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Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Next Act Theatre’s Next Actors program allows a diverse group of teens to get together, write and produce an original theater piece. There really need to be more programs like this. Theater is a living, breathing thing. Giving those who are new to the stage an opportunity to really open up to it does all kinds of good things for them and the local culture as a whole.

The four week ...
Monday, July 21, 2014
The Lanford Wilson comedy Talley’s Folly is a strikingly good fit for outdoor theatre in the summer. There is so much about next month’s production with Summerstage that sounds like a really, really fun trip out of town for an evening.

First of all, there is the play: it’s a one-act comedy set in a gazebo-like outdoor structure in Missouri in July of 1944. The pla...
rope 1
Sunday, July 20, 2014

Off The Wall Theatre offers a tense take on "Rope"

Physical comfort in summer theater can be a rather tricky thing to negotiate. I’d recently mentioned being physically uncomfortable at a show in a review. That show was in a mosquito-infested barn. It was hot. It was uncomfortable. It was Animal Farm. This past Friday night ...
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Those milling about certain blocks in downtown Milwaukee might expect to run into a professional performer or two during the regular theater season. There will be an unusually high concentration of talent in and around the Broadway Theatre Center on the afternoon of July 22 as Renaissance Theaterworks hosts the Broadway Theatre Center Auditions.

The auditions aren’t open to the general pu...
new plays festival
Friday, July 18, 2014
Theatre Unchained will be holding auditions for its next program of shorts later on this month. The New Plays Festival. Running Aug. 15-24, the festival is a program of eight shorts that take place in a fun atmosphere in a space with a bar larger than its stage. It’s a pleasantly intimate venue.

The open auditions take place on the evening of July 21. They are looking...
Thursday, July 17, 2014
When it was announced that The Boulevard Theatre’s performance space was no longer going to be The Boulevard Theatre, I was concerned that the last performance in the space had come and gone without anyone realizing that it was the last performance in the space.

Thankfully, the Boulevard Theatre will be performing one more show at the most intimate theatre space in Milwaukee. David...
traveling art circus
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
This week the Next Act Theatre space plays host to a new play by Traveling Art Circus. Mark Edwards’ The Dinner Party and the Year of the Cicada runs for one weekend only. It’s a play inspired by and in tribute to the late Maressa Sullivan and her family. All proceeds and positive energy will go to the Sullivan family.

From the description online:   “A s...
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
 Umbrella Group brings the Milwaukee premiere of God of Carnage to life in an aggressively clever little combustion that lights up the Downtown Milwaukee theater scene. A deft cast slices through Yasmina Reza’s dark, destructive comedy. Under the direction of Bo Johnson, four talented actors swiftly articulate the
theatrical mixtape
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
The World’s Stage Theatre Company entered July with a one-weekend-only staging of Songs of Love: A Theatrical Mix Tape by Nat Cassidy. A solidly well-rounded cast performed a series of comedic and dramatic shorts about love. Here’s a quick glance at the show. 
The Bagel
: In a comedic bit that sandwiched the rest of the shorts, Josh Walker and Marcus Beyer ...
sketch 22
Monday, July 14, 2014
Just a couple of days after T.I.M. (The Improvised Musical) celebrates its third year in existence at ComedySportz, Patrick Schmitz’s Sketch 22 makes it to the venue for its 13th outing. All sketch comedy (like all comedy) generates laughter under pressure. There’s always a deadline and timing is everything. What’s interesting about Sketch 22 is that the pressure of a deadline is acce...