Encore Michigan

The past impedes the present in ‘Becky Shaw’

Review June 29, 2013
Playwright Gina Gionfriddo has a lot to say in "Becky Shaw," but much of it has been said before. People are complicated? Check. Relationships are... Continue Reading

Can’t help falling in love with this gem of a musical

Review June 24, 2013
Take a quart of Elvis, two pints of Shakespeare, one guitar, a rack of blue suede shoes, and a dozen high-stepping dancers, shake them all... Continue Reading

Mason Street Warehouse finds its muse in ‘Xanadu’

Review June 24, 2013
Musicals can delight us in many different ways. They can inspire, they can tickle the imagination, they can bring us to tears, they can make... Continue Reading

‘Measure’ encounters problems with challenging production

Review June 21, 2013
Pigeon Creek Shakespeare continues to deserve commendation for having the courage to tackle the Bard's more difficult plays. "Measure for Measure" is considered a problem... Continue Reading

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