Doin’ Time on the Line for Nine ain’t Fine

By Daniel Skora “Ford has a Better Idea” said one of FoMoCo’s slogans dreamed up by its advertising company several years ago in an attempt to convince the buying public that they were the better automobile builder of the Big Three and you ought to consider making your new car purchase from them. Implicit in … More Doin’ Time on the Line for Nine ain’t Fine

Poets Engage in Personal Relationship through Letters

By Daniel Skora Theatre Nova is currently presenting “Dear Elizabeth”, a play based on the correspondence between two 20th century American poets, Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop. In their exchange of letters, which continued for some thirty years, the two carried on a relationship that was filled with mutual love and respect. Though the themes … More Poets Engage in Personal Relationship through Letters

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

“Spin” at Theatre Nova Looks at Two Gay Teens

It’s no coincidence that playwright Emilio Rodriguez has one of his characters in his new play “Spin”, currently in production at Ann Arbor’s Theatre Nova, carrying around a copy of John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men”. There are similarities between George and Lennie, Steinbeck’s mismatched companions, and the two characters in Rodriguez’s play. Angelo (José … More “Spin” at Theatre Nova Looks at Two Gay Teens

Katherine, Kitty, Kathy, Kate and Katherine at Theatre Nova

By Daniel Skora Five generations of women, all from the same family and all bearing the name Katherine are the subject of Kim Carney’s new play, “Katherine”, currently having its world premier at Ann Arbor’s Theatre Nova. The story begins in the Deep South near the beginning of the 20th century and ends in Michigan … More Katherine, Kitty, Kathy, Kate and Katherine at Theatre Nova

“Irrational” Makes Sense at The Yellow Barn

By Daniel Skora On the surface, it would seem that the current presentation of Ann Arbor’s Theatre Nova might be targeting only a multi-degreed cliental. The list of characters- Hippasus, Damascus, Eloris, Theodousa, and Pythagoras – reads like the cast of a Greek tragedy. “Pythagorus? The math guy?” Yep, that’s him. But here, in “Irrational … More “Irrational” Makes Sense at The Yellow Barn

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