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Wednesday, May 28, 2014
The Village Playhouse of Wauwatosa has evidently had a really good pool of submitted scripts for its 29th Annual Original One Act Play Festival. Rather than having them all featured on a single program, they have spilt them up into two shows. The first of the two shows opens in the beginning of June.

Part One features eight different casts performing eight different pla...
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Sousltice Theatre opens the summer next week with a production of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies. Inspired by a New York Times article about a gathering of showgirls from the legendary Ziegfeld Follies, he and James Goldman wrote a musical about a fictitious group of performers reuniting in an old Broadway theater that has been schedule for demolition.

Soulstice is...
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Monday, May 26, 2014
Carroll University’s Carroll Players will be staging a couple of plays in rotating rep next month. From June 5 through the 21, the Players will be staging a contemporary comedy and something a bit less than contemporary.

Anton In Show Business follows three actresses as they look to stage Chekov in Texas at the turn of the century. The play debuted elsewhere not too l...
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Three-time Tony winner Jack O’Brien is well-installed in the vast machinery of New York theater. This fall he will appear on Broadway with Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane in a production of It's Only A Play. All next month into July he will be appearing in a production of Much Ado About Nothing in Central Park. That production opens June 3, but O’Brien evidently has a Saturday ...
Saturday, May 24, 2014
The popular Milwaukee-based storytelling show Ex Fabula will be hosting a fundraiser midway through next month. It promises to be a classy evening at the lovely Villa Terrace Art Museum at 2221 N. Terrace Ave. Mea Fabula offers a storytelling experience which celebrates the nature of Ex Fabula. From the official announcement:

Local artists stationed ...
Friday, May 23, 2014
The lovely, young talented Emilie Lozier will be playing Juliet. The equally lovely, equally young and every bit as talented Joey Flegel-Mishlove will be playing Romeo. It will be a comedy. It will be a parody of Shakespeare’s classic written by Milwaukee comedy staple Patrick Schmitz. This is going to be in August (21-23) at the Next Act Theatre. Before this can happen, however, money needs to ...
Thursday, May 22, 2014
So far this season, Milwaukee audiences have seen Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet staged with actors of advanced age (with Off the Wall Theatre) and with actors of very young age (with First Stage’s Young Company). Later on this summer, Patrick Schmitz will be staging a variation of the tragedy as a comedy. (THAT sounds quite promising.) At the end of this month, however, the Oconomowoc ...
Thursday, May 22, 2014

Off the Wall revisits the classic libertine tale

 Dale Gutzman puts together an entertaining comedic drama with Off the Wall Theatre’s latest, Giovanni. Jeremy C. Welter plays the mythic 14th-century libertine with a degree of pompous flare. Welter stops short of a stylishly comic exaggeration of the Don Juan persona, but he has more than enough presence to keep the
Thursday, May 22, 2014

First Stage’s Young Company gets a taste of tragedy

 First Stage’s Young Company production of Romeo and Juliet did justice to the drama and served as an education for much of its cast. Shakespeare’s tragedy was enacted at the Rosa Parks Auditorium at Golda Meir School right around the corner from the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center. Set, lighting and costuming were
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Phillip Andrew Bennett Low is a writer/stand-up comic/storyteller who registers onstage as a Libertarian activist. He’s touring with his current one-man show Indefinite Articles all over the midwest this summer with a stopover in Hollywood for the little fringe festival they’ve got going on there.

The local leg of the tour is one night only May 25 at The Irish Pub on 12...