Rosetta and Marie Ride the Gospel Train at Detroit Public

By Daniel Skora Record keeping was sketchy at best in Cotton Plant, Arkansas in 1915. But Rosetta Rubin, or Rosether Adkins, or whatever her legal name might have been at birth, the woman who came to be known as Sister Rosetta Tharpe was destined to overcome the restrictions imposed by the cotton fields where her … More Rosetta and Marie Ride the Gospel Train at Detroit Public

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

Scandal Alters Political and Parental Courses at DPT

By Daniel Skora The story, as it begins, seems a familiar one. A powerful man with a public persona, personal appetites, and a wife and family tucked safely back home has a rather naïve young woman brought up to his hotel room. The man is Robert Aarons, a senator who’s been out barnstorming the country … More Scandal Alters Political and Parental Courses at DPT

“DOT” Fluctuates Between Clear and Cloudy at DPT

By Daniel Skora Her given name is Dorothy, but it’s been shortened first to Dotty, now to Dot. Though it may just be a coincidence, the reduction that’s happened to Dorothy’s name is much like the reduction that’s happening to her mind. Dorothy has Alzheimer’s, and all those qualities that once made her a wonderfully … More “DOT” Fluctuates Between Clear and Cloudy at DPT

Murder Set to Music at Detroit Public Theatre

By Daniel Skora It’s smart, it’s sexy, and it’s explosive. It’s a boy-meets-girl-meets-boy story that’s being given a totally contemporary treatment in the rock musical “Murder Ballad”. You can see it at Detroit Public Theatre where it’s being performed in an exciting and highly entertaining production. Its story is both big-city and tragic. While waiting … More Murder Set to Music at Detroit Public Theatre

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

Life in the “D” in ‘67 Revisited at Detroit Public Theatre

By Daniel Skora Against the backdrop of the 1967 Detroit riots, playwright Dominique Morisseau has written an intriguing play about an African American family’s life in the city during one of its most turbulent times. Entitled simply “Detroit ’67”, the show is the current presentation of the Detroit Public Theatre. Luxuries are few and far … More Life in the “D” in ‘67 Revisited at Detroit Public Theatre

“Sex with Strangers” at Detroit Public Theatre

By Daniel Skora Now that we’ve got everyone’s attention! Actually, as salacious as the title of Laura Eason’s play might sound, “Sex with Strangers” is more about publishing in the digital age than it is about wanton expressions of love. Any romantic encounters that take place on the Detroit Public Theatre stage between the play’s … More “Sex with Strangers” at Detroit Public Theatre