Encore Michigan

‘An Iliad’ casts a long shadow

Review October 05, 2013
By Michael H. Margolin "An Iliad," in a version by actor Denis O'Hare and Lisa Peterson, takes Homer's classic, tragic tale and transports its retelling... Continue Reading

‘Evil Dead’ is alive and kicking

Review October 03, 2013
By Dana Casadei Black garbage bags covered the first six rows of seats, there were "blood stains" on the curtain made of sheets, and yet... Continue Reading

JET blasts through intellectual night of comedy

Review September 29, 2013
Energy crackled through every moment of The Jewish Ensemble Theatre's three-hour production of "The Sisters Rosensweig" by Wendy Wasserstein. JET opened its 25th anniversary season... Continue Reading

A history lesson neatly packaged in a ‘Box’ (Theater, that is)

Review September 29, 2013
  The Tigers have clinched their division and a slot in post-season play. Other teams are stepping up the proverbial plate this fall; The Box... Continue Reading

Another fun night of theater at Tibbits

Review September 29, 2013
Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten know how to please an audience. They create plays that string together one-liners, put Southern women in funny,... Continue Reading

DeBruyne makes for good ‘Company’

Review September 28, 2013
By Carolyn Hayes Stephen Sondheim's musically and structurally ambitious "Company" (music and lyrics by Sondheim, book by George Furth) dominated the Tony Awards over four... Continue Reading

‘Spelling Bee’ is much more than the extra-long words

Review September 28, 2013
By Dana Casadei There's a Capital One Venture Card commercial where Alec Baldwin tells a classroom of students that spelling isn't a subject. "Spell check,... Continue Reading

20th anniversary revival still timely, full of laughs

Review September 28, 2013
By Michael H. Margolin Opening night. The Purple Rose Theatre. Chelsea, Michigan. Jeff Daniels' play, "The Vast Difference." Twentieth anniversary production. Essentially a comedy. Setting,... Continue Reading

War (huh, yeah), what is it good for? Absolutely nothin’ – except as a fine opening show at UDM Theatre Company

Review September 28, 2013
Call it serendipity, coincidence or just plain luck, some theater companies choose a production months in advance only to find its theme splashed across the... Continue Reading

Cross-cultural fairy tale battles the morass of war

Review September 25, 2013
By Carolyn Hayes Broadway in Detroit's 2013–14 season begins by overtaking the Fisher Theatre with the pop-opera extravaganza "Miss Saigon" (music by Claude-Michel Schonberg, lyrics... Continue Reading