How I Learned to Drive is a Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Paula Vogel that has fascinated audiences the world over with it’s sometimes comedic handling of mature subject matter and heartfelt ending. The story follows Lil’Bit as she grows from a young girl into a women and her close yet disturbing relationship with her Uncle Peck. As she learns to handle his advances she also learns to appreciate the fact Uncle Peck teaches her how to drive, because when she’s driving is the only time she feels in control. How I Learned to Drive plays Friday & Saturday, 8pm; Sunday 2pm, with a special performance on Thursday, November 16 at the Ark to benefit UM’s Sexual Assault Prevention Center. Ann Arbor Civic Studio, 322 W. Ann St. 734-971-2228. www.a2ct.org
Platonic soulmates and a pitch-perfect cast By Emily Slomovits When people think of the word “relationship,” they usually think of a romantic one. And indeed, in much of pop culture and entertainment, romantic relationships are given the primary focus and are considered the ones to strive for. But in Welcome to Paradise, The Purple Rose
After lying vacant for years, the site of a former DTE Energy plant at 841 Broadway St. has a new development plan, approved 10-1 by Ann Arbor City Council on July 1. The conceptual plan, designed by Detroit-based Roxbury Group, includes condos, a restaurant, a hotel, commercial space, a canoe/kayak launch, an event pavilion, a
Kristen Roupenian’s You Know You Want This is a collection of short stories that revels in the mystifying aspects of interpersonal relationships without ever feeling the need to justify them.