Encore Michigan

Emotional therapy, of sorts, at the theater

Review June 08, 2013
A good night at the theater makes you think. A great night, it could be argued, makes you feel. In the case of "Next to... 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

Up, down, in and out: ‘Relationships’ in a nutshell

Review June 08, 2013
"I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" is the second-longest running off-Broadway musical, garnering enough audiences to play 5,000+ performances. With lyrics by Joe DiPietro... 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

To be or not to be – uh, what was the question?

Review June 02, 2013
Some artists have a gift of finding inspiration in the most mundane of coincidence. In the case of playwright-novelist-screenwriter Paul Rudnick, renting the Greenwich Village... 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

A family in crisis, a family divided

Review May 12, 2013
"Life is very long" – T. S. Eliot   "August: Osage County" is also very long and worth every minute. Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer... Continue Reading

What A Do performance soars in portrayal of cruelty

Review May 12, 2013
Few stories on stage have characters that are irredeemably evil. Most drama is about exploring why people do the things they do, building connections and... Continue Reading

‘Aida’ trumps an already-great season at MOT

Review May 12, 2013
By Michael H. Margolin "Julius Caesar" brought brilliant singing to MOT's first Baroque opera production; "Fidelio's" musicianship and the great Christine Goerke upped the ante.... Continue Reading

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