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Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014
It started-out as a 4,100-word short story that no publisher was interested in. Unable to find a publisher, author Philip Van Doren Stern cranked out 200 copies for friends as Christmas presents in December of 1943. There was a Hollywood producer who became interested in the story. He ended up buying the film rights for $10,000. Not a bad pay day for a short story, but it’s kind of a bargain con...
Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014
It kind of looks like a cross between Halloween and Christmas. The Twisted X-Mas Variety Act Show looks like a fun, little adult evening of holiday fare that will manifest itself within Club Anything on the evening of Dec. 20.

The show features the comedic talents of Colleen Gore, the voice of Aurora A'Leur, dancer Skully Sati, Belly dancer Nina Nazir, Theda DeSa...
Monday, Nov. 24, 2014
The local Milwaukee end of the nationally-metastasized Bye Bye Liver sketch comedy thing hosts a holiday show on the East Side next month. The full name of the show is Bye Bye Liver: The Milwaukee Drinking Play Presents: Alcoholiday Drinktacular 2014.

The show is a celebration of drinking culture which runs regularly with different casts all over the count...
Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014
Indie outfit KACM Theatrical is looking to stage the midwest premiere of Jay Jeff Jones’ The Lizard King. The biographical play about pop icon Jim Morrison is set in the final year of his life. The local production currently looking for funding on Kickstarter is scheduled to be directed by Brian Rott of the Quasimondo....
Friday, Nov. 21, 2014
Liz Shipe’s words continue to haunt stages in yet another production. Next month, Brumder Mansion presents Shipes Upon a Midnight Clear: A Tale of Jack Frost. It’s a story drawn from early European legend as Jack Frost must decide if he wishes to become mortal in order to stay with the woman he loves. The cast of characters also includes Father Christmas, Sandman and Wodan.
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
It’s kind of strange to think that fairy tales have become kid’s stuff. Older fairy tales were intended for adults as well as children. Over the years, the ancient stories have evolved into something that had become very sanitized and very juvenile.

The UWM Peck School of the Arts returns to the spirit of an earlier era at the beginning of next month with Giants Have Us in ...
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014
Whenever I hear Christmas music without the lyrics, my mind always substitutes the lyrics from A Cudahy Caroler Christmas. I’ve seen Anthony Wood’s musical holiday comedy countless times. I can only imagine what it must be like for Chris Flieller. He’s been playing the central role of Stasch in eight different runs of the show over the years. It’s understandable that he would...
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014
This holiday season Theatre Gigante hosts performer Michael Stebbins’ staging of Holidays on Ice. David Sedaris now classic holiday tales will be delivered to the stage by someone who is not David Sedaris. This is an important distinction that I feel as though I need to point out. I was first introduced to Sedaris’ work on publi...