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greendale
Curtains
Monday, June 9, 2014
Next month, Greendale Community Theatre opens its production of the popular musical Legally Blonde. Last year’s production of Les Miserables set an attendance record for GCT. This year, they are shifting over to something much more lighthearted in a musical based on a light and fluffy Hollywood comedy from 2001. They’re looking to exhibit a thematic versatility with...
christmas
Curtains
Sunday, June 8, 2014
The Milwaukee Rep is once again looking for kids to perform in its annual production of A Christmas Carol. Auditions are just a couple of months away, but the deadline for applications is next month. From the press release:

Parents who would like their children to audition should send a separate photograph of each child, along with height, weight, age, clothing an...
off the wall
Curtains
Saturday, June 7, 2014
The summer theater season is always an interesting mix of different elements. Next month a murder drama skulks onto one of the most intimate stages in town as Off The Wall Theatre presents Patrick Hamilton’s Rope.

The 1929 British drama is inspired by the Leopold and Loeb murder  case. On the sometimes shockingly small stage that is home to Off the Wall, Jeremy W...
coyote butler
Curtains
Friday, June 6, 2014
Local comedy groups are like local bands. There are new groups popping up all the time. Go to a show of an entirely new band and you’re likely to see a lot of people you’ve seen in... other bands.

A new improv group has sprung out of people who are better known for work in other projects. Jacob D. Bach, who appears in Skylight’s Hair—one of the men behind T.I.M.-The...
dead man
Curtains
Thursday, June 5, 2014
The first Friday of the month approaches. For a certain undeservedly small segment of the local population that means another Dead Man’s Carnival show at the Miramar Theatre. One need not be a dead man to attend. And audiences can attend the show reasonably assured that there probably won’t be any dead men performing on the program. The variety act in question might come across as being...
pink banana
Curtains
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Pink Banana Theatre is turning 10 this year. That might not sound like a whole lot, but 10 years is more like a century in Milwaukee theater years. (give or take a couple of decades.) Any theater company that’s lasted that long deserves to celebrate.

This coming Friday, June 6 Pink Banana celebrates its first decade with a celebration at the Next Act Theatre space on 255 S. ...
golden pond
Curtains
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Ernest Thompson’s 1979 play On Golden Pond is better-known for the 1981 film that was adapted from it. Granted, Katherine Hepburn and Henry Fonda put in really good performances in that film, but the story itself is a strikingly resonant dramatic story.

Set in rural Maine, the family drama concerns an older couple who have become estranged from their adult daughter Chelsea. ...
badger tales
Curtains
Monday, June 2, 2014
The Youth Theatre Company of Plymouth, Wisconsin celebrates our fair state next month with a stage presentation featuring 30 youth and adults from the Plymouth area. Badger Tales is billed as “a celebration of all that is Wisconsin in both story and song.”

Songs on the program feature such classics as “On Wisconsin”, “If you Want to Be a Badger” and “The L...
Curtains
Sunday, June 1, 2014
Milwaukee-born Insurgent Theatre returns to town late this month for a multi-media show that offers some really interesting opportunities for local audiences at the Borg Ward on 823 W. National Ave. The Shadow of Lucasville opens the program. It’s a short documentary that revisits one of the longest prison uprisings in U.S. history.

The program follows this up with a ...
vino
Curtains
Saturday, May 31, 2014
The Boulevard Theatre has been hosting Verse & Vino fundraisers for quite some time now. The latest hits the City Lights Building in the Menomonee Valley this June 14. The fundraiser runs from 5 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. There are silent auctions. There is wine. There is poetry performed by people involved in local theatre. It’s a really pleasant social atmosphere. In some past years, t...