Encore Michigan

‘Hard Love’ at the JET resonates across any cultural conflict

Review April 15, 2018
Hard Love, by Motti Lerner, now playing in a fascinating, compelling production at the Jewish Ensemble Theatre, pulls us into the lives of two vivid... Continue Reading

‘School of Rock’ a crowd pleaser at The Fisher

Review April 12, 2018
DETROIT, Mich.–School of Rock is a fun, fun show, now playing at The Fisher Theatre as part of the Broadway in Detroit series. There is... Continue Reading

‘Kayak’ at The Matrix explores generational conflict and the future of the world

Review April 12, 2018
Any parent with a child graduating high school or entering college knows that there is much that separates them. It could be politics, music, environment,... Continue Reading

MOT’s Tosca is a triumph

Review April 08, 2018
DETROIT – When Giacomo Puccini’s opera Tosca made its debut in 1900, the critics were shocked by its ‘vulgar,’ verismo sensibilities. Passion, murder, torture, attempted... Continue Reading

Dio brings ‘Daddy Long Legs’ to life…and no, it’s not about spiders.

Review April 08, 2018
PINCKNEY, Mich.–Some stories really do remain timeless, at least in theme and in the way they can touch hearts and souls. Daddy Long Legs, a... Continue Reading

Complete History of America, right up to Trump, at Detroit Mercy Theatre Company

Review April 08, 2018
DETROIT, Mich. — The Complete History of America (Abridged) promises to hit the highlights of significant U.S. events in two acts totaling 90 minutes. Actual... Continue Reading

‘Sherlock Holmes’ at Purple Rose is a new story that would delight even Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Review April 08, 2018
CHELSEA, Mich.–There has been a resurgence in the last five years of American and British film and television adaptations of Victorian super sleuth Sherlock Holmes,... Continue Reading

‘The Odd Couple’ at Thunder Bay Theatre pushes some conventions

Review April 08, 2018
ALPENA, Mich.–Neil Simon's The Odd Couple is one of the most performed and adapted plays in the world, and for good reason. The writing is... Continue Reading

‘The Nerd’ is awkwardly fun at The Snug

Review April 07, 2018
MARINE CITY, Mich.–The Snug Theatre in Marine City is offering up yet another night of laughs with The Nerd, a comedy by Larry Shue and... Continue Reading

‘Harmony Park’ is a place for everyone to gather and think about who they are

Review April 07, 2018
DETROIT, Michigan–Sometimes a small story can take on very big meaning. That is the case with Harmony Park, a world premiere by playwright Daniel Damiano... Continue Reading