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Monday, Aug. 18, 2014
Holiday theater tradition is great. This coming holiday season we have more A Christmas Carol to look forward to. A Cudahy Caroler Christmas continues with In Tandem as well. As nice as it is to see old classics returning to the stage, it’s incredibly refreshing for anyone covering the theatre scene to see something (anything) new on the schedule for December. This year something n...
Friday, Aug. 15, 2014
Acting talent Doug Jarecki has been involved in quite a few projects over the years. He’s got a really solid sense of humor that works quite well for sketch comedy. (There’s a show featuring some of his work upcoming at the Alchemist Theatre next month with Destiny, Deviltry & Dentistry. It’s a program which also features the work of Jason Powell.)

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Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014
Uprooted Theatre will be hosting Robby McGhee for its cabaret series in September. The comedy/musical theatre talent will be performing the show, which will be a musical journey through the final decade of last century.

The performance takes place at the Next Act Theatre, which will also host McGhee’s production of The Last Five Years at the end of 2014. McGhee is a v...
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014

A new kind of ‘Lady in Waiting’

Playwright/actress Liz Shipe deftly juggles action, comedy and drama with her latest. A Lady in Waiting relates a variation on the Robin Hood legend told from the perspective of a capable, independent Maid Marian and her companion, Aria
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014
August is that strange twilight between summer theater and the regular season. Milwaukee Chamber has already opened the regular theater season earlier this month, but there are still a few shows of summer opening in cozy, little venues around town before the season gets into full swing.

Local comedy theater guru Patrick Schmitz opens The Comedy of Romeo & Juliet ...kinda so...
Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014
Matt Zembrowiski’s Storyteller Theater returns this week with Campfire Follies. It’s a program of short scary stories told in a family-friendly tone. The group had done something like this before onstage at St. Thomas More High School. This week’s two-night-only program finds its way to a much more environmental space as it makes its way to an outdoor theater.

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Monday, Aug. 11, 2014
Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s season-opening production of Master Class is a perfectly enjoyable drama. Angela Iannone will doubtlessly be praised quite a bit for her performance as opera legend Maria Callas teaching students at the end of her career. With power intensity and gravitas, this is precisely the sort of thing that fits perfectly into the realm of Iannone’s skills...
Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014
The Zulu Birth Project is a multinational initiative to reach across time and borders to share ancient birthing practices in support of mothers-to-be. Through a series of workshops and consciousness-raising events, they are looking to share the ancient practices of meditation, breath work and yoga nidra.
The Project is hosting a weekend-long staging of Karen Brody’s Birth
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Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014
The Marcus Center’s Vogel Hall is a really comfortable space to see a show in. As great a space as it is, it’s not exactly the most attractive environment. Walking in there I always feel a little bit like I’m walking onto the set of a 1970s television game show of some sort.

Thankfully, there is going to be a renovation of Vogel. Next year there’s going to be a new atrium with a Ri...
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Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014
Given what an explosive time in history it was, it’s staggering to think that the Civil Rights Movement peaked as recently as half a century ago. People were risking their lives for equality in a United States that was eerily similar to the one we find ourselves in now.

This November, Uprooted Theatre presents a one-performance-only staging of civil rights a drama set in Mississipp...