The Skeleton Crew production by Malvern’s People’s Light and Theatre masterfully explores the relationships between employees and their jobs at a car plant in Detroit, writes Howard Shapiro for WHYY.
Written by Dominique Morisseau, Skeleton Crew is the last of a trio she calls the Detroit plays. This one depicts a group of employees who are worried if their plant will close, and whether they will receive a severance package before being shown the door.
The play explores Detroit’s factory culture, especially its meaning to the city’s African-American residents, who are treated with varying degrees of respect as the car industry evolves.
Set in the break room, the play revolves around a worker played by Melanye Finister, who is the union shop steward. She is good friends with the supervisor, played by Brian Marable, who walks a fine line between managing her and confiding in her. But when he tells her of secret company plans, their fragile relationship is put to the test.
Due to its popularity, the show has been extended through July 15.