Encore Michigan

‘Big’ is Big Fun at The Barn

Review July 18, 2019
AUGUSTA, Mich.–Making musicals out of movies, especially movies from bygone decades, is a popular genre that plays well not only to those who remember the... Continue Reading

John Lepard triumphs as ‘King Lear’ along with rest of the MSF players

Review July 16, 2019
JACKSON, Mich.–One thing about being a King. You know the fall is going to come. It’s going to happen sooner, if not later. A few... Continue Reading

MSF actually improves upon Shakespeare’s ‘Two Gentlemen of Verona’

Review July 16, 2019
JACKSON, Mich.–Had Shakespeare had more time after his Stratford retirement to edit his works before he died, they might have come out looking the way... Continue Reading

Riverbank’s ‘Grease’ timeless and tuneful

Review July 16, 2019
MARINE CITY, Mich.–The gals are wearing circle skirts and scarves, the guys are strutting about in leather jackets and slicked hair, and the tunes are... Continue Reading

Pigeon Creek does boisterous ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Review July 15, 2019
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.–Despite—or perhaps because of—its popularity, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is not an easy play to produce. Everyone knows it. It’s mandatory reading in... Continue Reading

Roustabout’s ‘Big Daddy Shakespeare’ samples Big Bard classics

Guest Review July 14, 2019
By Brian Cox YPSILANTI, Mich.–Shakespeare in Southeast Michigan in recent years has become not unlike yogurt in the dairy aisle: There is all manner of... Continue Reading

Golden Girls meet Billy Shakespeare at Slipstream

Review July 13, 2019
FERNDALE, Mich.–“Thank you for bein’ a frieeeee-eeeeehnd” goes the familiar refrain from the theme song to the ever increasingly ubiquitous Golden Girls. If you had... Continue Reading

‘Hair’ grows excitement at P45 in Traverse City

Review July 13, 2019
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.–Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical. That title has always kind of grabbed me. There was something about "Tribal-Love Rock" that I was... Continue Reading

Penny Seats’ ‘La Mancha’ sparkles under the moonlight

Review July 13, 2019
ANN ARBOR, Mich.–The Man of LaMancha is a bonafide classic Broadway musical. But patrons can see it in the twilight and under the stars by... Continue Reading

Hope’s ‘West Side Story’ has power and pizazz

Review July 10, 2019
HOLLAND, Mich.–The production of West Side Story currently playing at Hope Summer Repertory Theatre here in is every bit as fresh, vibrant and tragic as... Continue Reading

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