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Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
This week finds a new musical appearing at the Tenth Street Theatre. Originally debuting last year in New York, Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash’s Murder Ballad is described as “a sexy, explosive, new rock musical,” that explores complications of love and compromise revolving around a love triangle. Rachel Zientek plays the central character of Sara—an Upper West Sider with a da...
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
Dan Lavender, Jay Falzone and Stephen Smith have found that specific comic goldmine that is cultural humor. The same stage forces which find people seemingly inexplicably drawn Catholics to singing nuns and various other types to niche performances have found this trio a steady source of income with The Calamari Sisters. As one could probably guess, the show is set-up as a couple of ...
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
This weekend, Chicago’s Samantha Martin brings her cats to Milwaukee. She trains cats. Normal domestic cats. They do performances. In a way it’s kind of like watching one, long cute cat video on YouTube only it’s live in person and there are just...lots and lots of cats doing things. It can be a really fun show in an intimate studio theatre environment, which is exactly where Martin is going...
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

‘Gamma Rays,’ an emotionally dynamic drama

Paul Zindel’s The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds treads the tragic distance that can develop between people. The Splinter Group production of the drama explores the emotional space between people with passion and wonder. A study of contrasts plays out on a cold stage accompanied by a
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014
It’s not every high school production that has access to a major performing arts venue. Brookfield Central’s High School Theatre Department has the good fortune of being able to stage a show at the luxurious Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts. The show in question is a musical based on James M. Barry’s Peter Pan.Memorable songs like “I’m Flying,” “I Won’t Grow Up,” and “Ne...
Monday, Oct. 27, 2014
The promo pics for Robbie McGhee’s Uprooted Cabaret show had McGhee down on the farm with a beat-up baseball cap. As I understand, the show was about McGhee’s life growing-up in small-town Wisconsin, so it fit. For their November Uprooted Cabaret show, Marcee Doherty-Elst and Kelly Doherty will be doing something possibly a bit more flashy if advanced promo photos are any indicator. Reconstruc...
Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014
Earlier this season, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre staged a production of The Good Father, which starred wife and husband Laura Gray and Jonathan Wainwright. Early next month, Soulstice Theatre stages a production of Ken Ludwig’s Moon Over Buffalo starring real-life husband and wife Michael and Maureen Murphy Chobanoff. the comedy has a pair of aging stage actors on the brink of splitting-up as both...
Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014
Cream City Theater opens its premiere season next month with a staged reading of Eugene O’Neill’s classic early 20th century drama The Iceman Cometh. The story of a low-class saloon and rooming house in 1912 comes to West Allis’ Imagination Studios on 1500 S. 73rd St. Readings take place November 7 - 15.The Iceman Cometh is one of those plays everyone seems to have read or heard about but no...
Friday, Oct. 24, 2014
Alice Wilson’s Art Carnival series continues early next month with Epic ’80s. The series features burlesque acts performing for an audience of artists and others as paintings and drawings and other live art is made on the spot. Audience members can go home with a piece of art or make some of their own. Mr. Mondo Lucha hosts the next show, which features burlesque da...
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
T.I.M.: The Improvised Musical recently took a trip to New York to perform. Fresh from that road trip, the group returns this month for their Halloween show. The performance group features an assembly of talented improv comics who also happen to be really, really into musical theatre. With the aid of a talented four-piece band, they improvise an entire musical theatre piece from a single au...