Encore Michigan

It’s a battle of wits in Tipping Point’s ‘Northern Aggression’

Review May 21, 2018
NORTHVILLE, Mich. – Depending on your loyalties and temporal perspective, the military conflict that took place in the USA between 1861 and 1865 might be... Continue Reading

Recipes for a birthday cake and for life at Detroit Public Theatre

Review May 14, 2018
DETROIT, Mich.–Even more than major holidays or anniversaries, a birthday is the most personal of mile markers as we journey through life. We don't remember... Continue Reading

Open Book keeps ‘Time Stands Still’ very sharp

Review May 13, 2018
TRENTON, Mich.–In Time Stands Still, by Donald Margulies, we have what I consider to be an old fashioned play, but one that is thoroughly rooted... Continue Reading

‘The Summer King’ depicts tragedy of baseball great Josh Gibson

Review May 13, 2018
DETROIT,Mich.–Baseball and opera. It doesn't happen, except for a staged flash mob in Comerica Park a few years ago to promote the Michigan Opera season.... Continue Reading

The Ringwald is in good ‘Company’

Review May 12, 2018
FERNDALE, Mich.–Happy Birthday, Ringwald Theatre. This week marks 11 years since the Ferndale theatre began offering its eclectic mixture of productions, which this year has... Continue Reading

‘The King and I’ hits The Fox Theatre in Detroit

Review May 10, 2018
DETROIT, Mich.–Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I is a puzzlement. For the modern viewer at least. The classic show has one of the most... Continue Reading

Mind The Gap’s ‘Happy Birthday Dear Alice’ explores Mother and “adult” children journey

Review May 09, 2018
ANN ARBOR, Mich.–Hardly anyone wants to end up in a nursing home. To be fair, there are “senior living options,” and there are “nursing homes.”... Continue Reading

A trim ‘Angels in America; at What A Do

Review May 08, 2018
SPRINGFIELD, Mich.–For young people today, it’s easy to forget what it was like to be gay in the 1980s (or even earlier). AIDS was a... Continue Reading

Slipstream’s ‘Othello’ bends genders and sexuality

Review May 08, 2018
FERNDALE, Mich.–One of the benefits of adapting Shakespeare’s plays and changing genders of the characters as they lie, connive, dissemble, plot and generally act badly... Continue Reading

‘Titanic’ sets sail at The Riverbank

Review May 07, 2018
MARINE CITY, Mich.–As theatre genres go, musicals are more often associated with comedy or farce than with tragedy. But when a tragedy is written as... Continue Reading