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Theater, Dance, & Opera - Week of March 20, 2017

The Ann Arbor area plays host to several community and semi-professional theater companies, with new shows going up every month. Ballet, modern, and traditional dance concerts abound, along with musical theater productions from Broadway to grand opera.





 
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Tuesday


March 2017
 8 p.m. 

"Playfest 2017": U-M Theatre Department.

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Mar. 21-24. Rehearsed staged readings of plays by student playwrights.

Mar. 21: Juliana Tassos' The Idea Man. 8 p.m.

Mar. 22: Karly Thomas's When Digging for Gold (7 p.m.) and Larissa Martin's Superboy (9 p.m.).

Mar. 23: Jeremy Muse's The Doctor (7 p.m.) and Skyler Tarnas' he said she said (9 p.m.).

Mar. 24: Eric Grant's Bleeker Street (7 p.m.) and Isabelle Molnar's A Plaster Woman on a Wall of a Gallery (9 p.m.).

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Various times, Walgreen Drama Center B222, 1226 Murfin. Free. 764-5350. [map]


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Wednesday


March 2017
 10 a.m. 

"Jack and the Beanstalk": Wild Swan Theater.

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Mar. 22-25. This award-winning local children's theater presents local playwright Jeff Duncan's humorous adaptation of the classic story featuring clever Jack, his magic beans, and a silly giant, in a production geared toward kids ages 3-9. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available by prearrangement for blind audience members. Note: The 10 a.m. performances on Mar. 23 & 24 are sold out.
10 a.m. (Mar. 22-24), 12:30 p.m. (Mar. 24), & 11 a.m. (Mar. 25), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (children & seniors, $10; $3 lap passes for kids ages 2 & under) in advance at wildswantheater.org and by phone, and at the door. 995-0530. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

"Fiddler on the Roof": Community High School Ensemble Theater.

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Mar. 16-19 & 23-25. All shows are sold out except a "brush-up rehearsal" at 6:30 p.m. on Mar 22. Quinn Strassel directs Community High students in Jerry Stein, Jerry Bock, and Sheldon Harnick's beloved, heartwarming, and poignant musical based on stories by celebrated Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem about life in a small Russian Jewish community around 1900. When a poor but pious dairyman searches for husbands for his daughters, they reject his traditions. The show's many familiar songs include "If I Were a Rich Man," "Sunrise, Sunset," and "To Life." Stars Clarence Collins, Lily Rosenberg, Isabel Ratner, Ellen Reed, Emily Fishman, Dana Steiner, Avani Carter, with Ruby Lowenstein, Jack Cassell, Andrew Reynolds, Aris Chalin, Enrique Ayala, Jeff Burris, Jonah Eichner, Carter Schmidt, Basil Rutkowski, Vincent Barlow, Ella Volk, Fiona Lynch, Benn Chambers, Alexis Atkins, Callum Mein, Lucas Atkinson, and Lily Gechter.
6:30 p.m. (Wed.), 7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 1 p.m. (Sat), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Community High School Craft Theater, 401 N. Division. (Parking available in the lot behind the school, N. Fifth Ave. at Detroit St.) Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $8) in advance at showtix4u.com and at the door. 994-2025. [map]


 7 & 9 p.m. 

"Playfest 2017": U-M Theatre Department.

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Mar. 21-24. Rehearsed staged readings of plays by student playwrights.

Mar. 21: Juliana Tassos' The Idea Man. 8 p.m.

Mar. 22: Karly Thomas's When Digging for Gold (7 p.m.) and Larissa Martin's Superboy (9 p.m.).

Mar. 23: Jeremy Muse's The Doctor (7 p.m.) and Skyler Tarnas' he said she said (9 p.m.).

Mar. 24: Eric Grant's Bleeker Street (7 p.m.) and Isabelle Molnar's A Plaster Woman on a Wall of a Gallery (9 p.m.).

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Various times, Walgreen Drama Center B222, 1226 Murfin. Free. 764-5350. [map]


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Thursday


March 2017
 10 a.m. 

"Jack and the Beanstalk": Wild Swan Theater.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Mar. 22-25. This award-winning local children's theater presents local playwright Jeff Duncan's humorous adaptation of the classic story featuring clever Jack, his magic beans, and a silly giant, in a production geared toward kids ages 3-9. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available by prearrangement for blind audience members. Note: The 10 a.m. performances on Mar. 23 & 24 are sold out.
10 a.m. (Mar. 22-24), 12:30 p.m. (Mar. 24), & 11 a.m. (Mar. 25), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (children & seniors, $10; $3 lap passes for kids ages 2 & under) in advance at wildswantheater.org and by phone, and at the door. 995-0530. [map]


 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Performances and demonstrations by area musicians, dancers, and artists. Mar. 2: U-M piano professor emeritus Louis Nagel performs classical works. Mar. 9: A Chinese calligraphy demonstration by U-M Confucius Institute visiting scholar Xiwen Sheng. Mar. 16: Irish fiddle music by local trio Big Fun. Mar. 23: Ballet Chelsea dancers perform excerpts from the romantic ballet Giselle. Mar. 30: Performances by young cellists and violinists in the U-M String Preparatory Academy.
12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]


 7 & 8 p.m. 

