Encore Michigan

‘Titanic’ sets sail at The Riverbank

Review May 07, 2018
MARINE CITY, Mich.–As theatre genres go, musicals are more often associated with comedy or farce than with tragedy. But when a tragedy is written as... Continue Reading

Farmers Alley brings ‘Liberace’ back from the dead

Review May 02, 2018
KALAMAZOO, MICH.–Liberace was a man who invites stereotypes. It’s easy to make assumptions about who he was and why he did the things he did.... Continue Reading

‘All Night Strut’ brings back the musical memories in style at The Meadow Brook

Review April 29, 2018
ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich.–The All Night Strut might be a plotless musical revue, but pay close attention. You’ll want to capture the small moments as the... Continue Reading

Hilberry Theatre stages thundering, triumphant ‘King Lear.’

Review April 29, 2018
DETROIT—Hilberry Theatre closes its 2018 season with an innovative, surprisingly buoyant production of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, King Lear. Among the most brutal and yet poignant... Continue Reading

‘Big Fish’ is a tall tale that reels in the heart at Encore Musical Theatre

Review April 28, 2018
DEXTER – Edward Bloom spins fantastical stories co-starring a witch, a mermaid, a giant, and a circus ringmaster who just happens to be a werewolf.... Continue Reading

Hermes masters ‘Hamlet’ for Pigeon Creek

Review April 28, 2018
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.–If you’re a Shakespeare company, you don’t let too many years go by before tackling and reprising Hamlet. It’s considered by many to... Continue Reading

‘Appropriate’ at Planet Ant rattles and rolls the family saga

Review April 28, 2018
HAMTRAMCK, Mich.–Whether it’s Eugene O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” or Tracy Letts’ "August: Osage County," or even to some degree "The Lion In Winter,"... Continue Reading

World Premiere: ‘Geranium On The Windowsill…’ at Flint Youth Theater spotlights kids’ need to be free and fidget

Review April 27, 2018
FLINT, Mich.–We’ve all heard the message before: “Don’t speak unless spoken to.” “Sit up straight.” “Listen.” “Good boys and good girls always…” They are messages... Continue Reading

Paul Taylor Dance: Three Exquisite Pieces at Detroit Opera House

Review April 25, 2018
DETROIT, Mich.–Paul Taylor Dance Company showed off their incomparable range, technique, and expressivity last weekend at Michigan Opera Theatre. Universally celebrated as one of the... Continue Reading

Brass Tacks succeeds with ‘The 39 Steps’ in Ann Arbor

Review April 21, 2018
ANN ARBOR—The 39 Steps is a terrific movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1935. It is such a classic scenario–the wrongly accused man on the... Continue Reading