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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�...
Curtains
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Next Act Theatre’s Next Actors program allows a diverse group of teens to get together, write and produce an original theater piece. There really need to be more programs like this. Theater is a living, breathing thing. Giving those who are new to the stage an opportunity to really open up to it does all kinds of good things for them and the local culture as a whole.

The four week ...
talley
Curtains
Monday, July 21, 2014
The Lanford Wilson comedy Talley’s Folly is a strikingly good fit for outdoor theatre in the summer. There is so much about next month’s production with Summerstage that sounds like a really, really fun trip out of town for an evening.

First of all, there is the play: it’s a one-act comedy set in a gazebo-like outdoor structure in Missouri in July of 1944. The pla...
rope 1
Curtains
Sunday, July 20, 2014

Off The Wall Theatre offers a tense take on "Rope"

Physical comfort in summer theater can be a rather tricky thing to negotiate. I’d recently mentioned being physically uncomfortable at a show in a review. That show was in a mosquito-infested barn. It was hot. It was uncomfortable. It was Animal Farm. This past Friday night ...
audition
Curtains
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Those milling about certain blocks in downtown Milwaukee might expect to run into a professional performer or two during the regular theater season. There will be an unusually high concentration of talent in and around the Broadway Theatre Center on the afternoon of July 22 as Renaissance Theaterworks hosts the Broadway Theatre Center Auditions.

The auditions aren’t open to the general pu...
new plays festival
Curtains
Friday, July 18, 2014
Theatre Unchained will be holding auditions for its next program of shorts later on this month. The New Plays Festival. Running Aug. 15-24, the festival is a program of eight shorts that take place in a fun atmosphere in a space with a bar larger than its stage. It’s a pleasantly intimate venue.

The open auditions take place on the evening of July 21. They are looking...
boulevard
Curtains
Thursday, July 17, 2014
When it was announced that The Boulevard Theatre’s performance space was no longer going to be The Boulevard Theatre, I was concerned that the last performance in the space had come and gone without anyone realizing that it was the last performance in the space.

Thankfully, the Boulevard Theatre will be performing one more show at the most intimate theatre space in Milwaukee. David...