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Monday, Nov. 17, 2014
From Stonewall Rebellion to the outbreak of the AIDS epidemic, the latter part of the last century was a very explosive and dramatic time for a large, tragically shadowed portion of the culture. At the end of this month in conjunction with World AIDS Day, The Milwaukee Gay Arts Center presents Séance: Signs of Life from Another Room.

It’s a program featuring spoken wor...
Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014
I am fully aware that it was a musical that was originally performed by adults. I even saw a big-budget touring production of Oklahoma! that came to the Marcus Center some time ago. One would think that I could imagine the play being done by anyone other than high school students. I can’t. The thing is supposed to be a kid’s musical, isn’t it? I’ve seen professi...
Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014
Pink Banana Theatre Co. recently announced a call for scripts for its next One Acts program. The title of their 11th shorts show is Issue #11: SUPERHEROES! Kind of a challenging topic for a small-budget shorts program, but this could get interesting if they get the right scripts.

Obviously, it would be highly unlikely that Pink Banana would be looking to stage anything ...
Friday, Nov. 14, 2014
In mentioning “medical clowns,” I refuse to make any obvious jokes about the people in charge of billing for medical insurance companies or drug reps for pharmaceutical companies or even my former ocular surgeon. Such jokes might be a bit too obvious and would be missing the point entirely. The point is that there’s real healing in laughter. It takes special people to be both knowledgable in...
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014
I love the local theater community. It’s probably been a while since I’ve come right out and said as much. Here’s another reason why: Someone is hosting a workshop for “Intro to Musical Improv and Using Film & Theatre Genres in Improv.” To those of us on the outside, a class like this sounds impossibly arcane and...downright weird. Local musical theatre/improv guru Jacob D. Ba...
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
Next Act Theatre starts a Saturday night date night package this month with Saturday evening performances of Heresy. A.R. Gurney’s contemporary satirical re-telling of a 2,000 year-old story serves as the centerpiece for the evening. Next Act teams-up with Wine Maniacs on the River. There’s a three-course dinner specially prepared for the evening. According to the promotio...
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014

Pink Banana’s dark comedy of lives unraveling

Directed by Matt Kemple, Pink Banana Theatre’s Any Given Monday is an intimate little dark comedy staged in their basement black box. The stage is set up like a cozy den. The place is draped in Philadelphia Eagles iconography. After a brief introduction, we see a couple of guys watching a Monday night game between the
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014
My three year-old daughter has asked many things of me. Quite a lot of them involve Hello Kitty and going to the park at inappropriate times. I’m quite thankful that she has not, as of yet, requested that I get the moon for her. I anticipate that this is probably coming, though...maybe even tonight.

Children’s book author Eric Carle’s Papa, please get the moon for me was...
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014
The Feast of Crispian is a fascinating project that pairs theater professionals with U.S. military veterans. For the last 18 months, Jim Tasse and his colleagues have been working with veterans from the Zablocki V.A. teaching acting techniques with specific Shakespeare scenes to enrich and inform on more formal therapies.

The work is ready for a formal performance, which will ...
Monday, Nov. 10, 2014
The Reduced Shakespeare Company’s The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare (abridged) simply refuses to die. So many have tried to kill it in the past, but it keeps coming back again and again and again and again. Local groups who have staged the comedy have included The Milwaukee Rep and Soulstice Theatre. Gretchen Mahkorn was quite charming in a staging of the comedy as one of T...