In ‘Skeleton Crew’ at LA’s Geffen, the laughs make the story wear thin

If you remember the Detroit auto industry in 2008, you’ll find particular resonance in “Skeleton Crew,” Dominique Morisseau’s play in production at Geffen Playhouse. It encapsulates a sobering time in American life yet deals with universal issues.

She sets her story in the last small auto factory to operate there. The workers sense they’re about to lose their jobs, but each one needs every dollar an additional week could provide.

All the action occurs in the factory’s break room,...

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