Encore Michigan

Planet Ant’s ‘Who Run The World’ improvs the future, and it’s run by girls

Review March 18, 2018
HAMTRAMCK, Mich.–We live in fraught, absurdist political times. Kurt Vonnegut couldn’t even have anticipated how off-the-charts bonkers our reality show polarization has become. So, there... Continue Reading

‘Something Rotten’ at Wharton is punny and funderful

Review March 14, 2018
LANSING, Mich.–What if the first musical was staged during the Renaissance period? During the era when the arts were expanding, blooming, and stage productions were... Continue Reading

It may be ‘Only A Play,’ but it’s a hoot at Farmers Alley

Review March 12, 2018
KALAMAZOO,Mich.–Is there anything quite like the giddy excitement of opening night? For those who have tread the boards or been a part of the artistic,... Continue Reading

Wayne State presents ‘Stupid F*cking Bird’ by Aaron Posner

Review March 11, 2018
DETROIT, Mich.–The theater should be restless. That’s the takeaway from Aaron Posner’s Stupid F*cking Bird now being presented by the theatre company at Wayne State... Continue Reading

Broadway in Detroit Brings ‘Les Miz’ to MoTown

Review March 08, 2018
Les Miserables has become, as Ed Sullivan used to say, “a really big shoe (sic).” The current production at The Fisher Theatre, as part of... Continue Reading

’27’ evokes the genius of Gertrude Stein and showcases the MOT studio artists

Review March 03, 2018
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Two women lived at 27 rue de Fleurus, Paris, in a time that spanned two World Wars. In the Saturday evening... Continue Reading

Monster Box does Chicago hit ‘E/R’

Review March 03, 2018
WATERFORD TWP., Mich.–E/R, a play conceived by a doctor who had help writing the script from some professional playwrights, is a slice of life in... Continue Reading

Open Book’s ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’ does Chekhov proud in a modern world

Review March 01, 2018
TRENTON, Mich.–Playwright Christopher Durang has done a great service to Russian writer Anton Chekhov with his play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, now... Continue Reading

Slipstream takes Tartuffe to old Detroit

Review February 24, 2018
FERNDALE, Mich. – Slipstream Theatre Initiative has a well-earned reputation for reimagining classic plays in ways that make them more accessible to younger audiences. STI’s... Continue Reading

Opera Modo’s French operas are oh so delicious

Review February 23, 2018
DETROIT, Mich.–It’s not every day you go to the opera and see one of the actors has a long balloon sticking out of his pants,... Continue Reading