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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...
Monday, May 19, 2014
Best known for full-length works like Sister Mary Ignatius, The Marriage of Bette and Boo and Betty's Summer Vacation, playwright Christopher Durang also wrote quite a few shorts. Theatre Unchained stages a program of shorts by the playwright on a program which opens this week.

The shorts included on Durang, Durang are an absurdist laughing in the f...
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Next month, The Milwaukee Public Theatre will be hosting a two-week arts camp for for children on the Autism spectrum and their siblings and friends, ages 4 and up. It’s a 9-session program that runs 9 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. that runs from June 16 to 27, at St. Marcus School on 2215 N. Palmer St. The program culminates in a performance for friends and family on Friday, June 27 at 11 a.m.
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Saturday, May 17, 2014
The Alchemist Theatre operates far enough outside the traditional theatre schedule that they tend not to pay attention to things like “theatre seasons.” Early next month, they will be staging one of the first shows to open after the close of the 2013/2014 theatre season: David Mamet’s Oleanna. 

Mamet’s complex early '90s drama about a student who i...
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Friday, May 16, 2014
Poet and author Sabley Sabin’s first play debuts tonight at Theatre Unchained. It’s called, Everyone's stories are true.

Milwaukee needs more original work and it’s really nice to see something new get staged. I don’t remember seeing a press release on this one, so there isn’t much info available, but here’s the copy from the official li...
Thursday, May 15, 2014
The Underground Collaborative hosts its next Retro Comedy Night this coming Saturday night. The continuing program features stand-up, improv and sketch inspired by “ideas from the ‘70s and ‘80s.

The show features stand-up comedy from Sammy Arechar and “a classic sitcom episode performed live on stage by Amanda Carson, Gretchen Mahkorn, Jared Stepp, Marcus Beyer, ...
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014
This summer, the West Allis Players will be staging a production of the 2006 retro-'80s musical The Wedding Singer. Based on the 1998 Adam Sandler film, the musical is set in 1985. Though the film was a huge hit, the musical didn’t last long on Broadway.

The West Allis production runs July 18th - 26th. They’re looking to cast for the production in auditions taking p...