Encore Michigan

Planet Ant Goes “Dark” for ‘Christmas Impossible’

Review November 26, 2017
HAMTRAMCK, Mich. — Planet Ant’s holiday spoof Christmas Impossible is at its core funny and entertaining. But toward the end, there’s also an important and... Continue Reading

‘Office Hours’ at Tipping Point giggles with absurd days at the office

Review November 26, 2017
NORTHVILLE, Mich.–In the program notes for Tipping Point’s Office Hours, one of the actors mentions being proud to help “you escape into genuine laughter” during these... Continue Reading

‘Who Will Sing for Lena’ may as well be ripped from the headlines

Review November 23, 2017
DETROIT — The Matrix Theatre Company could have have anticipated what would be playing out in the news headlines on a daily basis when it... Continue Reading

JET’s ‘American Buffalo’ set in Hamtramck is a must see

Review November 20, 2017
WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich.— The Jewish Ensemble Theatre has pulled out all the stops for its explosive production of David Mamet’s American Buffalo. JET Executive Director... Continue Reading

“Timeless” ‘American in Paris’ showing its age in today’s world

Review November 16, 2017
EAST LANSING, Mich.–An American in Paris is not a ballet. But neither is it not a ballet. Rather, it might be what a ballet would... Continue Reading

UDM shines ‘A Bright Room Called Day”

Review November 15, 2017
DETROIT — It’s hard to believe that Tony Kushner's critically acclaimed drama A Bright Room Called Day is more than 30 years old. Written as... Continue Reading

‘No Child’ teaches what’s right in public schools

Review November 12, 2017
DETROIT — It’s no big shock that inner-city public schools are lacking. But all hope is not lost, which is illustrated in the one-woman show,... Continue Reading

‘Life Sucks’ at The Ringwald. Or does it?

Review November 12, 2017
FERNDALE–This existential push-pull, not unlike our own self-obsessed ennui, is the driving force behind Aaron Posner’s adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s 19th Century Russian play Uncle... Continue Reading

MOT’s ‘Figaro’ “Not to be missed…”

Review November 12, 2017
DETROIT—Mozart’s lushly beautiful The Marriage of Figaro is now being staged by Michigan Opera Theatre, and this classic opera buffa is more fun than it has... Continue Reading

‘Swimming Upstream’ at The Detroit Rep looks at spawning of both salmon and people

Review November 12, 2017
DETROIT–New plays that deal with real things and real issues are a welcome treat at a time when prevailing power in government these days chooses... Continue Reading

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