Sat, 2pm Sun. Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin Ave.