Skeleton Crew comes to us like a faint pulse just arriving from a distant star that exploded thousands of years in the past. It’s set at an automobile-parts factory in 2008. That was a few eons ago in the sociopolitical conversation. Today we’re much too sophisticated to worry about the economic pressures on blue-collar workers. Instead, all anyone engaged in the public diagnosing of our ills talks about is racism, fascism, the coming civil war, Trumpism, the incipient overthrow of democracy, and more racism. (Lately joined by covid and its attendant neuroses.)

Written by Dominique Morisseau, Skeleton Crew is one of seven plays by black playwrights to debut on Broadway in the 2021–22 season, but it isn’t actually new, having been...


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