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Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013

Heartwarming holiday show set in 1940s Milwaukee

 It’s exceedingly difficult to tell an original Christmas story. With Home For Christmas, playwright Liz Shipe does a solidly entertaining job of telling a story familiar enough to seem like a dramatic stage comedy that’s been around
Theater
Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013

Something’s funny with Dickens

 This month various funny people converge on the stage of the Alchemist Theatre for A Kick In The Dickens 2: More Stuff in the Stocking. The light evening of comedy is a breezy mix of improv games, sketch comedy and humorous songs
Theater
Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013

Next Act’s take on the Frank Capra classic

This holiday season, Next Act Theatre returns to Mary MacDonald Kerr’s unique take on a Frank Capra classic as it presents It’s a Wonderful Life: Live Radio Show. Seasoned Milwaukee stage actors play Milwaukee actors from the golden age of radio ...
Theater
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013

Alchemist Theatre returns with a new holiday favorite

 The holidays tend to bring a lot of people out to see live performances. Big, established performing arts groups continue to deliver large, elaborate gifts to the theatergoing public. A Cudahy Caroler Christmas, A Christmas Carol and The Nutcracker are as popular as ever. The Alchemist Theatre returns to its success
Theater
Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013

The Rep scores with Michael Frayn’s comedy

 Michael Frayn’s Noises Off is a clever comic script that requires an unsettling degree of comic precision on the part of everyone involved. The Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s production solidly delivers the precision necessary for bringing the comedy to life. The ensemble is well balanced and finely tuned
Theater
Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013

UWM students stage a life’s immensity in a studio theater

 The legend of Peer Gynt is an exhaustive, fantastical one. A ragged man becomes highly successful only to find his fortunes turn over the course of many, many years. It’s a long and winding journey based in Norwegian folklore. Many years after Henrik Ibsen crystallized the legend into a five-act play, American
Theater
Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013

Two Men and Many More Laughs

Billed as a “bromantic comedy,” Things Being What They Are has all the indicators of being a fun two-man show. Dan Katula and Ryan Schabach star in Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s production of the contemporary piece by Wendy MacLeod. Schabach plays Bill, a man waiting for the arrival of his unfaithful
Theater
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013

Marx and Moses Meet Again

In Next Act Theatre’s Groucho: A Life in Revue, Milwaukee’s resident Marx for many years, Norman Moses, returns in yet another appearance in the role. The biographical sampling of the legendary comic’s work also features David Cecsarini as Chico and Chris Klopatek as Harpo
Theater
Friday, Nov. 15, 2013

Groucho Onstage

 Next Act Theatre puts together quite a cast as it brings Groucho: A Life In Revue to the stage. Norman Moses knows his way around the character, having had considerable experience in the role onstage. Next Act’s David Cescarini will play Chico. Chris Klopatek rounds out the central trio as Harpo. Klopatek is a
Theater
Friday, Nov. 15, 2013

Group Home Comedy

 Marquette University admirably tackles a challenging comedy with its production of Tom Griffin’s The Boys Next Door. Set in Boston in the ’80s, it’s a comedy about men suffering from mental disabilities who live in a group home. They live on their own, watched over by a social worker who helps them manage the tricky