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Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014
The weekend of Oct. 10 is going to be very, very busy with openings. I’ve been trying to negotiate my own personal schedule to see a couple of shows. This is one that I really hope that I can make time for.

On a very busy week, Theatrical Tendencies opens its staging of the contemporary romantic drama Next  Fall. The Geoffrey Nauffts play debuted in 2010. The The...
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Curtains
Friday, Sept. 12, 2014
A little while back, there was an immersive dramatic storytelling experience that settled into the Charles Allis Art Museum. The opening of UNIS: The Origin of the Unicorn was a presentation of a new art exhibit featuring actors in character talking about a fictitious Unicorn expedition that they went on. The art show has run its course and the actors are returning for a repeat prese...
Theater
Friday, Sept. 12, 2014

Alchemist features Jason Powell and Doug Jarecki

The Alchemist’s latest offering features seven one-acts by Milwaukee comedy gurus Jason Powell and Doug Jarecki written for Bunny Gumbo’s Combat Theatre and Patrick Schmitz Presents Sketch 22. Each script was based on a randomly paired setting and subject and was written (and
Theater
Friday, Sept. 12, 2014

Cooperative Performance Milwaukee’s ‘The Seagull’

Cooperative Performance Milwaukee’s dramatic compression of The Seagull cleverly distills Anton Chekhov’s exhaustive four-act play into a sharp 63 minutes. Much detail is lost, but writer/director Don Russell manages to juggle a diverse ensemble in a way that makes the most of every
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Curtains
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...
good_father
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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...
a_murder
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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</...
ragtime
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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...
any_given-monday
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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...
addams
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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...