Encore Michigan

Flint Rep breathes modern energy into ‘Cuckoo’s Nest’

Review March 20, 2020
FLINT, Mich.–Since taking over the Flint Youth Theatre and transforming it to the Flint Repertory Theatre, artistic director Michael Lluberes has been doing special things... Continue Reading

The latest ‘Fiddler’ lives up to…tradition!

Review March 13, 2020
DETROIT, MICH.–In a little Russian town called Anatevka, tradition is both esteemed and challenged. Embodied and brought to life as a brightly clad fellow, it’s... Continue Reading

‘Glamway ‘ at Planet Ant trolls the DeVos family

Review March 11, 2020
HAMTRAMCK, Mich.–The well-known pyramid scheme known as Amway is as ripe for lampoon as the Mormon Church (See The Book of Mormon). Enter a sketch-comedy... Continue Reading

Matilda at The Riverbank memorable in Marine City

Review March 08, 2020
MARINE CITY, Mich.–There are some characters you just can’t help falling in love with, even when they are a little bit naughty. Precocious, clever, resilient... Continue Reading

Kickshaw’s ‘Lungs’ – a must-see exploration of what makes us human

Review March 08, 2020
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Lungs, by English playwright and director Duncan Macmillan, begins as a discussion between a man and a woman whose relationship has... Continue Reading

‘Next To Normal’ at Monster Box heartfelt and luminous

Review March 07, 2020
WATERFORD, Michigan–Whenever I have seen Next To Normal, the “rock” musical about a family coping with a bi-polar wife and mother, I find myself looking... Continue Reading

Laugh, cry, and laugh again at Enter State Right’s ‘Steel Magnolias’

Review March 02, 2020
PORT HURON, Mich.–A story like Steel Magnolias remains popular with all sorts of viewers not because of plot twists, steamy romance, shocking elements or slapstick... Continue Reading

MOT’s ‘Gianni Schicchi’ and ‘Buoso’s Ghost’ a wonderful pairing

Review March 02, 2020
DETROIT – Most of us will recognize the iconic Puccini aria  “O mio babbino caro” from commercials, movies and even TV talent shows. But fewer... Continue Reading

‘My Fair Lady’ at Wharton is updated for modern sensibilities while holding on to Golden Age roots

Review March 01, 2020
LANSING, Mich.–There is a great divide in our country. People are polarized, each group is passionate about their positions, convinced they are right and often... Continue Reading

Opera Modo puts Poulenc’s tragic ‘Carmelites’ on stage in two church venues

Review February 24, 2020
DETROIT, Mich.–Many operas move patrons to tears. Few can be described as “gut wrenching.” One of them is Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites in production... Continue Reading

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