“Good People” make for Good Friends at Open Book

By Daniel Skora There are any number of large themes running through David Lindsay-Abaire’s play about a middle-aged woman from South Boston’s Lower End who’s been down-on her luck for so long it’s become hard for her to imagine there are any paths left that lead upward. Some of those deal with class, race, and … More “Good People” make for Good Friends at Open Book

Love and Science Collide in “Smart Love” at The Purple Rose

By Daniel Skora The flash of lightning and the deep rumble of thunder that open “Smart Love”, the current presentation of The Purple Rose Theatre, at first hardly seem necessary. It never bothers to rain, and the sense of foreboding that usually comes with stormy weather doesn’t quite fit a play that begins with a … More Love and Science Collide in “Smart Love” at The Purple Rose

“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

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

Mornings Begin Punctually at Seven in Purple Rose’s Latest

By Daniel Skora Art is never created in a vacuum. In some form or fashion, it’s reflective of the time and the place in which it was created. Yet truths can be found in artistic expressions no matter where or when they were created because all have to some degree a concern for the human … More Mornings Begin Punctually at Seven in Purple Rose’s Latest

“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