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two cities
Friday, Sept. 5, 2014
Morning Star Productions presents a Milwaukee premier this month as it stages an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities. The script being used for the stage adaptation was written by acclaimed playwright Sir Terence Rattigan and legendary actor Sir Arthur John Gielgud. Normally I’m a bit suspicious of any attempt to put a complex, sophisticated episodic novel ...
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014
Soulstice Theatre had originally planned to open its season with a conversation bertween Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg. Instead they’re going to be getting something of a dialog between Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect and Zaphod Beeblebrox. The two fictitious semi-brothers from Betelgeuse and their human friend will are slated to replace fictitious representations of two very real physicists...
variety hour
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014
The regular Milwaukee theater season begins to shift into its first full month this week. This weekend Co-Operative Performance Milwaukee opens its production of Don Russell’s adaptation of The Seagull from the second floor of the Grand Avenue Mall. One day after that opens on the second floor of the mall, there will be a comedy show performed in the basement of the same mall. Yes, this F...
in tandem glass 8
Monday, Sept. 1, 2014
It’s strange to think that there was a time in American theater that actually predated The Glass Menagerie. Logic says that it was originally staged in 1945, but it’s been recognized as such a towering classic of American theatre that it’s kind of difficult to imagine an American theater tradition without it.

Being as iconic as it is, it’s difficult to imagine how one ...
Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014
I saw Jill Anna Ponasik at the Alchemist Theatre a while back. She was wearing a T-shirt with a colorful print on it. There on the front of her shirt heroic figures rendered by Mike Zeck were rushing forward out of somewhere in 1984. I was going to say hello, but she was kind of busy. She’s been kind of busy for a long time now. Since that production of Fortuna the Time Bender vs. The Schoolg...
Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014
Windfall Theatre celebrates its 22nd season with two Milwaukee premieres and one world premiere.

The season begins with the world premiere of Louise Zamparutti’s Identita Sept. 26 - Oct. 11. Here’s the description of the show from Brown Paper Tickets:

Set in 1994 in a small Italian village close to the border with Slovenia, the play is ab...
Friday, Aug. 29, 2014
The South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center celebrates its 10th anniversary this coming May with a variety program showcasing local talent. The SMPAC website has some really excited text describing the event like this: “Don’t miss this world premiere of community driven theatre, vaudeville, comedy, music andwho-knows-what’ curated by you and other, like-minded patrons of ...
cemetary club
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
SummerStage of Delafield rolls into the final weeks of summer with Ivan Menchell’s The Cemetery Club. The peaceful outdoor seclusion of Lapham Peak State Park serves as a pleasant setting for a play about three women who visit the graves of their late husbands once a month. Things get complicated when a widower begins to visit the grave of his late wife in a comedy that lightly tou...
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

Milwaukee landmark a classy setting for ‘Dial M’

Triumvirate Theatricals and Milwaukee Entertainment Group stage a classy production of Dial M For Murder at the Brumder Mansion this month. The 1950s thriller stars Randall T. Anderson as a