"Here's to You, Here's to Me": Kickshaw Theatre.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Mar. 16-Apr. 2. Lynn Lammers directs this professional local theater company in its original 30-minute show that incorporates stories, songs, and dance to celebrate the ritual of toasting.
7 & 8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 5 & 6 p.m. (Sun.), Club Above the Heidelberg (Thurs.-Sat.), 215 N. Main, & Arbor Brewing Company (Sun., except Apr. 2 at Sabor Latino, 211 N. Main), 114 E. Washington. Tickets $10 (attendees also required to purchase one beverage) in advance at kickshaw.brownpapertickets.com and (if available) at the door. 203-0556. [map]


 7 & 9 p.m. 

"Playfest 2017": U-M Theatre Department.

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Mar. 21-24. Rehearsed staged readings of plays by student playwrights.

Mar. 21: Juliana Tassos' The Idea Man. 8 p.m.

Mar. 22: Karly Thomas's When Digging for Gold (7 p.m.) and Larissa Martin's Superboy (9 p.m.).

Mar. 23: Jeremy Muse's The Doctor (7 p.m.) and Skyler Tarnas' he said she said (9 p.m.).

Mar. 24: Eric Grant's Bleeker Street (7 p.m.) and Isabelle Molnar's A Plaster Woman on a Wall of a Gallery (9 p.m.).

.
Various times, Walgreen Drama Center B222, 1226 Murfin. Free. 764-5350. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"A Midsummer Night's Dream": U-M Opera Theatre Department.

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Mar. 23-26. U-M theatre professor Robert Swedberg directs U-M opera students in Benjamin Britten's adaptation of Shakespeare's popular comic romance about the misadventures of a group of mortals who wander unwittingly into the midst of a power struggle between the king and the queen of fairies. Britten's music imbues Shakespeare's words with richly expressive timbres and textures, and his imaginative pruning of the action is full of delightful surprises, including a play-within-a-play presented as a parody of grand opera, complete with a mad scene for flute. Kathleen Kelly directs the University Philharmonia.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Mendelssohn Theater. Tickets $22 & $28 (students, $10) at the Michigan League in advance and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]



 7:30 p.m. (sold out) 

"Fiddler on the Roof": Community High School Ensemble Theater.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Mar. 16-19 & 23-25. All shows are sold out except a "brush-up rehearsal" at 6:30 p.m. on Mar 22. Quinn Strassel directs Community High students in Jerry Stein, Jerry Bock, and Sheldon Harnick's beloved, heartwarming, and poignant musical based on stories by celebrated Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem about life in a small Russian Jewish community around 1900. When a poor but pious dairyman searches for husbands for his daughters, they reject his traditions. The show's many familiar songs include "If I Were a Rich Man," "Sunrise, Sunset," and "To Life." Stars Clarence Collins, Lily Rosenberg, Isabel Ratner, Ellen Reed, Emily Fishman, Dana Steiner, Avani Carter, with Ruby Lowenstein, Jack Cassell, Andrew Reynolds, Aris Chalin, Enrique Ayala, Jeff Burris, Jonah Eichner, Carter Schmidt, Basil Rutkowski, Vincent Barlow, Ella Volk, Fiona Lynch, Benn Chambers, Alexis Atkins, Callum Mein, Lucas Atkinson, and Lily Gechter.
6:30 p.m. (Wed.), 7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 1 p.m. (Sat), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Community High School Craft Theater, 401 N. Division. (Parking available in the lot behind the school, N. Fifth Ave. at Detroit St.) Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $8) in advance at showtix4u.com and at the door. 994-2025. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Game On!": Thurston Community Players.

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Mar. 23-25. Thurston Elementary School students, parents, and friends present the school's 43rd annual original musical. This year's show is about video game characters that come to life when a project created by a group of computer programming grad students develops a mysterious bug. Video game enthusiasts must team up with their favorite characters to fight a huge boss battle and get everything back to normal.
7:30 p.m. (Mar. 23 & 24) & 7 p.m. (Mar. 25), Clague Middle School auditorium, 2616 Nixon. Tickets $10 (students, $5) in advance at showtix4u.com & at the door. thurstonplayers@gmail.com. [map]



 7:30 p.m. 

"Urinetown": Greenhills School.

