Encore Michigan

Some show!

Review February 25, 2013
"Charlotte's Web," E.B. White's novel for children about friendship and the power of words, is being lovingly staged this weekend by Ann Arbor's Wild Swan... Continue Reading

In music, What a Do reveals the pain of mental illness

Review February 24, 2013
The victims of mental illness spread far beyond just the person with the diagnosis. The condition insinuates its tendrils around every person who loves the... Continue Reading

Sometimes you just grin and bare it

Review February 24, 2013
Hard core pornography! Now that I have your attention, consider what Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart wrote about the topic. "I shall not today attempt... Continue Reading

Happily never after

Review February 23, 2013
My mother's first response upon hearing that I was seeing a Russian comedy was, "There are Russian comedies?" Yakov Smirnoff would answer, "Many people are... Continue Reading

Lies beget laughs in Broadway Onstage farce

Review February 23, 2013
  One of my mother's favorite quotes was "Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive." And had the three... Continue Reading

‘State of Emergency’ in need of acute care

Review February 23, 2013
People can disagree on what elements are necessary for theater. Some might require a play to have a plot or characters or a theme. Others... Continue Reading

No pranks, just fun times at Go Comedy!

Review February 19, 2013
For 22 years, shock jocks Boner and the Neudge ruled the morning airwaves at Detroit's 96.6 The Beast. But music and tastes change, and the... Continue Reading

Meadow Brook rocks and shocks in polemical Michigan premiere

Review February 17, 2013
By Carolyn Hayes With a rollicking sound (music by Tom Kitt) and a plot centered on the foe and friend that is one woman's mental... Continue Reading

Divas of song and spirit

Review February 17, 2013
By Carolyn Hayes Plowshares Theatre Company begins 2013 by making good on its mission of "Celebrating the Black Woman" for the 2013 season. Arranged by... Continue Reading

‘The Lion King’ still rules

Review February 16, 2013
As the lights came up for "The Lion King”'s intermission at the Detroit Opera House, my nearly-five-year-old daughter looked at me and said, "They've got... Continue Reading