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Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014
It’s not every high school production that has access to a major performing arts venue. Brookfield Central’s High School Theatre Department has the good fortune of being able to stage a show at the luxurious Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts. The show in question is a musical based on James M. Barry’s Peter Pan.Memorable songs like “I’m Flying,” “I Won’t Grow Up,” and “Ne...
Monday, Oct. 27, 2014
The promo pics for Robbie McGhee’s Uprooted Cabaret show had McGhee down on the farm with a beat-up baseball cap. As I understand, the show was about McGhee’s life growing-up in small-town Wisconsin, so it fit. For their November Uprooted Cabaret show, Marcee Doherty-Elst and Kelly Doherty will be doing something possibly a bit more flashy if advanced promo photos are any indicator. Reconstruc...
Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014
Earlier this season, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre staged a production of The Good Father, which starred wife and husband Laura Gray and Jonathan Wainwright. Early next month, Soulstice Theatre stages a production of Ken Ludwig’s Moon Over Buffalo starring real-life husband and wife Michael and Maureen Murphy Chobanoff. the comedy has a pair of aging stage actors on the brink of splitting-up as both...
Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014
Cream City Theater opens its premiere season next month with a staged reading of Eugene O’Neill’s classic early 20th century drama The Iceman Cometh. The story of a low-class saloon and rooming house in 1912 comes to West Allis’ Imagination Studios on 1500 S. 73rd St. Readings take place November 7 - 15.The Iceman Cometh is one of those plays everyone seems to have read or heard about but no...
Friday, Oct. 24, 2014
Alice Wilson’s Art Carnival series continues early next month with Epic ’80s. The series features burlesque acts performing for an audience of artists and others as paintings and drawings and other live art is made on the spot. Audience members can go home with a piece of art or make some of their own. Mr. Mondo Lucha hosts the next show, which features burlesque da...
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
T.I.M.: The Improvised Musical recently took a trip to New York to perform. Fresh from that road trip, the group returns this month for their Halloween show. The performance group features an assembly of talented improv comics who also happen to be really, really into musical theatre. With the aid of a talented four-piece band, they improvise an entire musical theatre piece from a single au...
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
You’ve seen Nunsense. Of course you’ve seen Nunsense. But have you seen... a high school production of Nunsense? The remarkably well-funded Pius XI theatre department will be staging a production of the popular musical comedy.The clever bit about this particular production is the preparation. Being a Catholic school, the production was able to hook-up with actual nuns. Cast members visited a l...
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
The first time I saw a picture of one of Imago Theatre’s “Frogz,” I thought I was looking at a picture of an actual frog. They may not move perfectly like the little amphibians. (Humans simply do not have the anatomy. Those things have a muscular anatomy like a slingshot. They’re some of the most insanely graceful creatures on the planet.) Imago Theatre’s circus-inspired dance variety sh...
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
There was recently kind of a weird, little prank involving a faked poster for a new production of the film Mary Poppins as directed by Tim Burton and starring Cate Blanchett. This was, of course, somebody’s idea of a joke. There were evidently never any plans for such a movie. However, there is a new Mary Poppins coming to Wisconsin this year and it’s part of a new theater.The proprietors of t...