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Mar. 23-25. Emily Wilson-Tobin directs upper school students in Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis's Tony-winning musical comedy about a city in the midst of a drought so devastating that a malevolent corporation has been able to take control of all the toilet facilities. Romance and chaos intertwine in this sharp satire that takes aim not only at environmental degradation, the sophistries of the legal system, and corporate piracy but at the form of the Broadway musical. Newsday critic Linda Winer calls it "elevated silliness of the highest order that makes a gratifying case for the restorative return to knowing foolishness and the smartly absurd."
7:30 p.m., Greenhills School Campbell Center for the Performing Arts, 850 Greenhills Dr. $15 (students & seniors, $10). 205-4098. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Vino Veritas": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every. Wed.-Sun., Mar. 23-May 27. Rhiannon Ragland directs a revival of Livonia playwright David MacGregor's edgy 2008 comedy about 2 dull suburban couples spending Halloween with a bottle of ceremonial South American wine made from the skins of tree frogs. As the characters become less inhibited, the play becomes "a kind of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf on drugs," says Observer critic Sally Mitani, in her review of the debut run. Cast: Kate Thomsen, David Bendena, Aphrodite Nikolovski, and Alex Leydenfrost.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $30 (Wed.), $27 (Thurs.), $41 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $46 (Sat. eve.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. $5-$10 discounts available for the first week of previews. 433-7673. [map]


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Friday


March 2017
 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. 

"Jack and the Beanstalk": Wild Swan Theater.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Mar. 22-25. This award-winning local children's theater presents local playwright Jeff Duncan's humorous adaptation of the classic story featuring clever Jack, his magic beans, and a silly giant, in a production geared toward kids ages 3-9. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available by prearrangement for blind audience members. Note: The 10 a.m. performances on Mar. 23 & 24 are sold out.
10 a.m. (Mar. 22-24), 12:30 p.m. (Mar. 24), & 11 a.m. (Mar. 25), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (children & seniors, $10; $3 lap passes for kids ages 2 & under) in advance at wildswantheater.org and by phone, and at the door. 995-0530. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"The Pirate Show": Chelsea Area Players Youth Theater.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Young local actors perform Mark Landon Smith's swashbuckling tale of two orphans who flee a cruel caretaker and end up on a ship of pirates pursuing treasure.
7 p.m. (Mar. 24 & 25) & 3 p.m. (Mar. 26), George Prinzing Auditorium, 500 Washington, Chelsea. Tickets $10 in advance at Hometown Pharmacy and at the door. info@chelseaareaplayers.org. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"As You Like It": Ypsilanti Youth Theatre.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Mar. 24-26. Rob Papineau directs young area actors in Shakespeare's pastoral comedy centered on a noblewoman who must disguise herself as a man in order to win the world's respect.
7 p.m. (Mar. 24 & 25) & 1 p.m. (Mar. 25 & 26), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $10 (students & seniors, $5). ypsiyouththeatre@gmail.com. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Disney's The Lion King Jr.": Saline Community Education's Junior Theater.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Mar. 24-26. Rebecca Groeb directs young local actors in a junior version of this musical based on the 1994 film about a lion cub's coming-of-age in the African savannah. The score's many popular songs include "I Just Can't Wait to Be King," "Hakuna Matata," and "Can You Feel the Love Tonight."
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Liberty School Auditorium, 7265 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Tickets $5 at the door only. 401-4214. [map]


 7 & 8 p.m. 

"Here's to You, Here's to Me": Kickshaw Theatre.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Thurs.-Sun., Mar. 16-Apr. 2. Lynn Lammers directs this professional local theater company in its original 30-minute show that incorporates stories, songs, and dance to celebrate the ritual of toasting.
7 & 8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 5 & 6 p.m. (Sun.), Club Above the Heidelberg (Thurs.-Sat.), 215 N. Main, & Arbor Brewing Company (Sun., except Apr. 2 at Sabor Latino, 211 N. Main), 114 E. Washington. Tickets $10 (attendees also required to purchase one beverage) in advance at kickshaw.brownpapertickets.com and (if available) at the door. 203-0556. [map]


 7 & 9 p.m. 

"Playfest 2017": U-M Theatre Department.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Mar. 21-24. Rehearsed staged readings of plays by student playwrights.

Mar. 21: Juliana Tassos' The Idea Man. 8 p.m.

Mar. 22: Karly Thomas's When Digging for Gold (7 p.m.) and Larissa Martin's Superboy (9 p.m.).

Mar. 23: Jeremy Muse's The Doctor (7 p.m.) and Skyler Tarnas' he said she said (9 p.m.).

Mar. 24: Eric Grant's Bleeker Street (7 p.m.) and Isabelle Molnar's A Plaster Woman on a Wall of a Gallery (9 p.m.).

.
Various times, Walgreen Drama Center B222, 1226 Murfin. Free. 764-5350. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Hello Dolly!": Tappan Players.

