Composure Succumbs to “Carnage” at Purple Rose

By Daniel Skora The Purple Rose is presenting “God of Carnage”, a show that’s become both a theatrical treasure and an audience favorite. The play, written by Yasmina Reza and translated from the French by Christopher Hampton, tells the story of two sets of parents who meet to resolve a playground altercation involving their sons. … More Composure Succumbs to “Carnage” at Purple Rose

Audience Solves Murder Mystery at Meadow Brook

By Daniel Skora For a play that’s billed as the longest running show in America, “Shear Madness” remains relatively unknown in these parts. Perhaps it’s because no one wants to admit that a play that has no social conscience, no political agenda, no axe to grind or angst to worry over can actually be something … More Audience Solves Murder Mystery at Meadow Brook

Political Beliefs Ripe for a “Taming” at Williamston

By Daniel Skora In 2016, Lauren Gunderson was the most produced living playwright in America…and with good reason. Her plays are witty, intellectually stimulating, and contain strong female characters. As far as theatres are concerned, they’ve a practical side too. A good many of her plays are written for a cast of two to four … More Political Beliefs Ripe for a “Taming” at Williamston

Recession Presages a “Skeleton Crew” at Detroit Public

By Daniel Skora It’s a tough job working in a Detroit auto plant. The work is arduous, the noise assailing, and the line a relentless parade of mind-numbing monotony. But it pays the bills, sometimes just barely, and it’s certainly better than the alternative, which is no job at all. Detroit Public Theatre is presenting … More Recession Presages a “Skeleton Crew” at Detroit Public

Encore’s “Sweeney Todd” a Cut Above the Rest

By Daniel Skora Early on, one is struck with the realization that the show you’re watching couldn’t possibly be as good as it is. This is Dexter, as in Dexter Michigan, not some theatre in New York where budgets are huge and talent as plentiful as the lights in Times Square. But “Sweeney Todd”, the … More Encore’s “Sweeney Todd” a Cut Above the Rest