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Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013

Elm Grove company gives strong performance of an American classic

 Although modeled after the Scopes Monkey Trial, Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee’s Inherit the Wind is really about ideological polarization. The Sunset Playhouse’s production of the classic drama harnesses some of the play’s continued relevance to some really good performances
Theater
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013

Exploring identity and desire in a socially networked world

 This November, Pink Banana Theatre stages a production of a contemporary exploration into the nature of identity. In an increasingly complex world of social networking, personality and desire have become very liquid. Carlos Murrillo’s Dark Play or Stories For Boys casts a light into the fragmented world of a
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Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013

'Inherit the Wind' at Sunset Playhouse

 In 1925, high school teacher John Scopes was found guilty of illegally teaching evolution in a Tennessee public school. The verdict was later overturned on a technicality, but not before attracting the kind of attention that is the inspiration for drama on stage and screen with Inherit the Wind. The ever-topical drama gets
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Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013
 Emily Dickinson lived to age 56. After her death, she became an extremely influential figure in American literary circles. During her lifetime, however, she had less than a dozen poems published and never really knew what kind of a mark she would make on the literary world. One wonders what she might have been
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Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013

Theatre Unchained presents British cult comedy

 Theatre Unchained has had some solid success bringing classic British comedy to its intimate studio stage just south of downtown. Its production of Spamalot was an entertaining success. This weekend Theatre Unchained opens the second Fawlty Towers show in as many seasons. Under its original identity as Carte
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Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013

Immersed in mystery

 The Alchemist Theatre plays host to a classy and immersive dramatic murder mystery game this October with Closing Night. The stage is everywhere as audience members circulate throughout the ground floor and basement of the building, looking through clues on the trail of a murder
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Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013

UWM students stage a musical revue

 UW-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts’ theater program opens its first show this coming weekend. Last weekend, two students from the musical theater program presented a one-performance-only senior capstone project
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Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013

A Big Monster on a small stage

 Author-cartoonist William Steig had a prolific career prior to publishing a story about a big green ogre going out to see the world. The book that was to launch a franchise came roughly half a century after Steig’s earliest work as an illustrator. His biggest success didn’t happen until after he hit 80 years of age. Shrek! was
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Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013

Alchemist’s Paranormal Experience

 Alchemist Theatre returns to interactive theater this October with Closing Night: A Wicked, Paranormal, Who-Dun-It Experience. Not actually traditional murder mystery dinner theater, the show unfolds in and around the Alchemist Theatre space as actors play actors and production personnel on the final night of a show