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Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
California-based playwright Julie Marie Myatt is a young, prolific author who has crafted nearly two-dozen full-length plays in a very, very short span of time. Next Act Theatre opens its season with a dark comedy by the rising playwright as it presents Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter. The play concerns a wounded solider who has returned from Iraq with an artificial leg and a sense...
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014
Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s production of The Good Father sounds quite promising. It seems to be in the process of being crafted under some of the most clever conditions in which to develop a remarkably heartfelt romantic drama. Jonathan Wainwright and Laura Gray are the only two actors in the production. The romantic drama will live through the two of them on one of the mor...
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
Early next month, the Falls Patio Players present Agatha Christie’s A Murder Is Announced. The Leslie Darbon adaptation of the 1950 crime novel features the beloved Miss Marple in a cozy residential setting. It was Christie’s 50th book. It was quite a success having been translated into a number of different languages. (In Norway it is known as An Invitation To Murder</...
Monday, Sept. 8, 2014
I’m actually kind of proud of myself for not understanding the joke at first. It’s a stand-up comedy, sketch and variety show produced by women. (Lisan Wood and Liza Marie to be precise.) And it’s called The Ragtime Variety Hour. Took me a while to get the joke. Cute. And classy at the same time while still being vulgar. Unless of course I’m superimposing my own latently chil...
Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014
Lenny is evidently a nice guy. He’s a teacher, a father and a husband. When his wife leaves him for a guy who builds Walmarts, he’s taken to consoling himself with pizza, beer and Monday Night Football. Since this is a stage comedy by Bruce Graham it’s not pathetic. It’s funny. It features two men and two women. It’s a cast that Pink Banana Theatre is looking to cast this month for a pro...
Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014
It started-off as a one-panel comic strip in The New Yorker, but no one thinks of it like that. Years later it was the subject of a couple of feature films, but people don’t necessarily remember those as well either. The Addams Family is probably best-known as a TV series that aired from 1964 to 1966 before being immortalized through syndicated repetition. If you’ve seen e...
two cities
Friday, Sept. 5, 2014
Morning Star Productions presents a Milwaukee premier this month as it stages an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities. The script being used for the stage adaptation was written by acclaimed playwright Sir Terence Rattigan and legendary actor Sir Arthur John Gielgud. Normally I’m a bit suspicious of any attempt to put a complex, sophisticated episodic novel ...
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014
Soulstice Theatre had originally planned to open its season with a conversation bertween Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg. Instead they’re going to be getting something of a dialog between Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect and Zaphod Beeblebrox. The two fictitious semi-brothers from Betelgeuse and their human friend will are slated to replace fictitious representations of two very real physicists...
variety hour
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014
The regular Milwaukee theater season begins to shift into its first full month this week. This weekend Co-Operative Performance Milwaukee opens its production of Don Russell’s adaptation of The Seagull from the second floor of the Grand Avenue Mall. One day after that opens on the second floor of the mall, there will be a comedy show performed in the basement of the same mall. Yes, this F...