Claus Forgoes Christmas in Santa Panto at Theatre Nova

By Daniel Skora It’s another year, another holiday season, and another Christmas Panto at Theatre Nova. This is the third year the Nova has offered up a show whose traditions go back hundreds of years. Comedy often gives the impression that it’s an undisciplined profession, what with improvs and stand-up comedians seemingly rattling off jokes … More Claus Forgoes Christmas in Santa Panto at Theatre Nova

Beau Provides Jest at Williamston

By Daniel Skora Williamston Theatre is currently presenting “Beau Jest”. No, not that “Beau Geste”, the one about the three brothers who leave England to join the French Foreign Legion and end up in Algeria fighting desert tribes. There wouldn’t enough room on the Williamston stage to accommodate all those restless hordes of desert fighters, … More Beau Provides Jest at Williamston

“Office Hours” 100 Minutes of Fun at Tipping Point

By Daniel Skora The office. For those who happen to work in one, it’s the place where you spend most of your waking hours. It’s a home away from home, occupied by people who sometimes seem more of a family than the one left behind at the beginning of the day. Tipping Point Theatre is … More “Office Hours” 100 Minutes of Fun at Tipping Point

Everyone “Swimming Upstream” at Detroit Rep

By Daniel Skora The Detroit Repertory Theatre is presenting “Swimming Upstream”, a nice little play which centers on salmon, the fish that everyone loves to eat, even while covering a lot of extra territory in the process. Jen (Audrey Lovy) is a marine biologist working for a company that supplies government agencies with data relating … More Everyone “Swimming Upstream” at Detroit Rep

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

Friendly Skies Even Friendlier Over Northville

By Daniel Skora It’s not often you find a man who can have his cake and eat it too. Bernard is an affluent architect living in Paris. He’s got a fabulous apartment and contact with an insider at the International Airport. The apartment has provided him with a comfortable and stylish lifestyle. The insider has … More Friendly Skies Even Friendlier Over Northville

Revolution Inspires Women at Theatre Nova

By Daniel Skora The winds of revolt blew over France for a decade (1789–1799), bringing with them social and political upheaval and justice administered by the blade of a guillotine. During that time, the monarchy fell. The clergy lost much of their influence. And liberté, fraternité, and égalité became the cry of the land. Theatre … More Revolution Inspires Women at Theatre Nova