“Cinderella” At The Opera House Is Relevant

By Daniel Skora Times change and so do the stories and fables that define us.  “Cinderella” can be traced back to the 1600’s when an Italian publisher printed a version of the story in the Neopolitan dialect. Verbal renditions of the story are known to have gone back much farther. There are thousands of versions … More “Cinderella” At The Opera House Is Relevant

Creation of the Bomb Set to Music at Meadow Brook

By Daniel Skora It’s understandable that most people would be skeptical about the appropriateness of a rock musical dealing with the creation of the atomic bomb. Some things, after all, are so monumentally solemn as to be unimaginable as a subject for entertainment. But “Atomic”, currently being presented at Meadow Brook Theatre, is just that: … More Creation of the Bomb Set to Music at Meadow Brook

Politics, a Pooch, and a Pleasing Performance at Theatre Nova

By Daniel Skora Normally, it would be considered not only an extremely rare occurrence but a catastrophic one as well for someone to wake up and find that they their mind and consciousness had somehow taken up residency in the body of a dog. But for performance artist Kerr (Sebastian Gerstner), it’s just another opportunity … More Politics, a Pooch, and a Pleasing Performance at Theatre Nova

“Too Much…” Grief Makes Good Drama at Williamston

By Daniel Skora Expressions of grief can be as numerous and as varied as the individual person who is grieving. In “Too Much, Too Much, Too Many”, the current show at Williamston Theatre, the character Rose (Brenda Lane) has locked herself in her room and refuses to either come out or speak to anyone. Rose … More “Too Much…” Grief Makes Good Drama at Williamston

Looking for “Proof”? DIO’s Got It!

By Daniel Skora The DIO –  Dining & Entertainment is presenting “Proof”, David Auburn’s 2001 Pulitzer Prize winner for Best Drama and Tony Award winner for Best Play. The play concerns Robert (Dan Morrison), a mathematical genius whose mental health has declined significantly in his later years, and his daughter Catherine (Esther Jentzen), who has … More Looking for “Proof”? DIO’s Got It!

“Chicago” Onstage at Fisher Theatre

By Daniel Skora “Chicago” is Broadway’s longest running American musical. The 1996 revival is nearing 8,000 performances and still counting. The current National Tour is making a one-week stop at Detroit’s Fisher Theatre, and the show is as good or even better than any “Chicago” that’s ever come through town. “Chicago” has all the elements … More “Chicago” Onstage at Fisher Theatre

Encore Musical Serves Up Splendid “Sondheim”

By Daniel Skora No composer/lyricist loomed larger on the Broadway stage during the latter half of the 20th century than Stephen Sondheim. Sondheim’s career began as lyricist for “West Side Story” in 1957 and “Gypsy” in 1959. From there, he went on to become both composer and lyricist for more than a dozen blockbuster Broadway … More Encore Musical Serves Up Splendid “Sondheim”

“Electric Baby” Lights Up the Kickshaw Stage

By Daniel Skora In its promotional material, the theatre defines it as a “rare delight”. Other definitions scattered around the internet say it means: “something fantastical”, “an exotic delicacy”, or “a fancy dish”. What that means, put simply, is that the word “kickshaw” translates into something special, something unique and out of the ordinary. And … More “Electric Baby” Lights Up the Kickshaw Stage

Florence and Olive Make for an Odd Couple at Tipping Point

By Daniel Skora So popular was Neil Simon’s comedy “The Odd Couple”, that he just couldn’t resist the temptation to adapt the play for the ladies. “The Odd Couple (Female Version)” is currently being performed at the Tipping Point Theatre in a production that proves that this play is anything but a little sister to … More Florence and Olive Make for an Odd Couple at Tipping Point