Encore Michigan

An all new ‘Phantom’ lights up The Detroit Opera House

Review January 28, 2019
DETROIT, Mich.–“It’s so powerful. The story: It just affects people today just as much as it did 31 years ago. It’s such love and passion.... Continue Reading

Love is in the air in ‘Almost Maine’ at Snug Theatre

Review January 26, 2019
MARINE CITY, Mich.–February 14 is approaching, and love is in the air! Stories of love can usually make us smile, whether the romance is flowery,... Continue Reading

Monster Box pairs Stoppard and Shaffer for rolicking good fun

Review January 18, 2019
WATERFORD, Mich.— Monster Box Theatre has cleverly packaged two one-act comedies into one night of outrageous laughter. When the plays are the works of theatre... Continue Reading

‘Wonder of The World’ is David Lindsay-Abaire’s problem play

Review January 17, 2019
TRENTON, Mich. — David Lindsay-Abaire's Wonder of the World tries hard to be funny, too hard. I spent much of this play, thoughtfully produced by Open... Continue Reading

Anastasia’s story is fictional, but lovely nonetheless for the whole family

Review January 17, 2019
EAST LANSING, Mich.–Wouldn’t it be amazing to find out that you were related to wealth, power, or royalty and you didn’t know it? You wake... Continue Reading

‘Fox on The Fairway’ at Meadow Brook tees off on golf’s comic side

Review January 13, 2019
ROCHESTER, MICH.–Golf, humorist Mark Twain once mused, is a good walk spoiled. The game unfolds at a contemplative pace so only die-hard fans that know... Continue Reading

Detroit’s ‘House on Poe Street’ explores gender roles

Review January 13, 2019
DETROIT,Mich. — Remember the creepy twin sisters in “The Shining?” They are all grown up and have landed in New York City. Not really. The... Continue Reading

‘Rent’ rolls into Fisher for anniversary tour

Review January 11, 2019
DETROIT, Mich.–Rent has taken up residence in Detroit’s Fisher Theatre as part of its 20th Anniversary Tour. Written by Jonathan Larson, Rent originally debuted on... Continue Reading

Ringwald’s ‘Significant Other’ is angsty but beautiful

Review January 07, 2019
FERNDALE, Mich.–Taking in Joshua Harmon’s play Significant Other at The Ringwald Theatre here, I was hoping for a plot twist that would allow me to... Continue Reading

Slipstream’s ‘Three Tall Women’ explores dark reality of Edward Albee’s late masterpiece

Review January 07, 2019
FERNDALE, Mich. — Youth is wasted on the young. That quote from another playwright, George Bernard Shaw, could be the subtitle of Edward Albee’s Three... Continue Reading

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