“Nutcracker” Gets Parodied in “Sugar Plum Panto”

By Daniel Skora It’s the holiday season, and if you’re thinking the time might be ripe for the second annual Christmas Panto at Theatre Nova, you’d be right. Not to scare away the non-literate, but this year’s assemblage of skits, sketches, and general all-‘round mayhem draws its inspiration from “Nussknaker und Mausekonig”, which is German … More “Nutcracker” Gets Parodied in “Sugar Plum Panto”

“Fun Home” Not an Amusing Place to Grow Up

By Daniel Skora In 2006, artist/cartoonist Alison Bechdel published a graphic novel that she had labored over for many years. “Fun Home” was a memoir about growing up in a small Pennsylvania town struggling to discover her sexual identity while dealing with a father who was obsessive, demanding, and gay. The book became both a … More “Fun Home” Not an Amusing Place to Grow Up

Beware “The Nerd” If He Shows Up At Your Door

By Daniel Skora Playwright Larry Shue died much too young at the age of 39. But he left us with two comedies that have become classics of the American stage. Both plays are crowd pleasers and can frequently be found on the performance schedules of many types of theatres. It was “the Foreigner” that brought … More Beware “The Nerd” If He Shows Up At Your Door

A Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious “Mary Poppins” at Encore Musical

By Daniel Skora The Encore Musical Theatre Company of Dexter has gotten so good at putting on musicals that are tailor made for larger venues that you can’t help but marvel at their success. Now, with their current production of “Mary Poppins”, they have another hit on their hands. So what’s the secret to their … More A Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious “Mary Poppins” at Encore Musical

“DOT” Fluctuates Between Clear and Cloudy at DPT

By Daniel Skora Her given name is Dorothy, but it’s been shortened first to Dotty, now to Dot. Though it may just be a coincidence, the reduction that’s happened to Dorothy’s name is much like the reduction that’s happening to her mind. Dorothy has Alzheimer’s, and all those qualities that once made her a wonderfully … More “DOT” Fluctuates Between Clear and Cloudy at DPT

“Liberty Valance” Strikes Fear at Tipping Point

By Daniel Skora Westerns, you would probably imagine, are not one of the genres that can be easily translated onto the stage. They became popular in the movies because they creating an Old West that was defined by easily recognizable stock characters and images that were visually striking and exciting. One such image that made … More “Liberty Valance” Strikes Fear at Tipping Point

35 Years of “Carol”ing at Meadow Brook Theatre

By Daniel Skora Meadow Brook Theatre is celebrating its 35th year presenting the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol”. The original adaptation and staging by Charles Nolte has become an annual holiday favorite with audiences, and this year Meadow Brook has scheduled over three dozen performances of the show. If you’ve somehow managed to escape … More 35 Years of “Carol”ing at Meadow Brook Theatre