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
I’ve been writing for The Current for almost 10 years now…, which is crazy to think about. But I’ve known musician Jeffrey Freer for longer than that, from previous bands as well as some of his solo material. He was an Ypsilanti and an Ann Arbor regular for years, but moved away for a spell.
Terry Holbrook heads home from downtown Ann Arbor to Dexter after working his shift as a video editor. It’s a winter night. The highway is icy. The car ahead skids, then crashes. Terry, the everyman in author Mark Beyer’s new page-turner crime thriller, Hired Man, pulls over and rushes to the aid of the injured
“Heathers”, the 2014 musical based on the 1989 movie starring Winona Ryder, will be presented by Ann Arbor Civic Theatre from June 7th-10th at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre.