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Skeleton Crew

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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Great writing, Thought-provoking

About the show

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.

Member Reviews (138)


Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Great writing, Thought-provoking
Avg Score

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious, Moving

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.

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Great acting, Thought-provoking, Poignant, Intense, Relevant

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.

Relevant, Intense, Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

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.

Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Refreshing

See it if You want a well-acted realistic drama, and to see the pain of the workers and their life issues.

Don't see it if You're offended by frank language/discussions.

Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great staging

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.

Gripping and fine, Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Relevant

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

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.

Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

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

Relevant, Entertaining, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing

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

Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Great writing, Resonant

See it if you missed it the first time. Really terrific.

Don't see it if you do not like reality plays showing a side of life you might not know.

Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Relevant, Resonant

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Wonderful character development, Timely

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Relevant

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.

Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Must see

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.

Great writing, Intelligent, Absorbing, Depressing

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.

Relevant, Great staging

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.

Great acting, Funny, Relevant, Intense, Great writing

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.

Great acting, Intelligent, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if If you like a good drama with excellent actors.

Don't see it if You prefer comedies or musicals.

Interesting, Absorbing

See it if you like a play about real people. Nicely captures the lives of people trying to survive during bad times. Well acted.

Don't see it if you want light, happy, fluff.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Relevant

See it if you like seeing terrific new works.

Don't see it if you're not interested in new plays and good writing.

Clever, Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

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

Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Profound, Relevant

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Great writing, Thought-provoking

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.

Resonant, Masterful, Must see, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You want to see people of color in strong non stereotyped roles

Don't see it if You are anti union

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May 25th, 2016
"The financial perils and uncertainty for workers at the mercy of industry pressures are movingly depicted in the earthy 'Skeleton Crew,' tautly written by Dominique Morisseau and briskly directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson...By the conclusion, in-depth acquaintance with the characters has been ach...
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May 31st, 2016
"An engrossing, pertinent script, well acted and directed. Despite a rather depressing atmosphere, made heavy by the threat of unemployment, Morrisseau skillfully weaves humor, friendship and forgiveness into the story...The action on stage may depict issues specific to Detroit's auto industry, b...
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January 19th, 2016
for a previous production "Warm-blooded, astute and beautifully acted four-character drama...It is, in many ways, an old-fashioned play: naturalistic, tightly structured and filled with self-defining monologues of vernacular lyricism...It is, in other words, a deeply moral and deeply American play, with a loving compassio...
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January 19th, 2016
for a previous production "Morisseau’s play is firmly based in the lives and evocative language of its four characters, whom Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s powerful production treats with August Wilson–ian respect. They’re messed-up but decent people, driven by forces that may or may not be beyond their control."
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