No Forgiveness for “Tom Durnin” at Meadow Brook

By Daniel Skora Honesty is the best policy, but there’s not much of that going around among members of the Durnin family. Neither is there compassion, nor kindness, nor the kind of support that you would expect among family members when difficult times occur. Tom Durnin has just returned from prison and it’s the reaction … More No Forgiveness for “Tom Durnin” at Meadow Brook

“Circus 1903” Makes Time Travel Stop at The Fisher

By Daniel Skora “The circus is in town…the circus is in town!” and not only has it stopped at Detroit’s Fisher Theatre, it’s traveled all the way from the year 1903. 1903 was one of those years from the Golden Age of circuses and “Circus 1903” is filled with traditional circus entertainment all done with … More “Circus 1903” Makes Time Travel Stop at The Fisher

Meeting of the Minds Plays Out at Open Book

By Daniel Skora Who better to choose for your subjects if you’re dealing with the seemingly contradictory disciplines of science and the arts than Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso. They were contemporaries who reached the pinnacle of success in their respective professions during the 20th Century. The Open Book Theatre is currently presenting “Picasso at … More Meeting of the Minds Plays Out at Open Book

“Hedwig”, From Both Sides of the Aisle

By Daniel Skora From the Hip side:     It’s exciting, enormously entertaining, and what Rolling Stone calls “The Best Rock Musical Ever”. It’s funny and heartbreaking, relevant and inclusive, provocative and ahead of its time. It won 4 Tony Awards in 2014, including Best Musical Revival. It’s “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” and it’s playing now … More “Hedwig”, From Both Sides of the Aisle

Slipstream’s “Dr. Heidi Jekyll” Remakes a Classic

By Daniel Skora The latest classic to get the Slipstream Initiative Theatre makeover is Robert Louis Stevenson’s “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”. The revamped version is called “Dr. Heidi Jekyll”, and though the play still deals with the transformation of its title character from a good, decent (wo)man to a self-centered, … More Slipstream’s “Dr. Heidi Jekyll” Remakes a Classic

“Altar Boyz” Rocks the Masses at Meadow Brook

By Daniel Skora It’s safe to say that Christian Rock has never been blessed with a musical group as unconventional as the Altar Boyz. Irreverent, brazen, and streetwise, the Boyz put a face to Christianity that you won’t see in church. They’re doing the final concert of their Raise the Praise Tour right here in … More “Altar Boyz” Rocks the Masses at Meadow Brook

Going “Barefoot in the Park” an Issue at The Dio

By Daniel Skora “There are two kinds of people”, says Corie Bratter as she lectures her husband Paul during the first big argument of their barely one week old marriage. “There are doers and there are watchers…” she declares, “…and I’m a doer and you’re a watcher”. And something Corie is capable of doing that … More Going “Barefoot in the Park” an Issue at The Dio

Two Sisters Have Dramatic Reunion at Williamston

By Daniel Skora It’s George Bernard Shaw to whom the sentiment “It’s a shame that youth is wasted on the young” is usually attributed. Had Mr. Shaw given his creative juices free rein the day he wrote that little gem, he could very easily have followed it up with this: “It’s a shame that riches … More Two Sisters Have Dramatic Reunion at Williamston