The University of the Michigan hosts a wide range of performance art events.   The student theater, Basement Arts, hosts a student play every weekend throughout the school year.   Additionally, the RC players, also associated with the student theater group, offer throughout-the-year performances.   For music fans, the Campus Symphony Orchestra or Campus Philharmonic Orchestra may be a good option.   Dance aficionados can catch the annual student show at the Power Center of Performing Arts.  

The Wild Swan Theater, located at Washtenaw Community College, offers original twists on classic theater.   Off-Broadway shows can be seen at the Performance Network which is at the corner of Fourth and Washington.   The most popular community theater venue is the Ann Arbor Civic Theater on Ann Street.   For a more off-the-wall performance, check out Walk and Squawk, which offers such interesting performances as bilingual Zulu/English features.  

One of the most unique theater companies to be found is Chelsea’s Purple Rose Theater Company, a non-profit theater company devoted to producing plays about Midwestern life.   These plays offer visitors a sense of the cultural heritage of the heartland.   Chelsea is only fifteen short driving minutes from Ann Arbor and the Purple Rose Theater is worth seeing if you’re in the area.