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Curtains
Thursday, June 19, 2014
There are all kinds of reasons why things seem a bit confusing these days. The weather can’t seem to decide what season it is. The summer movie season started in April this year. People are doing unspeakable things in the name of the fictional. And The Improvised Musical is occurring on the fourth Thursday of the month.

I know it’s confusing. This week IS the third week in June. I check...
Theater
Thursday, June 19, 2014

Optimist takes Shakespeare to the park

 Optimist Theatre celebrates summer with The Winter’s Tale. One of Shakespeare’s most uneven works is as pleasantly disorienting as ever in a free outdoor production overlooking the Milwaukee skyline. Mark Corkins and Tom Reed star as longtime friends torn apart by suspicion of adultery. Corkins has great capacity
summer boys
Curtains
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Two comics are coming to town. They’re touring the country this summer. They’re the millennial  generation’s current version of “that guy who was in that show that one time.” You may have seen Josh Fadem as that kid who played Liz Lemon’s Agent on three episodes of 30 Rock between 2009 and 2012. (Yeah. That guy.) Johnny Pemberton plays the doubtlessly crucial charact...
dog sees god
Curtains
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
This is what happens after the comic strip. The panels drain of their color. We only see the black outlines of panels. They're empty. They are a void of color. Only the concrete grey that seems to cover everything. The silhouettes of the empty comic panels almost feel burnt onto the walls. Burt V. Royal’s Dog Dees God uses the vocabulary of Charles Schultz's mid-20th century Peanut...
Curtains
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Back in the mid-19th century, Werner Trimborn and Jacob Kier purchased a lime-producing property south of Milwaukee. They had quickly become the largest producers of quality lime in Wisconsin. By the 1870s, there were 40 people working there. Things changed in the early 20th century. The land was subdivided and sold off. The bulk of it went into dairy farming. By 1935, the farm was purchased by th...
freesia mckee
Curtains
Monday, June 16, 2014
Someone had asked Freesia McKee why she was holding hands with a large bottle of mustard. And she replied: “there so many reasons to do so...” As spring turns to summer, there’s a strange sense of transition about local theatre. The attention to local stages can become very delocalized. This means that there’s opportunity for all kinds of strange, little theatrical experiences all ov...
Curtains
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Whitefish Bay’s venerable Bay Players have a sharp season coming up on the other side of summer. The official announcement went out earlier this month. Among them is the work of a locally born playwright.

Jay Presson Allen’s 1968 comedy Forty Carats. A 42 year-old real-estate agent falls in love with a 22 year-old man while on vacation. She returns to her l...
Curtains
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Waukesha’s Outskirts Theatre is looking to launch a production of Bert V. Royal’s Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead. The clever and dramatic mutation of the Peanuts comic strip characters is currently being staged locally by Splinter Group. On the far edge of summer, Outskirts Theatre will also be staging a production of the drama in Waukesha. It’s a dark ...
for colored girls
Curtains
Friday, June 13, 2014
Project 1 Voice is a national group that supports African American theater and playwrights. This year the group’s 1 Voice! 1 Play! 1 Day! project resonates through the nation with  numerous staged readings of Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf. As it is a series of poetic and very personal monologues, ...
splinter peanuts
Curtains
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Dog Sees God is playwright Bert V. Royal’s look at a post-modern post-Peanuts Charlie Brown gang. It’s been a long time since the strips and the characters are all teenagers now. Things are considerably more complicated than they were when they were kids. You can imagine the dark permutations. Snoopy has passed on. All that’s left is a bunch of people transitioning into ...