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In Memorium: Charlotte Leisinger

The Detroit theatre community lost one of its most stalwart members this month when Charlotte Leisinger, 72, died from cancer. A life-long Detroiter, Charlotte was a "true person of the theatre," according to Ray Schultz, one of her close friends and colleagues. "I first met Charlotte when I was a member of the Hilberry acting company. Not only was she supremely talented as an actor, director, and stage manager, she was also an enormous lover of theatre and actors..." Continue..


GoComedy! set to pop up in downtown Detroit

Go Comedy! will bring its award winning All Star Showdown to downtown Detroit April 18 and May 16 at The Elizabeth Theatre located above the Park Bar at 2040 Park Ave, Detroit, MI 48226. Tickets for these special Downtown Detroit pop up performances of The Go Comedy! All Star Showdown are $15 and are on sale now. "Since opening in Ferndale more than six years ago we have been building a tremendous audience with support from all areas in Metro Detroit," states Go Comedy! co-owner Pj Jacokes. Continue..


Michigan Shakespeare Festival's 2015 Season

The Michigan Shakespeare Festival inspires and entertains a diverse audience while further developing an appreciation for professional performances of Shakespeare's works and other classical plays. Michigan Shakespeare Festival's 2015 Season will perform at two locations; their season includes A Midsummer Night's Dream, Henry IV, and The Rivals. As the Official Shakespeare Festival of the State of Michigan, the Michigan Shakespeare Festival is dedicated to producing world-class classical plays. Continue..


Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions Tour Announces Fox Theatre stop on September 11; tickets on sale March 28

The Pokémon Company International and Princeton Entertainment announced today 30 new dates and locations for the official Pokémon live orchestral concert, Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions. After sold out performances in Washington, D.C. and Pittsburgh, PA and selling 5,000 tickets in Philadelphia, fans across the country will soon get the opportunity to see Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions... Continue..


Johnny Gill breaches contract, walks out on Music Hall's James Brown musical

After signing the contract, and receiving a significant deposit, R & B singer, Johnny Gill abruptly cancelled his contract and walked away from the lead role in I Feel Good Vol. 1, the Music Hall's premiere theatrical presentation of the life of legendary Soul Icon, James Brown for a higher paying concert in Chicago. The musical tribute was set to open on time, May 7th, 2015, until Mr. Gill found a more lucrative appearance. Continue..


Q&A with new EncoreMichigan owner and editor

David Kiley took ownership and editorial leadership of EncoreMichigan on March 13. He has big plans for the site, and we thought we would share some of those plans with our community and audience, and also let our readers find out more about his background and ideas. "I love theatre. And I have a background in journalism, web content, marketing and social media. The opportunity was presented to me, and it was too good to pass up. I am anxious and excited to make EncoreMichigan indispensable to theatergoers and the acting and producing community in Michigan..." Continue..



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Updated 3/17/15


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Other Voices - News & Previews (posted March 6, 2015)

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Detroit Rep features U. S. premiere of a sun-kissed play

By John Quinn

In any relationship, a delicate balance of personalities is important. In The Kiss of the Sun for Pardon, playwright Lans Traverse shows that however far the teeter may totter there remains a calm at the center. The Detroit Repertory Theatre here is producing the U.S. premiere of this new endearing dramatic comedy. Living isolated on his rural property near Cherokee, OK, T-Bone (Todd Hissong) is set in his ways. He has his orchids and coupon collection. What he doesn’t have is full mobility. Continue..


Wild Swan's "The Ugly Duckling" succeeds on all levels

by David Kiley

Children’s theater has to check a few boxes to be successful. The actors’ energy must be way up. The script must be simple and structured without much nuance. And the music must truly facilitate the story-telling. Wild Swan Theater’s current run of The Ugly Duckling succeeds on all levels. Continue..


Provocative new play keeps viewers guessing

by Carolyn Hayes Harmer

Playwright J.C. Lee’s recent drama, “Luce,” investigates how a single incident, or a sliver of information, can call into question everything parents thought they knew about their child. In the Michigan premiere production now at Meadow Brook Theatre, director Travis W. Walter hopes to send the viewer reeling into gray areas of cloudy intent and raw uncertainty. The story revolves around ace high-school senior Luce (Leroy S. Graham), a young black man adopted ten years prior from war-torn Congo by non-black parents (Sarab Kamoo and Ron Williams). Continue..


Bad day. Good Play

By John Quinn

Don’t let the fact that the motion picture, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” just hit theatres keep you away from exploring the one-act musical now playing at The University of Detroit Mercy as part if its Theatre for Young Audiences series. It is a very different experience, and a production lifted by exceptional designs of set and costume. Continue..


Mitch Albom’s Oscar “Winner” skewers at the Snug

By Jennifer Knightstep

If the business of Hollywood teaches us anything each spring when many of us hover around the TV set waiting to see if our own tastes match that of the Academy of Motion Pictures on Oscar night, it is that the culture of celebrity is as vacuous and saccharine as the worst cynics make it out to be. That is where Michigan native Mitch Albom comes in with his sharply funny tale about an Oscar-nominated actor who dies the night before the night of the red carpet. Continue..


Dreamtigers returns to PuppetART in Detroit

By David Kiley

Dreamtigers has returned to the PuppetART theater for a run of performances. And if you have kids or grandkids, and have not seen it before, you are missing out. At a time when parents are, or should be, always on the lookout for truly family-friendly theater experiences that can be hard to find, Dreamtigers is a charming, inventive display of shadow puppetry in a well-crafted story... Continue..


A beacon of misery shines bright

By Carolyn Hayes Harmer

A story of a family on the brink, painful memories of abandonment and deep wounds of the heart and psyche inflicted by one’s own family are universal pain inducers, which is why Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” not only gets constantly revived in the U.S., but has been translated into dozens of languages. Continue..



Frida – Michigan Opera Theatre (updated 3/8/15)

Buyer and Cellar – Theatre Nova (updated 3/12/15)



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This Week

A Doll's House, Michigan Actor's Studio, Ferndale, Mar 29, 30, Apr 1, 2
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, UDM Grounds Coffeehaus, Detroit, Mar 29
And the Winner Is..., The Snug Theatre, Marine City, Mar 29, Apr 2, 3, 4
Buyer & Cellar, The Yellow Barn, Ann Arbor, Mar 29
Dreamtigers, Detroit Puppet Theater, Detroit, Mar 29
God of Carnage, Thunder Bay Theatre, Alpena, Mar 29, Apr 2, 3, 4
Improv Mondays, Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck, Mar 30, Apr 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25, Jun 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Luce, Oakland University, Rochester, Mar 29, Apr 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Sirens, Williamston Theatre, Williamston, Mar 29, Apr 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26
Stones in His Pockets, Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor, Mar 29, Apr 2, 3, 4, 5
The Glass Menagerie, Abreact Performance Space, Detroit, Mar 29
The Kiss of the Sun For Pardon, Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit, Mar 29, Apr 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, May 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17
Yakety Yak -- A Fifties Tale, Cornwell's Dinner Theatre, Marshall, Mar 31, Apr 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, May 1, 2

Opening This Period

Jumpinjazz Kids - A Swinging Jungle Tale, Wharton Center's Pasant Theatre, East Lansing, Mar 29
Peter and the Starcatcher, Miller Auditorium, Kalamazoo, Mar 29
Venus in Fur, Flint Youth Theatre, Flint, Mar 29

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