Encore Michigan

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

Theatre Nova’s Apple Season is a bountiful harvest of emotions

Review February 04, 2020
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – There’s child abuse at the core of Oregon playwright E.M. Lewis’s Apple Season that's buried so deep that it’s never spoken.... Continue Reading

Tipping Point’s ’39 Steps’ a funny homage to Alfred Hitchcock

Review February 03, 2020
NORTHVILLE, Michigan–When you see a play that is essentially trying to recreate an iconic film through stagecraft, it helps to have seen the film. But... Continue Reading

Detroit Mercy’s ‘Midsummer’ a delight in mid-winter

Review February 03, 2020
DETROIT, Michigan–Imagine a world of fairies and magic, a forest in which to get lost and abandoned, and forces of nature that pull unsuspecting people... Continue Reading

It’s only a rib or two you’ll crack at Dio’s comedy mystery

Review February 03, 2020
PINCKNEY, Michigan–Some things seem to go together. Motherhood and apple pie. Super Bowls and car ads. Baseball games and hot dogs. Dinner theater and murder... Continue Reading

Jeff Daniels’ ‘Roadsigns’ drives dreams from hope to Chicago

Review January 29, 2020
CHELSEA—Anyone who has ever taken a long bus ride, for a day-long journey, knows that taking the bus is a whole different experience than driving... Continue Reading

Frankie and Johnny at Open Book is intimate and hot

Review January 27, 2020
By Angela Colombo TRENTON, Mich.–Chance and connection are at best fleeting like the stream of moonlight that is never the same two nights in a... Continue Reading

Cuckoo’s Nest at Monster Box immerses audience in the story

Review January 19, 2020
WATERFORD, Mich.— Monster Box Theatre returns to catalog of American classics to resurrect Dale Wasserman’s brilliant adaptation of Ken Kesey’s novel, One Flew Over the... Continue Reading

‘The Puppeteer’ at Detroit Rep reminds us the more things change the more they stay the same

Review January 12, 2020
DETROIT—There is a long standing metaphor of God being a puppeteer. In the case of The Puppeteer, a new-ish play written by playwright Desiree York... Continue Reading

‘Blithe Spirit’ thrills at The Meadow Brook

Review January 10, 2020
ROCHESTER, Mich.— Meadow Brook Theatre has a reputation for sumptuous production values and this ‘40s-era Nöel Coward comedy, Blithe Spirit, plays to their strong suit.... Continue Reading

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