Encore Michigan

Review: Encore Musical Theatre’s ‘The Secret Garden’

Review November 17, 2019
DEXTER, Mich.–Little girls have loved Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel The Secret Garden for more than 100 years. And most today will love the 1991 stage... Continue Reading

‘Les Mis’ at The Wharton Center reaches Stars

Review November 15, 2019
LANSING, Mich.–Decades after it burst onto the musical theater scene, the centuries-old story of Victor Hugo’s Les Mis still feels as relevant and compelling as... Continue Reading

August Wilson’s ‘Jitney’ drives into The Musical Hall

Review November 14, 2019
DETROIT, Mich.–August Wilson is one of the few playwrights over the last 100 years of American theater who manages to perfectly capture dialogue the way... Continue Reading

Pigeon Creek delivers a tasty Twelfth Night

Review November 11, 2019
LANSING, Mich.–Those who complain that Shakespeare’s comedies aren’t funny probably haven’t seen Pigeon Creek Shakespeare perform one. This company, with its intimate spaces, cross-gendered casting... Continue Reading

Papa Weeze’s ‘Next To Normal’ at Slipstream now and Monster Box in spring

Review November 10, 2019
By Angela Colombo FERNDALE, Mich.–A friend once said that depression is a liar and a cheat that will say anything to lure a person into... Continue Reading

Zettelmaier’s ‘Channel Cat’ world premiere’s at Detroit Rep

Review November 10, 2019
DETROIT, Mich.–It’s amazing the stuff that can come out between an African American BBQ master and a chubby white Southern sheriff in a rib joint.... Continue Reading

Theatre Nova tees up ‘Follies In Concert’ for fund raiser

Review November 09, 2019
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Stephen Sondheim practically reinvented modern musical theatre and lovers of his work often revere Follies as his crowning achievement. But there... Continue Reading

WSU brings Lynn Nottage’s gritty ‘Sweat’ to Detroit

Review November 09, 2019
DETROIT, Mich.–The United States is in a painful era of transition that has crushed many a small town throughout the Midwest and Southeast. Manufacturing in... Continue Reading

Revel in Opera Modo’s ‘La Gioconda’ at The War Memorial

opera November 08, 2019
Editor's Note: This review was updated from its initial publishing to reflect the reviewer seeing the second cast. DETROIT, Mich.–Sometimes you leave a theater thinking... Continue Reading

Flint Rep fills imagination with empty ‘Chairs’

Review November 04, 2019
FLINT, Mich.–Humans get nervous around nothingness. We have a tendency to want to fill it up, to insert things into the blanks even to the... Continue Reading