Encore Michigan

Step into Hope’s magical Hitchcock farce

Review June 15, 2013
In "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," the White Queen tells Alice she used to believe six impossible things before breakfast. It must have been a practice... Continue Reading

Allegiance, alfresco

Review June 15, 2013
By Carolyn Hayes A king's obligation to a fellow empire, a servant's commitment to his master, a spouse's fidelity – these variations on the notion... Continue Reading

Two Muses ups the ante with taboo issues, contemporary melodies

Review June 08, 2013
By Carolyn Hayes In terms of both subject matter and medium, the rock musical "Next to Normal" (music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by... Continue Reading

Cheers and tears and baseball years

Review June 08, 2013
By Michael H. Margolin After the new-fangled route into the Foxtown parking structure (under renovation) and settling down on the sprung spring in the City... Continue Reading

Still plenty of life in the old girls

Review June 02, 2013
By Michael H. Margolin In a career that lasted from 1965 ("Flora, the Red Menace") until 2010 ("The Scottsboro Boys"), John Kander and Fred Ebb... Continue Reading

Comedy hits the right notes (with a little help from Mama Cass)

Review May 25, 2013
Night after night a woman camps out in a hospital waiting room, easing her mind with coffee and television, stretching high to reach the volume... Continue Reading

What A Do performance soars in portrayal of cruelty

Review May 12, 2013
Few stories on stage have characters that are irredeemably evil. Most drama is about exploring why people do the things they do, building connections and... Continue Reading

‘Aida’ trumps an already-great season at MOT

Review May 12, 2013
By Michael H. Margolin "Julius Caesar" brought brilliant singing to MOT's first Baroque opera production; "Fidelio's" musicianship and the great Christine Goerke upped the ante.... Continue Reading

Mission impostor: Faker’s tale brings genuine enjoyment

Review May 08, 2013
The actors bring their A game, the writers bring their B game; if we were dispensing grades this would work out to a B+ for... Continue Reading

‘Captain Buffalo’ loses power to unnecessary complexity

Review May 05, 2013
Sometimes the closer you are to a story, the harder it is to tell. It is easy to take shortcuts and make those knowing winks... Continue Reading

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