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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
 Umbrella Group brings the Milwaukee premiere of God of Carnage to life in an aggressively clever little combustion that lights up the Downtown Milwaukee theater scene. A deft cast slices through Yasmina Reza’s dark, destructive comedy. Under the direction of Bo Johnson, four talented actors swiftly articulate the
theatrical mixtape
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
The World’s Stage Theatre Company entered July with a one-weekend-only staging of Songs of Love: A Theatrical Mix Tape by Nat Cassidy. A solidly well-rounded cast performed a series of comedic and dramatic shorts about love. Here’s a quick glance at the show. 
The Bagel
: In a comedic bit that sandwiched the rest of the shorts, Josh Walker and Marcus Beyer ...
sketch 22
Monday, July 14, 2014
Just a couple of days after T.I.M. (The Improvised Musical) celebrates its third year in existence at ComedySportz, Patrick Schmitz’s Sketch 22 makes it to the venue for its 13th outing. All sketch comedy (like all comedy) generates laughter under pressure. There’s always a deadline and timing is everything. What’s interesting about Sketch 22 is that the pressure of a deadline is acce...
tim improvised musical
Sunday, July 13, 2014
T.I.M. (The Improvised Musical) celebrates its three year anniversary this month. In local theater years that’s like . . . 30 years or something like that. The popular long-form musical improv show is easily one of the most impressive extemporaneous comedy groups in town with a real dedication to funny and a deep love for the American musical form.

The third anniversary show opens ...
Saturday, July 12, 2014
The mid-1990s musical Ragtime was an exploration into the lives of three different cultures in America at the dawn of the 20th century. The musical concerns itself with an African American family, a group of immigrants from Latvia and upper-class suburbanites.

Divine Savior Holy Angels High School’s Community Theatre Works presents a staging of the musical this month ...
Friday, July 11, 2014
First Stage’s summer Company Classes in Milwaukee and Oconomowoc are ending their four-week run. This classes broaden performance skills and deepen knowledge of theatre for kids in grades 9 through 12. This weekend both classes culminate in a couple of different performances at a couple of different locations.

In Oconomowoc, the classes were working Sarah Ruhl’s modern re-telling of the...
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Oconomowoc’s Theatre on Mainis opening its production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice favorite Evita this weekend. The musical that brought the world Don’t Cry For Me Argentina has been around since it debuted as a concept album in 1976. The beloved musical about the famed First Lady of Argentina in the mid 20th century lends itself to a community theatr...
animal farm
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
There are always strange, little impressions of a theater show that don’t quite fit into the narrative of a standard theater review. These ancillary details are particularly numerous in shows that are staged outside the conventions of a traditional theater space. Staged as it is in and around an old barn, the Quasimondo’s production of Animal Farm is flooded with these little det...
comedy of errors
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Milwaukee-based director Leda Hoffmann is clearly having a lot of fun with The Comedy of Errors. The production she is directing as it is being staged with Door Shakespeare in Bailey's Harbor. That fun is kinetic enough to transfer to the stage in the intimate outdoor theater in Door County. The trees and their leaves serve as much of the set of the outdoor space with only a couple o...