Encore Michigan

Joe Z’s latest, ‘New Releases,’ at The Williamston

Review May 23, 2019
WILLIAMSTON, Mich.–Joseph Zettelmaier has a knack in his works of making you laugh all night—until he punches you in the gut and you cry. Except... Continue Reading

Ixion brings ideas of ‘Hope’ eight ways

Review May 23, 2019
LANSING, Mich.–When the Greeks looked for an explanation for the evils of the world, they gave us the story of Pandora, the first human woman... Continue Reading

Open Book does a blistering ‘Fool For Love’

Review May 19, 2019
TRENTON, Mich.–Watching Sam Shepard's Fool for Love at Open Book Theatre could be set to Pat Benatar's "Love is a Battlefield." Indeed, one can imagine... Continue Reading

‘Hamilton’ at Wharton Center well worth the wait

Review May 19, 2019
EAST LANSING, Mich.–Hamilton is the show every theater-lover wants to see. Mid-Michigan residents (and those willing to drive there) are getting that chance for the... Continue Reading

Ringwald audience falls ‘Head Over Heels’

Review May 16, 2019
FERNDALE—The Ringwald Theatre is undertaking what may be its most ambitious production in its 12-year history, and is doing it fabulously with Head Over Heels.... Continue Reading

Michigan Opera’s ‘Grapes of Wrath’ is powerful and wrenching

opera May 12, 2019
DETROIT, Mich.–Some novels that are 80+ years or so old and get taught in high school English classes can seem tired and even out of... Continue Reading

ESR Theatre’s ‘Sherwood’ is a steal

Review May 11, 2019
PORT HURON, Mich–The historical Robin Hood (if the moniker refers to a singular historical person at all) may or may not have been a serious... Continue Reading

‘Waitress’ at The Fisher is easy as pie

Review May 09, 2019
DETROIT, Mich.–On its surface, Waitress, the musical based on the independent film of the same name now playing at The Fisher Theatre, is a pretty... Continue Reading

Greece is the word at Planet Ant

Review May 09, 2019
HAMTRAMCK, Mich.–The comedy shows at Planet Ant Theatre here are renown for ranging between inventive and silly. Greece falls into the latter category. That’s not... Continue Reading

Riverbank’s ‘Nunsense’ is habit forming

Review May 06, 2019
MARINE CITY, Mich.–The Little Sisters of Hoboken are in a jam: a majority of their convent has perished from a terrible case of botulism, and... Continue Reading