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Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014
It would stand to reason that a healthy theater community would need some sort of defined theatre culture completely with a cultural identity. Any good theatre culture needs its own voice. Alvaro Saar Rios continues to promote a local Milwaukee voice this month with Mil-Wonky Too! Alvaro Saar Rios’ returns to an idea he developed last year as a rather large group of theatre student...
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014
Imagination Theatre of Germantown opens its season this month with the murder-mystery farce DROP DEAD! The premise of the William Van Zandt, Jane Milmore farce is sort of an aborted play with in a play. A group of actors past their prime look to revive their careers with a murder mystery play called...Drop Dead. Actors start showing-up murdered and things get complicated. DROP...
Monday, Oct. 13, 2014
Theatre Gigante Artistic Directors Isabelle Kralj & Mark Anderson return early next month to their 2004 deconstruction/reconstruction of  a classic by Shakespeare as they present My Dear Othello. The ten years since the show was originally produced have doubtlessly allowed Kralj and Anderson quite a bit of distance from the original staging which will likely inform on...
Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014
Later-on this month Uprooted Theatre presents the next in an annual series of remarkably interesting fundraising performances. Now in its fifth year Against Type: Roles I’ll Never Play But I Could is an evening of actors performing characters they’d enjoy performing as if only they didn’t look the way they do. It’s kind of a fun premise that clearly has met with some s...
Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014
Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is formed from a very potent premise. There’s all kinds of room in it for interesting symbolism and allegory. It’s kind of surprising that the 1886 novella isn’t used more often as the basis for modern adaptation.

West Allis’ Village Playhouse revisits the old classic this month as it presents Noah...
Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
I’ve seen over 850 shows as a theater critic in the past dozen years. In all that time I’ve never once gone to the Northern Lights Theater in Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. It’s an interesting venue. From the nearest bus stop I could find, it’s a long walk-in to the space across alien terrain. There is the smell of industry. There are slowly blinking, red lights on smoke stacks. The highwa...
Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
[Picture: L to R: Sherrick Robinson, Lindsey Gagliano, Emmitt Morgans and Liz Faraglia]

Kohl’s Wild Theater is a very sophisticated education project that is founded on a partnership between Kohl’s Cares and the Zoological Society of Milwaukee. The group uses professional actors, costuming puppets and things to put together kid-based conservation-themed the...
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
This coming December, The World’s Stage Theatre Company will be staging a production of Amiri Baraka’s The Dutchman. Billed as a “highly symbolic version of the Adam and Eve story,” The Dutchman sounds like a very potent drama. An insane, white seductress murders a naive, bourgeois black man.

The World’s Stage is looking for a Caucasian woman, an Africa...
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014
The ending to the original German version of Snow White is exceptionally disturbing. The Germans’ Sneewittchen has the evil queen with the magic mirror being shoved into hot iron shoes and forced to dance around until she died. Not exactly a pretty picture and certainly not the sort of thing that I would tell me own 3-year-old daughter. Times have changed since the ea...