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The Tappan Players are proud to present Hello Dolly!, the much-loved classic musical. With a cast and crew of over 110 Tappan Middle School students, this musical is set in 1890's New York City and tells the tale of an outspoken, widowed, matchmaker who decides she is the perfect match for her current client, a half-a-millionaire! Tickets are available at showtix4u.com and at the door.
Tappan Middle School, 2251 E. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48104. $12 adult, $10 students. tapproducers2017@gmail.com [map]



 7:30 p.m. (sold out) 

"Fiddler on the Roof": Community High School Ensemble Theater.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Mar. 16-19 & 23-25. All shows are sold out except a "brush-up rehearsal" at 6:30 p.m. on Mar 22. Quinn Strassel directs Community High students in Jerry Stein, Jerry Bock, and Sheldon Harnick's beloved, heartwarming, and poignant musical based on stories by celebrated Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem about life in a small Russian Jewish community around 1900. When a poor but pious dairyman searches for husbands for his daughters, they reject his traditions. The show's many familiar songs include "If I Were a Rich Man," "Sunrise, Sunset," and "To Life." Stars Clarence Collins, Lily Rosenberg, Isabel Ratner, Ellen Reed, Emily Fishman, Dana Steiner, Avani Carter, with Ruby Lowenstein, Jack Cassell, Andrew Reynolds, Aris Chalin, Enrique Ayala, Jeff Burris, Jonah Eichner, Carter Schmidt, Basil Rutkowski, Vincent Barlow, Ella Volk, Fiona Lynch, Benn Chambers, Alexis Atkins, Callum Mein, Lucas Atkinson, and Lily Gechter.
6:30 p.m. (Wed.), 7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 1 p.m. (Sat), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Community High School Craft Theater, 401 N. Division. (Parking available in the lot behind the school, N. Fifth Ave. at Detroit St.) Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $8) in advance at showtix4u.com and at the door. 994-2025. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Game On!": Thurston Community Players.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Mar. 23-25. Thurston Elementary School students, parents, and friends present the school's 43rd annual original musical. This year's show is about video game characters that come to life when a project created by a group of computer programming grad students develops a mysterious bug. Video game enthusiasts must team up with their favorite characters to fight a huge boss battle and get everything back to normal.
7:30 p.m. (Mar. 23 & 24) & 7 p.m. (Mar. 25), Clague Middle School auditorium, 2616 Nixon. Tickets $10 (students, $5) in advance at showtix4u.com & at the door. thurstonplayers@gmail.com. [map]



 7:30 p.m. 

"Urinetown": Greenhills School.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Mar. 23-25. Emily Wilson-Tobin directs upper school students in Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis's Tony-winning musical comedy about a city in the midst of a drought so devastating that a malevolent corporation has been able to take control of all the toilet facilities. Romance and chaos intertwine in this sharp satire that takes aim not only at environmental degradation, the sophistries of the legal system, and corporate piracy but at the form of the Broadway musical. Newsday critic Linda Winer calls it "elevated silliness of the highest order that makes a gratifying case for the restorative return to knowing foolishness and the smartly absurd."
7:30 p.m., Greenhills School Campbell Center for the Performing Arts, 850 Greenhills Dr. $15 (students & seniors, $10). 205-4098. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"A Midsummer Night's Dream": U-M Opera Theatre Department.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Mar. 23-26. U-M theatre professor Robert Swedberg directs U-M opera students in Benjamin Britten's adaptation of Shakespeare's popular comic romance about the misadventures of a group of mortals who wander unwittingly into the midst of a power struggle between the king and the queen of fairies. Britten's music imbues Shakespeare's words with richly expressive timbres and textures, and his imaginative pruning of the action is full of delightful surprises, including a play-within-a-play presented as a parody of grand opera, complete with a mad scene for flute. Kathleen Kelly directs the University Philharmonia.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Mendelssohn Theater. Tickets $22 & $28 (students, $10) at the Michigan League in advance and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]



 8 p.m. 

"Clutter": Theatre Nova.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Mar. 24-Apr. 16. Diane Hill directs local playwright Brian Cox's brand-new play, a theatrical tragicomedy about sex and marriage. As a middle-ageman sits at a desk, sifting through the relics of his failed marriage and attempting to piece together some understanding of where things went wrong, he recalls, relives, and reinterprets his life with the assistance of 2 actors who play younger versions of himself and his wife. Cast: Phil Powers, Tory Matsos, Artun Kircali.
8 p.m. (Thurs.- Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) are $20 or pay what you can, in advance at theatrenova.org and at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Sister Act": U-M MUSKET.

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Mar. 24-26. Chris Campbell directs U-M students in Bill and Cheri Steinkellner, Glenn Slater, and Alan Menken's musical based on the 1992 comedy about a Reno lounge singer who's put under protective custody in a convent. The score draws on Motown, soul, funk, and disco.
8 p.m. (Mar. 24 & 25) & 2 p.m. (Mar. 26), Power Center. Tickets $13 (students, $7) in advance at ummusket.org/buy-tickets, at the Michigan League, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Vino Veritas": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every. Wed.-Sun., Mar. 23-May 27. Rhiannon Ragland directs a revival of Livonia playwright David MacGregor's edgy 2008 comedy about 2 dull suburban couples spending Halloween with a bottle of ceremonial South American wine made from the skins of tree frogs. As the characters become less inhibited, the play becomes "a kind of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf on drugs," says Observer critic Sally Mitani, in her review of the debut run. Cast: Kate Thomsen, David Bendena, Aphrodite Nikolovski, and Alex Leydenfrost.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $30 (Wed.), $27 (Thurs.), $41 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $46 (Sat. eve.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. $5-$10 discounts available for the first week of previews. 433-7673. [map]


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Saturday


March 2017
 11 a.m. 

