Encore Michigan

‘School of Rock’ rocks The Wharton Center

Review September 20, 2018
LANSING, Mich.–“Some people aren’t born to be rock stars." That's what Lexie Dorsett Sharp’s character Ms. Rosalie Mullins admits to Dewey Finn, played by Rob... Continue Reading

Kickshaw’s powerful ‘Milvotchee, Visconsin’ tours all the emotions

Review September 16, 2018
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Milvotchkee, Visconsin is a remarkable play by Laura Jacqmin now enjoying an extraordinary production by Kickshaw Theatre. Directed by Artistic Director... Continue Reading

‘The Miss Firecracker Contest’ wins with laughs and drama

Review September 16, 2018
NORTHVILLE, Mich.–You can look at Beth Henley's The Miss Firecracker Contest now onstage in a marvelous production at Tipping Point Theatre, from a few angles.... Continue Reading

“We don’t grow children like that here:” The Ringwald’s ‘Laramie Project’ examines tragic death of Matthew Shepard

Review September 15, 2018
FERNDALE, MI–The Ringwald Theatre’s 2018-19 season opener The Laramie Project is not a production that needs to be reviewed. It is a production that needs... Continue Reading

Slipstream’s song-filled Showbiz satire hits its mark

Review September 15, 2018
FERNDALE, Mich.–So, EncoreMichigan readers, what is not to love about a show that ruthlessly skewers everything in show business–including reviewers. (Says one character of another:... Continue Reading

Ixion steps over the line with its opening show

Review September 14, 2018
LANSING, Mich.–No parent of a teenager or young adult is unfamiliar with the concept of their child being possessed by a demon. It doesn’t even... Continue Reading

Ada and the Engine explores first computer language in the age of Byron

Review September 08, 2018
TRENTON, Mich. — Open Book Theatre Company has a fascination for the plays of Lauren Gunderson; Artistic Director Krista Schafer Ewbank won a Wilde Award... Continue Reading

‘Totalitarians’ at Theatre Nova brings humor to a tragic Trump

Review September 08, 2018
ANN ARBOR—An utterly unqualified aspiring political candidate for state office pairs up with an ambitious campaign manager desperate to launch the rising star that will... Continue Reading

Arbor Opera Theatre goes weird and wooly out of the gate

Review September 08, 2018
YPSILANTI, Mich.–If Max Bialystock in The Producers had had the libretto for Moondrunk Madness on his pile of would-be flops he was trying to produce,... Continue Reading

‘Baskerville’ at Riverbank brings the funny for Sherlock Holmes

Review September 08, 2018
MARINE CITY, Mich.–As summer gives way to autumn, as the air turns crisp and we unearth our cozy sweaters, there is something else in the... Continue Reading

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