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milwaukee comedy festival
Curtains
Friday, Aug. 1, 2014
Once again, this year The Milwaukee Comedy Festival  makes another appearance to signal the beginning of the end of summer with some funny. Celebrating nine years in existence, the festival makes its way to the Next Act Theatre space on 255 S. Water St. for another four-day stretch of comedy Aug. 7 - 10.

Perennial favorites like sketch comedy group Broadminded and ...
pac season
Curtains
Thursday, July 31, 2014
The West Performing Arts Center in New Berlin opens its summer season in the final weeks of the summer. The stage, which also serves the New Berlin West Middle and High School will be home to a no less than three productions this August.

We’re All in This Together: High School Musical Junior is a product of New Berlin’s Summer Theatre Workshop, which trains students...
hansel
Curtains
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
The Quasimondo Physical Theatre rounds out the summer with a few live outdoor performances this month. Included on the schedule for the irreverent group are a couple of performances of shows they have mounted elsewhere before.

Hansel & Gretel: A Cautionary Tale is a mixture of puppetry, dance and drama that twists the folktale into a story about eating healthy and t...
summer stage
Curtains
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Emotional intimacy can be very difficult to maintain in an outdoor theatre. The dramatic immediacy can fizzle in the open air. Summerstage manages a respectable kind of intimacy with its emotionally entrancing production of Talley’s Folly, which opened this past weekend. Phil Stepanski and Ruth Arnell star in a two-person romantic drama about a couple of people meeting at an old bo...
murder
Curtains
Monday, July 28, 2014
Not every fundraiser raises money for a theatre company like the Sunset Playhouse. Not every theatre company fundraiser is a murder mystery party. Not every murder mystery party allows one an opportunity to meet tycoon Donald Trumpet. So consider yourself lucky that you even know about this one.

’Til Death Do Us Part is set-up as a wedding for a character based on a c...
Curtains
Sunday, July 27, 2014
My experiences with formal writing workshops have not been good. My impression of them as being mindless breeding grounds for writers who all kind of sound alike may not be terribly flattering, but Theresa Rebeck’s impression is considerably worse. Her Seminar makes its Wisconsin Premiere next month with World’s Stage Theatre. It’s the story of four aspiring writers who ...
guys
Curtains
Saturday, July 26, 2014
The Sunset Playhouse will be staging a production of Guys & Dolls this coming October. The beloved musical will be directed by Michael Stoddard. Rehearsals start on Sept. 8 for a show that will open Oct. 23.

From the announcement: “Please show up on one of the dates listed above with a 32 bar cut of a song in the style of the show. Bring sheet music, an accompanist wi...
carrie
Curtains
Friday, July 25, 2014
It’s a Stephen King book about a girl who uses telekinesis to exact revenge on her high school. Perfect subject for a musical, right? Actually, it was only about a dozen years after the publication of the book that the story was adapted into musical format. The 1988 production didn’t make much of a run on Broadway. There was a subsequent revival that made it Off-Broadway a couple of years ago....
cesar
Curtains
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Costume designers don’t always get enough credit. It’s easy enough to casually mention how nice a particular bit of costuming is in the course of writing a review without even bothering to mention the name of the person who developed it. At the end of the month, the Skylight Music Theatre casts a little attention in the direction of the designer for their upcoming production of Rossini�...