“My Fair Lady” a Scorcher at the Box Office

By Daniel Skora It’s Broadway in Dexter with The Encore Musical Theatre putting on a production of “My Fair Lady” that’s so good it’s worthy of a New York audience. Musicals are the hallmark of The Encore, but with this show they’ve exceeded even what their audiences have come to expect. Some of what makes… More “My Fair Lady” a Scorcher at the Box Office

“Summer Retreat” No Place to Relax in Annie Martin/Williamston Theatre Gem

By Daniel Skora “Life is so tough…” Joan Rivers once said in one of her monologues, “… you better laugh at everything”. And she might have added “everything” includes death, as long as it’s somebody else’s or it takes place in a murder mystery or some other fiction. Williamston Theatre is currently presenting “Summer Retreat”,… More “Summer Retreat” No Place to Relax in Annie Martin/Williamston Theatre Gem

Second Acts Improve Both “American Wee-Pie” and Zed

By Daniel Skora Edibles are not usually something a theatre has to worry about providing for a play since audiences are willing to accept “pretend food” as a reasonable alternative. But sometimes the presence of the real thing is an absolute necessity in order to make a point or to satisfy the requirements of a… More Second Acts Improve Both “American Wee-Pie” and Zed

it’s All Theatre’s Best of the 2015/16 Season

By Daniel Skora One of the disadvantages of writing for a newspaper is that much of what the reader sees and reads of an author’s work has been determined by someone other than the person who wrote the article. Word count, positioning, availability of space for pictures, deadlines, the title that goes above the review,… More it’s All Theatre’s Best of the 2015/16 Season

Mornings Begin Punctually at Seven in Purple Rose’s Latest

By Daniel Skora Art is never created in a vacuum. In some form or fashion, it’s reflective of the time and the place in which it was created. Yet truths can be found in artistic expressions no matter where or when they were created because all have to some degree a concern for the human… More Mornings Begin Punctually at Seven in Purple Rose’s Latest

“Spin” at Theatre Nova Looks at Two Gay Teens

It’s no coincidence that playwright Emilio Rodriguez has one of his characters in his new play “Spin”, currently in production at Ann Arbor’s Theatre Nova, carrying around a copy of John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men”. There are similarities between George and Lennie, Steinbeck’s mismatched companions, and the two characters in Rodriguez’s play. Angelo (José… More “Spin” at Theatre Nova Looks at Two Gay Teens

A Rogues’ Gallery of Assassins at Encore Musical

Fame is an equal opportunity employer. It bestows its laurels on heroes and villains alike, judging neither the intentions of its seeker nor the consequences of their actions. The sole determination of who becomes famous is simply a matter of numbers: the more people that know your name, the more famous you have become. And… More A Rogues’ Gallery of Assassins at Encore Musical

A Clean, Well-Lighted Place at the Tipping Point

Tipping Point Theatre is presenting the romantic comedy “Stella & Lou”, a story of two mature people who appear destined to live out their golden years alone. Lou (Will David Young) is a barkeep, the owner of the neighborhood watering hole that bears his name. Tending bar and managing its finances have been his whole… More A Clean, Well-Lighted Place at the Tipping Point