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Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015
Art Carnival--Milwaukee’s burlesque & variety show allows artists to draw and photograph performers in costume prior to the performance. It’s a clever little conjunction between the visual and performing arts that has been gaining momentum. Every performance takes on a different theme. Next month, Art Carnival draws itself through the panels to present WeSuperheroe...
Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015
Contemporary British author Alan Moore once said: “Orwell was almost exactly wrong in a strange way. He thought the world would end with Big Brother watching us, but it ended with us watching Big Brother.” Next month, Alchemist Theatre and Bad Example give local audiences another opportunity to take Alan Moore a bit too literally. Big Brother comes to Bay View in February. In March of 2012, th...
Friday, Jan. 23, 2015
Given the subject matter, the nature of the musical and just about everything else involved in bringing it to the stage, any production of Les Miserables is hugely ambitious. It’s a huge enough undertaking for a big theatre company. It’s positively heroic for any smaller group to try to tackle the epic. Nevertheless,
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015
Quite a few years before Jack Nicholson took up the iconic role at the center of the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, there was a stage adaptation of Ken Kesey’s book that debuted on Broadway. The Sunset Playhouse brings the story to the stage in a production directed by actor/director Michael Pocaro. Maureen Chobanoff plays the domineering Nurse Ratched. Chobanoff ha...
Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015
The dramatic heart of Sam Shepard's True West comes vividly to life on the intimate stage of the Alchemist Theatre this winter. Directed by Erin Nicole Eggers, the drama of two brothers feels intricately visceral. I really liked the work of Eggers and company, but I had a lot of hang-ups with the aesthetics of the staging. I guess I’ll start-out with the bits that I disliked about ...
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015
Plymouth, Wisconsin rests (probably) quite comfortably between Fond du Lac and Sheboygan. There in historic downtown Plymouth near a pond called Mill rests the recently remodeled Plymouth Arts Center. Next month, the PAC will be hosting a cabaret-style music show called Love Is An Open Door. Presented by the young Sheboygan County group
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015

A new girl in a strange high school

First Stage celebrates individualism with its latest show. The intricate Y York adaptation of Jerry Spinelli’s Stargirl thoughtfully comes to life under the direction of John Maclay. The story involves a homeschooled girl attending high school for the first time. Video screens featuring announcements from the fictitious high school
Monday, Jan. 19, 2015
The Village Playhouse will be staging an new show next month. The press release describes Tom Zuehlke’s A Comedy In Three Acts as, “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.” Why? A Comedy In Three Acts is a one-act mystery/thriller. What kind of a person writes a mystery with a title like that? Sound like it could be interesting if the title is any...
Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015
Two neighboring fathers trick their kids into falling in love by manufacturing some kind of feud. Sounds like something that might happen on a sitcom of some sort. If it also sounds a lot like a musical, that’s because it is. The Fantasticks is one of those musicals the simply will not die. The original production on Broadway ran for well over 40 years. There’s real appeal in the...