"Jack and the Beanstalk": Wild Swan Theater.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Mar. 22-25. This award-winning local children's theater presents local playwright Jeff Duncan's humorous adaptation of the classic story featuring clever Jack, his magic beans, and a silly giant, in a production geared toward kids ages 3-9. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available by prearrangement for blind audience members. Note: The 10 a.m. performances on Mar. 23 & 24 are sold out.
10 a.m. (Mar. 22-24), 12:30 p.m. (Mar. 24), & 11 a.m. (Mar. 25), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (children & seniors, $10; $3 lap passes for kids ages 2 & under) in advance at wildswantheater.org and by phone, and at the door. 995-0530. [map]


 12:55 p.m. 

"Idomeneo": Fathom Events.

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Live broadcast (Mar. 25) and rebroadcast (Mar. 29) of a Metropolitan Opera production of Mozart's opera based on an ancient Greek story about a king, lost at sea, who returns home by the grace of Neptune and restores order to his kingdom by allowing his son to marry the daughter of his enemy. Italian, supertitles.
12:55 p.m. (Mar. 25) & 6:30 p.m. (Mar. 29), Quality 16 (3686 Jackson Rd.) & Rave (4100 Carpenter). Tickets $18 in advance at fathomevents.com/events/idomeneo. 623-7469 (Quality 16) & 973-8424 (Rave).


 1 p.m. 

"Hello Dolly!": Tappan Players.

  community member   < less

The Tappan Players are proud to present Hello Dolly!, the much-loved classic musical. With a cast and crew of over 110 Tappan Middle School students, this musical is set in 1890's New York City and tells the tale of an outspoken, widowed, matchmaker who decides she is the perfect match for her current client, a half-a-millionaire! Tickets are available at showtix4u.com and at the door.
Tappan Middle School, 2251 E. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48104. $12 adult, $10 students. tapproducers2017@gmail.com [map]



 1 & 7 p.m. 

"As You Like It": Ypsilanti Youth Theatre.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Mar. 24-26. Rob Papineau directs young area actors in Shakespeare's pastoral comedy centered on a noblewoman who must disguise herself as a man in order to win the world's respect.
7 p.m. (Mar. 24 & 25) & 1 p.m. (Mar. 25 & 26), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $10 (students & seniors, $5). ypsiyouththeatre@gmail.com. [map]


 3 & 8 p.m. 

"Vino Veritas": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every. Wed.-Sun., Mar. 23-May 27. Rhiannon Ragland directs a revival of Livonia playwright David MacGregor's edgy 2008 comedy about 2 dull suburban couples spending Halloween with a bottle of ceremonial South American wine made from the skins of tree frogs. As the characters become less inhibited, the play becomes "a kind of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf on drugs," says Observer critic Sally Mitani, in her review of the debut run. Cast: Kate Thomsen, David Bendena, Aphrodite Nikolovski, and Alex Leydenfrost.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $30 (Wed.), $27 (Thurs.), $41 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $46 (Sat. eve.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. $5-$10 discounts available for the first week of previews. 433-7673. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"The Pirate Show": Chelsea Area Players Youth Theater.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Young local actors perform Mark Landon Smith's swashbuckling tale of two orphans who flee a cruel caretaker and end up on a ship of pirates pursuing treasure.
7 p.m. (Mar. 24 & 25) & 3 p.m. (Mar. 26), George Prinzing Auditorium, 500 Washington, Chelsea. Tickets $10 in advance at Hometown Pharmacy and at the door. info@chelseaareaplayers.org. [map]


 7 p.m. 

Playtime: Pure Existence Dance Company.

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Our Playtime series is an opportunity for movers to get together and JAM! This two hour open improvisation jam is hosted by various studios in the Metro Detroit area. Join us for our monthly jam session and check back here for our studio sponsor, location of the month. Come play!
All sessions are donation-based, so pay what you can. All proceeds go to help support Pure Existence and our programs.
Studio A Performing Arts Center, 2217 Cole Street. Donation. jodie@pureexistencedance.com http://www.pureexistencedance.com/playtime.html [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Disney's The Lion King Jr.": Saline Community Education's Junior Theater.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Mar. 24-26. Rebecca Groeb directs young local actors in a junior version of this musical based on the 1994 film about a lion cub's coming-of-age in the African savannah. The score's many popular songs include "I Just Can't Wait to Be King," "Hakuna Matata," and "Can You Feel the Love Tonight."
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Liberty School Auditorium, 7265 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Tickets $5 at the door only. 401-4214. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Game On!": Thurston Community Players.

