“Dinner” Served Up in a Bowl of Laughs at Tipping Point

By Daniel Skora Ten years ago, when the Tipping Point Theatre first opened its doors to theatergoers in Northville and Southeastern Michigan, they knew it was important to start with a production that would not only have broad appeal but would showcase the attention to detail that patrons would expect from future shows. For their … More “Dinner” Served Up in a Bowl of Laughs at Tipping Point

Peter Pan’s Formative Years Come to Life at the Open Book

By Daniel Skora The Open Book Theatre Company is now the newest professional theatre in the Downriver area, beginning its third season in their new home in Trenton. The black box theatre located at 1621 West Road seats eighty and occupies a space that was once two separate storefronts. The first production in their new … More Peter Pan’s Formative Years Come to Life at the Open Book

A “Really Really” Intense Look at the Me Generation

By Daniel Skora Before the stage lights brighten, you get a flavor for what actually took place the night before the play actually begins. Shadowy figures enter the darkened stage, which was initially the simple but spotless living area of an apartment. The shadowy figures proceed to trash the set with empty beer cans, plastic … More A “Really Really” Intense Look at the Me Generation

Poets Engage in Personal Relationship through Letters

By Daniel Skora Theatre Nova is currently presenting “Dear Elizabeth”, a play based on the correspondence between two 20th century American poets, Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop. In their exchange of letters, which continued for some thirty years, the two carried on a relationship that was filled with mutual love and respect. Though the themes … More Poets Engage in Personal Relationship through Letters

“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