Encore Michigan

Scaled-down ‘Les Mis’ a different kind of battle

Review July 13, 2013
By Carolyn Hayes Think "Les Miserables," and a word that springs immediately to mind is "enormity." Created by Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schonberg, and numerous collaborators,... Continue Reading

Read all about it! Travesty in Ferndale!

Review July 13, 2013
  The tabloid journalist lurking inside me will do anything to divert your attention from the glorious mid-summer weather, and he's not above using somewhat-misleading... Continue Reading

Just fiddlin’ around in Coldwater

Review July 12, 2013
In musical theater, as in much of life, they just don't make 'em like they used to. Mounting the average Broadway musical runs about $9.4... Continue Reading

Hope women roar with invincible voices

Review July 04, 2013
What is a woman? And how do you capture her in song? That may be a task of Sisyphean proportions, but Hope Summer Repertory Theater... Continue Reading

Comic meditation on gawky first love

Review June 29, 2013
By Carolyn Hayes The central character of playwright Don Zolidis' newest work would have you believe, "This is not a love story." But from the... Continue Reading

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

Fresh ‘Tuna’ delectable summer fare

Review June 28, 2013
This critic hates to drive – which is odd, considering I racked up 2000 miles on the old odometer doing this gig around Metro Detroit... 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