Encore Michigan

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

Modern morality play challenges cast and audience alike

Review May 11, 2013
It is the nature of the job that theater critics work odd hours. At Encoremichigan, we also work an arbitrary "year," which ends today. I... Continue Reading

Mission impostor: Faker’s tale brings genuine enjoyment

Review May 08, 2013
The actors bring their A game, the writers bring their B game; if we were dispensing grades this would work out to a B+ for... Continue Reading

MLK in Memphis – a dialogue with destiny

Review May 05, 2013
Aristotle, great biologist but so-so drama critic, credits Greek tragedian Aeschylus with adding a second character to drama – making dialogues possible. In "The Mountaintop,"... Continue Reading

‘Captain Buffalo’ loses power to unnecessary complexity

Review May 05, 2013
Sometimes the closer you are to a story, the harder it is to tell. It is easy to take shortcuts and make those knowing winks... Continue Reading