Like some of the Christian movies of late such as LEFT BEHIND and THE OMEGA CODE, one of the best things that can be said about ESCANABA IN DA MOONLIGHT is that it is representing a region or people group that has previously been ignored in Hollywood feature films. Because there are many hunters in Michigan and the Great Lakes Region, this movie is a welcome niche to those who don’t feel like they have a movie of their own. Michigan citizens themselves take great pride in the beauty of their state that is primarily known for the Detroit area, but is, indeed, so much more. Michigan, as all states, deserves films showcasing the best they have to offer. ESCANABA IN DA MOONLIGHT valiantly attempts such goals, but really simply paves the way for greater things to come.
"...Circle Theatres Escanaba in Da Moonlight is largely harmless fun. Daniels illustrates a particular group of Midwesterners quite well in this play (and subsequent 2001 film) , even if a pungent smell of lowest-common-denominator gross-out Hollywood humor pervades much of the air."
(6.23.06)If you are in the mood for a knee slapping, belly aching, side-splitting good time, then you should head to the Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre in Jackson for Main Street Theatre Works' summer season opener, "Escanaba in Da Moonlight."
"Escanaba in Da Moonlight," written by actor Jeff Daniels, is a buck of a hunting tale. It takes place on a weekend in November 1989 at the Soady Deer Camp, the world famous Soady Deer Camp, in Michigan.