Encore Michigan

From thriller to farce, with dizzying speed

Review April 13, 2013
Sometimes the best ideas sound more than a little ridiculous. For example, who would turn "The 39 Steps," a classic 1935 Alfred Hitchcock thriller picture,... Continue Reading

Memphis comes to Motown via Broadway

Review April 10, 2013
<HEADLINE > By Michael H. Margolin In Act II of "Memphis," Bryan Fenkart takes center stage. As Huey, the white disk jockey in Memphis in... Continue Reading

More ‘Fish,’ please

Review April 08, 2013
By Dana Casadei Sequels tend to fall in one of two categories: failures (pick any one of the "Bring it On" or "American Pie" films)... Continue Reading

Fond humor and formative charm, if you please

Review April 07, 2013
By Carolyn Hayes In terms of what it's about, playwright Jeffrey Hatcher's "Mrs. Mannerly" is an autobiographical retelling of the writer's childhood etiquette class and... Continue Reading

A Prophet-able evening at The Ringwald

Review April 06, 2013
Joseph Douaihy is a long-distance runner who never got very far. A regional champion in high school, he was preparing for the Olympic trials when... Continue Reading

Roll over, Diabelli; Beethoven has something to say

Review April 06, 2013
Thanks to the miracle that is the Internet, I'm listening to Ludwig van Beethoven's "33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli," Op. 120, while... Continue Reading

Not just ‘women’s territory’ at Two Muses

Review April 06, 2013
In the good ol' days of my youth, no one had their hair cut by a stylist at a unisex salon. Rather, men went to... Continue Reading

Bedlam and belly laughs at The Encore

Review March 31, 2013
By Carolyn Hayes From a mission-statement standpoint, The Encore Musical Theatre Company's leap from four seasons of wall-to-wall musicals to a "straight" stage play is... Continue Reading

Williamston’s ‘Valentine’ expresses a love of life

Review March 30, 2013
Is it a crime to live a little life if that is what everyone expects of you? At 46, Shirley Valentine is wondering whether there... Continue Reading

When love and marriage are no horse and carriage

Review March 24, 2013
William Somerset Maugham was no George Bernard Shaw, and "The Constant Wife" is no "Major Barbara." But both playwrights employed sparkling wit and compelling characters... Continue Reading