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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
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
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 ...
woody allen
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Outdoor summer theater opens in a big way this weekend in the greater Milwaukee area as a couple of notable productions open. Optimist Theatre’s staging of The Winter’s Tale at Kadish Park opens the same  weekend as Summerstage of Delafield’s outdoor production of Don’t Drink the Water. Director Brian D. Zelinski brings Woody Allen’s 1966 play to the outd...
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Theater loves theater. Sometimes when theater loves theater onstage in the company of an audience, it can be a beautiful thing. This is the case with Soulstice Theatre’s production of Follies. Stephen Sondheim’s tribute  to love, life and the stage makes a graceful appearance in St. Francis this month. It’s a tribute to an earlier era of stage performance. Sondheim’s cla...
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

‘The Honeymoon is Over’ in 8 shorts

 Pink Banana Theatre Company celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. The latest in the company’s many shorts programs is populated with characters whose relationships may be at an end. One Acts 2014: The
Monday, June 9, 2014
Next month, Greendale Community Theatre opens its production of the popular musical Legally Blonde. Last year’s production of Les Miserables set an attendance record for GCT. This year, they are shifting over to something much more lighthearted in a musical based on a light and fluffy Hollywood comedy from 2001. They’re looking to exhibit a thematic versatility with...
Sunday, June 8, 2014
The Milwaukee Rep is once again looking for kids to perform in its annual production of A Christmas Carol. Auditions are just a couple of months away, but the deadline for applications is next month. From the press release:

Parents who would like their children to audition should send a separate photograph of each child, along with height, weight, age, clothing an...
off the wall
Saturday, June 7, 2014
The summer theater season is always an interesting mix of different elements. Next month a murder drama skulks onto one of the most intimate stages in town as Off The Wall Theatre presents Patrick Hamilton’s Rope.

The 1929 British drama is inspired by the Leopold and Loeb murder  case. On the sometimes shockingly small stage that is home to Off the Wall, Jeremy W...
coyote butler
Friday, June 6, 2014
Local comedy groups are like local bands. There are new groups popping up all the time. Go to a show of an entirely new band and you’re likely to see a lot of people you’ve seen in... other bands.

A new improv group has sprung out of people who are better known for work in other projects. Jacob D. Bach, who appears in Skylight’s Hair—one of the men behind T.I.M.-The...