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Friday, June 27, 2014
With all of the local-produced stuff going on, it’s easy to forget that the bigger productions are casually rolling through the biggest stages. Yes, you’ve seen the ads for Phantom of the Opera, but they tend to blur into everything else that’s being marketed as entertainment over the course of the summer. Sometimes when something so obvious and ubiquitous is being marketed it�...
Thursday, June 26, 2014
In a sense, Night Vale is what happens when the News from Lake Woebegone crawls off the airwaves and into the altogether more unsettling world of internet podcasts. But that’s not a really good description of it. The podcast series takes the form of a series of radio news broadcasts from the fictitious town of Night Vale. We get news, weather and creepy stories from a creepy, creepy corne...
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Dial M for Murder. There’s a very classy mood that rushes-in at the mere mention of the title. The London-based stage thriller written by Frederick Knott is best-known as a film by Alfred Hitchcock. The play debuted in 1952. This August the play makes its way to the Brumder mansion for what should prove to be a very intimate thriller.

The cast for this one is really, really ...
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Milwaukee takes a step in the right direction as it hosts the first Diversity General Auditions for stage and screen actors on Tuesday, June 24. Uprooted Theatre will host the event that is scheduled to run from 10:30 am - 3:30 p.m. at the Next Act Theatre space on 255 S. Water St.

Actors of color are encouraged to audition for a number of upcoming projects. Those looking for ...
Monday, June 23, 2014
The Alchemist Theatre is looking to do something really promising with its 2015 season. It’s still quite a few months away, but the group has already been posting some pretty elaborate looks at its retro future. Witness the promo video for the season from YouTube:   It’s actually a pretty clever idea that really hasn’t been explored in depth: a trilogy of original shows ...
Sunday, June 22, 2014
In order to keep theater fresh, it’s absolutely essential to establish new works that continue to evolve with audiences. Of course, it’s absolutely essential that these voices represent a diversity of perspectives otherwise the contemporary stage is merely reflecting shadows of the past.

Renaissance Theaterworks is doing its part to develop new works by new voices with its BRINK! ...
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Saturday, June 21, 2014
A Word About This Review:

I was one of the lucky few to have seen the Alchemist Theatre’s production of Oleanna prior to the cease and desist letter from David Mamet’s lawyers that shut the production down after only one performance.

What follows is the review as it had been original review as it had been written and submitted well over twelve hours prior to the...
Friday, June 20, 2014
Summer opens up on so many strange fringe-like stage performances. There’s an opportunity to go out and see a lot of interesting things. Child of deaf adults/actress/spoken word artist Liysa Callsen is hosting a lip-sync competition this coming Aug. 8 in Manitowoc.

Right away it doesn’t sound like much—kind of a fun high school talent show-type of thing. And it probably WOULD be a lit...
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Friday, June 20, 2014
The Battery Factory in collaboration with the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center are hosting a performance at the South Milwaukee Railroad Depot July 24 - 26. They’re looking for performers for Drama at the Depot.

Built in 1893, the Depot was  the heart of South Milwaukee that maintained operation well into the 1950s. TBF and the South Milwaukee...
Thursday, June 19, 2014
There are all kinds of reasons why things seem a bit confusing these days. The weather can’t seem to decide what season it is. The summer movie season started in April this year. People are doing unspeakable things in the name of the fictional. And The Improvised Musical is occurring on the fourth Thursday of the month.

I know it’s confusing. This week IS the third week in June. I check...