After a successful run earlier this year, Atlantic Theater Company brings back Dominique Morisseau’s hit play about four Detroit auto workers during the 2008 recession for an encore run. More…
'Skeleton Crew' is a timely and intimate look at the lives of four Detroit auto workers as they struggle through an uncertain future. In this final installment of Morisseau’s Detroit trilogy, a makeshift family of workers at the last exporting auto plant in the city navigate the possibility of foreclosure. Power dynamics shift, and the workers are pushed to the limits of survival. When the line between blue collar and white collar gets blurred, how far over the divider are they willing to step? Following its critically acclaimed run at Atlantic Stage 2, the show returns with its original cast for a six-week engagement at Atlantic’s Linda Gross Theater.
See it if you like workplace dramas. The characters are well-drawn, as are the conflicts. You feel for all as they face the decline of their industry.
Don't see it if you want a perfect script. This could have used some cuts. Still, it was compelling and elucidating...and very well staged/acted.
See it if Moving realistic story of economic & identity struggle and loss. Great writing/acting. Relevant and painful.
Don't see it if you are up for lighter fare tonight. Issues treated might hit too close to home.
See it if You like topical character driven drama. Great acting and direction.
Don't see it if You're looking for light and fluffy. This show has something to say.
See it if You like Plays set in the workplace of a lower class population using heavy street dialogue and accents. You like realistic plays.
Don't see it if You can't deal with heavy, unsubtle street talk. You dislike even a few moments of rap music used to set the tone and time of the plot.
See it if you enjoy well written, excellently acted drama with engaging characters and a relevant plot.
Don't see it if you have difficulty with heavy accents and fast-paced lines; dislike story lines that make you think and feel.
See it if You like beautifully rendered characters, you care about societal issues, you like realistic drama that unfolds carefully and true.
Don't see it if Uncomfortable with economic struggle, street dialect, topical story lines. Want fluff, easy answers. But this one's worth seeing, folks. GO.
See it if you appreciate good character development and an exploration of the financial crisis that is not trite.
Don't see it if you only like upbeat, entertaining theater
See it if A topnotch workplace drama, topical and gritty about people facing the difficulties of the lives of the working classes.
Don't see it if You don't want to share the burdens of people whose options have limits.
See it if you like relevant, social conscious plays with great acting, and if you can feel empathy towards others
Don't see it if you want to escape social problems and just want light entertainment
See it if Moving depiction of 4 Detroit auto workers facing the imminent closing of their plant; seen from both white collar & blue collar perspective
Don't see it if Acting was terrific. Story unfolds slowly; not much action. One actress spoke in a strong dialect that was sometimes hard to follow.
See it if You like well developed plays with social conscience. You are interested in corporate/labor struggles, how downsizing is killing America
Don't see it if You do not like to think at the theater.
See it if you relate to the lives of blue-collar factory workers, you were ever poor or you ever lost your job.
Don't see it if you prefer your dramas to be about the affluent & educated or to be less depressing.
See it if Miller-esque stories of American struggle appeal to you.
Don't see it if issues of race, strong language, or class upset you. Or if you're pro corporation and anti union.
See it if Relevance is enough to carry a play for you. Good play, good performances. Interesting scene breaks.
Don't see it if You find it annoying when naturalistic dialogue every once in a while awkwardly switches to incongruous metaphor style monologues.
See it if You want to see a play in which contemporary issues are explored in a thoughtful way in a great production with a great cast.
Don't see it if Can't think of a good reason not to see this fine show.
See it if You're typically turned off by race plays because this one isn't heavy-handed. Or want to see naturalistic performances in a realistic play.
Don't see it if You're turned off by loud noises and random dance break interludes.
See it if you are interested in extremely fine acting in a very original and relevant play that speaks to the American working class experience
Don't see it if you don't like deep plays or don't want to think too deeply about what you are seeing, or only want to see happy content plays.
See it if you want to tap into your emotions & the importance of trust, privacy, social interactions, personal fears, and surviving life challenges
Don't see it if you are in the mood for a musical or a show that is more entertaining than emotionally charged
See it if you like dynamic theater that delivers a message relevant to today's political climate.
Don't see it if you don't care about people's struggles and personal lives.
See it if Takes place in the dingy break room of a foundering Detroit auto factory & details the interpersonal relationships/struggles of 4 co-workers
Don't see it if You have no interest in the plight of a blue collar community on the brink