Encore Michigan

Cuckoo’s Nest at Monster Box immerses audience in the story

Review January 19, 2020
WATERFORD, Mich.— Monster Box Theatre returns to catalog of American classics to resurrect Dale Wasserman’s brilliant adaptation of Ken Kesey’s novel, One Flew Over the... Continue Reading

‘The Puppeteer’ at Detroit Rep reminds us the more things change the more they stay the same

Review January 12, 2020
DETROIT—There is a long standing metaphor of God being a puppeteer. In the case of The Puppeteer, a new-ish play written by playwright Desiree York... Continue Reading

‘Blithe Spirit’ thrills at The Meadow Brook

Review January 10, 2020
ROCHESTER, Mich.— Meadow Brook Theatre has a reputation for sumptuous production values and this ‘40s-era Nöel Coward comedy, Blithe Spirit, plays to their strong suit.... Continue Reading

Slipstream rekindles ‘A Doll’s House: Part 2’

Review January 09, 2020
FERNDALE, Mich.–When Henrik Ibsen wrote A Doll’s House in the 1870s, he left things wide open for the audience to wonder would have become of... Continue Reading

Kickshaw rings in holiday with Santaland Diaries

Review December 14, 2019
By Angela Colombo YPSILANTI, Mich.–Picking up work to make a few extra bucks during the holidays is not uncommon. However working as an elf in... Continue Reading

Flint Rep goes deep ‘Into The Woods’

Review December 10, 2019
FLINT, Mich.–For its first musical of the season, Flint Repertory Theatre is returning to the first mastermind they performed last season, Stephen Sondheim, the guru... Continue Reading

‘Kool Kat: Hip-Hop Panto’ at Theatre Nova rocks the holiday

Review December 09, 2019
ANN ARBOR – Theatre Nova dishes up a super soulful Santa decked out in red velvet with zebra stripe trim to introduce its latest original... Continue Reading

‘Dancing’ from Vinogradov premieres at Planet Ant

Review December 09, 2019
HAMTRAMCK, Mich.–Dancing. All relationships are a dance, aren’t they? Adjusting grips. Touching. Standing apart. Slowing down. Speeding up. Taking a break, while one partner remains... Continue Reading

‘Aladdin’ is a spectacle at Wharton Center

Review December 09, 2019
LANSING, Mich.–The touring production of Aladdin has the type of spectacle that could make Phantom of the Opera blush. There are fireworks, flying carpets, flashing... Continue Reading

Wayne State’s ‘Scrooge’ and ghosts inhabit haunted Bonstelle one last time

Review December 08, 2019
DETROIT— The Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance at Wayne State University summons Dickens’ classic Christmas ghosts to the historic Bonstelle Theatre for a... Continue Reading