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Mar. 23-25. Thurston Elementary School students, parents, and friends present the school's 43rd annual original musical. This year's show is about video game characters that come to life when a project created by a group of computer programming grad students develops a mysterious bug. Video game enthusiasts must team up with their favorite characters to fight a huge boss battle and get everything back to normal.
7:30 p.m. (Mar. 23 & 24) & 7 p.m. (Mar. 25), Clague Middle School auditorium, 2616 Nixon. Tickets $10 (students, $5) in advance at showtix4u.com & at the door. thurstonplayers@gmail.com. [map]



 7 & 8 p.m. 

"Here's to You, Here's to Me": Kickshaw Theatre.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Mar. 16-Apr. 2. Lynn Lammers directs this professional local theater company in its original 30-minute show that incorporates stories, songs, and dance to celebrate the ritual of toasting.
7 & 8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 5 & 6 p.m. (Sun.), Club Above the Heidelberg (Thurs.-Sat.), 215 N. Main, & Arbor Brewing Company (Sun., except Apr. 2 at Sabor Latino, 211 N. Main), 114 E. Washington. Tickets $10 (attendees also required to purchase one beverage) in advance at kickshaw.brownpapertickets.com and (if available) at the door. 203-0556. [map]


 7-10 p.m.  Free! 

"Wall-to-Wall Theatre": U-M Theatre Department.

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Mar. 25 & 26. U-M theatre students present 25-minute versions of a wide range of plays, from musicals to documentary theatre and from original student works to classics by the likes of Shakespeare, Lorca, and Mamet. The plays are performed simultaneously, 6 times each in a continuous 3-hour loop, at sites throughout the Walgreen Drama Center.
7-10 p.m., Walgreen Drama Center, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. 764-5350. [map]


 7:30 p.m. (sold out) 

"Fiddler on the Roof": Community High School Ensemble Theater.

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Mar. 16-19 & 23-25. All shows are sold out except a "brush-up rehearsal" at 6:30 p.m. on Mar 22. Quinn Strassel directs Community High students in Jerry Stein, Jerry Bock, and Sheldon Harnick's beloved, heartwarming, and poignant musical based on stories by celebrated Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem about life in a small Russian Jewish community around 1900. When a poor but pious dairyman searches for husbands for his daughters, they reject his traditions. The show's many familiar songs include "If I Were a Rich Man," "Sunrise, Sunset," and "To Life." Stars Clarence Collins, Lily Rosenberg, Isabel Ratner, Ellen Reed, Emily Fishman, Dana Steiner, Avani Carter, with Ruby Lowenstein, Jack Cassell, Andrew Reynolds, Aris Chalin, Enrique Ayala, Jeff Burris, Jonah Eichner, Carter Schmidt, Basil Rutkowski, Vincent Barlow, Ella Volk, Fiona Lynch, Benn Chambers, Alexis Atkins, Callum Mein, Lucas Atkinson, and Lily Gechter.
6:30 p.m. (Wed.), 7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 1 p.m. (Sat), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Community High School Craft Theater, 401 N. Division. (Parking available in the lot behind the school, N. Fifth Ave. at Detroit St.) Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $8) in advance at showtix4u.com and at the door. 994-2025. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"The Diviners": Skyline High School.

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Mar. 24-26. Anne-Marie Roberts directs Skyline students in James Leonard Jr.'s moving drama about the mythical small farming town of Zion, Indiana, and how its residents cope with the hardships of the Great Depression. The story focuses on a young boy with an uncanny ability to find water (desperately needed for the crops) whose fear of drowning makes him reluctant to use his gift. Cast: Sonja Mittlestat, Laila Krugman, Isaac Mangold, Celeste Forester, Jessica Gibbs, Amanda Wilhoit, Claire deVries, Beatrix Dergis, Lisette Gol, Cecilia Pilon, Isabella Preissie, Kareem Shunnar, Alexander Siple, Sidney Yallop, Steven O'Brien, Shaina Tracy, Luke Wertenberger, Sage Scott, Lara Danan, Olivia Miner, Jacob Lieberman, Trevor Miner, Madeline Curtis, Abigail Judge, Theodore Billups, Jianmarco Barbeau, Luke Renken.
7:30 p.m., Skyline High School auditorium, 2552 N. Maple. Tickets $10 (students & seniors, $8) in advance at showtix4u.com & at the door. 994-6515. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Urinetown": Greenhills School.

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Mar. 23-25. Emily Wilson-Tobin directs upper school students in Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis's Tony-winning musical comedy about a city in the midst of a drought so devastating that a malevolent corporation has been able to take control of all the toilet facilities. Romance and chaos intertwine in this sharp satire that takes aim not only at environmental degradation, the sophistries of the legal system, and corporate piracy but at the form of the Broadway musical. Newsday critic Linda Winer calls it "elevated silliness of the highest order that makes a gratifying case for the restorative return to knowing foolishness and the smartly absurd."
7:30 p.m., Greenhills School Campbell Center for the Performing Arts, 850 Greenhills Dr. $15 (students & seniors, $10). 205-4098. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"A Midsummer Night's Dream": U-M Opera Theatre Department.

