Encore Michigan

‘Hedwig’ soars with Detroit Public Theatre at Ant Hall

Review February 16, 2020
HAMTRAMCK, Mich.–According to a story called “The Origin of Love” which is based on a speech given by Aristophanes in Plato’s Symposium, each of us... Continue Reading

World Premiere: ‘900 Miles’ at Williamston projects gender roles in a war weary future

Review February 11, 2020
WILLIAMSTON, Mich.–Throughout recorded history, tales of women resisting war and trying to save their children resonate in literature and storytelling. Whether it is 411 BC... Continue Reading

‘The Cake’ at Farmers Alley a powerful story ripped from the headlines and the SCOTUS docket

Review February 11, 2020
KALAMAZOO, Mich.–It takes brave actors to bare their souls and bodies on stage and an intelligent playwright to resist easy answers and assumptions to modern-day... Continue Reading

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

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