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Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012

16th-Century Laughs in Windfall's 'Wittenberg'

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Billed as “tragical, comical, historical,” David Davalos' Wittenberg is an intellectual comedy with an edge to it. This month Windfall Theatre presents an intimate staging of the play, which is set on a university campus in the early 16th century.

Carol Zippel directs a cast that is well suited to the job at hand. David Flores plays Dr. John Faustus, professor of philosophy. The talented, experienced Flores has played tragic figures before. Perhaps his version of Faustus will be informed by his 2005 portrayal of Richard III. Robert W.C. Kennedy plays theology professor Martin Luther a short time before he writes The Ninety-Five Theses. Kennedy's brilliant, comic sense of skepticism and pragmatism should place the production on firm footing. The two university men are drawn together as they discuss the nature of existence in the presence of Hamlet, a student who has yet to claim a major. Kyle Queenan rounds out the central trio of the cast as Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (class of 1517). Queenan is a promising young actor who has shown the poise and precision needed to keep Hamlet from devolving into a straight man for the comedy of Faustus and Luther.

Windfall Theatre's production of Wittenberg runs Feb. 17-March 3 at Village Church Arts, 130 E. Juneau Ave. For ticket reservations, call 414-332-3963.

Theater Happenings


  • When an art curator from New York takes a trip to the Midwest, she discovers a young woman who might be able to shed some light on photographs taken by Walker Evans. The drama A Thousand Words takes the stage of the Broadway Theatre Center's Studio Theatre in a Milwaukee Chamber Theatre production Feb. 16-March 11. For ticket reservations, call 414-291-7800.
  • The Marcus Center presents a light comedy Feb. 16-19, as Vogel Hall plays host to Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating and Marriage. For ticket reservations, call 414-273-7206.

TAGS: David Davalos, Wittenberg, Windfall Theatre, Carol Zippel, David Flores, Dr. Faustus, Richard III, Robert W.C. Kennedy, Martin Luther, Ninety-Five Theses, Hamlet, Kyle Queenan, Village Church Arts, A Thousand Words, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Marcus Center, Vogel Hall, Miss Abigail, Dating, Mating, Marriage

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