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Mar. 23-26. U-M theatre professor Robert Swedberg directs U-M opera students in Benjamin Britten's adaptation of Shakespeare's popular comic romance about the misadventures of a group of mortals who wander unwittingly into the midst of a power struggle between the king and the queen of fairies. Britten's music imbues Shakespeare's words with richly expressive timbres and textures, and his imaginative pruning of the action is full of delightful surprises, including a play-within-a-play presented as a parody of grand opera, complete with a mad scene for flute. Kathleen Kelly directs the University Philharmonia.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Mendelssohn Theater. Tickets $22 & $28 (students, $10) at the Michigan League in advance and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]



 8 p.m. 

"Clutter": Theatre Nova.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Mar. 24-Apr. 16. Diane Hill directs local playwright Brian Cox's brand-new play, a theatrical tragicomedy about sex and marriage. As a middle-ageman sits at a desk, sifting through the relics of his failed marriage and attempting to piece together some understanding of where things went wrong, he recalls, relives, and reinterprets his life with the assistance of 2 actors who play younger versions of himself and his wife. Cast: Phil Powers, Tory Matsos, Artun Kircali.
8 p.m. (Thurs.- Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) are $20 or pay what you can, in advance at theatrenova.org and at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Sister Act": U-M MUSKET.

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Mar. 24-26. Chris Campbell directs U-M students in Bill and Cheri Steinkellner, Glenn Slater, and Alan Menken's musical based on the 1992 comedy about a Reno lounge singer who's put under protective custody in a convent. The score draws on Motown, soul, funk, and disco.
8 p.m. (Mar. 24 & 25) & 2 p.m. (Mar. 26), Power Center. Tickets $13 (students, $7) in advance at ummusket.org/buy-tickets, at the Michigan League, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Tonight Only, and Again Tomorrow": U-M Dance Department MFA Thesis Concert.

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A concert of new works choreographed by U-M dance MFA candidates Sadie Lehmker and Molly Paberz.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.), North Campus Research Complex, Bldg. 18 Dining Hall, 2800 Plymouth. 763-5460. [map]


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Sunday


March 2017
 1 p.m. 

"Hello Dolly!": Tappan Players.

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The Tappan Players are proud to present Hello Dolly!, the much-loved classic musical. With a cast and crew of over 110 Tappan Middle School students, this musical is set in 1890's New York City and tells the tale of an outspoken, widowed, matchmaker who decides she is the perfect match for her current client, a half-a-millionaire! Tickets are available at showtix4u.com and at the door.
Tappan Middle School, 2251 E. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48104. $12 adult, $10 students. tapproducers2017@gmail.com [map]



 1 p.m. 

"As You Like It": Ypsilanti Youth Theatre.

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Mar. 24-26. Rob Papineau directs young area actors in Shakespeare's pastoral comedy centered on a noblewoman who must disguise herself as a man in order to win the world's respect.
7 p.m. (Mar. 24 & 25) & 1 p.m. (Mar. 25 & 26), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $10 (students & seniors, $5). ypsiyouththeatre@gmail.com. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"A Midsummer Night's Dream": U-M Opera Theatre Department.

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Mar. 23-26. U-M theatre professor Robert Swedberg directs U-M opera students in Benjamin Britten's adaptation of Shakespeare's popular comic romance about the misadventures of a group of mortals who wander unwittingly into the midst of a power struggle between the king and the queen of fairies. Britten's music imbues Shakespeare's words with richly expressive timbres and textures, and his imaginative pruning of the action is full of delightful surprises, including a play-within-a-play presented as a parody of grand opera, complete with a mad scene for flute. Kathleen Kelly directs the University Philharmonia.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Mendelssohn Theater. Tickets $22 & $28 (students, $10) at the Michigan League in advance and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]



 2 p.m. 

"Clutter": Theatre Nova.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Mar. 24-Apr. 16. Diane Hill directs local playwright Brian Cox's brand-new play, a theatrical tragicomedy about sex and marriage. As a middle-ageman sits at a desk, sifting through the relics of his failed marriage and attempting to piece together some understanding of where things went wrong, he recalls, relives, and reinterprets his life with the assistance of 2 actors who play younger versions of himself and his wife. Cast: Phil Powers, Tory Matsos, Artun Kircali.
8 p.m. (Thurs.- Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) are $20 or pay what you can, in advance at theatrenova.org and at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"Disney's The Lion King Jr.": Saline Community Education's Junior Theater.

