Rosetta and Marie Ride the Gospel Train at Detroit Public

By Daniel Skora Record keeping was sketchy at best in Cotton Plant, Arkansas in 1915. But Rosetta Rubin, or Rosether Adkins, or whatever her legal name might have been at birth, the woman who came to be known as Sister Rosetta Tharpe was destined to overcome the restrictions imposed by the cotton fields where her … More Rosetta and Marie Ride the Gospel Train at Detroit Public

“Crimes of the Heart” Find Forgiveness at Puzzle Piece

By Daniel Skora There’s so much that’s gone wrong in the MaGrath Family that you wonder how they’ve managed to hold on to their sanity all these years. Well, some It would appear, actually haven’t. First, the father went off and deserted his family. Then mother MaGrath committed suicide, hanging herself along with the cat … More “Crimes of the Heart” Find Forgiveness at Puzzle Piece

“Poison” Goes Down Exceptionally Well at Williamston

By Daniel Skora Williamston Theatre is presenting the World Premiere of “Our Lady of Poison”, Michigan playwright Joseph Zettelmaier’s latest play. The drama, set in Rome in the year 1659, tells the story of three women caught up in an intrigue involving love and murder. Giulia Tofana (Janet Haley) is an apothecary who, besides providing … More “Poison” Goes Down Exceptionally Well at Williamston

Encore Musical Rocks with $1Million Quartet

By Daniel Skora Sam Philips undoubtedly had free publicity in mind when he called a reporter at the Memphis Press-Scimitar and suggested he might be interested in the impromptu jam session that was going on at his Sun Records recording studio. Four of Philips’ protégés were now holding court in a songfest of epic proportions. … More Encore Musical Rocks with $1Million Quartet

“Flint” Mixes Reality with Drama at Purple Rose

By Daniel Skora Flint Michigan was once a vital and vibrant part of the USA’s automobile empire. In whole or in part, Buicks, Chevys and Cadillacs rolled off the assembly line to supply our nation’s transportation needs. But in the years leading up to the millennium, not only did the kind of vehicles desired by … More “Flint” Mixes Reality with Drama at Purple Rose

Dauphin Island Beckons at Detroit Rep

By Daniel Skora Dauphin Island is a resort area located on the Gulf Coast at the southern tip of Alabama. With beautiful beaches and plenty of tourist attractions, the island is a prosperous community where vacationers come to enjoy the subtropical climate and the island’s numerous historical attractions. “Dauphin Island” is also the name of … More Dauphin Island Beckons at Detroit Rep