Life and Loves of Emilie Du Chatelet at Open Book

By Daniel Skora Emilie Du Chatelet was a woman ahead of her time. In an era of male stalwarts, her femininity was unique among the eighteenth century scientific community. Mathematician, physicist, and philosopher, she made considerable contributions to every endeavor she undertook. Two hundred and sixty years after its publication, her translation of Newton’s Mathematical … More Life and Loves of Emilie Du Chatelet at Open Book

Life Happens, Repeatedly, at Outvisible Theatre

By Daniel Skora Much of what comes to be known as science often begins with the word fiction attached to it. Writers like H.G. Wells and Jules Vern first wrote about space travel (“The First Men in the Moon”), ships that sailed beneath the sea (“20,000 Leagues Beneath the Sea”, and discs that talked when … More Life Happens, Repeatedly, at Outvisible Theatre

36 Years of “Carol”ing at Meadow Brook

By Daniel Skora You’ve got to be good to last 36 years, and Meadow Brook’s production of the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol”, currently celebrating its 36th season, is better than good. It’s a great show, an audience pleaser filled with memorable scenes and superb production values, and the perfect complement to anyone’s holiday … More 36 Years of “Carol”ing at Meadow Brook

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

A “Lesson” Learned the Hard Way at Yellow Barn

By Daniel Skora For sixty continuous years, Eugene Ionesco’s “The Lesson” (La Leçon) has been playing to sold out audiences at the Theatre de la Huchette in Paris’ Left Bank. But there’s no reason to learn French or spend money on an expensive trip to France to be able to enjoy one of the finest … More A “Lesson” Learned the Hard Way at Yellow Barn

Love, Loss, and Longing at The Open Book

By Daniel Skora The organismal state, characterized by a capacity for metabolism, growth, reaction to stimuli, and reproduction, when exposed to substantive verities which are both unpleasant and repellant in their realization, create in their manifestation cognitive susceptibilities which serve to undermine feelings of euphoria in their host. Put more simply, life sucks. The above … More Love, Loss, and Longing at The Open Book

Detroit’s Summer of ’67 Recounted at the Matrix

By Daniel Skora We mark our days by the calendar, and the days turn into weeks turn into months turn into years. Milestones and occasions of significant import are marked by anniversaries, allowing us to look back and reflect on events which have greatly affected our lives. This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of what … More Detroit’s Summer of ’67 Recounted at the Matrix