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Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

Search for identity with Louise Zamparutti’s ‘Identita’

Windfall Theatre opens its season with a drama about one man’s search for cultural and personal identity as it presents the world premiere of Louise Zamparutti’s
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
This March the Cream City Theater introduces itself to the local theater scene with its first-ever production. The brand-new theater company (founded earlier this year by Katherine and Steve Beeson) will be staging a production of the classic drama Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

The new company is looking to cast for the roles of George, Martha and Honey. Auditions f...
Monday, Sept. 29, 2014
It’s not just a matter of being ethnically insensitive. NFL’s Washington “Redskins” sounds horribly out of date. They should try something more menacingly contemporary. Like the Gridlock. (Nothing stops the Washington Gridlock.) Or maybe the Insiders. How sinister would it sound to be facing off against the Washington Insiders?

Anyway...on Monday, Nov. 3, the Milwaukee Rep is...
Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014
It must be very strange touring as someone else. There’s a guy who does Twain. He travels around the country performing as Mark Twain. That must be a weird life. There are people traveling around to places they’ve probably never been pretending to be people they’re not for one-person stage performances. There are probably hundreds of people circulating about the country like ...
Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014
Next month, Potowatomi Hotel & Casino plays host to an extended run of an off-Broadway show for the first time. It’s kind of an interesting milestone for the Northern Lights Theater. The theater has been around for a long time. In over 10 years of covering 800+ shows in Milwaukee I’ve never once been to the Northern Lights. Visiting acts come in and perform there regularly, but it�...
Friday, Sept. 26, 2014
In 1980, Irish playwright Brian Friel wrote Translations. It was a three-act, “about language and only about language,” that actually dealt with a lot of issues involving communication and cultural imperialism. The original production was staged in Northern Ireland 24 years ago. The cast included a younger Liam Neeson. It was performed amidst the conflict that was...
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
The Bronzeville Arts Ensemble recently collaborated with First Stage in a program that worked with playwrights to develop short plays that could be produced. The effort has paid off in a program of three shorts that will be staged at the end of this month. Playwright’s Showcase features three shorts: Just a Conversation Over Chicken and Dumplings by Michelle Do...
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014
In the years to come, online video just might become indispensable in promoting upcoming local theater shows. There are bound to be a lot of soft-sell approaches that have more to do with image than they do the actual show that’s being promoted. These can be really cool if they’re done right but they can be really confusing if they’re not. (I understand that’s the performer in front of a b...
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014
Four young working-class people struggle with increasing dissatisfaction in dead-end lives and increasing dissatisfaction with each other in Neil LaBute’s Reasons to be Pretty. The third part of a contemporary thematic exploration of the modern-day obsession with the superficial signifiers of identity, the comedy follows The Shape of Things and Fat Pig. ...
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

Deliciously moody comic drama

Next Act Theatre plays host to a tender portrayal of a family of emotionally fractured people with Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter. Directed by Deborah Staples, Julie Marie Myatt’s script is a deliciously moody comedic shuffle across a small stage. Chelsea D. Harrison dances with shadows and subtlety in her portrayal of the title