Encore Michigan

‘My Fair Lady’ at Wharton is updated for modern sensibilities while holding on to Golden Age roots

Review March 01, 2020
LANSING, Mich.–There is a great divide in our country. People are polarized, each group is passionate about their positions, convinced they are right and often... Continue Reading

Opera Modo puts Poulenc’s tragic ‘Carmelites’ on stage in two church venues

Review February 24, 2020
DETROIT, Mich.–Many operas move patrons to tears. Few can be described as “gut wrenching.” One of them is Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites in production... Continue Reading

‘Working’ at The Meadow Brook is a love of labor

Review February 21, 2020
ROCHESTER, Mich.–With all the talk the last few years of the 99% versus the 1%, as well as the rampant corruption in the White House... Continue Reading

You can even eat the dishes with Willy Wonka in Detroit

Review February 20, 2020
DETROIT, Mich.–Roald Dahl's Charlie And The Chocolate Factory is not just a musical play, it's a franchise. Because it centers around a child hero and... Continue Reading

Tennessee Williams returns to Slipstream with ‘The Gentleman Caller’

Review February 17, 2020
FERNDALE, Mich.— The current production at Slipstream Theatre Initiative — Philip Dawkins’ The Gentleman Caller — is a case study in what theatre can do... Continue Reading

Christine Andreas channels and illuminates the legend of Piaf in ‘No Regrets.’

Review February 16, 2020
DETROIT, Mich.–Edith Piaf remains a legend in France, especially among those old enough to remember the 40s, 50s and 60s. In America, she remains a... Continue Reading

‘Hedwig’ soars with Detroit Public Theatre at Ant Hall

Review February 16, 2020
HAMTRAMCK, Mich.–According to a story called “The Origin of Love” which is based on a speech given by Aristophanes in Plato’s Symposium, each of us... Continue Reading

World Premiere: ‘900 Miles’ at Williamston projects gender roles in a war weary future

Review February 11, 2020
WILLIAMSTON, Mich.–Throughout recorded history, tales of women resisting war and trying to save their children resonate in literature and storytelling. Whether it is 411 BC... Continue Reading

‘The Cake’ at Farmers Alley a powerful story ripped from the headlines and the SCOTUS docket

Review February 11, 2020
KALAMAZOO, Mich.–It takes brave actors to bare their souls and bodies on stage and an intelligent playwright to resist easy answers and assumptions to modern-day... Continue Reading

ESR slays ‘The Hobbit’ in Port Huron

Review February 11, 2020
PORT HURON, Mich.–It’s difficult to condense J. R. R. Tolkein’s classic book about The Hobbit into an hour and a half or so on stage,... Continue Reading

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