Love and Science Collide in “Smart Love” at The Purple Rose

By Daniel Skora The flash of lightning and the deep rumble of thunder that open “Smart Love”, the current presentation of The Purple Rose Theatre, at first hardly seem necessary. It never bothers to rain, and the sense of foreboding that usually comes with stormy weather doesn’t quite fit a play that begins with a … More Love and Science Collide in “Smart Love” at The Purple Rose

“Boy Gets Girl” Gets Frightening at Open Book

By Daniel Skora With a title like “Boy Gets Girl”, you might assume that the show you were about to see had a good chance of being a romantic comedy. But “Boy Gets Girl”, the current presentation of the Open Book Theatre Company is anything but. The play, by Rebecca Gilman, opens innocently enough with … More “Boy Gets Girl” Gets Frightening at Open Book

Of “Strawberry”, Kwame, and a Fabled Party

By Daniel Skora No personality, political or otherwise, so dominated the local news scene in the first dozen years of this century than Kwame Kilpatrick. Kilpatrick was first elected mayor of Detroit in 2001. He had charisma and came from a politically connected family. His star shone brightly and his political future showed no boundaries. … More Of “Strawberry”, Kwame, and a Fabled Party

“Phantom” Returns to Opera House in Spectacular New Production

By Daniel Skora It’s the longest running musical on Broadway, 28 years and still counting. As of January 14th of this year, it’s notched 12,054 Broadway performances with audiences estimated at over 17 million people. In addition to the long-running Broadway production, there are currently several additional international productions, in London, Helsinki, Hamburg, Prague, Moscow, … More “Phantom” Returns to Opera House in Spectacular New Production

“Mom’s Gift” Insures Wonderful Life at Meadow Brook

By Daniel Skora Mother Swenson has been gone nearly a year now and things have not improved much since her death. Her husband still misses her dearly. Relations between him and their overbearing daughter Kat have gotten to the point where she no longer comes by to visit. Younger daughter Brittney who lives at home … More “Mom’s Gift” Insures Wonderful Life at Meadow Brook

Family’s “Firepower” Tested at Detroit Rep

By Daniel Skora George Montgomery is a man used to wielding firepower. Not the kind that comes from guns and bullets, but the kind that results from an accomplished use of character and ability. Like those years George spent quarterbacking his high school football team with a throwing arm that knew no equal. Like his … More Family’s “Firepower” Tested at Detroit Rep