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Mar. 24-26. Rebecca Groeb directs young local actors in a junior version of this musical based on the 1994 film about a lion cub's coming-of-age in the African savannah. The score's many popular songs include "I Just Can't Wait to Be King," "Hakuna Matata," and "Can You Feel the Love Tonight."
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Liberty School Auditorium, 7265 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Tickets $5 at the door only. 401-4214. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"Sister Act": U-M MUSKET.

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Mar. 24-26. Chris Campbell directs U-M students in Bill and Cheri Steinkellner, Glenn Slater, and Alan Menken's musical based on the 1992 comedy about a Reno lounge singer who's put under protective custody in a convent. The score draws on Motown, soul, funk, and disco.
8 p.m. (Mar. 24 & 25) & 2 p.m. (Mar. 26), Power Center. Tickets $13 (students, $7) in advance at ummusket.org/buy-tickets, at the Michigan League, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"Vino Veritas": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every. Wed.-Sun., Mar. 23-May 27. Rhiannon Ragland directs a revival of Livonia playwright David MacGregor's edgy 2008 comedy about 2 dull suburban couples spending Halloween with a bottle of ceremonial South American wine made from the skins of tree frogs. As the characters become less inhibited, the play becomes "a kind of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf on drugs," says Observer critic Sally Mitani, in her review of the debut run. Cast: Kate Thomsen, David Bendena, Aphrodite Nikolovski, and Alex Leydenfrost.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $30 (Wed.), $27 (Thurs.), $41 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $46 (Sat. eve.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. $5-$10 discounts available for the first week of previews. 433-7673. [map]


 2:30 p.m. 

"The Diviners": Skyline High School.

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Mar. 24-26. Anne-Marie Roberts directs Skyline students in James Leonard Jr.'s moving drama about the mythical small farming town of Zion, Indiana, and how its residents cope with the hardships of the Great Depression. The story focuses on a young boy with an uncanny ability to find water (desperately needed for the crops) whose fear of drowning makes him reluctant to use his gift. Cast: Sonja Mittlestat, Laila Krugman, Isaac Mangold, Celeste Forester, Jessica Gibbs, Amanda Wilhoit, Claire deVries, Beatrix Dergis, Lisette Gol, Cecilia Pilon, Isabella Preissie, Kareem Shunnar, Alexander Siple, Sidney Yallop, Steven O'Brien, Shaina Tracy, Luke Wertenberger, Sage Scott, Lara Danan, Olivia Miner, Jacob Lieberman, Trevor Miner, Madeline Curtis, Abigail Judge, Theodore Billups, Jianmarco Barbeau, Luke Renken.
7:30 p.m., Skyline High School auditorium, 2552 N. Maple. Tickets $10 (students & seniors, $8) in advance at showtix4u.com & at the door. 994-6515. [map]


 3 p.m. 

"The Pirate Show": Chelsea Area Players Youth Theater.

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Young local actors perform Mark Landon Smith's swashbuckling tale of two orphans who flee a cruel caretaker and end up on a ship of pirates pursuing treasure.
7 p.m. (Mar. 24 & 25) & 3 p.m. (Mar. 26), George Prinzing Auditorium, 500 Washington, Chelsea. Tickets $10 in advance at Hometown Pharmacy and at the door. info@chelseaareaplayers.org. [map]


 4-6 p.m. 

"The Know Gun Show": Pass the Hat Promotions.

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Area actors Cydney Heed, David Widmeyer, Jean Leverich, and John Drauss perform works by area playwrights Brian Cox, Marc Holland, k.b., and Jack Tiernan that address gun violence. Followed by an open mike for storytellers and other spoken-word artists, who are invited to tell how guns have impacted their lives for better or worse. Also, a discussion of guns. Proceeds benefit the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.
4-6 p.m., Ann Arbor Civic Theatre, 322 W. Ann. Donation. passthehatpromo@gmail.com, 223-7157. [map]


 5 & 6 p.m. 

"Here's to You, Here's to Me": Kickshaw Theatre.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Mar. 16-Apr. 2. Lynn Lammers directs this professional local theater company in its original 30-minute show that incorporates stories, songs, and dance to celebrate the ritual of toasting.
7 & 8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 5 & 6 p.m. (Sun.), Club Above the Heidelberg (Thurs.-Sat.), 215 N. Main, & Arbor Brewing Company (Sun., except Apr. 2 at Sabor Latino, 211 N. Main), 114 E. Washington. Tickets $10 (attendees also required to purchase one beverage) in advance at kickshaw.brownpapertickets.com and (if available) at the door. 203-0556. [map]


 7-10 p.m.  Free! 

"Wall-to-Wall Theatre": U-M Theatre Department.

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Mar. 25 & 26. U-M theatre students present 25-minute versions of a wide range of plays, from musicals to documentary theatre and from original student works to classics by the likes of Shakespeare, Lorca, and Mamet. The plays are performed simultaneously, 6 times each in a continuous 3-hour loop, at sites throughout the Walgreen Drama Center.
7-10 p.m., Walgreen Drama Center, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. 764-5350. [map]





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