Skeleton Crew (Broadway)
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Skeleton Crew (Broadway)
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Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great writing

Tony winner Phylicia Rashad stars in the Broadway premiere of Dominique Morisseau's Skeleton Crew.

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952 Reviews | 387 Followers
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Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Relevant, Great acting

See it if You like real life drama that may help you see that things are not always as black and white as they may seem. This is a well written play.

Don't see it if You’re looking for fluff or an easy night out. This is definitely entertaining but it’s gonna make you work a bit-challenge you a little. Read more

983 Reviews | 229 Followers
76
Resonant, Relevant, Profound, Great staging

See it if Very good acting, set and visual. Play moves along nicely for the most part.

Don't see it if Direction was so so. Writing could have been deeper. Audience at this dhow was unbearable... Cell phones going off and Audience talking thro

539 Reviews | 1877 Followers
86
Refreshing, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Morisseau does it again. Her works resonate, especially when played by stellar performers like they were in this show. Go see it.

Don't see it if Heavy dramas about working life don't interest you.

706 Reviews | 214 Followers
90
Great writing, Relevant, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if Closing of Detroit factory forces workers to face their inner demons, and earn self-respect. Excellent, well-acted characters.

Don't see it if The setting has been used before. But the play goes deeper than that. It is really about finding personal courage and integrity. Read more

692 Reviews | 152 Followers
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Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if a fan of Morisseau, Rashad or Dirden, enjoy newer plays that tackle contemporary issues with interesting plots, clever staging & dance

Don't see it if you don't like modern plays that discuss modern issues like plant closings, worker anger, the union movement. Plays that incorporate dance

399 Reviews | 202 Followers
80
Thought-provoking, Intense, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if A look at a Detroit auto plant that is shutting down and 4 of the people affected by it. Terrific performances.

Don't see it if I think Morisseau didn't know how to end it. The ending seemed kind of tacked on. It's not a light evening at the theater.

427 Reviews | 48 Followers
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Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if well acted play behind the scenes for people one often overlooks.

Don't see it if want big sweeping narratives - this is a small show but with bigger overall themes.

385 Reviews | 72 Followers
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Overrated, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if you like stories about factory workers. This is 2008 Detroit factory about to close. All afraid of job loss; all have personal poblems.

Don't see it if you want a deep thoughtful plot. This is four people constantly yelling at each other. Very repetitious,some plot points totally unrealistic

Critic Reviews (20)

The New York Times
January 26th, 2022

"CRITIC’S PICK...So begins “Skeleton Crew,” a play by Dominique Morisseau that in considering the ways we must sometimes break rules, breaks none itself. It’s so adroitly built and written — and, in the Manhattan Theater Club production that opened on Wednesday, so beautifully staged and acted — that you hardly have time to decide, until its brisk two hours have passed, whether it’s a comedy or a tragedy. Even then, as in life, you may not know for sure."
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Time Out New York
January 26th, 2022

"Rashad can’t resist being charming; she twinkles a bit, like the star she is. But if some of the grit has been lost in Skeleton Crew’s refurbished Broadway form,which also includes flashy video effects, Morisseau’s play remains firmly based in the lives and evocative language of its characters, whom Santiago-Hudson treats with the respect they deserve. They’re flawed but decent people, driven by forces that may or may not be beyond their control."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
January 26th, 2022

"As a storytelling engine, Skeleton Crew glides along, with complications slotting neatly into revelations and a worker’s poetry lubricating the action. “I know everything about this place,” says Faye. “The walls talk to me. The dust on the floors write me messages.” Morisseau is the modern-day bard of Detroit — her other work includes Detroit ’67 and Paradise Blue — and those two plays treat some aspect of the city’s past specifically through its music. It takes a moment to realize she has written in the same key here, but instead of imagining Motown record parties or jazz-age trumpeters, she envisions a score of metal-stamping, piston-pumping, and whistle-blowing. During transitions, Santiago-Hudson has dancer Adesola Osakalumi pop and lock, playing a lyrical impression of the factory itself, his choreographic precision echoing the way a hydraulic press slams into position. There’s perhaps too little of that kind of music in the scenes, but it’s a welcome element between them.'
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Variety
January 26th, 2022

"The playwright Dominique Morisseau knows what she is doing. That’s clear not only because she says it so convincingly in her Playbill note for Manhattan Theatre Club’s production of “Skeleton Crew,” but because she writes this moving drama with pristine delicacy and develops its characters with rigorous detail and tact. Under the masterful direction of Ruben Santiago-Hudson, “Skeleton Crew” presents a vibrant cast, poetic dialogue and profoundly layered storytelling that move the audience to audibly engage."
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Deadline
January 26th, 2022

"Directed with vitality by Ruben Santiago-Hudson – his second victory this Broadway season following the fall’s Lackawanna Blues – and performed by an ensemble cast that matches a powerful Phylicia Rashad, Skeleton Crew is a play that feels even more pertinent now than it did when it landed in a stellar Off Broadway production back in 2016. The play was terrific then. It’s essential now."
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AM New York
January 26th, 2022

"In between the superbly-acted scenes, which all take place inside a grim-looking breakroom, hip-hop music plays and a dancer (Adesola Osakalumi) performs mechanized movements intended to represent the factory’s assembly line. “Skeleton Crew” could have easily ended on a downbeat note. After all, no one is coming to save the factory, and the characters face an uncertain future. But the compassion they share for one another, the sacrifices they make for each other, and the unexpected pride they take in their work, turn “Skeleton Crew” into a most unlikely feel-good – or rather feel-hopeful – drama."
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Theatermania
January 26th, 2022

"Along with Morisseau's spot-on dialogue, the creative team captures the workers' reality in the break room with a meticulously detailed set designed by Michael Carnahan, complete with Obama-Biden sticker on the fridge. Emilio Sosa's costumes are working-class casual complemented by hard-hats worn with pride. It's that pride that Morisseau wants to pay tribute to, and in a play that might have nothing but bad awaiting its characters as the huge thumb of capitalism hovers over their heads, we're left with a little bit of hope. When you can't depend on the higher-ups to have your back, you've gotta have each other's. That's how you get through times like these."
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Lighting & Sound America
January 31st, 2022

It's interesting that Morisseau's play directly follows MTC's presentation of Lackawanna Blues, Santiago-Hudson's memoir about growing up in another Great Lakes industrial powerhouse in the 1950s. Together, these pieces say something important about structural societal changes that have left working class people -- especially those who are Black -- without a path to a better life. No matter what you hear about low unemployment, it's a problem that isn't going away.
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