Encore Michigan

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

Ixion’s ‘Apples in Winter’ bakes up a heart-wrenching pie

Review October 29, 2019
LANSING, Mich.–There are few jobs more terrifying than that of parent. If you don’t believe that, try attending Apples in Winter at Ixion and see... Continue Reading

Penny Seats ‘Dracula’ benefits from Zettelmaier’s triple play

Review October 25, 2019
ANN ARBOR, Mich.–Riffing on great public-domain characters is a smart angle to galvanize an audience’s attention and sell tickets. Casual theatre goers, after all, gravitate... Continue Reading

‘Silent Sky’ at UDM explores how a woman changed the world

Review October 23, 2019
DETROIT — Sometimes it takes a little bit of fictionalized history to remind viewers how far women have come in the last century. While some... Continue Reading

MOT’s ‘Don Giovanni’ taps into modern sex in unexpected ways

Review October 21, 2019
DETROIT--Enduring operas achieve that status because their composers and writers tapped into something common to humanity—whether the available conveyance is a horse and cart or... Continue Reading

Monster Box’s ‘Quills’ reveals the evil within

Review October 20, 2019
WATERFORD, Mich.— Monster Box Theatre has eschewed the traditional round of campy Halloween-themed shows to offer two uniquely terrifying plays. First up — Quills ,... Continue Reading

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