Composure Succumbs to “Carnage” at Purple Rose

By Daniel Skora The Purple Rose is presenting “God of Carnage”, a show that’s become both a theatrical treasure and an audience favorite. The play, written by Yasmina Reza and translated from the French by Christopher Hampton, tells the story of two sets of parents who meet to resolve a playground altercation involving their sons. … More Composure Succumbs to “Carnage” at Purple Rose

Audience Solves Murder Mystery at Meadow Brook

By Daniel Skora For a play that’s billed as the longest running show in America, “Shear Madness” remains relatively unknown in these parts. Perhaps it’s because no one wants to admit that a play that has no social conscience, no political agenda, no axe to grind or angst to worry over can actually be something … More Audience Solves Murder Mystery at Meadow Brook

Political Beliefs Ripe for a “Taming” at Williamston

By Daniel Skora In 2016, Lauren Gunderson was the most produced living playwright in America…and with good reason. Her plays are witty, intellectually stimulating, and contain strong female characters. As far as theatres are concerned, they’ve a practical side too. A good many of her plays are written for a cast of two to four … More Political Beliefs Ripe for a “Taming” at Williamston

Recession Presages a “Skeleton Crew” at Detroit Public

By Daniel Skora It’s a tough job working in a Detroit auto plant. The work is arduous, the noise assailing, and the line a relentless parade of mind-numbing monotony. But it pays the bills, sometimes just barely, and it’s certainly better than the alternative, which is no job at all. Detroit Public Theatre is presenting … More Recession Presages a “Skeleton Crew” at Detroit Public

Encore’s “Sweeney Todd” a Cut Above the Rest

By Daniel Skora Early on, one is struck with the realization that the show you’re watching couldn’t possibly be as good as it is. This is Dexter, as in Dexter Michigan, not some theatre in New York where budgets are huge and talent as plentiful as the lights in Times Square. But “Sweeney Todd”, the … More Encore’s “Sweeney Todd” a Cut Above the Rest

A “Lesson” Learned the Hard Way at Yellow Barn

By Daniel Skora For sixty continuous years, Eugene Ionesco’s “The Lesson” (La Leçon) has been playing to sold out audiences at the Theatre de la Huchette in Paris’ Left Bank. But there’s no reason to learn French or spend money on an expensive trip to France to be able to enjoy one of the finest … More A “Lesson” Learned the Hard Way at Yellow Barn

Friendly Skies Even Friendlier Over Northville

By Daniel Skora It’s not often you find a man who can have his cake and eat it too. Bernard is an affluent architect living in Paris. He’s got a fabulous apartment and contact with an insider at the International Airport. The apartment has provided him with a comfortable and stylish lifestyle. The insider has … More Friendly Skies Even Friendlier Over Northville

“Johnny Manhattan’s” Lives Again at Meadow Brook

By Daniel Skora You just know that when the stage lights are glistening  in early September, there has to be something special going on at Meadow Brook Theatre. Meadow Brook is currently presenting “Johnny Manhattan”, a new musical by Robert Lorick (book and lyrics) and Dan Goggin (music). The show is not only a World … More “Johnny Manhattan’s” Lives Again at Meadow Brook

Love, Loss, and Longing at The Open Book

By Daniel Skora The organismal state, characterized by a capacity for metabolism, growth, reaction to stimuli, and reproduction, when exposed to substantive verities which are both unpleasant and repellant in their realization, create in their manifestation cognitive susceptibilities which serve to undermine feelings of euphoria in their host. Put more simply, life sucks. The above … More Love, Loss, and Longing at The Open Book

“Trailer Park” Provides Fun and Laughter at The Dio

By Daniel Skora The trailer park has become an American institution. It’s the place where mobile homes go to live out their lives after serving time on the road. Trailer parking presents a rather unique way of living. Your neighbors are often so close that it seems like you’re all living in the same home. … More “Trailer Park” Provides Fun and Laughter at The Dio