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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...
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014

A.R. Gurney’s play coupled with musical satire

Next Act Theatre’s Heresy is an A.R. Gurney comedy about a modern-day Joseph and Mary consulting with a contemporary Pontius Pilate. Their son, Chris, has been taken in by the
Monday, Nov. 17, 2014
From Stonewall Rebellion to the outbreak of the AIDS epidemic, the latter part of the last century was a very explosive and dramatic time for a large, tragically shadowed portion of the culture. At the end of this month in conjunction with World AIDS Day, The Milwaukee Gay Arts Center presents Séance: Signs of Life from Another Room.

It’s a program featuring spoken wor...
Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014
I am fully aware that it was a musical that was originally performed by adults. I even saw a big-budget touring production of Oklahoma! that came to the Marcus Center some time ago. One would think that I could imagine the play being done by anyone other than high school students. I can’t. The thing is supposed to be a kid’s musical, isn’t it? I’ve seen professi...
Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014
Pink Banana Theatre Co. recently announced a call for scripts for its next One Acts program. The title of their 11th shorts show is Issue #11: SUPERHEROES! Kind of a challenging topic for a small-budget shorts program, but this could get interesting if they get the right scripts.

Obviously, it would be highly unlikely that Pink Banana would be looking to stage anything ...
Friday, Nov. 14, 2014
In mentioning “medical clowns,” I refuse to make any obvious jokes about the people in charge of billing for medical insurance companies or drug reps for pharmaceutical companies or even my former ocular surgeon. Such jokes might be a bit too obvious and would be missing the point entirely. The point is that there’s real healing in laughter. It takes special people to be both knowledgable in...
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014
I love the local theater community. It’s probably been a while since I’ve come right out and said as much. Here’s another reason why: Someone is hosting a workshop for “Intro to Musical Improv and Using Film & Theatre Genres in Improv.” To those of us on the outside, a class like this sounds impossibly arcane and...downright weird. Local musical theatre/improv guru Jacob D. Ba...
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
Next Act Theatre starts a Saturday night date night package this month with Saturday evening performances of Heresy. A.R. Gurney’s contemporary satirical re-telling of a 2,000 year-old story serves as the centerpiece for the evening. Next Act teams-up with Wine Maniacs on the River. There’s a three-course dinner specially prepared for the evening. According to the promotio...